I have been tossing around the idea of getting a small RV for the sake of making the transition of "outdoor" living a little more comfortable. Some of the OWFR members have had nothing but praise for their RV's and I can personally understand that putting a solid wall between you and the great outdoors carries a load of security and makes you feel a lot more comfortable. As readers or subscribers of this blog, how many of you have had positive (or negative) experiences with outdoor living, especially those who might have an RV?
I'm not talking about a huge 30+ foot bus. I am talking about something that could comfortably accommodate 2 people and carry all the essentials we would need to live a weekend or week in it. Oh, and when I say "RV", I mean motorhome. Not a trailer. Mind you, given the right setup, a trailer might be feasible.....
I mentioned "comfortably accommodate 2 people"
I've seen the Toyota line of RV's. The Sunraider, Dolphin, Seabreeze, Mirage. They are great. Exactly what I am talking about. Trouble is, try to get your hands on one. If you start to read up on these you very quickly begin to realize that the quality and reliability of Toyota stands quite clear. These things just keep running.
Well I have looked and have come up empty handed except for a few postings which, after calling, the thing is sold or it is several hundred km's away.
So how about this guy?
Built on a Ford chassis. This is about the max size I would go. Remember, some trips are to locations where the road is poor and would best be described as "bush" camping. Needs to be maneuverable. (cont'd below)
Why the sudden interest in a RV?
Couple of reasons. The last time we went to camp the truck was literally packed with equipment to make camp comfortable. Totes. Tents. BBQ's. Big water jug. Coolers. Typically with an RV, you have a duplicate set of everything. You have cutlery. Water tank, stove, oven, fridge. Bedding. Everything can be ready to go (within reason) so it makes it easier to do that trip, whether it be spur of the moment or meticulosly planned.
Wear and tear. Ever wonder why some RV's last so long and are well aged? Because they are not driven everyday. Saves wear and tear on your daily commute vehicle.
Return on investment. Suppose you were not in a position to use the RV for a period of time. Get some of your money back. Rent it out.
I'm disappointed that Shane M pulled his micro-blog off the net. Nowhere to be found. It's been at least 3 years now and I can find little reference to his daily meanderings about rural life. He painted a picture of being nomadic. He travelled around the province, poking his head into Manitoba and Quebec but ultimately returning to Ontario where he finally setup "camp" north of Iroquois Falls. Small RV. Well stocked and prepared. He found a piece of crown land off a poorly maintained trail; he followed the trail until he was at a junction point where he could travel no more. While his motive was unclear at first, he went on about his experiences, running our of water. Leaks and how he fixed them. Making a deal with an ATV'r for a Jerry can of gas every week or two for triple the cost. That same ATV'r also did a smoke run for Shane, bringing him a carton every so often. As you can probably expect, Shane and this fellow became friends.
His postings were sincere as they showed the good and the bad about daily life in the bush. Would you expect to wake up every morning in a nice bed with fresh linens and then walk over to the stove to start the coffee, the whole time you are "inside"? Sure, it's possible - but he addressed all the underlying components.
I remember a quip, and Shane M, I might paraphrase for I don't recall the exact verbiage.
"It is getting colder. I lied there in bed thinking about where I left my sandals. Floor is going to be cold. Have to open the windows to get rid of the condensation when it gets warmer. I need my sandals. Have to start the generator for coffee. So much work for a cup of mud."
LOL, that last sentence made me smile. To think, you are in the middle of nowhere. You woke up in a proper bed, with walls surrounding you. Lights, sink, stove, coffee maker!!!! So what is left? To enjoy the great outdoors.