From #Vanlife To Vintage Truck Camper
While our interest in nomadic living has been a common thread since we left our San Francisco home base in 2015, how we did it has been a matter of constant change. We started traveling with a 1986 Ram 3500 van but we soon discovered that what we wanted was a 4-wheel truck and truck camper. In the following years, we have worked towards our dream home with a 1970 Avion C11 truck camper.
It's been a long road to the right rig.
Our beloved vehicles have taken us across the country and back again. They are part of our story, shaping our route and trajectory. Our 1986 Dodge Ram van, Dodgy, and its successor Dodgy II—a 2015 3500 Dodge Ram truck—have each brought specific capabilities and limitations to the table. We’ve dirtied our hands with renovations and augmentations. Other times, we’ve had magnificent plans that have just fallen through. Either way, it all contributes to our story on Roam Lab.
While we have found our ideal adventuremobile in a 1970 Avion C11 truck camper, there are so many different solutions to nomadic living. We still love to meet other nomads, and see other rigs that have traveled the country. Wether it's RV museums, factory tours, or overland event, we've encountered many an exciting homes on wheels.
Custom Renovation Work
We love having a project. So, wether it is our 1986 van or a 1970 truck camper, we always bring out own flair to the rig with our own renovation work. We learned a lot from our van gut on the importance of having a solid base to work with. Recently, we have done a complete gut on our vintage truck camper. The results, thus far, have been fantastic!
Avion Ultra: An OpportunityEarly on in our travels, we agree that we want a truck camper. We are not set on any one particular type. There are so many to choose from and each
Avion Ultra: ArrivalWe walk around the outside of the camper. We prod about on the inside. We look at each other and nod. It needs work, but we expect that. It smells like
Avion Ultra Truck Camper: The Return Trip (Day 3)We wake the next morning at 4:30AM. The anxiety of our insecure camper situation made it hard to sleep as it is. The activity in the parking lot only made it
Avion Ultra: RemovalAfter three days of desperately keeping the Avion on our truck, now we are faced with the challenge of getting it off our truck.