When you buy a Jeep, you’re not only buying a fun, resilient vehicle, you’re buying into a lifestyle. Jeep owners are determined, go anywhere, do any anything-type folk, and Larry Shank, owner of a 1953 Willys Jeep CJ-3B and 1947 Ken-Skill Kustom Kamper Model 10 exemplifies this ideology perfectly.
Shank wouldn’t have known the ins and outs of off-roading and camping, nor would he have owned his Jeep and teardrop camper, if it weren’t for his father. His dad used to take him and his mother on camping trips all around America, taking the road less travelled before it was, well, more travelled. He would show him not only how to drive and fix the Jeep, but also how to properly enjoy it.
“The adventure began when we left the driveway,” Shank explained to Petrolicious. “And that’s what was neat about the Jeep and the teardrop; you became part of the country from day one.
“You arrive not exhausted but exhilarated; because you’re already there, you’re already on vacation.”
Shank’s words are inspiring and his Jeep and camper are the stuff of dreams are made for many outdoorsmen. Familiarize yourself with both in the video above, and if you like what you see, be sure to read Petrolicious’ article on the history of Shank’s Jeep at this link.