The Fit RV

When we go to RV shows here in the US, we usually have pretty good success finding models from the mainstream manufacturers. But our ability to find smaller, niche players at the bigger RV shows is hit or miss.

When James and I pulled out the map picking our next stops, I noticed César E. Chávez National Monument right along our Central California driving route.

We’ve tried more than a few things over the years to keep our RV windows covered. Track mounted curtains. Home-made draping curtains. Pleated shades. Roller shades. Suction cup-py reflect-y thingies. We’ve even been known to try the factory-supplied shades (gasp)! But with our new loaner van, Parky, we thought we’d check the market again and see if there was a better mousetrap around.

The shop is now fully operational! Kind of like the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi… Everything in the shop can be run now, even if it still looks incomplete. I’ve come up with a few work-arounds to get things to work, but they all do.

The spillway itself is actually just the natural red rocks original to the area… nothing man-made. The phenomenon that occurs when the reservoir spills? Amazing waterfalls!

So, when the BNR rally ended on Sunday, we had no clue where we’d be camping that night. According to our more spontaneous RVing friends, this is supposed to feel like, and I quote, “sweet freedom”. To me it just felt inconvenient.

It’s 10 p.m. and James is still out in the new van, and since he’s still working, I feel like I should be doing something productive, too.

We’ve all had times in our lives where we’ve been doing something for a while, and we’ve learned a lot from the experience. How would it be, on one of those occasions, if you were given the opportunity to do it again, with a clean slate, and you were able to pull out all the stops?

When we visited Coachmen at their Middlebury, Ind., facility earlier this year, they put us up not in a hotel, but in one of their fully decked-out Galleria Class B motorhomes. Being vanlifers ourselves, this was completely OK with us. It gave us a chance to actually use the Galleria.

Over the years we’ve been to lots of RV shows in the US, so we’ve got a good handle on how those are run and what you’re likely to find there. But we just recently returned from our first Canadian RV show, the Earlybird RV Show in British Columbia, and couldn’t help but notice a few key differences between that show and our usual US fare.

(Jan. 14, 2018) — Now! We’re packing up yet again for our annual trek to the Florida RV Supershow. We’ll be at the show all day on Friday and Saturday (Jan 18th and 19th), so if you’re there don’t be surprised if you trip over James.

(Dec. 19, 2018) — La Mesa RV is hosting an end-of-year event they’re calling “New Year, New Me” on both December 28th and 29th. We’ll be giving a coffee chat at their West Sacramento, California location talking about some general fit and healthy RVing strategies.

(Dec. 6, 2018) — The powered vents that most of us have in our RVs are wonderful things. They create a breeze to keep us cool. They exhaust humidity and cooking odors.

(Nov. 29, 2018) — Truth be told, there wasn’t a whole lot I needed to do with the lighting. It wasn’t that bad to start with. But now that I’m done with it, I’ve got eyeball-searing brightness in every corner of the shop. Check it out

(Nov. 28, 2018) — I know we say it all the time but wow. Sometimes the speed with which things pass us by is mind-blowing.

(Nov. 21, 2018) — REI’s MOBILE Adventure 2018 is sort of a mini-RV show with an outdoorsy twist. It’s the first time REI has partnered with the RV industry in this capacity, and we’re honored they asked us to come host!

(Oct. 16, 2018) — I’m coordinating a momentous Class B rally for a club of campervan owners I co-founded a few years ago, the “WinnieBs”. And yes, the club itself is exclusively for Winnebago owners, BUT! This rally the WinnieBs are throwing is for ALL campervans and Class B enthusiasts.

(Oct. 15, 2018) — One of the things we really like to see in the RV industry is innovation, and usually there’s not enough of it. So we like to call out and applaud innovation where we see it.

(Oct. 9, 2018) — We’ve done a lot of work on the electrical systems in our camper-van, Lance. Our house battery is a large lithium-ion battery, and we’ve got 300 watts of solar, an inverter/charger, and a supplemental alternator to keep it charged up.

(Oct. 3, 2018) — We’ve had our Winnebago Travato for about 3 years now. In that time, some things have started to show normal wear and tear. (This is in addition to the things I’ve torn up on purpose!)


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