Hi there Roadtreking folks, welcome to my new spot here on Roadtreking.com where, with Mike and several other avid Roadtrekers, I'll regularly be talking about the Roadtreking lifestyle made possible by the motorhomes we all love.
Summer is upon us, and the weather has been going up and down, but it sure is nice not being cold.
I've had a great week, spending time with some good friends — Campskunk and his lovely better half Sharon, whom many of you know well as one of the full timing couples who own and reside permanently in a highly developed, technologically advanced Roadtrek.
(You can see a video interview of Campskunk from a post Mike did a few months ago by clicking here.)
These are wonderful people, whom we welcome into our home anytime. In fact, we did!! Our children enjoyed their company, and my dog Daisy just loves Campskunk. We had a great BBQ dinner, and then we shared stories and experiences for many hours. Daisy probably likes him so much, because he smells like a possible snack, namely Fiona, their trusty steed (cat), who travels the continent with them on the road.
See for those of you that don’t know, these folks have no static home. They have a Roadtrek, and they love it.
Campskunk and his lovely wife Sharon embody the spirit and lifestyle we are seeking to facilitate at Roadtrek and through the way we live our life. They are spontaneous, and so are we. They want to be free of the trappings and ties of society, but have comfort and enjoyment in their retirements. That’s what we want for them (and you) as well. They do it 365 days a year, and you might do it 90 days a year, but it is the same spirit!!!
I can tell you this. Campskunk himself is one of the biggest personal inspirations for us at Roadtrek. He is a paradigm of a man. He is one of the most intelligent, and well-rounded men I have ever met. He can have an electrical engineering discussion one minute, and be discussing history, and nature the next. And he is thought provoking, and pleasant, and has no ego. He is self-deprecating, and frankly, inspiring.
From a technical side, we spent some time this week collaborating, and talking, and engineering solutions to areas of the Roadtrek 190 Popular that this couple lives in full time. We eased some of the use issues that make long term boondocking easier, and simpler possible. It was a spontaneous plan. We just rolled with the ideas as they flowed, and we engineering, fabricated and installed. It was one of those fantastic moments in life where you get ten times more done in a short period, because you mesh so well with each other. Rare times, indeed.
We eliminated the ONAN generator, and installed an engine generator, which is almost silent, and reduces charging time dramatically. We returned the spare tire under the coach, shortening the Roadtrek by 15 inches. We redesigned and rebuilt the large storage box that they carry the communication systems in, for use on the road. Namely satellite tripods, and dishes, and cables. We lightened the Roadtrek by several hundred lbs. We improved fuel economy in two big ways. They use far less gas for the generator (gone), and they are much lighter, so they save lots of fuel driving. And this is a couple that puts 20K a year on that van. They budget 500 dollars a month for fuel, and we wanted to take 100 bucks out of that. We will see how we did, as they measure the dollars versus the mileage.
We also lessened the pollution, by eliminating an appliance that had little pollution control. We improved the ride of the van. Sharon was excited to feel the sway of the springs again, and Campskunk had to let air out of the rear airbags. We took 1000 watts out of his older microwave, which will save power needs, fuel, and lighten the charging load. Batteries will last much longer now.
It was a sincere pleasure, and you can bet, I will be chasing these folks on their wandering paths back out to the west, where they have years worth of things to see. I will write more about them in the future, but I have a special lady I am going to write about next column, which should be in a week or so.
I am so excited to be inspired by you Roadtrekkers. It is a great life, and who would want to do anything but build things to make people happier?
See ya on the Road…..