weirdscience wrote:jungle i like your idea but how do you get major stuff there like bikes and such also wouldn't it look bad when my bags goes through xray there's 4 12 foot and 4 7 foot wires with boxes attached to them? (el wire)
For my bike, I just bought a new one at Walmart for $57. I camped with an awesome group of people from Sacramento, and one of the ladies volunteered to take it home with her and bring it back next year. She insisted. There are also used bikes everywhere for around $40. As the burn gets closer, people will start advertising.
Yeah, security looks at you a little funny.. I had a 300' spool of speaker wire, metallic pants, glowies, all kinds of stuff in my carry on. They check it, but it's no biggie. Nothing is illegal.
For my truck setup, I found a lady to donate a sofa and loveseat set for free off of Craigslist. I put the loveseat against the back of the truck facing forward, and the other on the side of the truck towards the gate. I used the space inbetween as the storage area. I bought a couple of large grey snap bins from Walamart ($6/each) and used one for food, and one for clothes and misc. I stacked cases of beer and whatever around. I partied and slept on the main couch along the side, and flipped over a box as my "coffee table". I used 2 strings of solar powered christmas lights for my night time lighting.. stretched on on either side of the truck. The truck has rafters along the side to tie/hang stuff from.
To sleep, I would just close the gate. It breathed and let in plenty of air.. in fact it was SUPER comfy. It would hold just enough heat from the day to not get way cold inside at night, and it would hold the cool air through the day until around 1-2 until it got hot. I couldn't ask for better climate control or shade structure. When you are chilling out inside during the day or want privacy, just close the back slide door half - 2/3 down. Enough to let light in and breath but people only see your feet when they walk by.
For the windstorms/dust factor.. omg it ruled. Since you are like 4 feet off the ground and its open underneath you, the dust blows around but not AT you. You aren't in the dirt.. you are comfortably above it. I was in there for one wind storm during the day and just closed the door and chilled out. Almost none blew in, but I had plenty of light and air. I didn't feel shut in at all. You'll be surprised.
There is TONS of space inside of one of those things.. way more than one person needs. You could throw a party in one. I actually had people wanting to hang out in it all the time, and more than once (ok, maybe almost every night..) had a nighttime visitor or two.
I was also amazed at how gas efficient it was.. I used only $65 in gas to go from Reno to BRC to Carson City.
The only thing I would do different next time as far as the truck goes is bring some kind of tapestry or something to hang in the tailgate area so that I didnt have to slide the door open and close all the time. Something thick.. then weight it at the bottom with something. I don't know. Other than that, zero complaints.
Now.. things I'll do different next burn.. that's another story.
- Bring a fraction of the clothes you think you will need. In the end, youll have a favorite pair of day pants, and a fav pair of night pants. The end. Some long underwear and a fleece.. you're set.
- Bring half as much food and twice as much water as you think youll need. Every bit of 2 gallons/person/day. They tack on 2 extra gallons.
You'll learn the rest by then. Long story short: Don't overthink this. It isn't the moon, and it's really not a big deal especially with us being from Florida. The heat and sun is MINOR compared to here. Wear the same shoes you always wear. Shit, i said f it and went out 24/7 in my Rainbow flip flops by Wednesday and zero problems with "playa foot".
I could go on and on. If you guys have questions, I'll be glad to help.. but wait until we get closer so that you actually remember it and I'm not repeating myself.. lol