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John Moody is a born traveler who has spent his career helping others become travelers themselves. This globe-trotting adventurer was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and grew up in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa—what John calls “one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth.” After a number of years of living in the States, he decided to share his passion for Africa and its wildlife by designing safaris for American tourists through his experiential tourism company, Africa Unveiled.
Today, John designs safaris to Africa out of his home in Asheville, N.C., which he loves for its mountain scenery. His work allows him to return to Africa twice a year to escort Signature Safaris through southern and eastern Africa and to witness the annual wildebeest migration, when more than a million animals move hundreds of miles in search of greener pastures. The migration is considered one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
But when he’s not planning holidays for others, John and his life partner, Hardy Holland, travel around the U.S., staying in their Airstream trailer with their two loyal canine passengers, a terrier named Themba and a “large-size Chihuahua” named Zuni. John was first introduced to the world of Airstream “glamping” by his father, who moved the family from South Africa to the U.S. to start his own lightweight travel-trailer business.
Though their Airstream serves as home base and a traveling office, the vehicle pulling it is just as important. In the past, they used a truck to tow their trailer into diverse terrain.
But after upgrading to a 30-foot, double-axle Airstream, their setup became a bit cumbersome. They grew tired of trying to maneuver an oversize truck through small, winding streets and mountainous terrain of Asheville and were eager to downsize to something more agile. Unfortunately, they were having a difficult time finding anything approaching a vehicle with the towing capacity they needed.
Just when they were about to resign themselves to another large truck, John took a look at the Ford website. He was floored—almost literally—by the Expedition, a sport utility vehicle, and its towing capability. “I about fell out of my chair,” John exclaims.
John managed to locate the exact white Expedition with tan interior they wanted just a few towns over in Spartanburg. That very afternoon, they found themselves trading in their old truck for a sleek new Expedition.
Despite their research, John and Hardy were still a bit nervous the first time they hitched the Airstream to their new Ford. But they were completely reassured after its first test drive through the mountains. “It towed like a dream,” John recalls. “There is no other way to describe it. The SUV performed beautifully. You didn’t even know you had a 30-foot Airstream on the back.”
Performance wasn’t the only thing that impressed them, though. “The interior is soft in feel and style,” John notes. “The ride is far smoother in the Expedition than it was in the truck.” They also appreciated the details, like available heated and air-conditioned seats and the backup camera. “I can’t imagine the towing experience being any more comfortable than it is now.”
He’s especially happy to have found a vehicle that matches the comfort of their Airstream and the power of their previous trucks—as he hopes to soon take his family across the entire country.
“It’s all about freedom,” John says of his passion for travel trailers and his trusty Expedition. “The freedom to go wherever you want and change the scenery whenever you want.”