The Mules

An everything you need and nothing you don’t approach to a camper van. It’s an off the grid camping vehicle with room for people, gear and designed for rough road travel when required year round.

Typical Vehicle Features

  • Mercedes Sprinter Vans | 5 Speed Automatic (w’ Traction Control) | Turbo Diesel | 2” Hitch Receiver
  • High Ground Clearance | Skid Plates | Mud & Snow Rated Tires | Large Gear Storage Area
  • Three Person Bench Seat (w’ shoulder belts ) | Front Seat Swivels | Two Table Locations
  • Solar Panel | Auxiliary Battery System | Diesel Powered Heating System | Overhead Lighting
  • Yakima Cross Bars | Internal Bike & Ski/Board Racks | Bike Maintenance Stand
  • Alpine stereo with Blue Tooth | Security System | Backup Camera
  • Awning | Large Drop Cloth | Two Folding Chairs | Folding Table | Sun Shower Bag | Snap-in Privacy Window Coverings | Telescoping ladder to reach roof racks
  • Galley | Sink & Storage | Fridge | Electric Hot Pot | Setting for 4 | Pour-over Coffee Maker & Filters | Gas Burner (camp style)
  • Portable toilet (a cassette style toilet can be rented)

The story of Gus, and how this van gets its name.

    Earl McKee Jr.’s mule, Gus, was a huge creature over 16 hands and used to pack the heavy commissary boxes. One day when the pack train was loose-herded through a bolder field, Gus came upon two overhanging rocks that the smaller mules passed under easily but that were to low for him. Gus stopped, looking all around for a better way. He started one way and another, but he couldn’t get around the overhang. Finally he got down on his knees and crawled through without hitting his pack. Gus was was so careful and good a judging distances that when the elder Earl McKee died in the Sixty Lakes Basin in 1960, Gus was chosen to carry the body out. From “The Mule Men” by Louise A. Jackson.

A story about Bess’s namesake mule.

    John Crowley’s lead mule was Bess and had the ability to gauge distances to avoid rubbing her pack on obstacles. Her human colleagues relied on her uncanny instincts to help decide what fork to take on unknown trails. Bess could lead the other pack animals around barricades and she would stop and blow to alert the packer of snakes on the trail. She used her talents for her own benefit as well, stealing sacks of barley from under her sleeping wrangler’s head. From “The Mule Men” by Louise A. Jackson

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