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What vehicle are you driving? A photo essay

The recent podcast with Michael Zavison about art fair vehicles led me to find some examples. We talked about what he drives and also how he gets a double booth and large artwork into a Chevy Silverado. 

Melanie Rolfes and Michael Zavison on the road in their Chevy truck with a custom built top perfectly fitted for their artwork. Michael's tip when starting out at the fairs: use a paid off vehicle that you already own, take good care of it and customize it.

All of this fits in that Silverado.

How to get a lot in a Dodge Caravan.

I want one that looks like this 

Show us your van ...

If you missed the podcast you're sure to learn some very practical tips  on maintenance and how you treat a truck with over 200,000 miles on it.

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Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on April 18, 2017 at 11:17pm

I've seen Melanie Rolfes booth at a show before and I can't believe they get those huge pieces into that vehicle!!  They are miracle workers.

Comment by Connie Mettler on April 20, 2017 at 10:58am

A few additional tips Michael gave me. He said it is really important to use synthetic oil and change it every 10,000 miles, 3 times a year. That is how he keeps his truck going strong with over 215,000 miles on it. Inside this truck he fits Pro Panels, Flourish mesh walls (the soft ones) and a tramline tent. His work is as large as 4 x 6, bent and welded steel, and the individual pieces are constructed to "nest" inside each other enabling him to carry enough work for two back to back shows.

Comment by Paul Flack on April 26, 2017 at 11:10am

Hey, wait a minute... Does Nels Johnson know about this? It isn't what he drives its where he parks it. Usually within "dead-cat-swing-distance" of his tent. No matter what!

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