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Four Unexpected Ways to Use Your Car

By tinahamilton

Most people spend a large chunk of their day in the car. Commuting to work or chauffeuring kids from soccer practice to dance lessons, driving takes a lot of time. So why not turn your car into a place where you actually want to hang out? Here are four unusual ways to use your vehicle both on and off the road.

1. SUV Camper

For light travelers who love the outdoors but don’t want to haul a trailer, use your SUV as a camper. Some vehicles come with pop-up camper shells. Others can be converted with some rudimentary materials. Popping out the back seats and converting a platform bed, is all you need to enjoy campgrounds across the country.

National Geographic Young Explorers, Annie Agonne and Kevin Weidner flipped their Honda CRV into a tiny camper by constructing a back seat bed with storage underneath. Using plywood, a tarp and two-by-fours, they built this great backseat bed to travel with, using it to spend the night at trailheads, on mountaintops and even in Walmart parking lots. Agonne and Weidner spent three months traveling 15,000 miles through 31 states in their cost-effective car-bed.

2. Entertainment on the Road

Whether it is going to an old fashioned drive-in movie or simply cranking up the stereo for a sing-along or steering wheel jam session, cars are often where people enjoy their media. Bluetooth accessories can help you remain hands free while using your cell phone to make calls. Mobile Internet can connect your tablet or other device to the web, letting kids in the backseat stream music or drivers navigate better and listen to streamed music. With mobile technology at an all time high, it has never been easier to turn your car into a total entertainment center. The only problem might be keeping your focus on the road.

3. Collateral

Many people are unaware that a vehicle can also serve as a powerful asset in a financial pinch. Lending companies like offer short term loans using your car title as collateral. In an emergency situation, your vehicle can come through to help you borrow extra cash.

4. Portable Jacuzzi

Affectionately referred to as the “redneck hot tub,” transforming the bed of a pick up into a Jacuzzi is a totally awesome way to trick out your truck. This DIY hot tub is pretty easy to outfit in the bed of any sized pick up. Use a sturdy plastic tarp without any rips, tears or holes and stretch it in the truck bed with sufficient extra material overhanging. Then take duct tape to secure the liner and make things completely leak proof.

All you have to do after this is make sure you are parked near a garden hose. Larger trucks can hold as much as 300 gallons of water, so it could take a while to fill up the tub. While you are waiting, you can take another hose and fasten it to the tailpipe of the truck. The hose can then transfer hot exhaust into the tank to provide warmth and bubbles. Just make sure you’re outside in a well-ventilated area.

With these great ideas you can get the most out of your vehicle.


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