My Auntie Up in Power
There are three different types of campers:
1. I love camping, I live for camping, I would spend every day for the
rest of my life camping if I could figure out a cash-flow scheme to pay
for hot dogs and fishing licenses.
2. I have never gone camping, I suspect it is very uncomfortable and
boring, and, frankly, its appeal escapes me entirely.
3. Somewhere in between.
Within the pro-camping categories we have many subdivisions, some
invisible to the naked eye.
The cyclist with the bulging backpack may be a camper, a tent concealed
among the rain gear, or he may simply be the type of fellow who likes to
bring a lot of snacks wherever he goes.
The occupants of a Land Yacht, a bus-sized RV towing a small car painted
to match, may not consider themselves to be “campers” at all. They are
travellers and they are simply bringing along their very own Luxury Suite
I love to see the interiors of those fifth-wheels with four slide-outs,
quite the acommodation! Gas fireplace (so much for campfires!),
flat-screen TV, microwave
oven, sound system, full-sized fridge
washer/dryer --no “dry camping” or “boon-docking” for them. They’d need a
spot with full hook-up (water, sewer, power).
And carpeting! These things have wall-to-wall! Do you know what that
means? A vacuum cleaner, that’s right! Imagine having to haul along -- and
use! -- a vacuum cleaner while nestled up to the sparkling waters of the
Mighty Skeena. Vroom! Vroom vroom!
We once saw a Land Yacht towing not a car, but a 13-foot Boler
. We were
wondering if that was the dog’s room, but now I think maybe it was the
You may have seen Airstreams traveling in convoy and wonder if it was
some sort of cult. I have met a few Airstreamers and they seem like
perfectly nice people, friendly and gracious, pleased to show off their
model, new or classic.
I met a new Airstream recently, drop-dead gorgeous, and chock-full of
space age features and clever hidden gadgets and ship-like economy,
built-in this-n-that. The proud owner gave me a thorough tour of the
16-foot interior, and after her speiel, I was ready to buy! Look at the
height of that ceiling, the comfortable huge bed, the wrap-around windows
Then I googled the price -- gulp. Suffice to say we paid about one-tenth
of that for our 30-year-old 17-foot Boler
Now, becoming a Boler-owner is not joining a cult, but very definitely you
have joined a club, a rather exclusive one. You see, they don’t make them
anymore, so the ones that are on Planet Earth right now are the only ones
we’ve got. Cherish them!
Any warranties have long since expired, so helpful Boler
owners go online
and post their scans of appliance manuals, drawings, specifications. They
share how-to tips and post detailed step-by-step photos of their repairs
and renovations. I’m afraid those of you in Category Two of Campers (hate
it, suspect its boring) will have your suspicions confirmed when I tell
you there is nothing better to while away winter weekends than to go
online and study clever modifications to the bunk beds of a 13-footer.
I met a lovely American couple (through fiberglassrv.com) a few years ago.
We met at Don Diego’s for lunch as they sped to the ferry at Prince
They were Zoomers -- they did not linger at a lovely spot, they drove like
maniacs over long days. They enjoyed their evenings, then off early again
next morning, Minnesota to Alaska, zoom!
Then there are the Seasonals --- they set up their camper in one spot and
stay there all summer long. It is like their summer cottage, it is their
place spring through fall
to visit as they can.
We were chatting with nice young family, camped beside us on a beach in
northern Saskatchewan. Members of her extended family were vacationing at
the same campground. She was telling us some sensational news she had seen
on TV that day. Seeing her simple little camper, we asked her where she
saw it. “My Auntie up in Power.”