Back from a fantastic trip to the Overland Expo 2014, Cari recounts their latest Phoenix Pop Up adventure.
The journey to the Expo Begins
In the early hours of May 15th, Robby and I packed up the Jeep Rubicon, our shop dog, Shadow, and our Chassis mount 1997 Chevy 1500 and we were our way to the Overland Expo 2014. Stopping only to get gas, get some food and let Shadow out, we made it just past Albuquerque, NM when the 97 Chevy just decided it was not going to go any further.
We had it towed to a shop – where it was looked over quickly as they were about to close for the night – and said they would be getting to it the next morning around 7 am. At the time they thought it just needed a new fuel pump. The next morning we showed up around 7:30 am to find out our bad news: the engine was blown and needed to be replaced!! Not having the time or resources right then, we called a dear friend who owns his own tow truck to see if he had the time to come down to NM and tow our baby home to Colorado. Low and behold he was willing and able to do it. He showed up a little after 3 pm, and it was with sadness that we loaded up the truck camper and Shadow and headed back home.
A day late to the Expo
We hopped in the Jeep eager to make it the final two days of the Expo. This time we made it without further incident.
Saturday was a great day! We got to hand off the new custom made Jeep camper to the owners Joe and Teresa and show it off to many interested on lookers.
Joe took over my job and was happy to tell anyone who came by all about his wonderful new camper. I almost ran out of business cards, as every time I turned around Joe was asking for more. I need to hire him!!
Saturday evening we broke out the home made green chili, tortillas, chips, guacamole, beer and wine for a get together under the Jeep’s custom made rooftop awnings. Our camper owners who where at the expo, as well as other interested folks and expo friends who stopped by. It was a great time for all who attended and we hope to make this an annual get together!
Sunday was super windy, yet there was still quite a number of people stopping by to take a look and ask about our custom built campers.
As the show closed down we meet up with some prospective customers and then headed out to Page, AZ, to meet up and get measurements for one of our next Custom Chassis mount builds. From there we hopped back in to our rental car and headed home. All in all it was a wonderful journey, with wonderful people!