Penthouse Pop Top
After 1 year of waiting to get the Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 van from the factory, and another 5 months for our appointment date at Sportsmobile, we finally have the Penthouse Pop Top installed!
Drive from Seattle to Fresno, get the Penthouse Pop Top installed, run a half marathon (The North Face Endurance Challenge), and see several friends along the way. All without missing any house of work.
The Actual Happenings
Drive from Seattle to Portland
– Spend 1 night in Portland
Drive from Portland to Mount Shasta
– Workout at StoneWay CrossFit in Mount Shasta
– Spend 1 night in Mount Shasta
Drive from Mount Shasta to San Francisco
– Pick up our North Face Endurance Challenge race bibs in Golden Gate Park
– Spend 1 night at the ferry terminal in San Francisco
– Run The North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon starting in Marin County, and ending in Golden Gate Park
Drive from San Francisco to Fresno
– Spend 2 nights in Fresno
– Drop van off at Sportsmobile West for Penthouse Pop Top instalation
– Wait around at hotel in Fresno for 1.5 days
– Get kicked out of the Holiday Inn Swan Court (they weren’t very nice)
– Talk an Uber driver into putting ALL of our van stuff into his Honda and driving us to Sportsmobile West
– Pay lots of money to Sportsmobile
– Take delivery of our van (now with an awesome Penthouse Pot Top)
Drive from Fresno to Lake Shasta
– Workout at StoneWay CrossFit Mount Shasta (again)
Drive from Mount Shasta to Seattle
– Encounter the biggest rain storm I’ve ever driven in, and watch smaller vehicles hydroplane all over the road
Arrive at home just in time for Thanksgiving
– Dinner is delicious
Show the new Penthouse Pop Top off
– Find out that your new Penthouse Pop Top that was just installed is leaking 🙁
The Rest of the Interior Build
Our original intention was to get the Sportsmobile Pop Top installed and then do the rest of the build out ourselves.
But a HUGE blessing happened to us!
Around the time that we were about to start buying the electrical components, both Emily and I started making more money. And when we started thinking about it, it made more sense for us to keep doing what was making us money, and pay a professional to do the build.
At around this time my brother randomly met this great couple named Brian & Briana Wright.