Warning: We are not professionals. Please, take appropriate precautions when performing any vehicle modifications. This post is specific to our 2002 Ford Explorer XLS, but feel free to be inspired.
After getting married in September, my wife and I were headed to Thailand to work with refugees on the border of Myanmar. That left us with a lot of loose ends to tie up before we took off - including what to do with her car.
Upon looking at plane tickets, we made a bold move and pulled the trigger on cheap tickets from LAX to BKK (check out Scott's Cheap Flights for amazing deals on airfare). Not knowing how we were going to make it from Charlotte, NC to Los Angeles, CA we came up with a plan.
Over the next couple of weeks, we took our unassuming Ford Explorer and converted it into our own adventure mobile - equipped with a foldable sleeping platform, kitchen, comfortable mattress, tons of storage, and more!
With a modest budget and a lot of elbow grease, we turned "Dora the Explorer" into what we believe is the coolest car camping solution ever.