Oztent and zero propane camping
I like to comfortable when camping. Over the years, I've acquired so much stuff, and got used to using it all. It used to not be a problem because when I usally go camping, I towed a trail truck with either a pickup or Excursion, so I had plenty of room for all the creature comforts. Now that I'm trying to take it all in a 90, I run out of room real quick, even with a roof rack. So I revamped my whole setup.
First of all, I hate propane. It's expensive and bulky. So the first thing I did was hit Ebay. I already had one Whisperlite, so I bought two more, and bought three stands. I attached two of the stands together with a small hinge. So now I can cook with a griddle over the two Whisperlites, and the whole setup takes up only a quarter of the space a Coleman stove took up.
Next I took my Zodi Hot Water Shower and ditched the propane burner. I had already replaced the cheap battery operated with a small "on demand" RV pump. I took an aluminum grease pot from walmart, turned it upside down and cut three "L" shaped notches in it to hook onto the third Whisperlite. Drilled holes in the top and coiled copper line inside. Now I have a hot water shower kit that takes up half the size of the Zodi and runs on white gas!
Can't stand to be cold, I've always used a Catalytic propane heater in the tent. I was about to give in and keep that piece of equipment when I found a Sears (made by Coleman) catalytic tent heater from the 70's that ran on White gas! It had never been used! Haven't used it in a tent yet, but I ran it in a bathroom with the door shut and it worked fine, no smell at all!
Next, I needed to organize the inside of the 90. No one ever rode in the back, so I removed the one seat I had. I always keep a trunk in the back for recovery gear and a bugout bag, and usually stack similar trunks in when I go camping. Since I wanted to keep most of my camping gear permanently in the truck, I searched for better storage solutions. I stumbled across these boxes when I was in Office Depot, they fit on the wheel wells perfectly! Two in front of the Engel, and two in front of the toolbox. All the cooking equipment and shower, along with towels fit in those boxes. Then I got two clothes hanging rods and put then across the top of the back between the alpine windows. There I store two chairs, air mattress (rolled up inside a chair bag), and a pop up shower stall. A small folding table sits between the rear A/C and trunk.
So now I have everything in the truck at all times except sleeping bags, clothes, and tent. I could have gone with a small tent and put it up against the roof with the chairs, but I like a big tent. So I bit the bullet and ordered an RV-5. (merry Christmas to me!) It should be the only thing that has to reside on the roof rack.