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:
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.
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!
Can’t wait to start the overlanding adventure!
— Duncan —