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Van Life Random Thoughts

Nothing earth shattering in this post. Rather, I camped out of the van again and this time, with the temporary fixed bed platform. Also added was my brand new laptop to be able to watch a movie if I wanted. I did start to watch the movie “The Hero” but I rarely make it through a movie without falling asleep. What this did though was tell me my original thought of having a small flat screen could be a sweet addition. Especially if I hit the road solo (which is a high likelihood).

Bed: I am still torn if I want a fixed platform bed. I will likely debate this topic for a while. I see the advantages of having a fixed platform with some pull out drawers as storage, but I also see the advantage of having as much floor space as possible to carry kayaks and let my dogs roam about. I do like my fold up mats (pads) to sleep on but I could use something a tad bit more cush if I were to sleep many nights at a time in this. To be continued…

Cooking: I think it would be nice to have a pullout platform out the back. Where this could get tricky is if it is raining. I guess I will just have to camp through a storm to figure this one out!

Van Cooking

Gear storage: Something to easily rig for a line to hang things outside for when it is not raining. Throwing the gear all over the exterior of the van just is not going to cut it. A while back I came across Adam Nawrot’s page and wrote him asking for his thoughts since I can’t seem to find much out there on kayakers and van conversions. He suggested I have some sort of outside storage for the smelly gear. I am still thinking on this topic as well as that seems like fantastic advice.

Fridge: I really want a small fridge for the essentials. It needs to be small though as I don’t have much space. An idea I saw was in-between the front seats but my husky (Sierra) loves to lay in this spot and be my helper up front. Doubt I put one there. Still researching this.

Garbage: Empty trash rolling around just isn’t cool. Need to come up with a slick fix.

Roof rack: The factory rack works just fine but if I am wanting to throw on many boats, this won’t work well. Anything I’ve seen out there just isn’t wide enough. I spent some time with my co-worker (who helps me on the mechanical side of things) in Lowes, only to be frustrated. He went home and came up with what I think is a genius idea for a rack system. Stay tuned on this!

The more time I have in this van, the more I absolutely love it. I can see why people ditch their jobs and hit the road and wonder. Until next time…


I started kayaking in Wisconsin of all places, because this is where I am from. I then moved to San Diego and took on kayak surfing along with heading to the Kern River when water was available. I then made the move to Asheville, NC and have been hooked on this sport since my Wisconsin days. With whatever it is that you do, do it because you love it, not because society tells you should or for other outside factors. Don't simply exist, live!