I bought a new truck and wanted to keep it under cover in the barn, so I built a (10×15) shed for the Alaskan. It now awaits its next excursion on its dedicated trailer in its dedicated shed.
And here’s why the Alaskan had to leave the comfort of the barn…
In May, we took a trip out west for a little sight-seeing. We made reservations for the trip out, but stayed at some non-reservable park campgrounds once we got out there. Our cheapest site was Desert View Campground at Grand Canyon National Park – $6/night (with our America the Beautiful pass).
Meteor Crater, AZ
Grand Canyon from Desert View
Got snowed in one day at the Grand Canyon
Monument Valley, AZ
A look back, leaving Monument Valley
Goose Island Campground on the Colorado River, Moab, UT
Heading into Arches National Park – get there early to avoid the crowds. That holds true for just about everything.
Dead Horse State Park, UT
A view of the Tetons from the Gros Ventre Campground outside of Jackson Hole, WY.
All of these pictures were taken with a cell phone!
We loaded up some campers and some grandkids and took off for Hunting Island State park for 4 days. Our little convoy prompted a few smiles along the road. This was the Alaskan camper’s first trip out since I bought it, and it worked great.
For our maiden voyage, we went all the way to the end of the road…
US 1 that is – Mile Marker Zero – Key West, Florida.
Our first stop was at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, FL where we were met with curiosity,
but later found the natives to be quite friendly.
Our next stop was at John Pennakamp State Park in Key Largo, and our final destination was Bahia Honda State Park – 35 miles from Key West.
In all, we traveled 1600 miles with no problems. The weather was great, the seafood excellent, and it’s good to be back home.
Here’s a before, during and after look at the modifications that I made to the bottom section of my Alaskan camper so that it would fit into my truck bed.
Curbside: the box is now 3″ thinner than before
Roadside: the box was completely removed
I added electrical inlets and outlets, plus moved the water inlet from the overhang along the bedrail to the back of the camper.
Looks like somebody found a new vintage camper!
Here’s a link to the new page: 1978 Alaskan Truck Camper
I got my tires and rims as a set by mail-order and they arrived ready to install, except that they hadn’t been balanced. The tire places that I have talked to said that they don’t balance trailer tires and that it isn’t necessary. It may not be necessary, but it couldn’t hurt, so I decided to do it myself. I had heard about Centramatic wheel balancers, but I wasn’t sure if they would fit my hub/drums, so I’m going to use ceramic beads. The beads are a little bigger than grains of sand and they pour into the tire through the valve stem. For my 15” tires, I’m using 3 ounces per tire. Here’s a link to a site that will explain everything a whole lot better than I can: http://www.innovativebalancing.com/HowItWorks.htm
This should help keep my campers from getting pounded by wobbly wheels as they roll down the highway.