I have to preface this story a little. My husband and I in our youth & courting phase did car camping in Ontario. We had a beautiful old green canvas tent with metal poles that we would lug with us everywhere in the back of his Grand Prix. Nights in the summer in that green tent were hot (at least 15-25C). Day time we would spend hiking or exploring and then hit up the local beach or pool for a dip.
Fast forward to 2012, my good friend Megs met me in Kelowna, BC and we geocached our way through several smiley faces. We decided we would car camp our way back to Alberta. We stopped for the night in Clearwater, BC at a local provincial park. I pulled out all of the camping gear. We toasted marshmallows over the fire, watched the meteor shower and then popped into our tent. I had packed us each a blanket. That night got down to -3C. Brrr. We were not prepared for West Coast evenings. We didn’t get much sleep.
I sheepishly came home and said to my husband, okay, I see your point.
This path has led us to this beaut.
We took the plunge and purchased a recreational vehicle. I can’t say we took this lightly. We have been to numerous dealerships, and we attended the Edmonton RV Show. We did a lot of research on new vs. used units. We walked many different floor plans to see what would work best for our family.
With two young children and our dog that we could still car camp. However, when we added in all “must travel to” wishes on our list, plus all the gear, an RV seemed to make a lot of sense. It also seems somehow to be the Albertan thing to do somehow.
Here’s hoping for many successful weekend trips made easier by our mobile home on wheels. Stay tuned for all the RV Hacks that we’re trying!
Do you own an RV or have been camping in one? What was your favourite part?