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METCAT Volunteer Test Pilot and Rig List Released

Earlier this week we announced a top secret project; METCAT, or Matter to Energy CAmper Transporter.  This device can send a complete truck and camper rig anywhere on the globe at any point in the future, or possibly turn its occupants into a Tabby Cat (we just discovered this).  To find out, we asked for volunteers who could tolerate the stated risk, and didn’t mind arriving stark naked and craving a fist full of Twizzlers.  If you missed the announcement, click here.

What follows is our brave list of volunteers.  Naturally we can only select one of you, and the test will be conducted in complete secrecy.  We will not publicly announce who’s selected, but that person will be contacted shortly, whisked away with their rig to a hidden laboratory where the first METCAT launch will occur.  If all goes well, we’ll announce the results here in Truck Camper Magazine.  If not, well, it’s a heck of a way to lose a reader, but it’s all for science.

Besides, we’ve been thinking about adopting another Tabby.

This week’s Question of the Week was, “If you could transport yourself and truck camper rig anywhere in the world, where would you go?”

“Well, since Honda generators are known to be reliable, I don’t mind Twizzlers, I can certainly pack some clothes, and I have spent the better part of 2013 preparing my rig for travel into the future, please ask Harley to send me and my rig to the Island of Palawan in the Philippines!

Specifically, one click south of the Umalad River and three clicks north of the beach.  If I remember correctly, that should put me in the middle of a grass runway not too far from my childhood home.  I’m really looking forward to exploring some of the places I got to go as a kid.  We didn’t have a truck camper back then so this should be fun.

Have Harley double check that location on Google maps.  I don’t want to end up in a jungle thorn patch with no clothes or have to use a winch to get out of a rice patty!” – Tim Holman, 2013 Ford F-350, 2014 Wolf Creek 850

“The transporting does not worry me, as it seems Harley, the cat, is in charge.  What worries me is there is no mention of getting me back!

  The answer is easy for me, Yellowstone National Park, fifty years from now.  Can I pick mid-September?  I would be surrounded by my kids, grandkids and their kids.  Yep, that is what I would want.” – Bryan Appleby, 2008 Ford F550, 2009 Lance 1191

“England.” – Paul Oulton

“Spain and cross into Moroco.” – Clifford Cizan, 2010, Dodge Ram, 3500 Dully, 2013 Arctic Fox 1150

“On a mountain cliff on the isle of Capri.” – Telesca, 2001 Ford F-350, 2014 Chalet TS-116

“Libby Flats, in the Snowy Range, Wyoming, during elk season.” – Dennis Thorell, 2010 Chevy 3500, 2009 Northern Lite SE

“Australian Outback.  We would camp and explore for several weeks, at least.” – Cliff and Susie Kellogg, 2006 Chevy 2500 HD, 1999 Apache popup

“South America for a two month trip.  I would start in Panama City and head south in their late spring season.  Or possibly go to New Zealand in the Summer.” – Thomas Bender, 2011 Ford F250, 2009 Sun Valley Apache Chief 8.65 WS

“Central America.  I lived in Panama for a year and long to visit the area again.  So relaxing and beautiful.” – Tim Burk, 2005 Dodge 3500, 2011 Eagle Cap 950

“If I could travel anywhere, anytime into the future, I would like to go to Central Europe, in about twenty years, after all the conflicts and money issues are gone.  I would love to visit Bonn, Berlin, and Munich in Germany, move on to Warsaw, Poland, Prague in the Czech rep, Vienna, Austria, Budapest in Hungry, then Bucharest in Romania.  I would then travel through Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and then end up in Croatia, where I would load my rig onto a ship and enjoy a slow trip back to the Port Of Montreal, Canada, then home.

I would also love to see the improvements and modifications to truck campers in another twenty years.  Who knows?  Maybe there will be a flotation system, to allow us fishermen to practice our hobby with the comforts of a rolling/floating home?” – John Desjardins, 2007.5 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2002 General Coach Globetrotter

“A tough question, and a whole lot tougher if you have traveled the globe as I have.  To add to that, you give us our choice in time, this may be the most difficult question you have ever asked.

  That said, and after much thought, it came down to Mexico at the height of the Aztecs circa 1400s.  However, they did not have the road system of the Roman Empire at its height circa 100 BC.  The Romans were as advanced as any even compared to today and as they say, “all roads lead to Rome” and they truly do.  It’s one of the most fascinating times in the history of the world.  Meet me on the West side of the Colosseum.  It’s where they have all the truck camper parking.” – Don Pryor, 2011 F350, 2009 Arctic Fox 1150

Editor’s Note: METCAT cannot go back in time.  In fact, backwards time travel has been long proven to be impossible, but we’re working on it anyway.  As soon as we have it figured out, Harley will have your rig parked next to the chariots.

“I have to admit that, in addition to being a huge fan of truck camping, I am also quite a geek.  I am one of those people who loves gadgets, sci-fi, and wizards as much as I love football, campfires, and turning a wrench.  So, if I could go anywhere, it would have to be to New Zealand.  I think it would be amazing to be able to drive the countryside where the Hobbit and LOTR series were filmed.  I would travel the same roads and paths as Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf on their missions to rid the world of evil.  Sounds like an idea for a travel agency.” – Jeff Holloway, 2004 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2011 Lance 950S

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