In August, our truck camper home and everything we own was stolen. It’s taken us 3 months and 8 days, but last night we spent our first night in our own home completely independent, in the middle of nowhere (where we belong) and woke up this morning with no schedule, obligations or places/people to see outside of our own choice. In short, WE ARE BACK!
Here’s what we did:
Drove from Denver to San Jose, CA
Licked our wounds and cried for weeks
Slowly repurchased everything from underwear to forks to tools to pillows and ukuleles Drove to Oregon to look at — and ultimately reject — 2000 Ford F-350 7.3
Much shenanigans with insurance, titles, multi-state DMV trips — and extensive dental work!! Basked in the outpouring of support from so many friends
Flew to Kansas to buy our 2015 Ford F-350 flatbed
Drove to Washington state to buy our Bigfoot 9.4 camper
Built (temporary) cradle for camper to fit truck in WA, then moved to Idaho Deleted air conditioner and wiring
Switched and swapped and installed new FantasticFan(s)
Major changes to and rerouting of plumbing
Modified flatbed, including installing utility boxes
Deleted (and sold for pretty profit!) onboard generator and (most of) its wiring Relocated to San Jose, CA
Added extensive security measures
Stripped, Dicor’d and Eternabonded roof fixtures
Installed roof vent
Removed air vent
Removed extraneous interior doodads
Serviced and/or repaired every major system
Cleaned, serviced and maintained batteries
Replaced all lights with LEDs
Removed all decals, logos, swoops and stickers from camper and truck Stripped and recaulked EVERY seam, an incredibly time consuming endeavor Fixed the damn door
(Professionally) wired for solar, including solar controller, battery monitor, etc New stairs, built shelving and spice rack
Installed solar panels
Spent a shocking amount of money
Compounded and waxed camper and truck
Removed back seat
… and nearly endless small adjustments.
There are still a few chores and improvements dangling in our future, but we are fully recovered and self supporting and truly Better Faster Stronger than we were before.
This unasked for intermission is officially OVER, and we are now back to our regularly scheduled dirtbag feral existence.