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!
I’ve enjoyed messing around with these old campers, but it was time for something new. We’re going to keep our 1956 Shasta, the teardrop trailer and the Alaskan truck camper, but we’ll be spending most of our time in this:
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