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Parting words…. the back of the camper!

Parting words…. the back of the camper!

The fact that you are reading this post means that you probably know the name of our blog.  “It’s not a slow car, it’s a fast house” has been our tagline for several years. This traveled well with us all around North America.  Now as we head...
Water systems on the camper

Water systems on the camper

One of the features we added to the camper was a secondary water system. We have the original Northstar water tank which holds 30 gallons of water.  The fill location is on the side of the camper.  This water flows through the water heater, the kitchen faucet and the...
Backseat box OR the backseat goes to the dogs!

Backseat box OR the backseat goes to the dogs!

One of the custom features we had developed in the truck cab is the back seat storage box. When we sold the bed of the truck, we also sold the back seat.  (yes, there really was a person that wanted to buy our stock GMC rear seat!)  With the back seat removed, we...
Sand ladders and screen door

Sand ladders and screen door

We added a couple of interesting things to the camper recently.  Both of them add something to the appearance, but also have important functional roles.  There are many interesting modifications to our Northstar Arrow.  You can read the list on the main page, or...
First border crossing in new rig!

First border crossing in new rig!

The initial test runs went smoothly throughout the Arizona desert.  So we were ready to cross the border and head to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico.  This is a crossing that we have used hundreds of times in the past 30+ years.  Rocky Point has fallen into and...
Beginning to roll, again.

Beginning to roll, again.

With my mothers house sold and all our belongings distributed again, we were ready to roll.  It seems that it was harder to get rid of it all the second time around.  But it’s gone and we are ready to go.   We began with stops to see the kids.  And we spent some...
Who is AT Overland?

Who is AT Overland?

This name has been mentioned in our blog a few times.  Some of you have asked who they are, where they are and what they do.  A few of our readers have told us that they have been to AT Overland for products or called in with questions. On their website  AT...
Storage boxes- they’re “YUGE”!

Storage boxes- they’re “YUGE”!

One of the most exciting aspects of our frame mounted camper is the additional storage we gain.  By removing the truck bed and adding a lightweight aluminum frame, we have no bed rails to take up space.  Storage boxes will fill that space. Before storage boxes If you...
More camper changes- modification ideas for any RV

More camper changes- modification ideas for any RV

We have been working on the camper regularly.  Each day brings about a new change, a new detail, a new feature.  Here are some photos and information about what we have done. The camper (2005 Northstar Arrow 8.5) had some dated valances above the windows.  These seem...
First camping trip- test run!

First camping trip- test run!

The Northstar Arrow 8.5 cabover camper is now securely bolted to the aluminum frame and chassis of the GMC 2500HD.  Welds are in place.  Water and propane tanks are full.  I guess it is time to load up the dogs and humans and take it for a test trip! We headed out to...
A few early changes to the camper and truck!

A few early changes to the camper and truck!

The camper had some features that we wanted to change, repair and upgrade.  Here are a few of those changes. Microwave removed.  Shelves and a door will be added.  Additional storage space increase! “Power vampire” car stereo removed.  We use a portable...
On the frame!

On the frame!

The aluminum frame has now been fully assembled.  It is bolted to the chassis of the truck with some sort of fancy spacers in between each point of contact.  The frame on the truck looks fantastic and it is ready to hold the camper.  So we line everything up, and back...
Building the frame to hold the camper

Building the frame to hold the camper

Building this new rig has to happen in steps or stages.  After removing some excess items from the camper (microwave, huge fridge, range hood) we were ready to take it to the AT Overland shop so they could begin the design and build of the chassis mount system.  They...
A glimpse- photos only!

A glimpse- photos only!

Here is a glimpse of the inside and outside of the camper.  The only modification that has been done in these photos is the removal of the range hood and the installation of the new bed frame and mattress.  These photos will be used later for the before and after...
Picking up the camper

Picking up the camper

Picking up the camper As the cat is outta’ the bag, we will continue with the camper story. A purchase agreement has been reached and the camper is awaiting us in Grants Pass, Oregon. We are in Clarkdale, Arizona! Time for a road tip in the new truck. We left on a...
The cat is outta’ the bag!

The cat is outta’ the bag!

In October 2015 our travel plans changed drastically. We were stopped in our tracks. When my mother passed away unexpectedly, we inherited a burden that we never anticipated. If you haven’t had this conversation with your parents or your kids—DO IT NOW!! Managing the...
Plasti-dip front end protection

Plasti-dip front end protection

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may recall that we had some damage to our previous front end paint.  A spare fuel jug on the roof top sprung a leak and ran down the front of the van.  The gas caused peeling, melting and general ugliness to the paint.  ...