A couple months ago we announced that we were putting the van on a freighter ship and sending it from Argentina to Florida, and that we were leaving South America. I think that shocked a lot of people, (remember here).
A few weeks ago the van made it to Jacksonville. For various work reasons, Stevie and I were in no position to deal with it, so one of our best friends picked it up and drove it to Tennessee where it was sold.
Beckett, thank you so much for your help on that mission. You’re a true soldier.
I’m not going to lie to you. It was hard saying goodbye to the Sprinter. I lived in that van since 2006. Eight years. Countless nights. Untold adventures. It was a solid rig. Gonna miss that one. But times change.
The number one question we’ve received since we’ve been back in the States is, “What’s next?”
Well, the show must go on.
Here is part of what’s next….
When Stevie and I evaluated our life goals last summer, we knew that we wanted to spend more time in the States close to family and friends, but neither of us wanted to settle down in a house or apartment. We wanted to continue to live on the road, and raise Soleil as a nomad.
Originally when looking at new vehicle options we were considering something smaller that could be shipped to another continent like Europe, but after a lot of analysis we determined that didn’t make sense.
The better plan for us was to have a big home base rig in the United States, and then buy/rent/borrow transportation in whatever country we head to next, (probably Spain).
So, this is our new North American casa. It will be our home and adventure rig for Mexico, the US, and Canada. We plan to break him in during 2015. We may be coming to a location near you, so if you have some driveway space, let us know!
Our new home is 36 feet long with one big slideout on the driver side and a 2nd bedroom slideout on the passenger side. This creates a ton of living space.
Below, the bedroom slideout open with the awning out…
Easy access to the roof where we’re thinking about installing solar panels. We’re researching that now…
Looking into the cockpit. Our new home is built on a Chevy Workhorse chassis with the Allison transmission. He’s a beast.
Looking from the back forward. We plan to make a couple modifications/improvements. We’re going to rip out the carpet and go with a hard floor (much easier to keep clean), and we’re going to reupholster the furniture with something more our style.
Nice big kitchen with a double door fridge…
Another improvement, we’re going to take out this stove top and put in a stove top with an oven.
Washer / dryer combo… clutch when living on the road…
Master bedroom, queen bed, two big closets, and tons of storage…
2nd closet and work desk (Stevie says it’s a vanity) in the bedroom…
Bathroom and shower…
We knew that with a motorhome this size we wouldn’t be able to drive around town, so we also bought a fully rebuilt, retro 1988 4×4 Trooper. We’ll tow this behind the motorhome. When connected, we’ll stretch just about 45 feet in length.
It’s going to be interesting to drive this set-up through Mexico.
So, the transition has gone fairly well. It would have been significantly more difficult without such amazing friends and family there to support us.
I want to give a big, huge, loving thank you to the following people for letting us couch-surf over the last 10 weeks. You opened your homes and hearts to our crazy whirlwind circus and we are so grateful.
Cyndi Morrell – Abuelita
Brent & Indra Trujillo – Tio and Tia
The Simko Family
Pa and Nana
And a special thanks to Corrin and Glenn for letting us house sit your beautiful place in Hood River.