Making a Storage Shelf in the Back of an SUV or Van

I’ve long said that having a shelf in the back of an SUV is probably the single biggest improvement or modification you can make to your car camping setup. I’ve had and used one for a couple of years, but it was specifically made for my RAV4 (meaning that I couldn’t be of much help when other people asked me how to make a shelf in the back of their SUV), and I felt that I could make an improved version that worked better for my needs. The result is the shelf shown in this video. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

And if you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check out this video where I make “drawers” for the top of the shelf.

Here are a couple more pics:

SUV shelf components and tools
SUV shelf components and tools
The shelf in action. Works great!
The shelf in action on a trip. Works great!

2 thoughts on “Making a Storage Shelf in the Back of an SUV or Van”

  1. This could easy apply for the Jeep Patriot… Not much different in cargo area from the Rav4’s.
    Hey, does this mean that you’re fine enough to continue with the adventures?

    1. I don’t think there’s any SUV or even minivan that this wouldn’t apply to. Do it! And no, this video was shot before the surgery. I won’t be going on any new adventures for a couple of months, but I do have a bunch of videos queued up and ready to be posted while I recover, so there will still be a new video every week. Thanks Francisco.

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