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Rescuing Camper #3

8 hours later and we're loaded on the old Ford.
8 hours later and we’re loaded on the old Ford.
Since the camper was partially buried in the sand, it took a lot of jacking and blocking in small increments before we could even get it high enough for the camper jacks.
Since the camper was partially buried in the sand, it took a lot of jacking and blocking in small increments before we could even get it high enough for the camper jacks.
EASY DOES IT! Carefully inching the truck back under the camper. The jacks were on a bed of sand. We held our breath until the truck was all the way back.
EASY DOES IT! Carefully inching the truck back under the camper. The jacks were on a bed of sand. We held our breath until the truck was all the way back.
Hooray! Success! I couldn't have accomplished this task without the awesome team. Tank you, Greg, Laurie, and Michelle.
Hooray! Success!
I couldn’t have accomplished this task without the awesome team. Thank you, Greg, Laurie, and Michelle.
How do you spell  R E L I E F?
How do you spell
R E L I E F?
You can't drive 900 miles and not check out the beautiful Pacific Ocean
You can’t drive 900 miles and not check out the beautiful Pacific Ocean
What a day it's been. It felt so good to get to this point.
What a day it’s been. It felt so good to get to this point.
Leaving California, heading home.
Leaving California, heading home.

Michelle and I were told of a camper in California that was needing a good home. Thank you, Ken S. for contacting the site and letting us know about this camper. :)

It took about a nanosecond to decide we were going to California. I casually (and sheepishly) mentioned to Michelle that there was an orphaned camper in California. Her immediate  response was, “What are we waiting for? Let’s go and get it!”

We found a house-sitter and hit the road at 3AM. These trips are never dull. 40 miles away from home, our 42 year old truck decided it needed a new alternator. I had packed the equivalent of a small parts store in the back, so it was really just an annoyance and a little lost time. Thanks go out to the Sky City Casino for the use of its well-lit parking lot. Soon after being back on the road, it started to rain.  It continued to rain for another 800 miles, or so. Could’ve been worse, I suppose. Like snow…

We rolled into Arroyo Grande, California, around 9:30PM.  Tired and punchy, but a pretty easy trip, overall. We were very fortunate to be picking up the camper from the very nicest couple, Greg and Laurie.   They let us stay in their beautiful 5th wheel. Fed us like royalty, and just spoiled us rotten. I didn’t want to leave! What a gorgeous place they have, just minutes from the beach.

The camper had been sitting on the ground for years. It was now hiding behind a large dirt pile, and would need to be pivoted at least 45 degrees before I could line up the old truck. Someone had recently tried to move it by dragging it with a chain, unsuccessfully. They managed to plow the front portion down into the sand about a foot.  Greg worked like a dog, plus had a lot of great ideas.  This was not the simplest operation. We dug out the dirt from under the front portion of the camper that was buried, just enough to slide a cradle I had built under the belly. We used bottle jacks and wood blocks to raise the camper slightly above ground level. Greg had some long pipes and suggested we swivel the camper into position using the pipes like a turntable.  It worked great!  We then continued jacking and blocking until it was high enough to get the actual camper jacks under it. We managed to load it on the truck in about 8 hours. No one was injured, which was the important thing. It’s a little unnerving to stand next to a 2900# object on somewhat wobbly jacks that are seated on a bed of sand. The pucker factor is high.

 Before we headed back home,  Greg and Laurie took us on a sight-seeing tour of the stunningly beautiful area.  We then reluctantly packed our stuff, and sadly said goodbye. We acquired yet another  American Road camper, but even better was that we made some really great friends. It was a fun trip.

 

4 thoughts on “Rescuing Camper #3”

  1. When we put the ad on Craigslist we had 15 calls the first day. Tony was caller number 7. We let the 1st guy who called come to get it but he was not equipped to remove it. Tony was so nice and excited over the phone we knew right away we wanted him to have it. Before you know it Tony, Michelle, Pippy and Goat were pulling onto the land and the fun began. We found we have a lot in common, we are all the same age, the girls love coffee, we love our dogs and Tony and I worked really well together. We not only got to get the camper removed that was blocking our view, we acquired a friendship with them that will last a lifetime.

    1. Hi Greg & Laurie, (& Tia, too!)
      We must say that the pleasure was all ours! You both were so good to us. We had the best time and are looking forward to our next visit. Please know that you are always welcome here. It’s our turn to show you a good time. We might even send you home with a camper!
      Tony & Michelle

    1. Hi Phil,

      Thanks for stopping by!
      I’ve known of at least 3 people who’ve carried These campers with your series of Dodge trucks. They will fit in a standard 4×8 long bed. It seems like I’ve heard of possible clearance issues on a newer pickup but I can’t recall the make. The problem wasn’t with the box dimensions, but the depth, where the sides of the camper came into contact with the upper bed rails. This person added a sheet or two of plywood as a spacer to the bottom of his bed. The main concern I would have is your trucks hauling capacity. Dry weight of the American Road camper starts around 3000# and goes up, depending upon options. A 3/4 with overload springs or a 1 ton is must. These are pretty big.
      Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them or steer you in the right direction.
      Best regards,
      Tony
      americanroadcamper.com

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