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What Happened To Mortons on the Move? July 2021 Update

What Happened To Mortons on the Move? July 2021 Update

Caitlin and Tom Morton share a July 2021 update about what’s happening with Mortons on the Move, where they are, what they’ve been up to, and what to expect for the next few months. From a loss in the family to a new truck camper and adventure plans, don’t miss this update to find out what’s up with the Mortons on the Move.

What Happened To Mortons on the Move? – Video Update

We're Building An Overland Truck Camper Rig! - A Happy And Sad Update From The Mortons On The Move

Click here to watch the video update on YouTube.

Saying Goodbye to Mocha

The first part of the update is some very sad news. After several months of fighting cancer, our beloved dog Mocha passed away in May 2021.

Caitlin got Mocha as a puppy when she was a junior in high school. She was her loving, loyal, and constant companion through high school, meeting Tom, college, marriage, first career job, and 6 years of amazing RV adventures.

Mocha traveled across the United States, Canada, and all the way to the Arctic Ocean with us. She saw more places and met more people than many humans do in their lifetimes. She had a full and fabulous 15 years of life and is immortalized in countless YouTube videos, blog photos, and even on international television. We have deep holes in our hearts and lives from her loss.

Rest in peace, sweet Mocha. There will never be another like you, and we will miss you forever. ?

mocha mortons on the move dog

What Happened To The Mortons on the Move YouTube Channel?

Our Mortons on the Move YouTube channel has been a bit on pause this year. Apart from a couple of videos about Testing RV Lithium Batteries, a New Zealand Travel Series teaser trailer, and How We Get Rock Solid Internet, we’ve so far not dedicated much time to this channel in 2021.

One big reason is the aforementioned illness of our dog, which crushed us.

Another is that we have been focusing more on our website over the last 6-9 months. We now produce daily content for the Mortons on the Move blog, which allows us to produce answer more questions and provide more information faster than in video form. We’re very proud of what we’ve built on this website, and hope that you can find answers to your questions here!

You can also sign up for our newsletter to get daily or weekly emails with the latest content, updates, and even original RV cartoons created by Tom’s talented sister, Lainey Yehl.

However, the YouTube channel will start getting some more attention with the start of a new big RV project – more details below.

The RVers TV Show Filming

The RVers TV Show aired its third season on the Discovery Channel, and we are so proud of the amazing job the filming and production crew did!

Find out how to watch the 3rd Season of The RVers (and all the others) here: Everything You Need to Know About The RVers TV Show.

Filming for Season 4 starts soon.

What Happened to Mortons on the Move’s New Zealand RV Travel Series?

Covid and everything else seriously delayed the release of this travel series when we rented RVs in New Zealand for 5 weeks just before the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Episode 1 is edited and done, but waiting for the other 2-3 episodes to be complete before we release them. Stay tuned.

Teaser Trailer - Mortons on the Move Travel New Zealand! New Web-series Coming Soon

Mortons’ New Gigantic Truck and Truck Camper

We have a new truck and truck camper!

mortons on the move bigfoot truck camper
Mortons on the Move Bigfoot Truck Camper on Ram 5500 Flatbed Truck

After our Go North truck camper experience, we knew a truck camper was in our future. In April 2020, we pulled the trigger on our new Mortons on the Move expedition vehicle.

New blogs and videos will be coming out throughout July and August about the new setup, plus upgrades and mods we are planning. In the meantime, here is some basic information to get you started:

Ram 5500 Truck

The Truck: The truck is a 2011 Ram 5500 flatbed that has been singled out. We bought it from a guy on Kodiak Island in Alaska, shipped it on the ferry, and Tom flew to meet it in Washington and drive it off the ferry.

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Bigfoot 3000 Series Truck Camper

The Truck Camper: The camper is a 2000 Bigfoot 3000 series truck camper. Tom drove from Washington to San Francisco, CA to purchase the camper. Then drove it all the way across the country to where the fifth wheel, Cait, and the pups were in Florida.

What’s happening with the Mortons on the Move fifth wheel? We’re keeping it, and it will remain our primary RV. The new truck camper will be our overland getaway vehicle. ?

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New Lithium Battery & RV Solar Build

One of the first mods we’re doing is, of course, giving this old rig an electrical makeover! We’re outfitting it with some awesome Battle Born Batteries and solar panels this summer.

So not only will this rig be able to go practically anywhere, but we’ll be able to stay out there longer. We’re excited to be partnering with them on another awesome build with some cool new batteries. More details to come.

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New Truck Camper and Overland YouTube Videos

Over the next several weeks we will be releasing videos about the truck, camper, and modifications that we’re making in preparation for our first dedicated truck camper adventure in the fall 2021.

We have plans to travel out west to film a travel series of our first adventure with our new rig and learning its true capabilities, so stay tuned!

mortons truck camper on flatbed truck

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Bob

Wednesday 14th of September 2022

Your Dodge and Bigfoot rig is very close to the rig that we have been planning on putting together for a little while. We have been watching on and off for that same model of camper to come up for sale, but they coming up less frequently. If you ever think of selling it, or even the whole rig, I’d like to know.

Also, how is the old camper standing up to the rigours of off road travel?

I’d love an update to go with the adventures to now.

Thanks for the interesting content on YouTube.

Bob

Shirley Vander Ploeg

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Wondering if you have new videos on U Tube for 2022

Lisa

Monday 7th of February 2022

One of your videos made mention of a campground in Florida that provided wired internet to each site. Would you be able to provide the name of that campground? Thank you!

Judy

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Alan and I are sad for your loss …. we always enjoyed seeing Mocha and Bella on your Morton’s on the move adventures!

Johnny

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Oh guys so sorry to read this article. We lost our Buddy also after being by our side during many travels over 15 years and well I am still not over missing him. I fully understand your pain and feelings.

Johnny Boyd

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Tom, did the truck come with the engine and tranny mods, or did you have them done once you took possession? I have wanted something similar for photo adventures.

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