How to put 186 pieces together?

With some screws, I guess. Easier said than done. 💪

Let me start at the beginning with the dilemma, that many of us faced when we first bought a bit bigger car and found out, that we could use it for something more than just as a mean of transport from point A to point B. Car is big enough to convert it into some sort of a camper. How? Well I do have some tools…

In 21st century you don’t start checking your idea with your friends or neighbours but you start digging on the internet. Soon I found out, that there is loads of options. None was really cheap and all were available only on-line. But I have some tools right? So…

DIY has become my obsession as I strongly believed that my solution is going to be better and above all cheaper. You can even get some detailed plans on-line how to assemble only the bed or camping box. It kind of looked too complicated for me as it was nowhere written where to get those exact parts or the parts were from the US and they don’t ship to Europe. So I spent hours already of just browsing the internet and still without a fixed plan on how to do my own camping box. I was starting to get a bit nervous and when my wife found out, that I hadn’t even started yet, her comments made me even more nervous. Doesn’t she understand that this was going to be a piece of art? At least!

I started calling my friends to help me out a bit. Soon it was a classical situation that went like this that my friend knew a friend that had a neighbour that works in a workshop, where they produce kitchen panels and they could do some preparations for my camping box…this was going to be a no go. I have already lost track who knew who, and who is going to finally do something about it. Above all they were always busy and I was losing so much time explaining from scratch what my idea was.

Ok. Camping box. Now for real! I downloaded a plan from the internet, modified it a bit and went straight to a hardware store. Finally the work had began. Omg! That was a whole day project buying and cutting only the wooden part of the camping box. I started to panic. Not to mention I was already well above the budget, knowing that I wasn’t even near the end. I had arranged with the neighbour that I could use his garage to assemble the camping box. He even offered some help. It turned out, that he helped me drink all the beer as we were making serious plans on how we are going to start. Another day went by…

The plan now went from the piece of art to just to make it done. So I was starting to change my mind about the nature of all the features I had planned. Was it really necessary to have tap water and the sink? Could I just buy a plastic container instead of having a proper drawer on rails? On the other hand I still had a regular job that had to be done. And my social life, that I started to neglect. Is it possible for the man to say that he was wrong? Of course not! So I returned to my men’s cave in my neighbours garage and we started working. This time without a beer.

Progression without a beer involved was evident and soon I could present my masterpiece to my wife. She didn’t pay much attention actually, just popped the question where we were going to sleep. Oh no! I forgot on the most important feature of my camping box. I just bought extra wood panel, drilled some holes in it in order to keep the ventilation and put it on top of my masterpiece. It was quite unstable and still without the padding and all together has become super heavy. But I did it!

I have started to count all the parts and as I came to amazingly high number which was over 150, I stopped counting.. Could it really be that many? Every piece had to be sought and then bought, not to mention that most of them had to be prepared for the installation. I don’t dare to write down the number of hours I spent, cases of beer we drank together with the neighbour and other friends and all the nerves and hair that I lost.

My modest advice would be that If you don’t do this kind of work professionally or at least as a serious hobby, and you don’t have your own workshop, just don’t do it. It turned out I forgot on so many little details that my masterpiece turned out to be nothing but disappointment. After a year of using my own camping box, it only lasted that long as I was too stubborn or just too proud to confess that I have actually failed, I end up buying a brand new one. This time I spend 30 minutes on-line, ordered it, have it delivered to my doorstep and I let someone else to take care of all the 186 pieces. They said that this was without the screws…

Matej