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Cargo Nets for Van Storage?
Cargo Nets for Van Storage?

Cargo Nets for Van Storage?

Nothing says adventure like “Cargo.” Think Cargo Planes, Cargo Ships, Cargo Pants and……Cargo Nets??? Cargo nets for van storage???

Cargo Nets for Van Storage
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Cargo Net

Designing our Custom Van

When we began designing our layout, the two most important features were the garage space for our adventure gear and an open living space. We wanted to have plenty of room for boards, bikes, and kites, but we also didn’t want to be crawling over each other and the dog all the time.

Why Cargo Nets for Van Storage didn’t Work for Us!

Storing boards under the bed didn’t work. They invaded our living space and made our bed/couch useless for sitting on. We also found that our equipment always slid out from under the bed when traveling when we hit the road. And once it was out, it didn’t like to go back in. It was like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.

Our First Storage Solutions

We added board storage on the ceiling. This way the boards that were too long to fit under the bed were now out of the way. No more triping over them to move around or when trying to sit down.

We also added a cargo net to block off the “garage space” (the extra space underneath the bed that is accessible from the rear doors) from the “living space” (the rest of the van). This seemed like a great compromise; leaving the space open to get to, but blocking the equipment from sliding around. The cargo net would give us acess to the shelves underneath the bed and it would be a lot easier to move equiment in and out. Or so we thought …

Ceiling Board Storage
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Ceiling Board Storage
The Reality of the Cargo Net

While the cargo net kept our equipment from sliding all the way out from under the bed, it didn’t keep it entirely under the bed/couch either. Once we were moving, everything shifted forward and we still had to climb over the bulging net to sit on our bed/couch.

And….. although we could see through the cargo net, we were not able to easily access the things behind it. Grabbing a kite, the shower box, or bike shoes became a game of tug-of-war. Everything became a tangled mess and only got worse over time. To get to one item you had to move a dozen things in the way. After our last 16-day trip, we had had enough and decided it was time for some updates.

Cargo Nets for Van Storage?
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Cargo Net Reality
Walling Off the Garage Space

Upon returning from our last trip, we decided that both our garage space and living space would be improved by adding a barrier between them, defining the two spaces. Now we can access the garage space without an invasion of our living space every time we hit the road.

By adding a defined wall, the garage space under the bed now has more structure and actually has more space for storing all of our adventure gear. Additionally, we were able to add a couple of cabinets to the front of the wall that double as both a step to get into bed and more seating.

Not Cargo Nets for Van Storage
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Walling Off the Garage Space

We are excited about how these simple changes will improve our space on our next adventure. Thanks for reading. Hope this helps as you design and plan your van space. Follow us for more van build insights and tales of our KiteBikeVan adventures. ~KiteBikeVan

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