Friday, June 20, 2014

How To Camp In A Jucy at Yosemite - Part 1

Over the past seven days, the kids have counted 26 people or families that have stopped to ask us about the Jucy. Since there is so much interest, I thought we'd write a series of review. 

There are as many ways to camp as there are places to camp. If you are like us, we were a bit nervous about renting a Jucy camper van without seeing one, or even knowing someone who recommended it. Fear not, this is an awesome set-up. With a little advanced planning, you'll have a great family vacation. 

Sleep Warm
Warm campers sleep well all night and wake up happy the next day. The Jucy comes with bedding, but maybe not enough depending on the altitude you'll be staying at. For instance, it's the middle of June, and look at the low, morning temperatures: 

This morning I woke up at 8:00 and it was still cold at 55*.  Two hours later, the temperature had risen 30*, I kid you not, and I needed shorts.  We read someone else's review about the bedding and packed two red blankets that people pack for the plane, and two fleece sleeping bag liners for the kids. We also packed long sleeved pajamas/base layers to sleep in. Nathaniel did pack his summer, mummy sleeping bag because it's light (and he loves it), but I don't think he really needed it. With all the windows closed, we are quite warm and comfortable at 6,000 feet  upstairs, the penthouse stayed warm, too.  If it were earlier in the year, or higher altitude, a knit hat and gloves might be warrented.  

Finally, make sure you park in an area that is level, or with your head up hill. As this photo shows, we have our bed reversed from what the company shows in their photos.  During the day, we simply "jellyroll" everything and put it in the penthouse with the pillows and camp chairs while we are driving. 


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