Sunday, July 10, 2011

Van Update. It's not a Van!

So much has happened since we last checked into the blog.  So much, and yet, so little...  The exciting news is that we did in fact find our 4x4, diesel, Pan-American dream mobile on eBay, and the transaction went better than anyone could ever dream.  It is a a Provan Tiger Camper built on a 1994 Chevrolet K2500 Silverado Truck.


When we flew to pick up the truck, Gary, the previous owner, drove over an hour to pick us up at the Durango airport. Then, he drove us back to his home, where we were greeted with the sight of our new (old) truck and the high-altitude beauty of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  Gary and his wife opened their home to us for the next couple of days while we got the truck ready to drive back to Michigan.  Kelly fed us salmon, asparagus, and roasted potatoes for dinner with homemade raspberry pie for dessert!  If we ever sell the truck, I hope we can make the buying experience for the next person as pleasant as they made it for us.

Scott, Gary, and Kelly pre-yumfest

People have asked why we wanted a 4x4 or a diesel.  The reason we wanted the 4wd is a little more obvious. We plan on driving it from here to the tip of South America.  There will be roads and beaches that would be off-limits for a traditional 2wd van.  As for the diesel question, diesel fuel is a bit easier to come by south of the border, the engine has a longer life, and it gets better gas diesel mileage.

It's been 3 weeks, but we still can't stop calling our new truck "the van".  Every vehicle we've ever traveled in has been a van...Toyota LE, Toyota Previa, Ford E350, Toyota Hiace, and a Ford Transit.  We've never been the type to name our vehicles, so it's been hard not to call it "the van". We're still trying to get used to calling it "the truck" or "the camper", but it's definitely NOT A VAN!


Phyllis said...

Congrats! Provan Tiger is on my watch list, I like it for the exact reasons, the only reservation I have is the limited space and no slider (2 adults and a small dog)...

We also plan to go RV to the tip of S. America, except we'll be joining an escort RV tour... just don't have the nerve to do it alone.

Good luck with your Tiger and please let us know how the small space suit you!

Stevie, Tree, and Soleil said...

Woohoo!! Congrats you two. I'm happy the transaction was so pleasant as well. You guys certainly deserved a lucky break, and it sounds like you got that and thensome. -Stevie

TREE said...

Here are some suggestions on what I wouldn't leave the US without heading down the PanAm

1) Super bomber new tires. At least 10 ply

2) New shocks

3) Custom heat reflecting window covers for all windows. Talk to van specialties in portland. They can make them for you

4) a bottle of rainX

5) spare parts, including windshield wipers

6) a small lock safe in the cab where you can quickly put valuables yet are in easy reach

7) a bigger lock box in the camper where you can keep computers, passports, ect

8) Garmin GPS

That's all I can think of right now.