Some years ago I made a promise to my younger self that I'd spend a season as a ski bum at least once before I turn 40. So now with 40 quickly approaching, I've been kicking around possibilities. I'm based out of the SF, CA area. At the moment, I have this idea of getting a 4x4 fitted out for winter camping and cruising up the west coast into BC, down around to Jackson Hole, etc. etc. and back. Spend some time chasing storms, seeing the countryside and going wherever.
I'm absolutely certain I'm not the first person with this notion, but I haven't yet come across many reports. My first question hinges less upon where to go, but more upon how to pull it off. I've looked at bit at Westie Synchro's, Sportmobiles, 4x4 trucks with campers, etc. Seems there aren't a ton of Syncrho's out there and a 4x4 with nice camper could fit the bill. On the other hand, I have the impression that some would just say to get a Subie and stay in motels mainly.
I like the idea of being self-sufficient with my own camper arrangement, etc. Never any hassle for lodging, can go remote and still have a place to stay, etc. etc. Beyond that, the camper setup would be good for years to come. So I'm wondering, have others pulled this off with good success? Is it a setup that makes good sense? Any recommendations on specifics (vehicles, camper shells, etc.)?
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