Saturday, March 8, 2008
RV Salon in Montreal
I suppose every kayaker eventually wants to tavel beyond his or her home waters. There are several ways to do this. To date, I have traveled by car and camped near the put-in or along the route paddled and really enjoyed it. Still, the idea of having a small motor-home to travel with and carry all one's gear means that one can go farther and stay away longer, yet still enjoy many of the benefits of being 'at home'.
At the RV Show in Montreal yesterday I had a chance to actually get inside some of the vehicles I've seen only in magazines over the past few years. Above is the Safari Condo van. It's much like the VW vans which have been popular for many years. Slightly larger, these Safari vans come with all sorts of options including full solar power options while camped and an interesting kayak roof rack which lowers off the rear for easier loading/off-loading.
Another interesting option is the Go-Camp tear-drop trailor in the above picture. This tiny 'home' can even be pulled behind a motorcycle. There are various models available including one with a flat roof equiped with kayak racks and solar panels. While really just a solid walled tent on wheels, it does allow one some additional security and weather protection in the wilds as well as freeing up space in the car.
Will I be buying? Probably not. I still enjoy the idea of camping, keeping the carbon footprint low and besides, all the banks around here have already been robbed...