Over the course of the summer I had plenty of windshield time to think about plans for the future. Most importantly, how I can keep this lifestyle alive. I've enjoyed writing this blog and sharing photos and experiences. Many full time RV'ers use writing and photography to fund there road life, but this has never been a big motiviation for me. My background has been construction, from Lincoln Logs as a kid, to carpentry through high school and college, and most recently in the power industry. Adding that to a borderline obsession with cars and trucks creates an interesting dynamic. There are still countless hot wheels and models packed away at my parents house in Minnesota. Since the age of 16 I've been through more vehicles than most people go through in there lives, heck, even my first word was "car".
The idea evolved over the summer. It all started to click during the latter part of the trip. The original idea was to convert a couple of sprinter vans(small delivery vans) into adventure oriented RVs and rent them to fellow adventurers. My key demographic would be people who don't have the time or finances to build their own adventure mobile. After spending all summer meeting people daily who are living in some type of vehicle or want to join in on the road life, I felt there was a strong market for this type of company.
As my journey continued, so did the brainstorming. The Betty and I continued to push the capabilities of the truck/camper setup. Going farther into the backcountry. As the need for 4 wheel drive and ground clearance became more of a necessity than a luxury, the sprinter van quickly went out the window. I was going to need something rougher and tougher.
I began scouring the internet for a vehicle that would meet those standards and also be affordable. The obvious choice would be a Sportsmobile or Earthroamer. Both are built for hardcore, offroad exploration. But with price tags way out of reach, I needed to be more creative. It was a friend who showed me a picture of Mitsubishi Fuso with a camper bolted to the back. Never heard of a Fuso right? Me neither. They gave me the owners contact info and we had a long Fuso chat. Randall has been living in his year round in Silverton, CO with a wood stove to boot! A camper that could negotiate the San Juan Mountains and livable in a cold Silverton winter, I was sold. The truck was also available with 4x4 from the factory. This was the rig I needed.
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