Building Projects ~ Getting Ready to Live in My SUV

 

(Originally posted on March 16, 2014, when I’d made the decision to live in my vehicle again after trying to live in a cabin for a few months, then losing my job to the Colorado floods, then losing my cabin because I couldn’t pay rent).

If you’d like to watch a video about Mitzi you can watch it here You Can Happily Live in an SUV. This was an interview done by Bob Wells with me in January 2016.

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Now that I’ve decided to return to my nomadic life again, I decided I needed to make a couple of things to make my life a little easier.

When I lived in Mitzi prior to my getting the cabin, I just had a narrow pad on top of some boxes and stuff. It worked well but was just a little awkward. So now this is going to be my home for a long time, I decided to build a bed. It’s not anything fancy, but it is more solid than what I used before, and actually, gives me more storage space under it, and makes my storage easier to get at.

There isn’t much room in the back of Mitzi, and I didn’t want to spend any money, so I came up with a solution from bits I found around.

One of the problems with a Mitsubishi Sport is that when the seat is folded up, the back of the vehicle isn’t flat, in fact, there is a big step in the middle of it. A challenge, but one I managed to overcome.

The back of Mitzi when emptyBuilding the base for the bedInstalling the bed

 

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Another thing I wanted to do is have a place to carry a gas can so I can have four or five extra gallons when I go into the boonies for long periods. Also, I sometimes gather firewood, and although I don’t care about splinters in my bed too much, it can be a nuisance having to move firewood in and out of the car every time I stop. So I wanted a place to keep a bit of firewood on hand, without it being in the way.

The obvious solution to this was to carry it on top, but I already have a car top cargo box up there, and it didn’t leave much space. I looked at car-top racks, and bars, and they were not affordable for me, so I decided to make my own.

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Now I have a place to carry an extra four or five gallons of gas and some firewood. How I’ll get the gas up there, I don’t know. I’ll worry about that when the time comes. Ha, Ha.

This little project may not look like much, but it actually required quite a bit of figuring out and planning.

First I had to decide what to build the rack with, then figure out a way to attach it so I can remove it. I also had to raise it up so it wasn’t sitting on the rooftop. Then I had to drill the holes, get the right bolts, washers, lock washers, wing nuts, and figure out a way to attach the crates (bolted on) and paint it in steps so that even the unexposed wood has some protection from the elements. I also had to get the measurements right, so it didn’t touch the Thule, and so I could open the rear door and get the crates on. After all that, when it was all assembled together, it had to slip into place perfectly, there was no room for error.

Took me all day and five trips to the hardware store, but I did it, all on my own. Phew!

Okay, so it isn’t the most beautiful car rack in the world, but it’s solid and functional.

So those were my two ‘building’ projects in order to get my new home ready to move into.

All it took was $20.00, some ingenuity, and some borrowed tools.

Until next time,

Roxy ~ A Nomad for Nature

(Originally posted in 2014)

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