Too much stuff with no good way of packing, be it a backpacking trip or packing Nemo, our Landcrusier.
For the last several months we have struggled with the best way of packing our gear. This past summer’s trip to Labrador was half to see what sort of packing we would need as well as what we really needed to take. If nothing else we found we needed 4 doors … or at least the ability to physically get into the back of the vehicle easier. This is how we ended up with Nemo the Landroamer.
In our search for the perfect packing solution, we discovered several different options by talking to people and checking out online resources. Unfortunately there is a HUGE divide in what works for the drivers who go camping for a few days vs long term travel. Not to mention every person or couple has their preferences. Some like cooking and want as many gadgets as possible. Some want a pot, Ramen noodles, and can open a beer on a bumper. Taking all this into account, many options simply did not fit or meet our needs. In the end it came down to core issues that had to be addressed. They are as follows;
Weight: This is huge for us. Weight equalls lower gas mileage as well as more wear and tear on the vehicle. And our landcruiser is not a new vehicle clocking in at over 200,000 miles under its hood already. While we have our suspension and tires set up to carry added weight, we did not want the containers alone that hold our gear to take up the entire weight quota while holding only air.
Efficient Use of Space: This is a hard one. Far too many commercial bin manufactures produce luggage that is smaller at the bottom than the top with protruding handles which reduce packing volume because you just can’t put as many in. Also few fit well in the dimensions of the cruiser. Draws have been a popular choice and we made some. But the weight was prohibitive as was the ruggedness due to poorly manufactured drawer slides (which were not cheap to purchase!) Commercially produced drawers such as Dobson and ARBs are very nice, but way outside our price range.
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