#VanLife

It’s been a busy 2017 with Southeast Asia and a month Tahoe behind us. We are about ready to start adventure,  #vanlife, exploring western North America in a camper van.

In August 2016, we ordered a 2017 Sportsmobile 4WD Mercedes Sprinter cargo van with a 3-liter BlueTEC diesel engine (e.g. not a cheater diesel). The interior is a simple “platform bed” layout with a pop-top. Sportsmobile got its start adding pop-tops to VW vans back in 1961. We’re finally a month away from van delivery!

When finished, it’ll look a lot like this:

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Cool huh?

September 2017 was van outfitting month. We donated old tent camping gear to Goodwill and acquired new gear for the new hard-sided tent (aka Sportsmobile) to queue up in a storage unit.

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As usual, we’re traveling light!

In October, our San Francisco 1BR/1BA condo goes on the rental market as we make all final preparations for departure.

At the end of October, we fly to Miami to start a two week family and friends loop around Florida.

Then, in mid-November, we return to California, take delivery of the van in Fresno, load her up, and get going! First stop? Camping along the Big Sur coast!

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Can’t wait to start the overlanding adventure!

— Duncan —

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