When I first retired we had discussed ad nauseum the issue of purchasing an RV. We were all over this for months. We finally decided that we would not buy one. We could pay for a lot of hotel rooms with what an RV costs. So we went ahead and bought our retirement home with no RV parking. Oops. We just bought an RV. Ack! So what happened? Well it is one of those things that just evolved over the time I have been retired. It is not that we didn’t give this ample consideration, because we did. We used to camp a lot when our kids were smaller and my family always camped when I was a kid. Once I was retired and could think, we realized we would really enjoy camping. We have a very long trip planned across Canada to Newfoundland and back possibly through the States. This will be a 2 month trip at least, probably longer. When you start doing the math, all those hotels and meals especially in Canada, it is a lot of money. A motorhome just kind of makes sense. We do want to spend a bit of time in Nfld. and this will allow us to really explore this part of Canada and take our time. When we travel we really hate all the restaurant meals. So this just makes good sense for us. Even apart from the big trip, the motorhome will allow us to really get out and about on Vancouver Island and BC which we want to do this summer. Next summer we will head east.
So now we have a motorhome. First thing we had to do was to arrange storage for it as we are limited as to how many days per year we can have it parked at our home. Husband threw out the idea of selling and buying a property with RV parking. In view of the rising house prices and also the fact that we really like this house, we said no to that. Cheaper to pay for storage!
We want to take our grandchildren camping. Greg wants to get out and spend some time looking for fossils and rocks at the many rivers we have in BC. We want to just spend time camping and looking at a campfire. We are not looking for the type of camping where you are lined up side by side with big fancy RV’s. More rustic I think is what we have in mind. We can’t wait to get out there!
The RV we purchased is a 23 foot Class C. It has a bunk over the cab, a bed in the back and the table converts to a bed. So lot’s of room to bring the grandchildren camping. We didn’t want one that is too big. This one is a nice size for us. It is a few years old and we basically bought it on the spot without having it checked out. These things are in such demand that people are even buying them sight unseen over the phone as soon as they show up on line. We lost out on quite a few by being too cautious. So we found this one and jumped in. Let me tell you we were a bit nervous until we got into the shop and had it checked over. To our delight nothing major came out of the inspection other than the back brakes had to be done. So we did that, had a tune up and oil change and we are good to go. This unit did not come with an awning, so we have ordered one. I did not want to be without one of those! We do live in a rain forest after all and if it’s not raining and is sunny, well I am a red head. Enough said there. Motorhome is down at the RV place having it installed right now.
So we are ready to head out for our first excursion. We decided to head north and go up to Telegraph Cove for 3 nights. We have booked a fully serviced site for our first time so we can learn how everything works and try it all out. Then we will be home for a week or so and then heading up to northern BC for 2 weeks to see our daughter and her family. We hope to take a few days on the way and the way back to do some exploring and maybe camping a bit more rustic. We have been busy gathering up stuff to stock up the motorhome.
I have been also watching a ton of Youtube videos about RV’ing. The RV’s of today are a lot different than the basic plain jane trailer we used to have years ago. Quite a bit to learn. There is a whole world of RV “stuff” out there one can purchase! We are not getting into that too much. We bought a couple of little things like a water pressure regulator and a water filter and some of those little things you put at the wheels when you park so you don’t roll. That is about it. We figure we will buy what we need should the need arise as we go, and only what we really need. We are keeping it pretty basic.
I guess the moral of the story is that no matter how much thought and planning goes into your retirement, things can change and evolve. Go with the flow! I hope you have fun getting out and about this summer whether you camp or day trip or hotel it. Get out and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! There is a lot to celebrate!
Here it is!