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It happened sooner than we expected – much sooner. A week or so ago P and I had our first and only real conversation about what we absolutely wanted from a potential camper. We set a budget, we agreed on a few must-haves, we went to bed. The next night I proposed to P that we stop looking for campers/vans/RVs all together and instead just renovate his Alaskan camper, which he was living in when I met him.
For those unfamiliar with Alaskan campers, they’re amazing. A quick google search will show you what I’m talking about. Unfortunately P’s Alaskan isn’t the glossy-off-the-showroom floor-model that you might find after a google search. His version lacks proper insulation, a heater, and many other necessities that a couple with two dogs would need if living full time inside of it. We would need to spend countless hours and plenty of money to get it into a livable state.
While I was willing to make that investment, P’s brain had already moved onto other possibilities. After I went to bed that night he began researching options similar to the Alaskan’s set up. Given our love for snow sports, one of our absolute-must-have features in a camper/rv/van was the ability to live in it during all 4 seasons. Warm in the winter, that was a must. In the Alaskan’s current state it only takes one brisk wind to send the insulation panels falling off the wall. It is far from winter-ready and I think P knew well enough that the nights we’d spent in the Alaskan this past Winter were enough for this lifetime.
So what other camper van was comparable to the alaskan but winter-ready?
Enter: The Bigfoot Camper.
Bigfoots are the creme de la creme of all season campers, at least according to P – because lets be serious here, he’s the one paying attention to the market, not me.
While I slept P began looking for Bigfoot campers and sure enough he found one that interested him.
The next evening, after a few drinks, we began discussing, as we so often do, our plans for the RV. He casually mentioned the Bigfoot he found on craigslist, pulling up the listing for me to look at. I was ecstatic. It had everything we wanted. was in our budget, and even better, it was in Hood River where we were planning to camp that coming weekend.
“What’s to lose?” I asked P, “lets message him and set up a time to look at it.” Before P could object I had already begin drafting a text message to the seller and within minutes he was on the phone with P setting up a time for us to look at it that upcoming weekend.
I’ll spare you the boring details – us running back and forth between Portland and Hood River, the semi-hilarious way we managed to withdraw the deposit amount when our credit union was closed (hint: getting cash-back at grocery stores is an easy way to circumvent ATM limits if you’re patient), or the general exchange between us and the seller – who was pretty much the nicest guy ever.
What I will tell you is that being willing and ready to pull the trigger quickly and without hesitation helped a lot. We were the first to see our new Bigfoot RV but we weren’t the only buyers that were interested. Those long conversations we were having each night about what we wanted paid off. Knowing what we wanted made it possible for us to easily recognize it when we saw it in person.That allowed us to quickly agree to make an offer and beat out other potential buyers -even one who offered the seller more than we did (like I said, he was a super nice guy).
Our Bigfoot (which is still in need of a name) is currently set to have its first maiden voyage on October 20th, 2017. Pictures ad details to come!