Beach Equipment

There have been a few posts about putting storage boxes and equipment into the Cali Beach. Here is our version – it works extremely well. When we are not camping it all comes out and gets stuck in it’s reserved place in the garage ready for the next camping season.


Kampa units ready to go in to the Cali.


Secured on one side with a bungee fitted to one of the floor d-rings.


The bungee goes up one side of the front unit and locks onto the farthest upright on that unit. Another bungee goes from that upright, through the top of the back units and down the other side of the second unit.


And fits onto a floor mounted bracket. Time to assemble – about 2 minutes!


One unit has all the cooking and crockery bits


The other has all the washing essentials – and the whisle kettle



Dry food goes into another camper box


Which fits neatly on the bench seat next to the other two units.


In the back we have a set new of plastic boxes which fit in nicely leaving space for odds and sods.


One thing I will be doing this season is photographing the contents of each box. So it will be a lot easier to locate and relocate stuff.

Great Step Up

My wife’s colleague showed me utility box he made for storing stuff and helping to step up into the roof bed.

This is my variation on that theme and it works brilliantly. Cost only a few £’s to make.

Components: one utility bag from Lidl, a few bits of 1 by 1 inch wood, screws  and some plywood offcuts. Box measures L33 x H28 x W17 cm.

Tools: Electric screwdriver, saw and sander:



Sanded all the components to get rid of all rough edges


Nice and smooth


Assembled with some screws – you need a power driver to do this easily.

Holes drilled in top to aid removal.



Fitted beautifully in Lidl bag.


It took about 3 hours to get this far.


Now, I  needed to make a wider platform to put between the seats and secure the box and bag with velcro.


Best with a bit of stabilization from a strap to the roof slats to stop any wobbling.


and can be stored neatly and usefully between the seats for driving.

It can hold a load of stuff when in either step or storage positions.


Enhancements to Great Step Up

Woodpecker Wood

While out canoeing, we had to cross under a fallen tree. On the way back,  I noticed this neat line of holes drilled along the tree trunk. I presume it’s a woodpecker’s handy-work.


Water Mint

Wonderfully aromatic mint (edible) growing on banks of the River Wey, Surrey.