Runaway Campers (The Hide Out)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Yoldering, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. Yoldering

    Yoldering Monkey+++

    We have been looking into a small camper for getaways lately and came across this. - The Runaway HideOut (Camo)
    It actually looks really nice. I don't know if it would be worth the extra money over the base model or the cool camp. What do y'all think? Here is their home page. - Home
  2. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    It's cute.......though I suspect it is pretty tight inside for more than little people.
    This would work a bit better for getaways.... IMO ;)
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2014
  3. Yoldering

    Yoldering Monkey+++

    Not if you only have a Suburu Forester... Haha!
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  4. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Sorry I was being obnoxious..... :oops:
  5. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    In reality if I was going to buy one of them I would get the hunter special with camo and air!! [winkthumb]
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  6. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Air in your camper? Camping= leave luxuries behind!
  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    So this is basically just a sleeping area. Not bad and I like that you don't have to have a truck to haul it.
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  8. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    I love air when it is hot and muggy.... if you have it and can support it, why not..... when it is no longer sustainable I completely agree that air is a luxury.
  9. Yoldering

    Yoldering Monkey+++

    I like the fact that you can buy a brand new one for less than $3,000 or less than $4,000 with the camo and other upgrades. East to set up or get away quickly.
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  10. Yoldering

    Yoldering Monkey+++

    Okay, I found a few photos that give a little insight as to the size and use of these campers.

    Attached Files:

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  11. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I don't think that the extra $$$ for the camo version over the basic version would be worth the investment. If concealment is an important issue...address it by DIY means when it becomes necessary to go into camouflage and concealment mode. Doing so will probably be so much cheaper and more effective than a gimmicky scheme that is probably better suited to "survivalist" poseurs and wannabes. In peaceable times driving around with the camo trailer on your SUV's behind will flag you as a possible "prepper", which may encourage unwanted interest in your other prepping resources if and when the neighbourhood goes pear shaped.

    A better use of the $$$ camouflage premium would be paint, camouflage netting, burlap (hessian) and similar items and apply them to minimising signatures that attract attention:


    Alter a boxy caravan shape into a more irregular shape, using netting, foliage, etc.


    Use matt paint, and cover over reflective surfaces (particularly windows, lights, and metal trim) with burlap scrim.


    shadows, especially when viewed from the air can give away the identity of a man-made object. Use a skirt to conceal the darker areas around the wheel well and under the vehicle itself.


    Try not to skyline your vehicle....its silhouette will become noticeable.

    Spacing (in relation to other artificial objects)

    Regular spacing of objects tends to be a human habit and will attract attention. If moving in a convoy make the spacing irregular between vehicles when at the halt.


    Use colours suitable to the landscape and the season.


    The concealment of a perfectly camouflaged caravan may tend to be undermined if the Mrs' frilly knickers and bra are flying in the breeze like signal flags for all to see on a clothesline nearby. Attention must be paid to avoid signatures such as wood cutting, tracks, digging, rubbish dumping and so forth. I found it was very instructive back in the day, to look at aerial photographs of excellently camouflaged infantry positions, given away by less than excellently camouflaged latrines dug nearby.

    Useful and interesting resources: 43-0209 color marking.pdf

    Lone Sentry: Camouflage of Vehicles; Use of Nets (War Department Field Manual FM 5-20B, April 1944)

    Redneck vehicle camo painting.
  12. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

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  13. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    well hell just throw over some camo netting and call it good.... as you should do that anyways if things go pear shaped. ;)
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  14. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Love the concept, but my knees won't take either the runaway or teardrop.
  15. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Needs some tie down points. High winds and you'e be rolling head over tea kettle down a ravine.
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  16. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

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  17. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

  18. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

  19. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

  20. Pineknot

    Pineknot Concrete Monkey Site Supporter+++

    this is what i had in mind hook up to the old cj7 and roll out with the deuce clearin the way
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