March 24, 2021 4 min read
In this day and age there truly are SO MANY different adventure ready vehicles to choose from: Tesla Camping, to Sprinter Van, RV, and everything in between, the build out ideas and inspiration never stops flowing! At HEST we always appreciate the ingenuity of DIY builds. As product designers by profession and weekend warriors by passion, our team is obsessed with functionality and how a design will incorporate in to everyday life. DIY truck & van build outs are the pinnacle of smart design meeting practical function. Taking a moment to celebrate these projects and give them the love they deserve:
Your Name: Caleb Brackney
Location: Knoxville, TN
Rig nickname: Roamer Bus
Vehicle Make & Model: Thomas International 36' School Bus
HEST Product: HEST Sleep System + Pillows
No, I have a car that I tow behind the bus for more efficient transportation and ease of getting around faster! The bus is used as my base wherever I go, and I park it at campgrounds, truck stops, or parking lots while traveling!
On my average weekend adventure, the essentials are a propane outdoor oven, a mobile power station (such as a Jackery), a guitar, a propane water heater for showering and dishes, my 4-man tent, the HEST Sleep System, my dog (Ivy the golden doodle) and as many friends as I can fit! The basics for the best times are music, a good night’s rest, warm food, and a shower every few days if possible! Incorporating gear storage into the Roamer Bus was mandatory for me as I have grown up learning the importance that spending time outdoors has on my mental and physical health.
I am so thrilled how it turned out, and as I near 8 months of living in the bus, there really isn’t any- thing I wish was different! I’m constantly amazed at how easy life can be with less things and being in control of what I own by always knowing where things are. It really makes life so much less stressful. My weekends aren’t full of organizing closets or going through clothes I don’t wear, so I’m able to spend that time with friends and family outside to make as many memories as I can!
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