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Old 09-17-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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In Search of Ethel

Dear Lucy Fans,

We are once again on the road with Lucy heading out west to pick up her new running mate, Ethel, who is the new truck camper that we ordered in May. We have already gotten Fred, our new truck. He arrived in August. We have Fred all broken-in, ready to take on Ethel.

We departed Santa Rosa Beach on Thursday. We have camped in Jackson, Mississippi, and Little Rock, Arkansas, along the way. Tonight, we are camped in Oklahoma City in a pouring down rain storm. We were able to make camp before the rain began.

We plan to arrive in the Denver area on Monday evening, and pick up Ethel at the truck camper factory on Tuesday.

Here are a couple of pictures of Fred packed up for the trip, and Fred and Lucy together.

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Old 09-18-2011, 12:03 AM   #3
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Wow, nice rig. Is that a 3/4 ton diesel? Can't wait to see Ethel.

By the way, what happened to Ricky? Did he get lost in the divorce?
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:42 AM   #4
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Wow, nice rig. Is that a 3/4 ton diesel? Can't wait to see Ethel.

By the way, what happened to Ricky? Did he get lost in the divorce?
Fred is actually a one ton (3500) diesel.

Ricky will appear eventually. We figured Fred was appropriate as Ethel was always on his back.

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Fred is actually a one ton (3500) diesel.

Ricky will appear eventually. We figured Fred was appropriate as Ethel was always on his back.

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I was thinking Fred, as in Fred, Barney, Betty, and Wilma...
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Is Fred a crew or extended cab? My 05 crew cab rear seats fold down and forward not upward and aft like yours.
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Because the intent is to have truck mounted camper in addition to Lucy.

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Old 09-22-2011, 08:41 AM   #8
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Is Fred a crew or extended cab? My 05 crew cab rear seats fold down and forward not upward and aft like yours.
Fred is a Long Bed Crew Cab who has the turning radius of an aircraft carrier.

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We made it to Colorado. We actually arrived here on Monday, but have not had much to report since. Ethel, the truck camper, was not quite ready at the factory. We have gotten Fred, the truck, all prepared to take on Ethel. Fred is now sporting air bags to help with Ethel's weight, and has the necessary brackets to keep Ethel tied down.

Lucy has a nice campsite in St. Vrain State Park with a view of the Rockies out her dinette window. It is 39 degrees here this morning, but is supposed to go up in the 70's this afternoon.

Ethel is supposed to be completed today. We will post some pictures of her getting loaded on Fred.

Here are a couple of photos of Ethel on the factory floor and a view from Lucy's dinette window with the Rockies in the background.

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Mmmmm, Ethel looks very sweet!

Can't wait to see more pictures. We have always been impressed by the roomy feel of these truck campers.


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Is Fred a crew or extended cab? My 05 crew cab rear seats fold down and forward not upward and aft like yours.
Sorry about that. This is the picture of Fred that I intended to post.

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you didn't expect a woman (Ethel) to be ready early did you? it takes time to look beautiful ;-)
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I just got rid of a Sunline Popup Truck Camper and we liked it pretty well. All you need and nothing you don't. I sold the POS 92 Ford IDI Diesel truck that carried it but I liked the camper. Mine weighed less than 1500lb.

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Ethel was delivered today. We will will head up to Wyoming tomorrow towing Lucy.

Here are a few pictures we took when we picked up Lucy at the Outfitter Factory.

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