Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hard Core Camper Visits Glen Alps Parking Lot

When I started blogging I could just post something without thinking too much about it.  No one was reading anyway.  Nowadays I feel like I have to do some real homework before posting.  But the blog also needs to stay fun.  So sometimes, like this post, I'm just putting something up and I'm leaving it to someone else to take this further.  After the hike yesterday, I just wasn't in the mood to ask this guy what this vehicle was all about.  But it sure was an eye-catcher.  Did the ship it over to the US?  Or did they drive it over the North Pole or the Bering Sea?  And how do they keep it so clean?  Nobody keeps such a clean vehicle in Anchorage.  Does it have some dirt teflon surface we don't know about yet?  I called it a camper, but who knows?  Maybe they have some sort of laboratory inside?  Do you think it gets more than 3 miles/gallon?


  1. This looks a bit like a Unicat. They are expedition vehicles designed for people to live in the wilderness for long periods of time and are often used for research. I would love to live in one, but they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I have never seen a Unicat like this one, but it may be an older model, they do have some with Mercedes engines.http://www.unicatamericas.com/index.html
    Celia Harrison

  2. Cool! I tried to see if the license plate on the back of the truck matches the front one, but could not enlarge it enough.
    If so, it is licensed in Hannover, Germany.
    That probably means that the owner shipped it over to the East Coast. It is easy enough to do.
    Wish you had talked to that guy. He probably would have some interesting story.

  3. Celia, thanks for the quick response. I checked your link and it does look like a unicat. I wish there was an easy way for commenters to put in the links so they would be easier to follow.

    Anon, I checked my original photo and the rear license plate is the same. And your comment will spur me on next time to go ask. Thanks. Maybe he'll see this post and comment himself.

  4. Mercedes truck campers seem to be popular in Europe. I've seen several get off the ferry here in Juneau, and when I asked the drivers I was told that they shipped them from Hamburg to Sea-Land's big NJ terminal inside a container frame that was loaded on top of the van stack on the ship. One couple told me they came over on the Sea-Land ship as passengers.

  5. You are right, Harpboy.
    For further information, the distance from Hannover to Hamburg is approximately 160 km, or 100 miles. As I said, it is easy to ship from there. The big container ports for Northern Europe are Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Rotterdam. Joining one's camper on the freighter is a bonus I would take without hesitation.



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