continues to be the perfect platform for me. It worked out just awesome
on this trip as well serving a variety of functions as seen below. Also
shown is how I had the interior laid out. For my main 4Runner page, click
packing it up the night before leaving. In the front, I have two boxes
filled with snacks, other food items, CDs, batteries and other miscellaneous
small items. The front passenger seat was removed to open that side of
things up and in went the plastic bin in it's place. Behind the bin is
a tool box with general tools. Wrapped in the brown paper sacks is a spare
axle shaft should I have found a rocky trail somewhere (I didn't).
cooler contained all of my 4x5 film. I brought roughly 760 sheets, enough
for an average of about 17.5 sheets a day, but I only ended up shooting
an average of just under 4 per day. Two of the bags (5-count) of film
holders surrounding the cooler stayed loose in the back at all times while
one remained in my camera bag.
is the back end in the daytime configuration. Plenty of room for the tonneau
cover to be used and keep the coolers shaded.
the day in the back seat, I set my camera bag and tripod here for access.
This is the
the darkroom setup. The film holders go in the light tight changing tent.
I put the exposed sheets of film in one box and insert unexposed film
into the holders from another.
This is the
sleeping configuration looking back from the driver's seat. The big camera
backpack gets heaved over on top of my clothes bag in the back seat and
my bag full of maps and other resources gets put on top of the stove and
I usually had
a map readily available
Inside the plastic
bin was tortellini, toasted pastries, granola bars, stove pot plasticware
and a roll of paper towels.
serves as a nice show shelter while eating a warm cup of soup
Inside the rear
passenger door are boots, dirty clothes bag (white), my duffle bag with
all my clothes (the black one on the bottom) and the blue bag held my
maps, books, etc.
This is the
back section where I had two one-gallon jugs of water, my smaller photo
backpack in front of them with my film changing tent in the black bag
on top of it. On the far side are all my caps, an extra set of boots and
my tripod umbrella which is mostly hiden on the edge.