September '20

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148 • RV PRO • September 2020 rv-pro.com Walls and floor are carpeted in charcoal gray, with LED lighting that includes two interior LED puck lights. The front and rear bulkheads are framed with 2 by 4, and finished with 1/4-inch plywood carpeted panels. There is a six-plug power strip accessible through the bulkhead, so users can plug in to shore power or a generator. "Sherpa Trailers are made in Montana, strong and durable enough to adventure anywhere. We make teardrop trailers for wherever your adventure takes you," Montgomery says. Truck Campers & Overlanding For those people who want to enter the overlanding market and already own a medium-duty or heavier pickup, the answer could be as simple as buying a truck camper – assuming the truck camper is up to the rigors off-roading. The ability to slide a truck camper on and off adds versatility, combined with a unit that can extend adventure travel much longer. One of the Pacific Northwest's premier retailers and installers, MULE Expedi- tion Outfitters, started in Issaquah, Wash. Building its clientele along with its rep- utation, MULE is the exclusive dealer in Washington for Four Wheel Campers, whose truck campers are renown in the overland community. "Constructed entirely at our facility i n Wo o d l a n d , C a l i f. , Fo u r W h e e l Campers exhibits at all the major over- land events, and have had our products on display at SEMA," says Dan Welty, company vice president. In 2019, a Four Wheel Campers dealer in Oregon was going out of business and MULE was asked if the company would take the dealership's place. Joe and Dana Marshall, MULE's husband-and-wife co-owners, were hesitant to open a second location, this one in Tualatin, 190 miles from Issaquah. " We thought about lost sales in Oregon, and that's when we decided to open a second store, even if it wasn't a part of our immediate growth plan," Joe Marshall says. Dana Marshall concurs, saying, "We lost sales because Washington has a state sales tax and Oregon doesn't, so some buyers would come down here to purchase a trailer to avoid the tax." There are bigger, more established players that also offer truck campers that can be used for overlanding. Lancaster, Calif.-based Lance Campers used the 2020 Adventure Expo in Costa Mesa, Calif., to display its latest demo rig, the "Altimeter". Above: Several of MULE's vehicles were on display at the company's grand opening in Tualatin, Ore. Right: The Swift Four Wheel Camper pictured here is one of several models MULE makes for overlanders.

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