Being one with nature has always been part of our DNA, and although we both had done our share of camping and hiking in our youth, it wasn’t until 2012 that we decided to get back to the woods, first on a three-day hike through the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, and then on a five day excursion to Northern New Hampshire with several local trips in-between.

After enduring five rainy days and a freezing night in New Hampshire, we realized that at our age, our tent simply wasn’t big enough for two adults and two pups and we began to contemplate a move from “camping” to “glamping”, perhaps in a popup trailer.

For Soylamar, that conversation led to several months of research that culminated on the purchase of our rig, an amazing trip through several states on our way to Glacier Park, Montana, and the purchase of a beautiful camground site near the Kittatinny mountains of New Jersey to park it.

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Boondocking, Southern New Jersey







Quite often, the first question we get on the road has to do with our rig. In North Carolina, even a Nissan Technician came to our site to inquire in amazement. After all, 30 feet long Travel Trailers are usually behind bigger trucks, like a RAM 1500 or a Ford F-150, but if you manage what you carry in an ultra-light RV, a six cylinder, 4.1 litter Nissan Frontier can easily handle 3 tons up and down the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, the Black Hills in South Dakota, or the Rockies in Montana. It is also the best way to make sure you aren’t carrying things you don’t really need… and we keep a close eye on the numbers using a variation of the third law of physics: for every pound that comes in (the action), there must be an equal pound that goes out (the reaction.)