Can't wait to pick up the trailer and hit the road. We didn't plan on getting anything until the fall
, but now that we found it we are anxious to hook up and head out to nowhere in particular. In the meantime we are putting a brake controller on the van, gathering up supplies, and getting ready for our new addition to the family.
We started out tent camping, struggled putting up a tent and in the next site saw someone pull up in a Westy, pop the top and settle in. Shortly after that, we were the proud owners of an '83 Vanagon Westfalia. We had her for about ten years, it had its share of problems but always got us home.
After we sold the Westy, I wound up with a 1 ton diesel pickup and a 28 foot 5th wheel. We had no where to put it, so we had to rent space in a storage lot. We hated everything about it, worse purchase we ever made. After we unloaded that, we really went in the other direction and bought a Land Cruiser, which we used to explore Texas, Utah, Colorado, and the Southwest.
That was sold when we found a sweet deal on a Class B Sprinter.
We put almost 50K miles in three years travelling all over from a trip from Texas up to the Grand Canyon and then down through Arizona and New Mexico, and then all over the East Coast and Southeast. We realized we loved the Sprinter but we didn't like lugging all the RV stuff around all the time as we used it for a second car. So we sold that, and bought a cargo Sprinter which we built up into a car camper. I installed a bed, Engel refrigerator
, and a 12v house electrical
system with a converter and outlets. Everything is removable so we can reconfigure it as our needs change.
We generally go point to point, driving through the day and stopping at places along the way and finding somewhere to stay for the night, so the new van was perfect for that.
A funny thing happened on our west coast trip this spring. We wound up in Napa valley and decided to stay in one place for a week. We found out that we really liked having a base to explore from, a place to go back to at the end of the day, or just a place to relax if you don't feel like doing anything. With two of us and two dogs the van wasn't really equipped for that, so we started researching trailers and wound up with the Oliver. We'll tow it with the Sprinter, it really is a pleasure to drive and the dogs love it.