Model 3

Official Camping Mode

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  • edited June 2016
    @cquail—yes, that’s exactly the problem: currently there needs to be quite a bit of weight in the driver’s seat. That’s really all that needs to be changed for there to be an “official” camping mode—just a setting to allow the systems to run, while in park, while charging, with nothing in the driver’s seat.
  • edited June 2016
    Then it probably requires you figure out what sort of contact/sensor is in the seat and hack it with a switch, thus voiding your warranty. Really, if Elon is saying on Twitter that the 3 will be great for camping, it should have a real camping mode.
  • edited June 2016
    OK if I camp the cooler is driving
  • edited November -1
    You know we're going high tech when the car hack we're talking about is a sack of potatoes to put in the driver's seat. ;)
  • edited June 2016
    "Rocky_H | June 21, 2016
    You know we're going high tech when the car hack we're talking about is a sack of potatoes to put in the driver's seat."

    Great stuff, keep it coming.
  • edited June 2016
    1st choice: Just allow the car run indefinitely while charging.
    2nd choice: Camping mode in software.
    3rd choice: Collapsable water container to fill and place in front seat at campground.
  • edited June 2016
    To each, his own, and stuff:

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  • edited July 2016
    I would like a camping mode for when I need to recharge overnight and I don't want to spring for a hotel. I would like to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. lol
  • edited August 2016
    Need camping mode!
  • edited August 2016
    Tesla retweeted about it so they seem supportive.
  • edited August 2016
    Just read a Bloomberg article about camping in Model S which also claims (via an 'insider' source) it will work in the 3 too:

    wwwDOTbloombergDOTcomSLASHfeaturesSLASH2016-tesla-camper-mode
  • edited August 2016
    I want to know how they will do autonomous driving camper mode. I would like to be able to go to bed in the car, and during the night the car drives off to it's destination. This will be great for going skiing for the day.
  • edited August 2016
    It's coming. Next we will need Tesla stops like trucker stops where we have showers and food and restrooms so we can get back in the car and sleep.
  • edited September 2016
    It's a deal breaker for us...if we are unable to leave AC on, lock the doors, and walk away while leaving our animals inside..we will have to go shopping elsewhere for another SUV that will permit such. Obviously, it would make a lot of sense for the same capability to be selected when charging so that we can travel long distances with our animals. TESLA, PLEASE make this improvement!!!
  • edited September 2016
    The Tesla app for android or iPhone allows one to control the Temperature from anywhere and other features. I suggest people peruse the Tesla web site for information, Also talking to a Tesla employee is very useful. Forums are not comprehensive.
  • edited November -1
    @Makard: The phone app will allow you to turn on the climate for 30 minutes immediately after exiting the vehicle. When Supercharging, I typically have the climate on for the end of the charge to "fill the thermal battery", i.e. heat or cool the car while on grid power instead of on battery power. You can re-start it (or stop and then restart) for an additional 30 minutes whenever you take the time to do so and both you and the car have Internet access (i.e. cellular signal). It's not as convenient as it could be, but it's not impossible.

    At present you leave your SUV running with the key and animals inside? For more than 30 minutes?
  • edited September 2016
    You know what's great for camping also? An RV, a Tent, or a even a nicely appointed cabin. If you can afford a Tesla, you can afford all of these.
  • edited September 2016
    @Carlos- you clearly haven't camped Tesla-style before. We've bumped up our camping trips significantly since getting the Tesla. Would not pick a cabin or RV over a Tesla. We do use a tent, bUt it connects to the car, and the back of the car becomes the bedroom, frunk is the kitchen, and the tent gets the left over roles.
  • edited November -1
    Slept in my MS for four nights after our earthquakes. Camper mode works great.
  • edited September 2016
    @carlos - "You know what's great for camping also? An RV, a Tent, or a even a nicely appointed cabin. If you can afford a Tesla, you can afford all of these."

    Agreed!! I've slept in cars, and while it sure beats sleeping outside with no other camping gear, there is no comparison to my hammock, or even a tent with a decent pad under you. I can understand staying overnight in the car if you're on a roadtrip and get tired or get stranded somewhere but I can't imagine purposely deciding to go camping with just your car.

    Do you pull it up to the fire ring and hold your marshmallow stick out the window? Or do you just crank the heat and make smores over the heater vent?
  • edited September 2016
    @dsvick- Don't be silly, we start the campfire right inside the car... you know, just like you do if you are camping in a tent or an RV.

    We do a fair amount of camping, and have done everything between one man tents in rustic camp sites to a cabin in the Blueridge mountains, where fresh cut flowers and breakfast magically aopeared each morning. Camping in a Tesla has become our favorite. My teen child and I recently finished a 42 day cross country roadtrip. About 90% of our nights were camping. For is, the major benefit is a predictably safe and secure place to sleep, no matter what the weather or campground accommodation. Some nights, it was just a quick way to sleep, charge and take off. Some nights it kept us protected from too harsh elements. Sometimes it was just a matter of being able to warm up or cool down enough before we went to sleep for the night. The view of the stars through the screened pano was a great way to fall asleep. I can tell a poop load of stories just from that trip alone, that could explain the fascination with 'Tesla camping'
  • edited September 2016
    I know Elon has mentioned the Model 3 would be great for camping but I can t wait to see what he meant. Could someone in the know PLEASE tell more?
    Flat folding seats and maximising the length at the back are 100 % necessary. If not that would be a deal breaker for me. Camping mode seems obvious. Will there be an option to keep a hotspot on? Inside lights? Music? I can't wait to sleep under the stars in total luxury. Imagine a hotel room with roof windows on wheels. For me it's such a selling point that Elon should build showers at some superchargers located in cool locations and along main long journeys. Imagine the freedom and savings during holidays or weekend trips!! I think this forum should focus on what features should camping mode have. Any great ideas for them to implement in Model 3?
  • edited September 2016
    @dsvick I can bear the hassle of setting up camp but finding a good camping spot is a big headache, not to mention illegal in 99% of nice spots, where I live anyway. The worry that someone can open and enter the tent at any time also makes finding a good space difficult. Then it's sometimes too cold, too hot, too dark, too noisy, too windy, etc etc. All those issues 100% sorted when camping with a car... Park, enjoy, sleep... What's not to love?!

    People will say that bearing with environmental conditions is the point of camping. Good for them! I hope the model 3 will have nice blinds. That would be an awesome option :)
  • edited September 2016
    @sklancha - "Don't be silly, we start the campfire right inside the car..."

    You have to get the moonroof option to do that right? :)
  • DacDac
    edited September 2016
    "Elon should build showers at some superchargers" - info

    I am pretty sure Tesla doesn't want to encourage people to camp out at their superchargers, especially not overnight.
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