After a year motoring around the West Coast with two toddlers in a beefy truck camper, Laura and Kevin Hensley are ready to see if another road warrior wants to jump into the driver’s seat.
“We’re not really living in the camper. We’re living outside,” Kevin Hensley said. “We wake up in there, we eat breakfast outside and we go on hikes and we play with sticks and rocks. We don’t come back in the camper until nighttime.”
The couple, whose home base is now Denver, listed the rig on Craigslist for $198,000. They’re weighing a possible move overseas and toying with another camper.
“We’re just wanting to see if somebody else can enjoy the rig and go explore,” Hensley said.
Built on a 2017 Dodge Ram 3500, the camper includes an upgraded water pump and filtration system, weather seals and LED interior lighting. It also has an optional bed above the dinette.
“There’s really nothing else that compares,” Hensley said. “You have the advantage of basically a luxury vehicle … you’ve got a camper that’s essentially built like a yacht. There’s nothing that’s ever going to rot or fall apart.”
He said he chose the rig for its build quality and the fact that nothing ran off propane, plus the durable interior.
“We love that we’re self-contained and that we can go anywhere and spend a few days without needing to have any support of any kind,” Kevin said.
The Hensleys traveled up and down the West Coast, through British Columbia and all the way to Alaska. Then, the family trekked south and explored southern California, New Mexico and Arizona.
The couple bought the XPCamper from a company of the same name based in Grass Valley, California. They said they spent more than $200,000 on the vehicle, and they’ve put 30,000 miles on it.
Hensley and his wife Laura, 39, both worked at the University of Utah – Kevin in the college of engineering and Laura as a psychiatrist – and owned a couple homes in the Salt Lake City area. But after having kids and realizing they weren’t spending as much time with them, they decided to sell their homes and hit the open road.
“They were our primary reason to get out of the rat race,” Hensley said. “We were working too much and spending too much money having to (pay for daycare).”
Laura does telemedicine and works as an adjunct for the university from the road, and Kevin does online consulting.
The XPCamper isn’t the only six-figure burly truck camper hitting the highways, as Weld County-based Earthroamer unveiled its $1.5 million XV-HD last year.