CORAL SPRINGS, FL—For the last two days my brother has been welding aluminum for me. Little pieces meticulously cut and melted back together to form a larger and more complex piece. Actually two larger more complex pieces: The front and rear arms of a ladder rack.
With the height of the Nissan NV at over eight feet, the roof, the solar panels and any storage hopes have been—until today—unavailable to me while on the road.
The main reason I wanted access to the roof is to eventually store a canopy or tarp up there to use as an exterior shelter or shade or awning for when I’m doing dispersed camping out in the wilderness. Shade on sunny days. Shelter on rainy days.
Of course there’s an added bonus to a ladder hanging off the side of your vehicle: it makes the van look like a commercial truck—a work truck. And that look adds considerably to the sleep-wherever-you-want stealth factor.
This concludes our special presentation of the Projects of Florida Trip. We now return to our regularly scheduled drifter/spiritual/mystical/photographer stuff.