We had an amazing summer this year. In March we bought a 25 foot motorhome. The motorhome is big enough to have three beds and a much needed bathroom but small enough to fit in to most campsites and is easy to maneuver. We love camping and have a family tent that is big enough for all of us. However, Zoe's bowel flush takes at least an hour and now that she is 14 years old, she needs her privacy. (The "poop" tent idea was ok in theory but had it's issues when put in to practice two years ago). So I began researching RVs. For those of you looking at motorhomes, we only found a few models that had car seat anchors. And only two models that had three point seat belts and car seat anchors. I was very surprised that seats in motorhomes do not have to be certified because they put "positioning belts" in them, not certified seat belts. So our search was quickly narrowed and luckily the model we wanted is a Canadian brand so that made finding and buying it a lot easier. We were fortunate to find a 3 year old motorhome that didn't have too many kilometres on it and is in great shape.
We spent over half the summer camping this year and it was awesome. We went to 12 different provincial parks and one national park. And we have a few trips planned for the fall before it gets too cold. The RV has a propane heater and enclosed water pipes so we can camp comfortably in the fall and spring. We could even try winter camping but it gets a little tricky because there wouldn't be anywhere to dump the water and waste tanks. Also- Canadian winters can get very cold! For now, I am very excited to be able to camp in spring and fall. Because of Zoe's poor circulation she gets cold very easily so in the past we were only able to camp in July and August. This year we started camping in April and haven't stopped yet!
One of the positive things about Gavin being ill was that he was off of work most of the summer. Initially he was very tired and recovering but as he began to feel better but not yet approved to work we were able to go on some awesome trips. We even went on a three week trip from home to the Thunder Bay area.