The word is like music, especially when grass turns green, leaves pop out, and winter
skies give way to blue.
In Vancouver, we are on the doorstep of the world’s best camping, both in BC and
Washington state. The scenery is unparalleled. The opportunity to commune with nature,
letting go the stresses of today's busy workplace, is offered to all that will grasp
Read on to find out more about our camping experience. But if you want to skip to
some other useful material, then try these links (local to this web page):
Useful Camping References in Washington State and British Columbia
Our Original Camper
A few years ago we purchased a truck and camper combination where the Slumber Queen
10 foot camper met every need that we could imagine for camping. The original truck
was a Ford F250 (3/4 ton pickup) and the combo worked quite well.
The RV-queen bed in the cab-over area is spacious, with lots of headroom. This is
important because in the past we had owned a motor home and the cab over was a problem
causing claustrophobia. Not so with this unit!
The the bed is in-line with the camper making it stable even without the jacks being
deployed, and the type where climbing over one’s partner to find the washroom at
midnight is a think of the past.
This diagram of the 1995 Slumber Queen camper illustrates the layout showing that
it good for up to 4 people, although only the 2 of us typically used it.
Everything is very handy, and the interior is very bright because of a skylight in
the middle of the roof (between sinks and stove). The many windows also open making
it easy to keep the camper cool in hot weather. Where we live in Vancouver, hot weather
means 85 F (25 C).
We jokingly consider this our 3-star mobile motel.
Whenever time permits, we like to get out and enjoy British Columbia and Washington
with its wealth of provincial, state and forestry camp grounds. We’re more fair weather
campers as not into venturing into the snow areas, but camping in the extended season
will come in the near future as retirement beckons.
This is our new rig atop Crater Lake in Oregon. With a highly powered truck that
could pull a far larger fifth wheel, we have no difficulties with the mountain roads
of the Western USA and Canada.
For a couple, this size trailer has real merits as a rolling home or 3-star motel.
Our Next Fifth-wheel
Our Next Fifth-wheel
More by luck than good planning, we ended up changing our truck and fifth wheel in
2014. In both cases, they turned out to be recommendations from our diesel-mechanic
son-in-low, and his RV tech friends. We ended up with a 2001 Citation Supreme (26RKS)
and a 2004 Dodge RAM 2500HD (diesel). While our Ford F350 could pull the fifth wheel,
it was more happenstance that we found it and got it.