My Ride, My Diggs

I was recently asked how my camping rig works out while on the road, so felt a few visual aids would help out.  I keep almost everything in the storage area of the camper. (insert) The two plastic boxes on the left store the food and cooking gear, the two on the right have all my clothes and the large bin in the center houses all the miscellaneous stuff.  Almost everything is contained in the boxes.  emergency items such as first aid, flares, etc are in the left saddlebag of the bike, computer and electronics in the trunk and breakfast/snack items are in the right saddlebag.  A fifty quart cooler is on the trailer tongue with a 2 1/2 gallon fuel can behind that.  This is how the unit would look while rolling.  (insert)  In the event of bad weather and we can pull into a campground, I an leave the camper hooked up to the bike and be at this stage (under cover and out of the rain) within 45 seconds of putting the kickstand down.  (insert)  The interior, when opened up, makes into a queen sized air mattress with foam topper that since I’m traveling alone will just hold my sleeping bag.  Outside the bed is about a 5′ by 5′ dressing area.  I added a few changes to make my life a little more comfortable.  I cut a piece of carpet for the dressing area and since it’s not quite square had to paint arrowns to indicated the direction it should go down.  (insert)  I didn’t have a real good way to hang the lights and had to have them be able to be removed and stored when I’m closed up.  Fortunately the framework is internal, so I took a plastic pipe clamp, glued two button magnets where the screws would go, glued a metal plate on the back of the plastic light. (insert)  Now I slip the clamp over the framework and the light attaches to it. (insert)  When I lay down at night I needed a place to put my glasses, watch, phone, etc and putting them on the bed frame wasn’t the answer.  I took a 3/4 inch plastic plumbing T, made a verticle cut on the long side, took my torch out and heated up the cut to flare it out to fit around the frame, riveted a piece of Velcro around the top half to hold it onto the vertical framework and stuck another piece of plastic pipe in the horizontal that I had cut off flat to accept a plastic bowl that was liberated from my wife’s kitchen.  Works good. (insert)  Table top space was always a problem.  The area of my small aluminum table was rapidly used up, so made a 15 inch by 45 inch table out of an old street speed sign that rests on the bed frame when not in use (insert) then folds out when needed. (insert)  The sign was a  little springy so had to make a stiffener out of angle aluminum.  None of these “improvements” are going to win any awards for beauty but they serve a purpose to make my life a little more comfortable.  Nothing in any book I’ve ever read about camping said you had to be uncomfortable.

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