He is the RV that has taken us all around North America and made our gypsy life after kids possible.
The name stuck, but over the past few years we have found ourselves traveling overseas much more than we did when we first set out on our adventure.
This was leading to a few issues with our old friend, such as where to park while wandering the far reaches of the globe.
Most airport lots are not very BAMFriendly, so many times we had to find a storage facility for his safekeeping while we went away.
Our new home has a kitchen, a bathroom and a hide-a-bed –
do we need?
This got us thinking about downsizing (even more) and we started looking at camper vans, known as Class B motorhomes in the RV world.
We were impressed at the innovative use of space in many of these – so when old friend BAMF gave up the ghost, we knew what we wanted as a replacement.
Yeah, it’s a bit tight!
This new vehicle (new to us anyway), is only slightly larger than a regular van and has everything we need, a refrigerator, stove, bed, and full bathroom with shower.
They are all just really close together, so we named him Baby BAMF.
With spring in the air, the time had come to take the new gypsy wagon out for a maiden voyage.
We could think of no better way to properly christen our new baby than to run him around the track at Watkins Glen International.
Watch: This could possibly be the most hysterically dumb thing we’ve ever done (and this is saying a lot!)
One might call it a baptism of fire, or at least smoke, as in your brakes are starting to smoke.
This would be quite a test since Watkins Glen is no ordinary oval speedway, no sir, this Grand Prix course has eleven turns, including a full hairpin, so the brakes, tires, and our nerves would all be getting a good work out.
We weren’t sure that a motorhome, no matter how small, would be allowed on the racecourse, but our friends at the Corning and Southern Finger Lakes Visitors Bureau loved the idea and set everything up for us.
Actually, we aren’t that special, anybody can drive their car around the famed track as a part of their Drive The Glen program.
Admittedly, most people aren’t foolhardy enough to do it in an RV.
Even under the controlled conditions, following the pace car at non-Formula One speeds, it became abundantly clear after the first set of curves that this was no place for a top-heavy camper van.
David may have come in dead last, but felt the need
for a victory lap anyway!
But Baby BAMF was a trooper, and managed the raceway without rolling over.
Many of his contents did not fare as well; there may be no better way to empty the cupboards of a rolling house than to take a series of eleven sharp turns at top speed.
Flying debris aside, we figure that since he took the checkered flag with flying colors (even if it was in dead last), he should be ready for just about anything we might throw at him in the future.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
DELVE DEEPER and find more to do in the Fingerlakes Area of New York:
Watch us soar above it all while gliding in a sailplane
Kick some glass in Corning!
We drove our motorhome on Watkins Glen Speedway!
Go plum Western at the Rockwell Museum
See all of our adventures in New York!
YOUR TURN: We’ve been using Baby BAMF as an homage – but is there a better name? We’d love suggestions! How do you think David handled himself on the track? Does he have a future in RV racing?