Big Red

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16. Apr, 2018 Written by: Glen Plake
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Over the years we have had several different trucks, trailers and motorhomes that we have used for various trips, promotions and or living spaces. The original need for a such rig was for our honeymoon, a 68 day ski trip skiing 50 ski areas and driving over 13,000 miles across America, skiing only little local mountains east of the continental divide - some were only 40 meters high. From the midwest to the northeast to the south this first “DownHome Tour” was a real adventure. Kimberly and I enjoyed the freedom to move about with everything (we have since experienced 7 more DHT’s) but also the ability to be home and in our “own” space instead of hotel to hotel, etc. Eating home cooked meals, and not unpacking clothes is a real pleasure when you are on the road as much as we are sometimes.

So one vehicle lead to another, different configurations. Unlike summer caravaning/RV’ing doing it in the winter brings on a lot of extras that need to be considered. Our truck is not a “party wagon” it’s our home on the road, therefore things like heat, working water systems - all the things that any mobile base uses like a boat uses - are not usually designed for sub-zero temperatures, hurricane force winds, several meter snowfalls, usable ski storage space and a drying room. The Frieghtliner - “Big Red” was custom built with these in mind. Multiple heating systems, ski room, storm proof aluminum construction, insulation winterized water systems, extra capacity “everything”, full kitchen and bath. It is built on a Frieightliner medium duty semi-truck chassis powered by an 8.3 liter cummins and an allison drive train and is quite economical considering it is a vehicle and our home away from home.  



When we made the decision to build/purchase such a rig, we considered the mountains and our access to them here in the USA. We have a lot of wonderful places to ski/mountain ranges here, but only a few “ski areas”, and the cost of owning property near one is very very expensive.


Big Red allows us to be based where we want to be, when we want to work, play, snow conditions, and the activity (we do use it in the summer) and we are completely comfortable and “home” - it is also funny because of our graphics “home” does sometimes feel like we are part of a circus! We have had Big Red for over 10 years now, it is built to last, and we love it!

SKI ya on the road, Glen and Kimberly

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