Sprinter Camping Conversion: Our stagnant progress.

I imagined our biggest debate would be which color wood to install or where to put the overhead lighting.

We planned to begin the next phase of our camping conversation in January. It is January. Our progress has stalled.

CD was halfway to Eugene to pick up the roof rails when he changed course. He dropped by to chat with the fellow Sprinter owner that we met a few weeks ago. They shared thier visions and ideas.

CD turned around and drove home. His hesitated to spend money on factory roof rails. Our friend endorsed a much less expensive option.

So here we are, along with many other Sprinter owners. Part of our dream is financial sustainability.

When should we get the factory products? When should we improvise? How much extra work and time are we willing to put in to each step in order to save a few dollars?

It wasn’t hard for us to answer these questions. We are on board to save money if the alternate plan provides the same result in the end.

What is holding us up now?

Our Sprinter works well for us. We are happy. In just a few weeks last spring, CD pounded together a camping conversion far superior to any other way we have traveled.

In order to move forward, the current conversion needs to be dismantled. Not only will we not be able to camp in our Sprinter, we will not be able to use our Sprinter.

Our garage will be full of dismantled food boxes and beds.

Nothing in an Oregon winter is free of rain and mud. I can’t guarentee the wood will be safe.

So, here we are. I anticipate that one day we will just get up and start tearing the Sprinter apart. It will be both sad and exciting. I will be impatient and restless. It will be worth it.

Until then, here is a bit about Sprinter life in Oregon in the winter.

The Hackleman Old Growth forest is easy to drive past. It can be found on the South side of Highway 20 between Corvallis and Sisters. The parking lot is paved and easy to access. A sign marks the trail.

After driving past it dozens of times, stopping there this year was an obvious choice. When driving the Sprinter, it seems like trail heads and parks pop up everywhere!

Short trails or boardswalks are an excuse to make hot chocolate and play a game of cards or two.

It is about the journey; we stop often

Our afternoon base camp at the old growth. It is raining but we were warm and happy
This is a slug. The slugs are one of a handful of things that I found amazing when I moved here. This isn’t the biggest we have seen.

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Sprinter Camping Conversion: Our stagnant progress.

I imagined our biggest debate would be which color wood to install or where to put the overhead lighting.

We planned to begin the next phase of our camping conversation in January. It is January. Our progress has stalled.

CD was halfway to Eugene to pick up the roof rails when he changed course. He dropped by to chat with the fellow Sprinter owner that we met a few weeks ago. They shared thier visions and ideas.

CD turned around and drove home. His hesitated to spend money on factory roof rails. Our friend endorsed a much less expensive option.

So here we are, along with many other Sprinter owners. Part of our dream is financial sustainability.

When should we get the factory products? When should we improvise? How much extra work and time are we willing to put in to each step in order to save a few dollars?

It wasn’t hard for us to answer these questions. We are on board to save money if the alternate plan provides the same result in the end.

What is holding us up now?

Our Sprinter works well for us. We are happy. In just a few weeks last spring, CD pounded together a camping conversion far superior to any other way we have traveled.

In order to move forward, the current conversion needs to be dismantled. Not only will we not be able to camp in our Sprinter, we will not be able to use our Sprinter.

Our garage will be full of dismantled food boxes and beds.

Nothing in an Oregon winter is free of rain and mud. I can’t guarentee the wood will be safe.

So, here we are. I anticipate that one day we will just get up and start tearing the Sprinter apart. It will be both sad and exciting. I will be impatient and restless. It will be worth it.

Until then, here is a bit about Sprinter life in Oregon in the winter.

The Hackleman Old Growth forest is easy to drive past. It can be found on the South side of Highway 20 between Corvallis and Sisters. The parking lot is paved and easy to access. A sign marks the trail.

After driving past it dozens of times, stopping there this year was an obvious choice. When driving the Sprinter, it seems like trail heads and parks pop up everywhere!

Short trails or boardswalks are an excuse to make hot chocolate and play a game of cards or two.

It is about the journey; we stop often

Our afternoon base camp at the old growth. It is raining but we were warm and happy
This is a slug. The slugs are one of a handful of things that I found amazing when I moved here. This isn’t the biggest we have seen.

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