We know lots of folks who travel by RV, quite happily long-hauling a house on their journey. The Hubs and I have struggled to envision ourselves in this scenario. We’re not well suited. I look for pull-through parking spots and have difficulty backing our car out of the driveway. (Don’t judge. It’s a long driveway.) He maneuvers heavy farm equipment without a second thought but is easily irritated by typical traffic in a regular sized vehicle. (Meanwhile, I’m on high alert: brake-lights!) The mere thought of taking to the highway behind the wheel of a rig sized for intergalactic travel induces stress.
And yet we dream on, scheming a leisurely road trip across the good ol’ U.S.A. to hit all the states we’ve somehow missed as we make a national park circuit. So many of the parks are far afield and inconveniently accessed. Camping, even glamping, is definitely not our style. If only RV travel was more appealing or seemed feasible.
Then a casual conversation with a colleague completely flipped our perspective. She and her husband were investigating small RV rental, introducing an entirely new genre and approach. RVs about the size of a cargo van, luxuriously appointed and fully equipped? Who woulda’ thunk it? Even I could drive and enjoy that! The Hubs was on it.
Fast forward several months and we’ve made a significant first step in testing our fit. We’ve rented a rig through Outdoorsy.com for an 1,100 mile loop to include two destinations on our bucket list: viewing endangered belugas in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park near Tadoussac, Quebec, with bonus side-trip to Saguenay Fjord National Park, then on to Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine.
We’re a little nervous, I must admit. Not quite sure what we’ve gotten ourselves into. We’ve no clue the do’s and don’ts of RV travel, what to take or what to leave. We’re learning quickly and sometimes the hard way as we finalize plans in short order. ;/0 Stay tuned for RV chronicles of our two nation, three park adventure in late July.
Meanwhile, your helpful hints and RV travel tips are much appreciated!