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Apr 30, 2011 -

The Roving Delicatessen

Fraserway RV in Airdrie, just north of Calgary, was having an open house today with good sales, including 25% off all parts under $300! Gary and Jody go every year and invited me along. I’ve been desperately needing a new pigtail for my propane system (ie. a hose that goes from my auxiliary tank to the Extend-a-Stay tee), but have been procrastinating since the one I bought in Osoyoos in the fall of ’08 was so expensive. I decided that this was the day to pick one up, so that gave me an excuse to go. 🙂

We started our day at Willow Creek municipal campground because Jody wanted to see if the prairie crocuses (Anemone patens) were in bloom, which they were:

prairie crocus (actually not a crocus but rather a member of the buttercup family)

We headed out after towards Calgary and Gary started to rustle around in the back seat. I turned to discover that a delicatessen had sprung up back there!

Gary's Roving Delicatessen

This is how they travel; Jody drives, Gary makes sandwiches! And delicious ones at that!

We got to Airdrie and stopped at another RV place so we’d be able to compare prices at Fraserway, then headed for the open house. Turns out Fraserway had better prices, even without the 25% discount!

Between both dealerships, we must have toured close to a hundred rigs. I discovered another type of fiver that I really like. It has a proper bedroom at the front, a bunk room at the back, and a loft above the bunk room. I could see going with something similar in a toyhauler motorhome, with the bunk room of course being a garage and the bedroom being my office.

den and loft with ladder (Starcraft Lexion)

I found the pigtail I needed in the parts department (with no help from the very rude salesgal) and it came to only $13 after my discount and tax!

Having had our fill of RVs for the day, I was then whisked away to Bass Pro Shops, which is more of a museum than a store! They allow photographs, so I tried to capture the feel of the place.

front end of the cariboo herd

We ended the day by making a very quick stop in Mossleigh to visit with Ken and Donna.

Another awesome day with my local guides! Thank you!

More pictures below.

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Apr 20, 2011 -

Friends and RVs

Jody needed to run an errand in Calgary today so I came along for the ride. We stopped in Mossleigh to visit Donna. She is working at Aspen Crossing this summer and gave us a tour of the place. It combines a campground, a superb gift shop, a restaurant (great Sunday brunch apparently), cabins, and more. I was particularly impressed by the tour of the caboose that was converted into a luxury cabin that would be a great motorhome layout! Donna is very enthusiastic about camphosting in the nearly new campground (this year will be the second in operation). It was so, so, so good to see her and Ken, but I didn’t get to visit with Midnight.

Our visit done, Jody and I pushed on to the town of High River where we spent hours climbing into and out of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and a few motorhomes. I’d never spent so much time in a bumper pull trailer before and was astounded by some of the layouts!

Before I get into my discovery of the day, I have to say that I have finally decided on what my next rig is going to be. I’ve vacillated between getting excited about fifth wheels and considering a B+, but I finally came down to earth and made a decision. I want to downsize and I can do that two ways: going smaller or going bigger. So, my next rig would be one of two choices.

The first choice, going smaller would mean going down to a B and seriously reducing my cargo. I’d have to be in the mode that this is my only vehicle and that everything has to be prepped for travel.

The second choice, going bigger would actually be going smaller in terms of over-all rig length without sacrificing my current lifestyle of having an apartment with a car: a toy hauler super C motorhome, such as those made by Haulmark, with a Smart Car in the garage.

So, all that to say that if I’m going down to a B, then I’ve found it. It’s a Libero by Leisure Travel. It has a bed in the back, full bath and kitchen, and the dinette in the front is definitely usable as a desk, plus it has the solid construction of a high-end unit.

One thing I find neat when I look at RVs is that I see ways in which I could improve Miranda but I don’t get a burning desire to replace her yet. What can I say, the old gal is home!

 

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Feb 17, 2011 -

Found My Next Rig!!! Canadian Manufacturers Rule the Market!

Canada’s very own Triple E RV has a new B+ out for 2011. Watching the video and reading the specs, I got the very same shiver down my spine that I did when I found the blog advertising Miranda for sale. It’s the Regency GT24.

I’ve often complained that there is nothing on the market today that is worth what Miranda would be worth today, about $112,000. The Regency GT24’s MSRP is $111,000 and is a higher quality rig in a smaller package! It has the same Ford E450 chassis and V-10 engine , the solid wood cabinetry, the house-grade plumbing features, and the huge glass-enclosed shower and dressing room-style bathroom. It adds true four-season living with enclosed tanks, extra-insulated walls, dual pane windows, and two heat sources.

This 24′ rig boasts an easy to drop murphy bed, which would be a livable compromise for me since the bed can be left made-up when stowed,  a built-in computer desk with a window in front of it, and an entrance closet! The kitchen makes up for lacking a propane oven by offering a dedicated pantry, a pot drawer, huge full-extension drawers, usable counter space, and a garbage can integrated into the counter.

Knowing what I know about today’s RV market, my needs, and Triple E, if money grew on trees I would be on the phone with Triple E right now placing an order!

Needless to say, my upgrade plan for Miranda has changed radically. I’m going to continue maintaining her properly for as long as possible, but I’m going to nix any plans for major projects, like having her repainted, now that I know that she can be replaced with no compromise on quality.

I am in no way in a rush to replace Miranda, not with the remodel being done and still having a lifestyle suited to a larger rig, but it’s nice to know that my next rig is out there.

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