Cristobal 1 - The Moose

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Time was ticking as the summer was already there when we landed in Vancouver. We needed to get moving northbound soon in order to explore higher latitudes and places with magical names, such as the Yukon, Inuvik, Dawson City, Whitehorse and more. But before heading to moose country, a few things had to be done...
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Windshield protection.
A must for us since a lesson learned in Nordic Europe. A few brackets and aluminum profiles, a mosquito screen, screws and twine. Our windshield protection can be rolled down completely when driving on asphalt, although half way is a good compromise between protection and good visibility. All the way up on certain dirt roads. Flying stones rebound on the screen, which is located 8 cm away from the windshield. On the Dempster Highway, in the Yukon, this device saved our windshield at least three times. How do we know? Driving on loose gravel roads, we saw the rocks fly in and out, either when following or passing a vehicle with wide and deep tire treads.
Additional Diesel Filter.
We listened to a wise mechanic's advice and had a Parker filter installed between the diesel tank and the truck stock filter. One interesting feature is the inspection glass bowl and drain plug thanks to which we can get rid of any water (bad quality fuel or condensation).
Dual Wheels.
The truck came with 215 tires, duals in the rear and a spare. We did not have time to find bigger rims to fit bigger tires, and get rid of the duallies, so we kept it as was... clearly not our first choice to go off-road.
Our Roadway Camper. We were lucky to find this wonderful little camper which fitted perfectly on the Cristobal 1 flat bed. It was quite old, but in very good shape. The wood frame was a reassuring feature as it made it repairable, in case of damage.
The truck payload was 2000 kg, the Roadway Camper weighed about 750 kg, so no problem.
The Roadway Camper, here between Alaska and the Yukon. Viewed from top, the skylight window is visible on the roof.
Camper's rear door issue. Here, the back of the camper looks clean... but unfortunately, most of the time it wasn't. The rear of campers tends to be covered with dust or mud which fly around due to turbulent air flows. In addition, the extra air pressure that comes with driving speed pushes dust or even mud inside the camper whenever there is any weak point on the door seals. Another key thing for us was a bug-proof screen thanks to which the door could be kept open when needed without being invaded!
Roadway Camper -- outside storage. Campers which are designed to fit on a pick-up bed with their thick sides have this weird shape, narrower at the bottom. We took advantage of the room available on the sides to store our recovery stuff: four mud/sand tracks, pick, shovel, sledge-hammer, hi-lift jack... but the snatch strap was kept inside, in a dry place.
Roadway Camper -- why a "live inside" solution? Click on this picture if you need one more hint...
This camper came with a propane heater, a two-burner propane stove, a single sink.
Roadway Camper -- what about "inside"? Welcome to the living room! OK, OK, this picture was taken with a wide angle. We could sit six people though, when we had company!
Goodnight! Once the table was popped up and two plywood planks stored on the benches were installed to fill the middle gap, all we needed to do was drop the mattresses and slip into our sleeping bags. On the foreground by the sink, an air horn and a bear gas in its orange bottle. Right at hand, just in case...