Our AR Camper journey started exactly 4 years ago. Man, what a ride it has been. Crazy truck breakdowns, allowing Siri and the GPS to take us down the wrong path, falling out of tow trucks and falling out of the back door of the camper. Just a few of the memorable times Michelle, the dogs, and I have had. No boring trips!
This past week, we were finally able to take a real trip! 7 days with everything being fully operational in the camper. On the few trips we took prior to completing the camper restoration, we endured the ordeal without a working refrigerator, plumbing/potty, and made do with a limited supply of 12VDC power. This time, we had it all, baby! Woohoo!
Plus the truck now has a 12,000# rated winch on front, in case we get into a pickle.
Other than running out of gas in the middle of nowhere, the week went off without a hitch. We did have one crazy experience which is almost laughable, now. Looking for a gas station in northern NM proved to be quite a challenge. After spending 3 days at the lower Lagunitas campground. we arrived back at Tres Piedras, NM, only to discover no gas station. In addition, our intended route to head west towards Hopewell Lake was closed due to road construction. No sweat. We’ll just head to Navajo Lake State park, instead, by way of Antonito, CO. Guess what? Gas station out of business. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, we did all we could do. Let’s head west and hope we can make it to Chama, NM. We climbed to the top of some pass in Colorado heading towards Chama. I swear, I didn’t think we’d ever get to the top. I’m the meantime I’m sweating bullets watching the gas gauge needle bounce off the E, not unlike a cartoon. We reach the summit and the truck says, see ya. I’m done, with one or two last lurches and chugs. And that was that. The incredible thing was that we got to the top before running out of gas. Believe it or not, we were able to coast all the way to the town of Chama. It had to have been 5? Miles. Talk about sweaty palms. All the while , Michelle was blowing on the windshield for that extra push. We coasted to a wide spot in the road, and I started walking to find a gas station. I won’t bore you with the details, but with the help of some really nice people, we got fueled up and were once again tearing up the highway in our 44 year old beast.
Also new to the camper was the addition of a 160W solar panel and 2 deep cycle batteries. We had more than enough power to run out furnace, lights, water pump, stereo, etc. made a believer out of us. Between this and the awesome Dometic refrigerator, we were set for the week.
For some specific highlights of our fun ride, please take a peek at the pictures below!
Happy trails, y’all!
Tony, Michelle, and the magnificent 7 travelin’ terriers
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