I built this for vehicle camping (not backpacking) at sites that were lumpy and potentially wet. Ultimately I succeed in building a bed that was both comfortable, and dry. The dry function of the bed is more than just bulk water from rain, it’s also about body sweat because I sweat a bunch. All other common camping pads are blow-up and if you’ve ever slept on a blow-up mattress then you might have experienced some of the moisture I’m talking about. This elevated bed allowed plenty of ventilation and moisture-wicking ability providing a better-than-ground experience. There are a few improvements that I would implement in a second build. I’ll attach plans to this post at a later date so you can build it too.
I needed a way to cross this stream that my waterwheel is built across a little bit upstream, primary vehicles across the bridge were my Deere 314 garden tractors along with foot traffic and a wheelbarrow. I built this bridge using this most simple construction method, sadly(fortunately) the stream was short enough that I couldn’t build a more complex bridge. A flat bridge with no handrails also presented the cheapest construction method and because I didn’t need handrails I only made it wide enough for garden tractor tires to fit.
Originally I wanted to build a Da Vinci bridge lke this one: http://mathemati.ca/1_7foot.html but even that would have been too long.