Much of the older generation still believes that brand loyalty is something to strive for, and though younger generations may not be as inclined, there’s still something to be said for knowing which brands work best for you. There are plenty of American brands available, but what about other offerings in North America? There are several Canadian brands that could be considered as well, both well-known and obscure, with plenty of options as to size, type, and cost.
The Safari Condo, for instance, is an aluminum travel trailer that caters to evironmentalists with a design that creates as little drag as possible to conserve fuel, and it’s made with nearly 100% recyclable parts. It also has a retractable roof and tinted glass for both privacy and freedom, whichever you decide you want on a given day. It also has an adjustable suspension height.
If you’re looking for a travel trailer for yourself and the family, and you’re in or at least closer to Canada, you may want to look up these brands and do some research: Safari Condo, Roulette ProLite, Taylor Coach, Armadillo Trailers, Bigfoot RV, and Escape Trailer. All of these are Canadian-based companies, working to build high quality travel trailers for travelers. If you get to rent or buy a travel trailer, make sure you don’t ignore Canada when planning out your North American trips.
What is a motorhome rally?
If you’re new to the world of RVs, “boondocking” and a more nomadic lifestyle, you may be unaware of the large community of RV owners who participate in rallies. Unlike what one normally thinks of when considering vehicles and rallies, an RV rally is more like a convention, a gathering of like minded individuals who share a passion for RVs and the lifestyle that goes with them. Rallies are held all over the world, and there are several popular sites across the U.S. with either local chapters, RV brands, or regional groups.
You can expect a wide range of activities at a rally, including meet and greets with the community, seminars, safety training, and even entertainment and arts and crafts. They are often family friendly events (a good idea for family vacations, perhaps), and are hosted by RV brands themselves or by various groups of RV owners. Your RV Lifestyle has an excellent write-up about what you can expect from a rally, what activities are available, and links to sites that have rally calendars available for those interested.
RV Clubs also has a 2018-2019 calendar of events, rallies, and the like available, although events only go through March 2019. Others will be added as they are confirmed.
If you’re interested in checking out the RV lifestyle, take a look at the Family Motor Home Association and consider joining a local chapter.
1970 Austin Camper Home
There are RVs, and then there are RVs. This is something you won’t see every day, and actually its the first one we’ve ever seen. It’s from the 70s, it’s an Austin, and it’s a camper home on wheels.
This one came up for auction recently, and although it’s not an RV motorhome most people reading this will be able to swing by and pick up (because it’s in Norfolk, England), it’s interesting nonetheless. It’s being auctioned by Anglia Car Auctions, though, for anyone who is in that area and wants this motorhome.
From the auctioneers: “This conversion was completed in 2016 just three months before it became a finalist in George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. It has featured in many newspaper articles, copies of which are provided. It was also invited to Carfest North and South following it’s success where they were greeted by DJ Chris Evans. Fitted with a Nissan 2.3 diesel engine. Last MoT’d in 2016. The vendor has included some photos of the rebuild.” They estimate the bid will be between 9 and 12,000 pounds.