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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Planning For 2018 Travels



After 4 years of travels each winter, I decided to change my Vandwelling experience for 2018.

My first year of travels was in a 1994 Campervan.  I didn’t like the experience and knew the day I got back home in 2014 that I would sell it and buy a Prius.

I engineered my new to me Prius, and updated it to make it more functional and comfortable, each of my 3 years of travels. I bought it used with 8,000 miles and I now have 98,000 on it.  I totally love this vehicle and my Vandwelling experience in it during my 2015, 2016, and 2017 travels.

I am not getting rid of my Prius.  Those that have followed me know I have toyed with the idea of a light weight pop up camper for my Tacoma.  I even went to the Sacramento area to visit the Four Wheel Camper (FWC) factory and writ about it here.

Well, after a 2 week tour of Scotland and England in May, I came home and looked at Craigslist and there was a 2011 FWC Fleet camper, that was being sold in my state, made for a Tacoma.  It was a shell model and that meant that I could design my own environment for my 2018 travels.  It was like it was meant to be as FWC’s are rare on the east coast.  As you can see in the photo above I bought it and it’s been in my garage ever since while I engineer solutions based on my Prius travel experiences.  

There is a lot to catch you up on with reasoning for my decision to change up what I will travel in.  There are pros and cons.  The most obvious is that I loose MPG and I am no longer stealth.  To offset the loss of MPG and stealth, I gain too with the camper.  I plan to take you through all the pros and cons of my decision and take you through all my problems and engineering of solutions.

If my decision to make this change hasn’t caused you to cast me aside as a trader of Prius dwelling, you will get to follow me during my 2018 travels to places my Prius couldn’t go.

Like 2014 2018 will be an experiment with the camper and if I don’t like my change, my Prius awaits for me when I get home.

Those that have enjoyed my Prius designs should find my FWC designs equally as interesting.

For all my followers, just because I am switching doesn’t mean you can’t contact me and ask questions.  You will be surprised how my minimalist living in the Prius contributed to my design logic on the FWC.

I wanted to write a few more blog posts this summer but I’ve been very busy.  A family member had an accident.  I had a man week trip with my two wonderful sons ending with seeing the eclipse in ID on my birthday.  I took a family friend to New Orleans for a sightseeing trip.  Lastly, I just got back from a three week tour of China.

It’s now nose to the grindstone to get as much done on the camper by the end of December before I leave.  I know I will be still modifying when I’m in the road.

Thank you to all who contributed to 122,000+ blog views since I started my travels.  I hope to provide you all with a lot more starting in January.

Keep safe, and hope to see many at the RTR in January.

Brent

9 comments:

  1. Ok ....this one time only those of us in the Prius camping community will allow your 1 year sabbatical for conventional camper research. We expect a thorough study. 😁
    See ya!

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    1. David,

      Thanks for the dispensation. I was looking for words to classify my truck camper travels. Sabbatical- Excellent!

      See you at the RTR

      Brent

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  2. HiBrent, just found your card again..you probably don't remember me but I meant you at the RTR last yr. I had the roadtrek across from you....are you going to the RTR again...I'm leaving ma. Right after xmas. Love to see your new rig if you come..you were a FOUNTAIN.of knowledge. .LOL.. Linda..rusty

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    1. Hi Linda,

      Yes I remember you as my neighbor at the RTR. I will be at the RTR again. Look for me in my truck camper.

      Brent

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  3. WOW!!! Very exciting and can't wait to see what you do with the camper. Hope to meet you at the RTR.

    Take care and look forward to your posts again.

    Tina

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    1. Tina,

      Thanks and I’m glad to share my new rig.

      Look for me at the RTR.

      Brent

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  4. Hi Brent! Whether Prius or Tacoma, I'm looking forward to following your experiences on the blog. Happy travels!

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    1. Timothy,

      Thank you for following. I will be starting to share my build soon.

      Fed back will be welcomed

      Brent

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  5. Congrats on the new set-up Brent. I'm excited to see what you do with it. The Tacoma has been on my short list for a while. See you in January!

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