On March 2, 2015 my wife and I took off for Hallmark RV to pick up our K2 popup truck camper. Of course we were full of excitement but its a long, hard 2 day drive to Fort Lupton, CO from northern Arizona including driving through a blizzard near Flagstaff, AZ. Nope Arizona isn't all desert.
Still our first look at our camper was a moment to remember.
The whole Ward family worked with us throughout the day. Andy prepped our truck, Matt taught us all the particulars about our camper. Bill added further advice and mounted our backup camera (the truck has a backup camera on the tailgate and I got a replacement unit from Ram that Bill mounted on the camper and connected to the stock wiring), Betty completed all the paperwork.
Suddenly it was time to load the camper on the truck and I was a little nervous to back the truck under it the first time, but hey, it something I needed to learn. My years of handling farm equipment in my youth kicked in and I nailed it on the first attempt! Matt, Bill and my wife were duly impressed and I was much relieved.
It was a long, hard day. By late afternoon we were done - and tired. The Wards graciously allowed us to camp behind the factory our first night. Little did we know what we were in for! We understand the overnight temperature was somewhere between 3 degrees and perhaps a little below zero. Other than wishing we had just a little bit more bedding we managed well. Our little LP furnace worked hard to keep us warm and did an admirable job. In the morning the Wards answered the few questions we had and off we went headed to Deming, NM to see my wife's brother.
We took 2 days to drive to Deming, NM stopping overnight at the KOA in Las Vegas, NM. In the long term we'll be boondocking a lot but on our maiden voyage we were more than happy to stay at established campgrounds. The campground was nice, it was quiet and the hosts were wonderful people.
My brother-in-law lives in an RV park so we lucked out being able to camp for free that night. We had a great overnight visit.
Leaving Deming, NM the next morning we felt a great sense of relief. We had 2 days of interstate driving, a very busy day at Hallmark and 2 more days of interstate driving. Now we headed out of Deming on a quiet 2-lane highway across the desert of southern New Mexico and southern Arizona. Aaaaahhhh!
We arrived at the Schoolhouse Point Campground on Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest early enough make camp and sit out in camp chairs with a cold beverage and watch the sunset. It just doesn't get much better!
On our final day we woke up to no LP left with which to make coffee. That was a real bummer but at least we had heat through the night and we gained some knowledge on how long the LP lasts given the chilly conditions we had and fact we really didn't cook much. We broke camp and headed out along Roosevelt Lake and on up The Mogollon Rim to Payson, AZ. Starbucks is in Payson! Yea! Coffee! From Payson drove on north through Pine and Strawberry, AZ then turned west to drop down into Camp Verde. From there its not a long drive to home and we arrived in the early afternoon. A week and 2,200 miles was definitely the longest road trip my wife and I have taken so far.
Going forward our goal is a trip a month with the majority being shorter and closer to home - Strategic Nomadacy Strikes we call them. From our base here in northern Arizona there are many possibilities. We are already registered for the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ so we know where we'll be in May. We need to start planning for April though as it will be here soon!