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I'm going off-roading in the Tonto National Forest next week with three overnight camping stays planned. Since flies and mosquitoes are likely to be a problem with water nearby (Roosevelt and Apache lakes), I needed a way to ventilate the vault when sleeping to keep the CO2 level down. I made this device to allow air in and keep the bugs out. I made it using two 3/8" thick pine boards, hinged in the middle so it can be inserted into the tonneau tracks on both sides. Common screened soffit/gable vents cover cutouts in the boards. I borrowed the aluminum angle irons from my A/C Lexan insert to add strength to the vent panels. Here it is installed.

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The tonneau vent worked well. The CO2 level in the vault stayed well within the healthy range (420 to 1400 ppm) with two people sleeping inside.

I found that placing the vent panel between the gate and the tonneau as shown has to be done before getting into the vault to sleep. It’s very difficult to close the tonneau using the app from inside the vault. When the tonneau strikes the vent panel, it retracts a distance of about 8 inches as a safety feature. One does not have fine control of the tonneau using the app as is possible from the physical controls.

I had to first install the vent panel (or the Lexan panel with BougeRV air conditioner), then carefully close the tonneau against it using the physical tonneau close button. I can then crawl into the vault through the open gate.

Unfortunately, I was not able to close the gate from inside the vault. I didn’t have the strength (leverage) needed to do so by pulling on the gate at the emergency release opening. I solved the problem by wrapping a strap around the gate with a length of the strap extended from the top of the gate. From inside the vault I could pull the strap to raise the gate until it latched shut.

Tesla Cybertruck Vault vent for sleeping Gate Strap 1


Tesla Cybertruck Vault vent for sleeping Gate Strap 2


The strap can, of course, be removed. No modification to the CT is needed.
 

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I do have another idea for you. When we fly around AK bears 🐻 those silly guys like to chew on piper cub tires and other airplane tires. You can guess that losing a tire in the middle of the brooks range to a bruin can be costly and one loses a couple days, and a couple thousand.

So what do we use? A bear fence that goes around camp or plane or rubber raft. Runs on two double AAs. Four rods go in ground with fiberglass insulators. The wires are metal impregnated nylon. Takes about 10 minutes to setup. Something like 20k-50k in volts.

Also all my friends that have apiaries in Montana also use a fence but more of a permanent style.

It works. I also use it for when I have friends that won't camp without it. I did a traverse from bottom of glacier to top corner. Made my friends sleep like babies that met me along the way. I did hit my head on it one time getting up in middle of the night. Wow. That wakes you up.

I have slept in caves, Quinzees, tents, hammocks, and teepee's, but I don't envy you in the vault shut. Vent or no vent. Just thinking.

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I do have another idea for you. When we fly around AK bears 🐻 those silly guys like to chew on piper cub tires and other airplane tires. You can guess that losing a tire in the middle of the brooks range to a bruin can be costly and one loses a couple days, and a couple thousand.

So what do we use? A bear fence that goes around camp or plane or rubber raft. Runs on two double AAs. Four rods go in ground with fiberglass insulators. The wires are metal impregnated nylon. Takes about 10 minutes to setup. Something like 20k-50k in volts.

Also all my friends that have apiaries in Montana also use a fence but more of a permanent style.

It works. I also use it for when I have friends that won't camp without it. I did a traverse from bottom of glacier to top corner. Made my friends sleep like babies that met me along the way. I did hit my head on it one time getting up in middle of the night. Wow. That wakes you up.

I have slept in caves, Quinzees, tents, hammocks, and teepee's, but I don't envy you in the vault shut. Vent or no vent. Just thinking.

Cheers
Thanks for the bear fence idea. Any product recommendation?

Sleeping in the vault works out well for us. Our sense of security is much greater than when sleeping in a tent, and there's not a wet tent to deal with in the morning. The load on CT's battery is half that of running Camp Mode in the cabin to keep warm. The CO2 meter eliminates any concerns about suffocation. Using the truck's vault floor and gate to fold/roll up blankets and mattresses makes the task clean and easy.
 

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I found that placing the vent panel between the gate and the tonneau as shown has to be done before getting into the vault to sleep. It’s very difficult to close the tonneau using the app from inside the vault. When the tonneau strikes the vent panel, it retracts a distance of about 8 inches as a safety feature. One does not have fine control of the tonneau using the app as is possible from the physical controls.
I haven’t tried it yet but what about calibrating the tonneau cover with your vent in place. That may reset it so it will close against your vents without seeing it as an obstruction. Then recalibrate again once the vent is removed.
 


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Are you noticing if there is still condensation with the vent in place without a fan?

That was a large benefit to us with camp mode on our Model S. We would turn the temp to ‘Lo’, A/C of, outside air, and fan set to 1 and it took care of the condensation as well as fresh air.

I’ve been looking into supper quite Computer fans for moving the air, but if it is effective, I like the simplicity of your design better.
 
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I haven’t tried it yet but what about calibrating the tonneau cover with your vent in place. That may reset it so it will close against your vents without seeing it as an obstruction. Then recalibrate again once the vent is removed.
Yes, I thought that might be possible. I tried to recalibrate the tonneau with the vent panel in place using the Service menu. It throws an error.
 

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Bears and bobcats and birds..
Bobcats and birds generally leave screens alone. Are you really afraid of bobcats and birds?

If you have bears, you have bigger problems. Well, black bears are generally no more dangerous than a dog, but brown and grizzlies etc are a problem.

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