The Rig  

“Phileas”

is a 2007 Fleetwood Bounder 35E and is home to the crew of Life Among Pines. His name was inspired by Captain Phileas Fogg, the protagonist for Jules Verne’s classic Around the World in 80 Days. He is exactly 36 feet long, and 10.5 feet wide with the slides closed for driving. He has two slides: one in the bedroom and one in the main room, as well as all the luxuries that any modern home could provide: three sinks, a bathroom, a shower, a stove and oven, a microwave and convection oven, a queen-size bed, two TV’s, two wardrobes, a kitchen booth, several comfy chairs, a full-size futon, a washer/dryer combo, and much, much more. Phileas’ interior is filled with storage, which has been adapted for maximum organization and efficiency of travel. He also has large storage compartments along both exterior sides, which house all of our sports/adventure gear and outdoor furniture.

We purchased him on July 1st, 2016 from a local dealership and spent about five months preparing him for life on the road. We fully renovated his interior and added many tech upgrades that would improve our ease of full-time traveling. He has the important job of towing Wendy, our tow car, which he does quite well. So far, he has driven us clear across the country, through 14 total states: from the East Coast state of NJ to the West Coast state of CA. Phileas is sure to see many more adventures over the next few years, along with the rest of the Life Among Pines crew.

“Wendy”

is a 1992 Jeep Cherokee Briarwood. She has a forest-green-colored body and wood paneling along each of her sides. Her name was inspired by Wendy from Peter Pan, which has been one of Sam and Brendan’s favorite books for years. Sam saw her listed on Craigslist in late-October 2016 and immediately fell in love. Sam and Brendan were especially drawn to Wendy’s vintage “woody” look, and they knew they had to have her. When they first brought her home, she was running well mechanically, but needed some serious help cosmetically. Brendan and his dad completely restored her, to ensure that she was in tip-top shape for her new life of travel. This entire process took about 3-4 weeks and easily over 100 total hours, but it was well-worth the time and energy, as she is now an extremely dependable vehicle. They ensured that her power windows, locks and seats were working, patched her flooring, fixed her headliner, refreshed her carpets, cleaned and painted her underside to prevent rust, fixed some body damage, reattached her right side mirror, and painted her wood trim with a fresh brown coat of paint.

She is towed by Phlileas when we travel to a new location, and is then unhitched and driven locally once we have reached a semi-permanent area. She is most commonly seen sporting a bright red canoe on her roof (The Nautilus), and she proudly flies the American flag off of her rear bumper. Like Phileas, she will surely explore much more of the US as she travels along with the rest of the Life Among Pines crew.

“The Nautilus”

is our bright red canoe, which is transported on the roof of Wendy, our toad vehicle. His name was inspired by another Jules Verne classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
We purchased Nautilus in 2014 after renting a canoe several times and realizing it would be much easier and more cost-effective to just buy one of our own. Like Wendy, he was another thrifty Craigslist find, which we personalized to better match our personalities. We removed his foam bumpers and sanded and painted his exterior a shiny red color, which we felt complemented Wendy’s forest green very nicely. Nautilus has already accompanied us on several river camping adventures and will surely sail down the rivers, creeks and lakes of many new locations to come.

UPDATE: MARCH 2017
The Nautilus is no longer a part of our rig due to theft during our stay in the LA area for repairs. We miss him dearly. 😢