This is the very, very, very beginning of my new adventure — traveling the country in my 17′ camper! The ACTUAL adventure will start in October when I drive to Escape Trailer Industries in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada to pick up this little cutie, which I’ve named “Country Roads.”
(This photo is from the Escape web page and is very similar to what mine will look like.)
Just picking the name of this blog was a long process (tough to find available URL’s these days!) but choosing the options for my camper is actually pretty overwhelming . There are endless choices to make so I decided I would attend the Escape Rally in Osoyoos, B.C. which is put on yearly by the owners of Escape Industries. This way I would be able to see campers just like mine and see, “live,” the choices they have made. I already know I’m going to use solar power and I’ve already picked the fabric for the dinette but that’s just the beginning: Do I want extra insulation? Stainless sink? Front storage box? Dual pane windows? Extra shelves in the closet? And that’s just the BEGINNING!!!
So, last weekend I traveled to Osoyoos for the three-day Escape Rally. I brought a list (SIX TYPED PAGES!) of all the questions I had and after spending two hours the first day with Dave and Bob, two super nice brothers from Canada, had the answers to almost everything. Dave has the same trailer as I, a 17′ Escape, and it was great to see exactly what I would be getting. I admit it WAS smaller inside than I had imagined, but cozy is good and I believe it is going to be just perfect!
My “Build Sheet,” with all the option-decisions made, must be submitted by July 31st. Country Roads will be ready October 14th. Once Escape begins building it, they will send me photos weekly on the progress. Pretty amazing. And I will pass these photos along in my blog for anyone who may be interested in how a fiberglass trailer is constructed.
So what to tow this trailer with? Another overwhelming decision and I have spent endless hours researching the options. Finally decided on a Toyota RAV4, 6 cyl., which can tow 3500#, the minimum tow rating I need. Several Escape owners use it and are happy with it. I like the small size because after arriving in a location, would like to be able to unhook and explore the area in something small with decent gas mileage. And then . . . saw the Jeep that Dave uses–it’s pretty cool–he’s very happy with it–and I am now back at square one. Will keep ya posted!
Where will I be going? Since my pick-up in Chilliwack, the most southwestern part of Canada, it will be a bit late in the season to start back in Cleveland. So … my first stop, of course, will be Seattle, where I lived for 7 years (1992-1999) and where a some really great friends live. From there, will travel down the west coast, across the southern U.S. states and back up the east coast, arriving back in Cleveland around April or May, 2016 where I will spend the warm months and get to hang with my family. Hopefully, they will be able to meet up with me at some point during the winter (we’re thinking: MardiGras in February!!!) And then off again when the cool winds start a’blowin’.
p.s. The map on the side shows my trip to Osoyoos last weekend. It will be really fun to plot my stops once the real adventure begins!!!