The Ride


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 is 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 has it’s own place, and it still retains the large fridge and counter space we had with the Palomino Bronco. Significantly more comfortable in the off season, we have added some 12Volt fans for warm weather camping. With a back and side awning, and, my dreamed about screen door, we are loving this camper!






Let the adventures begin!


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  2. I am glad to find someone contemplating this trip with a 2007 Tundra. Funnily, I too have a 2007 Tundra with 4.7 L V-8 and for the past few months have been wrestling with what to put on top of it…i.e. Pop up vs. Hard side? Wanting a shower/toilet?
    The problem always is that a washroom inevitably adds that 2-3 foot overhang at the back.
    I notice the overhang on your rig and am wondering how you are going to add some gizmo at the back in spite of the camper overhang to accommodate extras i.e fuel, tools,jack, bicycle, spare tire etc.
    Consequently, I am searching for a regular camper that would fit my 6′ 7″ bed..the only one with a washroom is Six-Pac the used market.
    Any suggestions.? I am getting ready to leave sometime in December.

    • Thanks for the question. Our camper sits near the edge of our tailgate so not really a problem. We do not have a washroom, just a port-a-pot that slides under the settee. Our spare tire sits under the truck and we are adding a rack for a jerrycan for extra water and fuel but don’t see any issue with having it stick slightly out. We won’t be taking our bike rack on our trip to South America so we’re not anticipating any issues w/ having a slight overhang off the back. Good luck finding the perfect camper! If we hadn’t found our particular camper at a good deal we were checking into the Adventure series, but there are certainly a lot of choices.

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    • Hey Ian! Thanks for following along. We were in India for nearly 3 months so covered a fair amount of the country… starting in Delhi and doing the whole Rajastan loop… then down to Kochi, south to the very tip, back up to Kochi and inland to Kumily/ tea country, etc… then up the coast to Goa and Mumbai. Next time up, we head to the East coast!

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