Road trip

By Phil Crossman | Mar 24, 2017

Last year we bought a Eurovan Camper. It's a 2003, the last year they were built, has been lovingly cared for by two previous owners who only drove it 79,000 miles in 13 years, and is a marvel of ingenuity.

Two weeks ago we struck out on a three-week drive about with no firm destination, although we did talk about going out to the Grand Canyon. We left just ahead of that last big storm, however, and found ourselves going straight south and just ahead, each day, of serious and determinedly pursuing weather until we reached Waycross, Ga. Presently we're in Mississippi at a pristine state park and so comfortable that traveling west is of only a general interest and one we may or may not pursue, depending on whether we can tear ourselves and our little camper away from this perfect lakeside berth.

The temperature coming south was, of course, way below freezing, but the camper has a furnace and warms up nicely. The furnace, as well as the fridge and two-burner stove top run off propane, electricity -- when it can be found (which is mostly in campgrounds), or from the solar panel that can be deployed anytime there is sunshine and opportunity. Storage of several gallons provides water for washing up and an equal space holds waste sink water until it can be properly disposed of, a provision found at most campgrounds.

Every nook and cranny of this tiny space was designed to be used, and is used, for something and as long as one of us stays seated and out of the way, the bed (or beds if needed, for there is a second bed above and accessible by a ladder) can be made, meals prepared and enjoyed sitting across from one another at a comfortable dining table, (seats, front passenger and rear compartment can be moved fore and aft), and after-meal cleanup managed easily.

We can get dressed in the morning or undressed at bedtime as long as we don't both try to do either simultaneously. The van drives and maneuvers as well as and is as solid as anything we've ever driven. We've camped now in Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and here last night in Mississippi, and knowing that most Courier readers are still in the throes of winter has troubled us shamefully little.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Norman Medina | Mar 25, 2017 08:02

Nice.  :)

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