I’m not the type to stay in bed on Friday the 13th or to freak if a black cat crosses my path but I will admit, the universe has a way of mystifying me. Somehow the things you thought were absolutely impossible and far-fetched become very real and very possible in the blink of an eye.
Four Wheel Camper
With Four Wheel Campers (FWC) on our radar for months we had been unsuccessfully scanning Craigslist, the ‘Wander the West’ forums, and ‘Expedition Portal’ for a used popup camper anywhere remotely close to the state of Virginia. We were beginning to think we were S.O.L. and needed to explore plan B; purchasing new. New Four Wheel Campers are expensive so we’d be limited to a shell model, at best.
Woodlands, CA was a bit far to travel for a weekend peek at the FWC showroom so instead we planned a trip to Denver, CO to visit family and the Rocky Mountain Four Wheel Camper location to see one of these beauties in person.
Rocky Mountain – Four Wheel Camper
Chris at Rocky Mountain FWC was extremely patient with us as we meticulously paged through our list of questions and took pictures of every square inch of the showroom popup truck campers. By the end of the visit we were feeling pretty confident in our decision to purchase a FWC Hawk Shell and just needed to figure out how much of a dent this baby would put in our tiny budget.
Once we got back home to VA we got real about not only the costs of purchasing a customized shell model, but how in the hell we were going to get it from Colorado. Ship it? Take a week off work to pick it up? The costs were adding up quickly. Feeling a bit deflated, we closed our pricing spreadsheets, FWC brochures and turned on the TV.
In one last ditch effort I decided to check our local, Northern Virginia Craigslist. After frequent, empty searches I had no reason to think tonight would be any different but I felt the urge to try anyway.
My Craigslist Search: “Four Wheel Camper Hawk”
Results: “Four Wheel Camper Hawk Model—Stafford, VA”
Jenna: SCREAM “OMG! There’s a Four Wheel Camper Hawk in STAFFORD!!!!!!!!”
Josh: yeah, right. Let me see. OMG!
We e-mailed the seller immediately.
–Fast forward through the sleepless night we both had thinking about the camper.
We NEEDED that camper. Not only was it 30 minutes away and in the town we both grew up in but it was the exact model we wanted!
The next morning, we still hadn’t heard from the seller. I was getting a little desperate/impatient and decided to e-mail again. Maybe he didn’t get my first e-mail?
It worked! We called, spoke to him and let him know to ignore and delete all other inquiries because we were coming down to take it off his hands ASAP.
We borrowed a truck and drove a whole 30 minutes to pick-up our new home.
Part of the motivation and reason behind this trip is the simple fact that ‘you never know’. Life throws curve balls and everything can change in seconds; good or bad. In this situation, the universe presented us with the means, motivation and confirmation that we can and should be taking this trip of a lifetime!