I can hear the waves crashing on the coastline a few hundred feet below where I’m parked. Doing a half sit-up from laying flat on my back, I peer out across the empty parking spaces. Underneath a streetlight at the end of the block, I see two men in a parked tow truck.
I wonder if they’re there for me. I wish I had some window covers, so I could stay hidden and get some much-needed rest.
Situations like this one, experienced during my travels around the country, inspired the adventure-ready rig I drive now. I’ve built some simple creature comforts into the back of an old Tacoma, and some features that allow me to sleep unnoticed in an urban environment.
My setup allows me to more effectively organize the gear I tote along on my various adventures, and opens the door to trips I would otherwise never take.
At the drawing board
Long before I even touched a tool, I took to the internet for inspiration. I checked out all kinds of setups—everything from basic lofted platforms stuffed with gear beneath to custom roller bearing drawers meticulously organized with everything a dirtbag could ever need.
Each person’s setup is customized to their needs, and their plans are not typically published. So I broke out my notepad, my pencil, and cup after cup of coffee to draw up some crude blueprints of my own.