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And away we go!

Loading up the R-pod, and the Honda Pilot Tow Vehicle, the epic fail of the easy up screen tent, last day never seems long enough

rain 14 °C

The last day never, ever seems long enough. As this blog entry is written it is going on 9:00pm and we still have a bit of stuff to finish before we go to bed. We will depart at 8:00am June 1. We have a long day ahead of us, with 750 kilometers of travel planned.

But we are getting there.

Loading for departure:

We've been loading the R-pod over the past few days. Jenny built shelves out of chain and shelving for our little closet:


We filled them with clothing:


They work really well, holding all of our pants, t-shirts, sweaters. Our socks/underwear and in tubs and stored over the slide out:


We've got our shoes and boots stored in the bottom of the corner cabinet under the propane cooktop. Pantries are filled with food basics. We use lots of plastic jars to hold dry goods:


Every space now has something in it. We love our morning coffee and we have a single tub dedicated to this purpose. Everything we need to make our morning coffee in one place. We will boil water on the propane stove at our Walmart stops for the next two days and can easily get this done without having to tear everything apart to find the essentials of what gets our day started.

Tow Vehicle Loading:

It took three attempts to get it right, but in the end it looks pretty good; The empty space:


This space is filled with our back up clothes (for cold weather) tucked away in a bin out of the way. We can get to it if we need to, but otherwise don't have to move it at all.

A full size spare tire for the tow vehicle.

An essential tool bin...everything we may need for basic and not so basic repairs. There is a list of the contents in the trailer if we need to find something we can just check the list. There are three rolls of duct tape in there just in case nothing else works, but hammers, screw drivers, ratchets and so on. We can fix what needs to be fixed. We have two emergency tubes of silicone just in case there is a leak.

A camp set-up bin: This bin has things we will use at every camp stop, like our clothesline and pins, table cloth, axe, hatchet, tarp, bungee cords and tent pegs and guy ropes. This bin is right there ready to be pulled out every time we set up a camp.

We have three milk crates with all the stuff we need to level and secure our trailer when we camp. Our battery operated drill will set the scissor jacks in a flash, and all of our leveling material is in another crate.

Camp chairs, a three step ladder, our solar panel and our camp outdoor carpet complete the load in the tow vehicle.


Screen Tent Epic Fail:

We purchased a screen tent, for $275 from Canadian Tire. It was a Woods 10' x 12' easy up screen house. We will be travelling in bug season in Canada and a screen tent was considered to be a necessity.

Ours was not particularly easy up, nor did it last through its first erection. A seam split, making the thing useless. We returned it for a full refund, and will look a lot harder for the next version. We might be buying one before we get to our first camping experience in Algonquin Park, where the bugs can be fearsome, especially at this time of year.

If you are American, and plan to visit Canada, you simply must go to a Canadian Tire Store. They are everywhere in this country, and sell virtually everything you could need or want. Most have vehicle service centers. Check them out...reliable, reasonably priced, and usually pretty good.


We are ready to go, the first day is always the one you have been waiting for. We started planning this trip 9 months ago, bought the tow vehicle, bought the R-pod and it seemed like this day would never get here.

So, here we go. Look for Sully (our tow vehicle) and the TaJ-ma-Haul coming down the highway towards you. Flash your lights, R-podders. Let's go see the world.


Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 16:38 Archived in Canada Tagged packing

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