Good things come in threes

Here she is - our new home starting in 2014!
Here she is – our new home starting in 2014!

Sometimes things just fall into place without much effort. Not always, but sometimes.

It might sound cheesy or a little too new-age hippie, but I do believe we can manifest good things in our lives. My brief 30 years of experience on this planet has demonstrated that when we approach the world with kindness, positivity and gratitude, we are blessed with abundance. Granted, our definition of abundance and our expectations play a large role in that. If I expected to be a millionaire by now, I would be sorely disappointed and would not feel at all abundant. Fortunately, millionaire status is not my goal.

I’m not saying that bad things don’t happen to good people. I’ve had my share of bad luck for sure, and I know some very good people who have had some very bad things happen to them. But for myself, I find the negative events to be less memorable and less impactful than the good ones. And when I look at those good people around me who have had some serious bad luck, they come away from those things stronger, and good things inevitably come back around to them. They do not wallow in their misfortune, and their kindness, positivity and gratitude remain intact. That is the strength of the human spirit. 

All of this is to say that good fortune has come our way again. While I’m not surprised, I am very grateful.

When we hatched our 2014 Pan American overland plan, we made a list of things we need to resolve before departing. Among the big items: offloading our real estate in Oregon, and finding the perfect vehicle for our journey. Both of those items have been resolved in the past week. Hooray!

00K0K_3IM3FSAO4ev_600x450The vehicle is a 1988 Toyota Sunrader 18′ mini-RV. Essentially it’s a solid 4×4 Toyota pickup with a fiberglass RV built onto it. Almost like we took our Bigfoot trailer (which we will now be selling) and jammed it onto the top of our old pickup. Awesome. It has a full-size bed over the cab, a shower/toilet, a 4-burner stove, a refrigerator, and A/C. It is one of only 26 factory 4×4 Sunraders ever built, and one of fewer than 10 that are still on the road in the U.S.

Much like our Bigfoot trailer, these little campers have a cult-like following. So when we saw the ad on the Eugene Craigslist in Oregon, we called right away. Not only did it look in great condition, but the price was lower than we’d expect. We wanted it in a serious way, despite the fact that it was 1,500 miles away.

Fortunately, I have family in the Eugene area, and my mechanically savvy uncle was willing to go look at it for us the next day. We were the first to look at it; the owner was occupied with work, and we pounced on him as soon as he got home. We bought it less than an hour before a 4×4 enthusiast was going to scoop it up and resell it for a quick profit (he found me on the Expedition Portal forum and told me he was next in line). Three more people were scheduled for the next day. Phew!

So now we have an awesome little RV waiting for us in Oregon. Ben will fly up on October 24th to retrieve it and drive it home to New Mexico in 3 epic days of driving. I can sympathize, since I towed the trailer home during 3 epic days of driving just 2 months ago.

So excited. Onward!

PS – Because of the title, you might be wondering: what’s the third good thing? Well, it was a happy event for someone I’m very close to. Good news for loved ones is good news for me. 🙂

Do you find a correlation between how you approach your life and what life brings your way? How do you deal with bad luck?


11 thoughts on “Good things come in threes

  1. Angie October 9, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    Email me about your Big Foot trailer. Does it have a toilet? Can it be pulled by a half ton Ford Ranger? Is it light weight? What year? What price? Etc. thanks! Angie


  2. ripe red berries October 10, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    Congratulations!! Yeah!! Safe Travels during the delivery of the ‘new home’… attitude is everything, I agree.


    • rameyontheroad October 10, 2013 / 11:35 pm

      Thanks! We’re totally excited about our new rig. She looks perfect for a tiny home on wheels. Some tinkering will be necessary, I’m sure, but that will be a fun project! (Famous last words…)


  3. Aron & Linda October 10, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    How exciting that you’ve found a vehicle and are planning a trip south! We are ten months in and loving it. If we can offer any information or help in any way write us anytime! Good luck 🙂


    • rameyontheroad October 10, 2013 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m definitely interested in your experiences in Central America. I’ll shoot you a message about it when I have some time. Enjoy Peru!


  4. bilomathews2013 October 14, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    I love your story of finding the Toyota sunrader since my husband and I used to own one exactly like yours about 20 years ago. I didn’t realize they were so desirable but it is a true fact that the Toyota engines run forever! When we go camping, we see the Toyota trucks with the attached camper on top often and it always bring back memories. We exchanged our Toyota Sunrader for a small Airstream trailer with a truck for pull.

    My husband and I can certainly agree that letting go of the past adversaries and moving on to enjoy life will bring happiness and fulfillment to life.


    • rameyontheroad October 14, 2013 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks for reading! We were pretty excited to find the Sunrader. Probably 20 years ago they weren’t as popular. Funny how those things work; enduring reputations only improve with age. We looked at newer RVs in our price range, but they just don’t make them like they used to. We also have a 1981 Toyota Hilux with 300k+ miles on it, and it’s still going strong!

      Moving on and enjoying life – you are right on about that. And I think that pursuit changes over time, too. But the key, as you said, is letting go of those nagging past wounds.


      • bilomathews2013 October 14, 2013 / 11:29 pm

        OMG! I didn’t know what a Hilux was…so looked it up on the internet and discovered they have been manufacturing those trucks for years! What a surprise. We pull our small airstream with a 2002 Tundra with 146,000 miles and it works like new. We love it! Enjoy your small ‘house away from home’ on wheels and have a safe journey plus lots of fun.


  5. Em Cohen December 24, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    Oregon must be popular for these Toyota 4×4 Sunrader’s because I just bought one in Ontario, Oregon last month with only 88k miles on it – needless to say, I’m thrilled because I’m about to live out of it around the world as a documentary filmmaker!


    • rameyontheroad January 6, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      Very cool! Welcome to the ‘Rader family. We’re still working on ours, and we’re making progress! We’re confident it will be a great home for us on the Long Road. Enjoy, and good luck with the documentaries! What sort of work do you shoot?


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