People ask me, “Did you build your wagon?” I point at the yellow wagon body and say, “yes, I built the body.” Then I say, “but Pioneer Equipment built the running gear.” Today I’d like to welcome Pioneer Equipment aboard as the latest Lost Sea Expedition supporter. Here’s more about how Pioneer fits in to the Lost Sea Expedition.
The Lost Sea Expedition
The Lost Sea Expedition is a 4-part series about my 14 month wagon voyage across America. For the series, I built a small wagon and filmed my way from Canada to Mexico. The series premiers on Rocky Mountain PBS late 2017.
The wagon behind the TV Series
I’m lucky. As I’ve written elsewhere, I’m the kind of guy that can just set off with a bit of gear knowing full-well that things are going to turn out well. The key is to set off with a bit of gear. Not too much. Not too big. Don’t make too many plans.
So early in the planning stages of the Lost Sea Expedition, I knew what I wanted in a wagon. The wagon had to be small and light enough to be pulled by one mule. I also wanted to build it quickly. I didn’t want to spend years building the perfect wagon. Better to put the energy in to the voyage, not getting ready to take the voyage.
That’s why, early in the planning process, I decided to buy the wagon’s running gear.
The running gear is all the stuff that makes a wagon run: front and rear axles, brakes, wheels and the coupling pole that connects the front and rear axles.
At the time I lived in Southern Pines, North Carolina. I’d been around wagons just enough to understand that it would be faster, instead of building my own running gear, to just go ahead and buy that part of the wagon.
It happened quickly. One day I was thinking of building a wagon chassis out of a junked Ford Pinto. The next day, I was the proud owner of a Pioneer running gear.
Building the Wagon Body
Now that I had the running gear, I just needed to build the wagon body. I got busy in my buddy Mel’s garage and, in short order, welded up a simple frame. To that, I added sides and a roof.
And the rest is history
Flash forward. I’ve built my wagon. I’m heading from Canada to Mexico. I meet all sorts of folks and encounter the best – and worst – the Great Plains can throw at at a man.
But wait a minute? Where are the photos of the wagon crashing and the frame bending and the wheels falling off the hubs? Well, sure, we had those crashes.
But there aren’t any photos of broken axles or coupling poles because, well, nothing like that ever broke on my wagon. That Pioneer gear was just that stout.
About Pioneer Equipment
Pioneer Equipment is Amish owned. They sell their equipment through distributors. In keeping with their beliefs, they don’t maintain an online presence or website.
Still, you can call or write them for info, spare parts and their catalogue.
16875 Jericho Road
Dalton, Ohio 44618
Ph: 330 857 6340
Thanks Pioneer Equipment for your support .