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Old 06-02-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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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
with them.

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 and stove,
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
maid’s.

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
Rupert.

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.”

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Old 06-02-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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What fun! I can relate to all of it too. I have friends, that I camp with, who own a giant 5th wheel. I park close to them and enjoy all their trailer has to offer I'm lusting for Per's and Kathy's built in vacuum cleaner... it's in a Burro! Along with their towel warmer. Very upscale!

The great cult of white towables!
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They were Zoomers -- they did not linger at a lovely spot,[b] they drove like
maniacs over long days. They enjoyed their evenings, then off early again
next morning,
Guilty!

San Diego-to-Syracuse-to-Portland-to-Bullard's Beach-and back to San Diego [b]in 16 days.
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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, zoom!

Hey! I represent that!
Ontario to Manitoba to Northern Alberta to west coast of British Colombia... Beam me up Scotty... four to five days. Geez, I think that by now the rig known that route by heart.
Then eight to ten weeks of gunkholing the boonies on the way home. Ahhhhh!
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Hi: CharlynnT... In a well sealed Fiberglass trailer no "Swiffers" required!!! We clean in the spring and thats it. As for "ZOOM ZOOM" I'm guilty as charged!!! Gotta Go...
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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For some the trip is the vacation, for others, the destination.

On one of my longer trips in my sailboat I met up with some seasoned cruisers. I was moaning about the previous day's no wind, sails flapping, bug bothered long day on the lake. They said that you have to ask yourself whether you want to spend your vacation drifting on the lake or at your destination. Their procedure was that if they weren't making 5 knots (a goodly pace for most sailboats) towards their destination then they motored.

Both drifting and motoring were valid paths and one's choice might change from one trip to the next.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:22 PM   #7
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I've seen one of the "Seasonals" right up the road at the local WalMart! He's been under a shade tree with his truck camper since two Saturdays ago-- at least. It has now become my daily obsession to check on my way home from work to see if he's still there. Not really my idea of a summer cottage...
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:46 PM   #8
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Ruth, you might wonder if that guy is perhaps selling 'herbal' remedies from his cottage on the asphalt lake. there was a gent here that was selling some wackyness in a tradesman conversion van for apparently a month at the wal-mart. he's not there anymore and the van is in the impound...

longest and well, the very first trip i did with my boler was 8400 kilometers from Whitehorse, Yukon to the south shore of nova scotia. took us 17 days, and we average about 6 hours driving each day, to ensure we had time to find a fantastic site to camp, and also because we were unemployed, driving a gigantic moving truck, newly quasi-wealthy from the sale of our house, and it was july - there was no way we were not going to (try to) enjoy ourselves. we wanted to get here quick, but at the same time, it was our first time driving across the country - we didn't want to be zoomers.
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