Well, not really sure! When I mentioned to people that I was going to get a camper and live by mountains and rivers and oceans and deserts, so many replied with, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to do that!” Well, I hadn’t. Even though I’ve done a lot of camping through the years and loved it every single time, I had never considered getting an RV.
That is, until . . . I started looking for reasonably priced condos with a FENCED PATIO so that I could get a dog and not have to deal with the wrath of my neighbors and management each time I took my pup out for a walk. I searched for months and only found two condos with fenced patios in my price range. I bid on both but lost out on both. Even bid full price on one but a buyer beat me to it by a matter of hours and their lower bid had been accepted.
So I tried to think of other alternatives . . . hummmm, a camper. I’ve lived in small places before with no problem, even in a tiny monastery room for four years (a whole other story!). Even though I’ve driven cross-country and back three times and have been to every state in the US (except for Delaware), there is a lifetime of things to see in this amazingly beautiful country. And I could do it on my own terms. And get out of Cleveland in the winter! And get my dog! Sounded like a win-win-win!
My son, Johnny, and I went to an RV show in September, 2014 and thus began my search for the perfect RV.
After hours every day on the internet for several weeks, finally decided on a 13′ Scamp. Thought it was so cute and planned on naming it “Scampie.” (hummmm, sure no Scamp owners ever used THAT name before!) A friend of mine, Chris, started researching for me as well and suggested I look at Escape Trailers in Chilliwack, B.C. It was love at first sight.
Forever indebted to Chris! Was ready to put down a deposit. Johnny thought I should see an Escape “live,” so we drove down one Sunday to visit Carl, a very nice guy with a 21′ Escape. Johnny and I were both sold. They are extremely well built, each one custom designed to owners’ specs, and in such great demand that I had a year wait to get mine. So, switched from wanting the 13′ scamp to a 15′ Escape and finally decided on a 17′ Escape.
So that’s my story. As I start this blog (June, 2015), I have four months until I pick up my Escape in Chilliwack, B.C. (10/14/15) SO much to do to get ready to go, but it is very, very exciting. I so much look forward to the adventures and will try to be diligent about posting about my travels on this blog. Hope you will join me!