This blog of our travels, our life really, came to fruition as we planned to drive the PanAm Highway. For two years while still in the planning stages we fully embraced the lightweight ease of our Palomino pop-up. The first two years of our “freedom plan” found us loving the adventures of life on the road in our Adventurer truck camper named Tequila but now in our slightly less transient life, we call home a Lance trailer, AKA Taco with a slightly bigger footprint.
LIFE is complicated. Don’t try to find answers because as soon as you find answers LIFE changes the question~
At the time when we decided our next REALLY big adventure was going to be to drive the Pan American Highway, we spent hour upon hour discussing what would be our vehicle of choice. After discussing several options, the shopping began.
We immediately loved our 2007 Palomino Bronco pop-top, and for two years averaged over 40 nights a year sleeping in her. And yet, something told us our search was not yet over. As incredibly comfortable as the camper was in the summer, we camp year-round, and it was simply cold in the winter. Did we really want to cross the Andes with this camper? And so, the hunt continued.
With the purchase of our next camper, we have found what we were looking for. Our 2012 Adventurer 80SK is wonderful. The size was very similar to our Palomino, still fitting perfectly in the back of our Toyota Tundra, but the layout and materials used are of much better quality than the Bronco. With greater storage space everything had its own place, and it still retained the large fridge and counter space we had with the Palomino Bronco. Significantly more comfortable in the offseason, we added some 12Volt fans for warm-weather camping. With a back and side awning, and, my dreamed about screen door, we LOVED this camper!
When life called us back to the USA for part of each year we found a fantastic little 20′ Lance trailer. Taco has proven to be up to the task. We are now two years + into living full-time in our little Lance trailer and although we occasionally miss the freedom to hit the back roads in the manner a truck camper allows, the trade-off of greater living space during inclimate weather has paid off.
Even as we have no big plans for a change soon we still often discuss what is next; a Sprinter type van to resume our PanAm dream perhaps? The only certainty is our path is never certain.
It feels so good to be lost in the right direction~