Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Neither Kelly or I had ever set foot inside a Road Trek camper van until this morning and we had to drive all the way to Kitchener Ontario just to do that.  It was a 1998 Dodge Road Trek 190 Versatile and in great condition.  It was for sale of course and we had spotted it on the internet.  I liked the van and it had a lot going for it.  But a lot wasn't quite enough.  A nice couple our age were the second owners of the van and traveled far and wide staying in RV Parks every night along the way.  By staying in RV Parks everynight they had no need to use the van's shower or hot water.....because this particular van had neither.  The original owner had ordered the van from the factory without a shower or hot water tank so therefore it simply had no shower and no hot water.  Can't imagine getting up in the morning and washing my face with cold water.  Maybe when I was 14 or something.  Cold water's Okay....if your drinking it!!
Well that was a deal breaker for us of course and we did find the van a bit too small for us anyway.  In my opinion those Road Treks are excellent vans for one person as long as it had the normal shower and hot water facilities.  I could see myself easily traveling in a van like that but with two people........ummmm, not so much.  On the way home we decided there was no point looking at any more Road Treks or even Pleasure Way vans.  To have the minimum space we require it looks like we will have to go back to something like a small Class C again.  Need something with a rear bed for sure and preferably a generator.  We do like the newer B+ vans but they are way out of our financial reach. So our search continues....................
Heat and humidity were bad today and it's about to get worse over the next few days.  Heat warnings are already out.  We had the Jeep's A/C maxed all the way to Kitchener and back.  Kitchener is about an hour and a half drive straight east of us.  I lived and hung around Kitchener for a few years back in the late 60's and early 70's.  Liked it then but glad I don't live there anymore.  It has simply grown waaaaay too big for this country bumpkin kinda guy.
Despite some of my country bumpkin ways I have never lived on a farm except for a few months in northwestern Ontario back in the mid 50's and that's where I went to a one room schoolhouse.  When I Get Growed Up I Want To Drive A Big Yellow Bulldozer  However I did  grow up in a small southwestern Ontario village of about 1300 people where the surrounding countryside was only a two minute drive in any direction from the center of town.  Tavistock Ontario was that village and my time spent there growing up in it's rural environment until well into my teens no doubt laid the foundation for my love of the countryside which was to again manifest itself much later in life.  Although I deliberately took myself out of my rural setting in 1965 it was not until 30 years later in 1995 that I was able to get my head back together enough to (with Kelly) move into an old deserted tumble down and drafty farm house far out in the country north of St. Marys Ontario.  When I look back now at the 7 years we spent in the old farm house they were not only our best years but they were a personal best for me as well.  Oh how I wish I had been blogging and taking photos back at that time but we never had a computer until 1998 and blogging was unheard of.  Not many photos from that era either because I had become discouraged with photography and gave it up for about 8 years.  But oh the memories of our time living in the beautiful tranquility of rural southwestern Ontario Canada:))
Had myself quite a shock when I turned on the bathroom light this morning and looked in the mirror.  I am going to have to be a lot more careful with my new glasses!!
GROANER'S CORNER:((  A Love Story::
I will seek and find you . . .I shall take you to bed and have my way with you .I will make you ache, shake & sweat until you moan & groan.  I will make you beg for mercy, beg for me to stop. I will exhaust you to the point that you will be relieved when I'm finished with you.  And, when I am finished, you will be weak for days.  All my love, The Flu.
- What do you call a hen who counts her own eggs? A mathemachicken.

Q: Which way did the thief go when he stole the computer? 
A: "Data-way."


  1. The Roadtreks are nice if you can work with them Our Roadtrek clone worked great for us for 7 years. Burt really not a lot of room , hot water , showers etc.... Think a B plus or small class C would work better for what you want to travel in. Good luck.
    Really nothing quite like small town living. I came to Plattsville in 1982 and was hooked.

  2. I was born and raised in Peterborough, a medium size city. In 1975we moved to the Mattawa area with two babies. Despite the relative isolation of raising two little ones in that environment, I never could get comfortable living as a townie again.

  3. Beautiful photos tonight. We never did the public bathroom thing, always used our RV shower etc. Still will in October for 15 nights on the beach, if all goes as planned. The 15 nights was discovered to be my limit and the reason we quit long RV trips. Claustrophobia is my problem, so we stick to the snowbird life with two homes and two 15 night stays in the old yet still works, camper each year.

  4. It was suggested to me on Sunday night that I take a look at the Tiger Motorhome. That might fit with what you are looking for in a smaller RV and would be smaller than a Class C.

  5. Whew--that was a close one! :) We too LOVE the look and idea of the smaller Road Treks and Pleasure Way vans but know they would not work for us. We too love the look of the Class B but most of them are not in our RV budget! We are currently looking at short Class A motorhomes which are in short supply!

  6. The Roadtrek was the first RV we rented when trying to figure out what we needed to be Snowbirds. We soon realized it was far too small for full time RVing. We kept renting up and up till we got to the Georgetown bus we have now. Now I’m thinking it won’t be long before we may want to downsize. If money were no option, I would absolutely love the Unity with the Murphy Bed.