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#1 wally_hatz

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 11:29 PM

After about a year of dreaming and waffling, my girlfriend and I dropped in on a truck camper combo. I'll save the full backstory, but here's the gist. We are weekenders, living in a city in the PNW. Summers are spent climbing, winters spent skiing. 

 

We had romanticized a real vehicle for sleeping -- pretty much from the onset of our experience in a 2001 astrovan. It was always, "when we get rid of the astro we'll..." And when the transmission blew up last month, we began seriously down the road towards a truck camper. After one failed attempt at a truck/camper combo -- seller backed out an hour before we were going to pick it up -- we turned around and bought a truck. Two weeks later, we scored a Hawk -- thankfully right in our own backyard.

 

The fine folks we bought it from dubbed it the Mars Hotel, a reference that fully went over our heads. But we're sticking with it, because frankly, why wouldn't a guy.

 

We started by taking it up to our winter haunt, which made a solid basecamp for the day...

 

Winter copy

 

Punched it out to the desert for some camping and sunny climbing in the morning...

 

summer

 

...Before returning back to our winter haunt for the last licks of lift service for the weekend...

 

FIN
 
 
All in all, really fired up. Heck of a first weekend, and we're still grinning about it now.
 
DETAILS:
 
2013 F150, pristine for 90xxx miles. 2 inch lift, bilsteins, ride rite (purchased from dealer this way, definitely scored).
 
2017 Hawk, silver spur edition, 130 cu fridge, forced air, solar, 2x agm batteries, front dinette. we have the outdoor shower and a batwing awning. It all seemed too kitted, but after a weekend, we appreciate the feature set.
 
Anyway, stoked to be in business, fired up for the adventures.

 


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#2 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 11:38 PM

Wally Hatz, Welcome to the site.

That's sure a great find. Isn't it great when all things fall into place.

 

Enjoy your rig and have many long years having fun with it.

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#3 ski3pin

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 12:26 AM

Congratulations, travel safe and enjoy. :)


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#4 Lighthawk

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 12:37 AM

FWC rigs were meant for the climbing/skiing crowd!

MORE photos please!


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#5 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 01:36 AM

Wally, welcome to WTW!  We look forward to seeing your adventures in our trip reports.


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#6 AWG_Pics

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 02:46 AM

Yay -- another member of the WTW community! Welcome Wally!


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#7 CougarCouple

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 03:56 AM

Hi wally_hatz congratulations on your rig. Welcome, did you thank the guy who backed out? :)
Nice looking combo y’all got.
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#8 fish more

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 02:33 PM

Enjoy the "Mars Hotel"


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#9 ski3pin

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 03:32 PM

Enjoy the "Mars Hotel"

..............with a lot of ingenuity and perseverance. Couldn't help myself. :)


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#10 wally_hatz

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 03:43 PM

Glad to meet ya'll.

 

Certainly will be some Trip reports -- or more realistically images from weekends out and about. But man, are we stoked to have something in time for volcano/big mountain season. Can't wait to have a comfy home to come back to after long days in the hills.


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