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    • Someone sent me this video from Jalopnik about the new VW camper van: If I didn't see it in the video, I never would have believed you could fit two double beds in there, a small kitchen, a shower, an awning with table & chairs, and privacy from all the windows.

      But wait. It's called the California but not available in the states. Why not? Is it because we like bigger glamping gear here like motorhomes and 5th wheelers?

      Anyone have something like this or tempted to buy?

    • I'm not tempted to buy a fancy rig. Just too expensive. I learned no such rig is required to enjoy happiness outdoors after having a blast road tripping in my friend's Corolla.

    • I just got back from a "glamping" experience in Prescott, AZ. This was my 1st run with my storage box, kayak racks and hitch-mounted bike rack. I camped at Lynx Lake Campground and mostly the reason it was a glamping experience because this super-well maintained park by USDA Fish and Wildlife is about 3 miles away from COSTCO (yay!) and 3-5 miles away from every restaurant you could want or need. Thus, the only thing I boiled water for was coffee and oatmeal in the morning and I spent the entire day out and about until late into the evening.

      I busted the ripp-cord on one of my tent poles yesterday cleaning my gear which means I have to buy a new tent. And, I know now I am no longer agile enough for a crawl into the tent....I am going to get a walk-in octagon tent where I can put an inflatable queen size bed. hahahahah

      I do plan on doing a write-up of my trip this week...

    • I have been tracking this VW bus story for a couple of years. I think the real problem in getting these approved for the US states is that they would probably run about $70k out the door and there are just too many options in the $20K arena. I totally fell in love with the Timberleaf teardrop trailers a couple of years ago at the Overland Expo...but, the end of the day I do not want to tow anything. But, I think most people that drive SUV's are happy to tow if it keeps them in a budget.

    • Hahaha, I noticed a YouTube comment about that got voted up a zillion times. I had never heard of him and underestimated how funny he is. That video already has 3 million views and 3,900 comments.

    • That looks amazing! I can't wait to see the write-up and how the car handled with all that stuff on top. Damn, son, kayaking and mountain biking all day, then getting to camp near restaurants? Can I have your life please?

    • Just remember....looks can be deceiving.....a spoiler alert to my trip report....I have my keys for the bike rack on a different lanyard from another lanyard for a "python" lock for my kayak since my car is a pushbutton start with keyfob. Turns out I forgot my keys at home. ugh. But, I went to HomeDepot and was able to borrow boltcutters and snip the python lock so I could at least kayak. I looked cool but I was a 100% mountain biking poseur. hahahahah

    • So... I have this dream to build a camping rig out of a Ural 4320 because 4 wheel drive isn't enough πŸ˜‰ This thing is a 6x6. And they're cheap, the only problem is getting it shipped to the states from Europe. I guess I want to be different out there in the outdoors.

    • Back at the turn of the century most of my travel was on two wheels of German aluminum, BMW GS, and I spent more than a little time on ADV rider and posted a few trip reports. As the years passed and I got older, I began to take up photography in a manner that was not really easily done within the luggage restraints of two wheeled travel, so I began to look around for something with more carrying capacity. My first dedicated back country travel vehicle was a Moby1 trailer which is an off road tear drop, and my wife and I used it for several years in the back country of Utah, Montana and Wyoming. Moby1s were, and still are, built in Springville Utah. Here it is on its maiden voyage back home to Indiana - I loved mine, but the galley in the back was not ideal in country where it rains very much and my wife wanted to go to Alaska, and I got thinking about cooking in the open in bear country and thought maybe I need a different, drier way to travel. I wasn't certain what I wanted really, except back country worthy, more enclosed and mosquito and bear free.

    • We continued to travel with the Moby1 and an FJ Cruiser while I pondered what might be its replacement. Here we are in the southern desert of Utah near Capital Reef - that's Factory Butte in the background. The little furnace in the Moby kept us very warm in the night in November in the desert

    • I talked to some photography friends about my search and got pointed to a firm in West Columbia South Carolina that builds Bengal Tigers - van conversion campers built on 1 ton 4WD drive pick up chassis - buyers choice of Chevy, Ford, or Dodge OEM chasis. So I took my Moby1 trailer back to Utah for its final trip, spent some time near Dead Horse Point, Three Rivers Petroglyph park. Here is the Moby at Dead Horse

    • I put the Moby up for sale, and took a drive down to ProVan Industries in South Carolina in the spring of 2015 and what did I find but a very lightly used 2013 Tiger - It had been to Alaska only once

    • I bought it and a month later my wife and I were on our way to Alaska up via the Cassiar highway and the Alcan on to Alaska. It has a nice pleasant ride, a nice furnace and lots and lots of room for all kinds of gear for photographing wildlife - We must have captured 3 dozen grizzlies on the way to Alaska. With a 50 gallon tank I can cover almost 600 miles before needing to look for more fuel. I can remember filling motorcyles for 5 bucks. Times change and so must we.

    • SO I guess I AM glamping now - not in a small van conversion but a slightly bigger one that has driven in mud up to my knees, and on double track trails in Alaska while offering me 110v and 12V power. I am planning to head to the Cumberland Gap this fall to check out the color.

      My last photo is is of the Tiger getting a bath in Alamogordo after spending the night in a serious thunderstorm in White Sands New Mexico. The bathing was done at the Ford dealer in Alamogordo and I recommend those fellows highly, they did a superb job of washing the salt off all surfaces of my Tiger.

    • When your bones get as old as mine, you might feel differently about crawling into a little tent and sleeping on the ground. I still do it occasionally, but it loses its appeal with each passing year. ;-) Don't want a giant Winnebago-type of monster, but some of these little, van-sized things look pretty comfy. Don't even care about having hookups for water, power, etc. The campground bathroom, a lantern and the Coleman stove are OK. It's just the crawling into the tent and sleeping on the ground that I find less pleasant now.

    • No stove top in my Tiger - just a microwave for hot water in the morning..... If I really want to cook, I have a butane cook top I can use outside on a picnic table. I do like a furnace in cold weather though.

    • I just got back from a weekend in Wisconsin where I met up with a lot of friends and I couldn't believe the things they drove up with. Check this out. I think it's nicer than our home:

    • Martha, as I age I do notice that the actual sleeping part of camping is becoming a little more painful. Props to the older generation that is still getting out there!

      I do see the value in a glamping rig. My #sedanlife camping has many many drawbacks that root from two issues: 1) lack of gear storage 2) a poor sleep situation (tent). A small car can hold all the camping gear, food, and water needed for a couple of people, but strategic packing is required. Every time I change campsites, it takes hours to pack the gear. And loading food into the cooler is a pain when re-supplying because I must unpack the car to dig out the cooler. And I can't carry much water. It weighs down the car too much.

      I can deal with a poor night sleep in a tent. But a few of them in a row makes me miserable. I don't enjoy the back pain and grogginess in the morning. So a glamping mobile that features a comfy bed and storage is a dream of mine.

      Someday I'll bite the bullet and get one.