The Sprinter Life: Jon, Gale, & Huckberry

The Sprinter Life: Jon, Gale, & Huckberry

For our 6th installation of the En Route Series we caught up with Jon, Gale, and their Huckberry Sprinter. From Jon and Gale on the road: 

Independent of each other we were both looking for a change. Our jobs were “good”, but no longer what was best for us. I’d grown up dreaming of a van trip rambling across the country and the idea had crept back into my head. After mentioning the idea to Gale after dinner one night, I learned she’d taken a shorter road trip in high school and was totally down to hit the road longer term. We started planning pretty much immediately; saving money, paying down debts, and lots of van research. It took over a year for us to be in the position to resign from our Boston jobs and start to make the trip a reality.

We bought a 2004 Dodge Sprinter that had been a construction van and spent this past summer turning it into an apartment (cabin) on wheels for the two of us. Finally in mid-August we were ready to hit the road. Our Sprinter was now a home that we were excited to move into with a queen size bed, dinette for four-ish people, and power from a Yeti 1250 Solar Generator and Boulder 90 Solar Panels. It’s been nearly two months since we set out from York, ME and we’ve seen a lot: over 4,500 miles of road, 6 National Parks, 17 states, innumerable National Forests, and a few Walmart parking lots.

We get asked what the destination is for the trip a lot. There never has been one, but we’re open to the idea of finding one we’d really like to head back to when the wanderlust begins to burn a little less brightly. But, there was always a goal to change the daily norm and that we’ve definitely done.

If you’re so inclined, you can follow along with our travels at:
www.instagram.com/she_explores
www.instagram.com/thevanman
www.instagram.com/ourvanview
www.she-explores.com
www.huckberry.com/journal

 


And for those of you who have been asking for more detail on how these vehicles are outfitted with solar, Jon and Gale stuck around for a bit and showed us more about their setup. Check out the video below:

9 Comments

  1. Adrian Tafoya 3 years ago

    After a thirty year career in Tinseltown, I’ve developed a similar wanderlust. I am a published writer/blogger so when I receive my share of the family house, this is also my plan to travel and blog/photograph the adventure as a not-so-senior 55-yr-old ex-Hollywood rat, to road adventurer and Environmental activist.

  2. Roberet A. Bernardini 3 years ago

    I’ve been waiting for folks to mod a Sprinter! Great Job.

    Sprinters like yours will be recalled as the ‘Volkswagen Van’ of the 20-teens.
    I’ll subscribe! Looking forward to further explanations, photos, video.

  3. John C 3 years ago

    Looks great. Love the ‘French Door’ photos. Looking forward to more post.

    Watch out for pot holes!

  4. Marco 3 years ago

    Great custom job on the van ,love your organization.
    like to hear more about your power supply.

  5. Andrew Muse 3 years ago

    So you said you used double sided tape to mount the panels. I really like the idea of not putting more holes in the roof of my rig. How solid does this tape actually hold up to temps and the elements. I would realllllly hate to loose one of these on the road.

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      goalzero 3 years ago

      Hey Andrew, we’ve used 3M VHB #4950 tape for these installations and have yet to see any issues.

  6. Alexis 3 years ago

    This is such a dream. I would still like to know how exactly you can work while you travel? What do both of you do?

  7. cort 2 years ago

    Love it. I write for a living and so can be on the road – and I’ve been on it for awhile. Just now I’m learning about the solar energy supply possibilities – so thanks for demonstrating what you did.

    I’m in a 4Runner – a great car but not much room. A van would obviously be better…How is the Sprinter holding up?

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