Organize Your Camper

by DesertRose
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My cousin Marc loves to camp to take photos all over our beautiful state. He spends a lot of time on the road when he is not working at his own family business in the oil fields. He did such a great job organizing his camper, I had to share some of his great ideas for families that may like to do the same. I envy him getting out where you can see only stars above the timber and hear only coyotes howling at the moon. Many hunters and campers are DIY people, so I hope this helps you too.

Organizing and making a camping van that is built for multi-purposes is very rewarding.

Marc wanted to be able to camp in his van as well as haul his 4 wheeler when he hunts and goes on photography adventures. You can see he planned the floor space to be able to do the hauling. Now for the camping structure in the van.

He has a van that is customized for his height which is six feet or a little higher. He ordered this way for an additional fee added to the original van. If you are not as tall, you may not need to alter your van or camping vehicle for more height.

To fit the 4 wheeler in the van he ordered beds that attach to the wall of the van from He paid about $800 for them because he is a big man and needed the extra strength to accommodate his frame. They fold up out of the way for him to drive his 4 wheeler inside.

The next thing he added was a carpet flooring and insulation to the roof.

There is an extra seat behind the driver and curtains to go all around the front for privacy. He also included broom clamps for cleaning the van or for fly rods for fishing, if he chooses.

Notice there is room to set storage tubs, climbing steps, and bags. Notice the handles in the back for climbing in the van back doors.

Here's another view from the front door with the sleeping bags and other items such as a portable plug in refrigerator.

I hope Marc's great ideas will help you configure your vehicle for camping and family outings. There is room on the floor for one or two smaller children to sleep in bags too. To me this is a safer way to camp and be out of direct contact of night predators, mosquitoes, skunks, and so forth.

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