Thursday, April 9, 2009
Last Frontier Bound
Well blogger buds, I'm headed to Alaska in the morning. Thought I'd share with you the rig I'll be traveling in. I purchased a used truck camper on Craigslist a few months ago and fixed it up. It has a queen bed, stove, fridge, air/heat, shower and toilet. I chose this particular design because it is lighter weight than most campers and the top folds down for more aerodynamic traveling. When you arrive at your location you crank the top up. Big change for me, since I've been a backpacker most of my life, but wanted something better for cross country traveling and cold weather. Before purchasing the truck camper, I built a platform to slide my camper shell onto, which you can see on the left side of the image. This makes it easier to take on and off the truck bed.
As you can see in the above photo, you line and the truck up and drive underneath the camper.
Next, you crank the supports down (I use a drill with a chuck which makes this a fast process) and turnbuckle it down to the frame. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete the process. Below you see the rig ready to roll with the top down.
My plans are to blog along the way whenever I find a wifi or have access to the internet. The first planned stop is Nebraska. The target species to photograph are prairie chickens doing their mating dance on the leks. My work buddy Tom is traveling with me for this leg of the trip.