“It’s a work in progress…”
That’s how we feel about life, our relationship, our careers, our blog, and of course our Rig. Doing what we do we have found life requires some semblance of permanence, a place to hang your hat so to speak; our Rig is just that. She landed in our laps in January 2013 (coinciding with the creation of this blog). Prior to “Sunny”, our F-150, we had “Sunshine” a ’96 Ford Ranger with a custom built bed and drawer system that rested under a leaky camper shell. She was home for most of 2012 while we worked and played in Moab and during our “December to Remember Road Trip.” As the New Year rolled in we made a series of snap decisions that led to a radical upgrade in our mobile living space.
The new set up is a 1997 Ford F-150 Super Cab 4X2 we have lovingly named Sunny. She has a V8 5.4L engine, a heavy duty transmission, rear air bag suspension, after-market tow package with electronic trailer brake and a whole suite of quirks and oddities. Resting high atop the bed and over the cab is a 1992 Skamper 060S lightweight pop-up truck camper who has gotten the nickname Skamp. She has all the usual amenities: A 12VDC system wired to the trucks alternator and a 120VAC converter, fresh water tank and sink with the ability to use city water, gas stove top, DC/LPG refrigerator, and LP furnace. The one problem (or advantage, as I saw it) is she is designed for a light duty pick-up, like our old girl Sunshine. This was only a minor setback because with a little backyard engineering and some patience we were able to re-work the custom bed from Sunshine to act a “shim,” and along with some new custom built side cabinets it gave us the clearance Skamp needed to fit the bigger truck, but also provided a massive amount of storage for our gear.
Sunny and the Skamp have got a long way to go and really will never be “done.” Our Rig is a project that will have plenty of associated posts so keep an eye out for the updates as we keep working. They can be found under the Projects category along with other things we will be taking on.
UPDATE: Well Skampy is on her way out – while she was the perfect adventure rig, we are transitioning to a full-time lifestyle. Though we won’t be traveling daily, we do move almost every 3-4 months for our seasonal jobs, and we needed a way to eliminate the headache of packing and unpacking everything we own, only to do it again 3 months later. Enter Wild Thing, our new (to us) 1997 Fleetwood Wilderness 22′ travel trailer. We will be living out of her full-time and getting back to the original set up we had in Sunshine, our old Ford Ranger. A futon on a drawer system platform custom built by Jon to hold everything we need for weekend forays out into the remote and beautiful spots our job takes us near. We’re hoping Skampy will go to a good new owner soon, so we can get the camper shell set up in the back of Sunny and Skampy can make some other person as happy as she made us.