Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped up and clicked the pic.
As I've mentioned numerous times, I have a one-track mind, and it's really hard for me to be interested in more than one thing at a time and the last few days I've been interested in making the new footpads for the Arctic Fox.
But they're almost done now except for some cosmetic things, so that left a cavernous empty place in my brain that needed to be filled because I can hear marbles rolling around if I don't put something in there. So I have delayed writing about the new footpads I built for the Arctic Fox until the urge to write about them hits me again..... Don't hold your breath.
On the way back from Laughlin Nevada and Lake Havasu, I noticed numerous dirt roads going off into the desert that had smaller RVs boondocking along them, and every road I saw I thought how much I would enjoy driving down that road and boondocking there, but they all looked too scary to pull a trailer down. And it made me wish that I lived in something smaller and could go down any dirt road that looked interesting to me, just like I can in the summer with the little Bronco pop-up camper on the back of the truck
looking out the window this morning I saw a tent that moved in last night about a hundred yards away, and the tiny tent reminded me about those dirt roads and all the places you can go when you're not pulling a 30-foot trailer and started me thinking again about living in something a lot smaller than the Arctic Fox.
The last time I wrote anything about that concept I had kind of narrowed my thinking down to something along the lines of a large van or a very small class "C", and I had mentioned slide-in truck campers because I've had a considerable amount of experience with pop-up slide-in truck campers.
Giving all that some more thought of late, I just can't see myself being able to afford a fancy new camper van or a small class "C". and having owned more than my share of used vehicles in the past, I don't trust their reliability, and I have neither the desire nor maybe even the ability to crawl under it to repair things like I did when I was younger.
All that leads me to the conclusion that my choices of simplifying my life are fairly limited and for the sake of clarity here are some choices that would serve my purpose, and be economically feasible.
The cheapest choice would be to modify the little Bronco pop-up camper so it could be lived in full-time... That's kind of a scary thought since so far one week is about all I can stand living in the little Bronco. Mostly because I don't like putting that top up and down every time I want to move the truck. And the thing is built really flimsy.
Another choice would be to buy a regular slide-in truck camper that's light enough to be carried by my truck and yet big enough to live in full-time. That's a lot to ask since regular slide-in truck campers that are built for full-timing and not just a weekend, often weigh almost two tons.
Possibility number three is to buy a lightly used low mileage trustworthy van I can stand up in, and build it out myself into an RV. I've kinda done that before, but I was a lot younger, used to hard work, and had something that at least resembled ambition.
So I'm still thinking about this, and what if anything I want to do. Fortunately for me thinking requires a lot of relaxing in my easy chair while staring thoughtfully out the window. And I'm good at both those things.
This tiny tent made me start thinking again about simplifying my life.
Could a slide-in camper like this be the key to my future happiness?