First night in Lance
We had decided to give Lance an upgrade before heading south. After traveling 8 months on the motorcycles and eating endless of canned food, especially tuna, we really wanted to be able to keep fresh meat, milk, fruit and vegetables. Lance already had an electric cooler, but it was only possible to keep it running while driving. The solution was a solar panel with a battery. We used www.ioverlander.com where Esben had found a company called “Travel Camper”, that build campers for travelling. They have also helped other travelers with smaller improvements and repairs. It sounded just like the right place for Lance to go.
After just one day the solar panel and the connecting battery was installed, and Esben could work on installing the lights and a water pump. The two workers, Victor and Hector at Travel Camper were always helpful. They always had great ideas how to fix things or make things even better – sometimes it was more than we had expected, and the work took a lot more time, but the result was always better, than our first idea.
But everything takes longer even here in Chile, and after working on the electric for a hole day we could finally turn it on. But, after just 5 minutes all lights went out! But, the help was near! Our new Italian friends came and helped us.
Meet Simone, who helped us for a hole day (even more than that) with the electric installations
Simone and his wife, Lucia had been traveling since March 2017 in their home. They have done the same thing as us, sold everything at home, except they have plans for traveling several years. Their home is not just a van, it is a real house home built in a container, mounted on an old military truck (MAN) from Denmark. They started in Italy and travel to the east coast of Central Africa, where they sailed across the Atlantic ocean to Brazil.
Check out their website: www.stepsover.com
How about me – not doing anything of the work? Yes, I did a few smaller things, that was not two complicated: removed some rust and painted afterwards. After that I reinforced the wooded cabinet. Victor and Hector also let us use their tools, as long as we treated it with respect and put everything back, where they belonged. It was a huge help, and we fixed a lot of smaller things, which would have been difficult without the tools.
One one of Lance’s earlier adventures he had been injured. Esben decided to take good care of Lance and repair his injury. After a fiberglass repair and a little bit of white paint the corner of Lance was almost a new again.
I have never seen Esben work so hard – after all that work Esben also had to take a nap
We had already got the taste the god wine here in Chile. Unfortunately it is illegal to drink and drive, but to our luck it is legal to drink and work
We are so tankful for all your help guys (Victor and Hector). While we were working on Lance, we could stay and sleep in Lance at Travel Camper. It made our life so much easier . Finally we had the chance to measure Lance, after all it is important to know how much space his takes up: height 242 cm, length 490 cm and width 170 cm. Weight: unknown.
Meet Rodrigo the owner of Travel Camper, who invited us to a parilla (BBQ) at his house
I think that translating “parilla” to BBQ is not quite right – I would call it “Meat, meat and more meat… and don’t forget the red wine”. More about the meat lovers party called “parilla” in the next post!