Monday, June 8, 2015

Van Camping

My van has many uses; Inside there is a full width 4 feet by 6.5 feet long platform I built to store all my bug-out gear and sleep on and it's for camping and everyday transportation. Recently I added mounts to the roof to tie one side of the tarp/canopy onto it and using a single adjustable painters pole for the center support.

Below is my first campout with the new canopy and it work great! It did rain in the morning after setup but I simply sat in the chair, drank some coffee and waited for the rain to pass. What I did discover was I needed a second support pole or one at each corner. The reason is with a pole at each corner would give me more square feet of rain and sun protection (I'm in Florida and the sun is brutal) and in a bug-out situation will allow me to lower the adjustable poles creating a downward canopy slope with a slight valley to easily collect rain water that in a bad situation could be life sustaining!

I had a great time camping at the shore of the St Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean watching the cargo ships pass by. I was amazed at how large and quiet those ships are.










6 comments:

  1. Looks lovely Mike. We were at LT Island on Sunday in the very early hours before the trash rolled in. My gosh, why can't women over 50 wear a 1 piece? Especially over weight ones at that.

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    1. Are there any women over 50 that are not overweight? Mmmmmm lots of pot bellied men, too.

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    2. DFW, Overweight is a serious issue for our country. Eating as I see it is an addiction they can't break. It's like being on cocaine, heroin, smoking and alcohol to name a few. Most of these heavy weights are taking multiple prescriptions, are depressed and wrecking their health due to their weight. I see so many young woman late 20's and 30's grossly overweight and most of their children are the same.

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  2. Mike,

    Camping by the water is just so relaxing. In Florida you need a canopy with all that sun and no tree's for shade.
    Did you catch any fish?

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    1. Only got a few hours of fishing. Still learning saltwater shore fishing. One big hook-up but lost it, I think it may have been a stingray as they fight hard.

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  3. Great setup! Makes me want to go camping....and fishing, and grilling those fish :) Hope you had fun!

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