What does my SUV layout look like?
I spent month thinking and sketching what a SUV layout designed for an outdoor sport enthusiast should be. Since my models are registered to the National Institute of Intellecual Property, I can be identified has their creator. It’s time to reveal my secrets.
I developed new skills during this experience such as padding, program writing, buying on a worldwide market the exact parts I needed from China, UK or at the local fabric and hardware stores downtown.
I’m still exploring new paths to upgrade my products and implement high electronic technology to improve the ease of use and general comfort of my SUV layout. Today I want to give you an insight about my current progress.
- Bike racing
- Mountain Biking
- Surfing, …
Since everything fits inside, I don’t need a trailer or a roof box. This statement changes a lot of things:
- Cheaper cost on toll roads
- Reduce gas consumption
- Access to every car park under 1m95
- Minimize your car maintenance (no trailer, no roof box, less wear and tear)
- Protect your equipment
Moreover, if I need to use my SUV for another purpose, I can remove my “sofa bed” in 30min to beneficiate all the surface.
What makes this SUV layout specific for outdoor sport lovers?
- is made with resilient materials that last long and easy to clean,
- offers the right fixations to load/unload quickly their equipment and protect the SUV layout
- provides some additional functions to protect their equipment from wear and tear
These three criteria have been taken really seriously when I made my SUV layout. I mostly used marine plywood, steel square tube, imitation leather, highly resilient glycerol paint, bathroom lino and LED lights.
I’ve also developed specific fixations to load and unload my bike, mountain bike and snowboard really quickly while protecting my SUV layout from choc. As you can see, I don’t need any straps to hold my bike in position and I only have to remove my front wheel on my mountain bike to hold this one in a tiny space.
Last but not least, I’ve also included a cleaning system operated by a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) that allows me to regulate how much water I want to use and how many cycles I can run before my water tank is empty. With my 12V low pressure water pump I can operate three programs:
- wash myself under the shower (which can be tepid with an element inside my water tank)
- wash my equipment even if this one is muddy
- Wash my dishes
I really like my shower because this one is very well integrated. I haven’t seen anybody doing it my way with a hose running through the tailgate and using quick connectors. Also, this shower doesn’t need any tap since the pump is operated by a PLC that cuts or runs water during a cycle. On the other hand, this is the best way to control my water and electric consumption, therefore reduce my ecological footprint. Every drop used during a shower are collected by a 30L folding containment bund that I’ll use next to wash my outdoor equipment.
I’ve chosen a pump strong enough to produce an interesting pressure and flow although this is nothing comparable to a high pressure water gun. With these properties and with the right pressure jet wash I can clean most of my bike or Mountain Bike before I load them into the van (after drying and greasing every parts that need it). In this way, I have something less to worry about when I’m back home and I save some precious time to do something else. This comfort goes even further: If I don’t need to unload my van for another purpose, this one is already all set for my next trip!
What about Electricity consumption?
When I made this SUV layout, I wrote down my needs on a list. Building the simplest and tiniest SUV layout was the main thing, managing my electricity consumption was the second. My backpacker experience has taught me a lot about what matters and what doesn’t. Consequently, including high consumption devices such as a cooler, a fridge or 230V AC products was a non-sense. The necessary electric installation to produce this amount of energy isn’t worth the cost. Indeed, getting another or 2 others car batteries, plugging a switch charger between all of them and lead their energy towards an inverter than can generate 230V AC 2000W cost around 500€ and 20kg for the cheapest installation. I prefer to shop everyday fresh products and if it’s not possible I can still get cans or buy dehydrated food.
Instead I plugged all my electric installation onto my 12V 70aH car battery that supplies 12V DC components able to unleash 72-84W max when I need a lot of torque for a couple of minute or as low as 4.5W to power LED light for hours or my PLC. With this configuration I’m always able to start my car engine, most of the energy being used by my car audio system.
My cooking and sleeping gear are the same I take with me when I go trekking since these ones are already designed to be lightweight and compact when packed.
What do you thing about this SUV layout?
May be my SUV layout can only take two people but at least, it does it perfectly! If you have any question about my layout or if you want a price range about how much it would cost you, let me know by email or use my contact page.