Information Bulletin for Safari Condo Owners Vol. 6 Number 3, December. 2004
An enjoyable Cross-country Adventure!
By Jean-Claude Bélanger
anyone who has never experienced cross-country skiing? Some have tried and
quickly set it aside because waxing is tedious, it’s too slow, one often glides
back instead or forward, walking is dull, it’s exhausting, or one would rather
go south in a fine Safari Condo. Others however have embraced it after a single
try. They make the most of
How can Quebecers not take advantage of a sport so readily accessible as cross-country skiing? A most complete sport that is good for both your muscles and cardiovascular capacity. A low-priced sport offering fresh air and outstanding winter landscapes, a sport that allows you to enjoy a good meal with a bottle of wine without compunction, a sport that burns 8 to 10 calories a minute. Figure it out yourself: after a two-hour trip, one more hour and you can eat a second helping of dessert without exceeding your daily calorie requirements.
are not yet convinced, consider a visit to
Translated by Yvan Dumontier
Buildings, have been restored to provide winter-long comfort while preserving
the original styling. I mean adventure since there are no roads leading to the
lodge. You must leave your car or Safari Condo in the parking lot near
St-Gérard des Laurentides and cross the lake (
During the day, we must
vacate the premises between
This haven, almost kept secret until recently, is more and more in demand every year, such that early reservations are now necessary. What a relief! A short luggage-carrying trip with little pain and lots of comfort. This is my type of outing. No more cross-country ski excursions sleeping in a more or less heated prospector tent, going three days without a wash and using an outhouse on windy nights!
are not already a cross-country buff, consult a specialist who will guide you
in choosing equipment that meets your needs. Very expensive skis are not always
the best considering your skiing technique. Insist on a ski with an camber corresponding
to your weight to make moving forward easier. A good salesman will provide sound
advice on ski waxing, no longer a chore: and guide you in selecting multiple
layers of clothing instead of one very warm outfit. Never dress like
snowmobilers! Finally, a few lessons with a pro to learn how to glide over the
snow: in cross-country skiing, more gliding means less effort and more
enjoyment. Group skiing makes it even better. Try joining a group or a club
that skis on a regular basis. Faced with colder than expected temperatures or
snowflakes blowing in the wind, knowing that friends are getting together at
the ski club can be the spark that gets you out of bed that morning. See you on
the trails! There are more than
“You said Safari Condist? Is this a new word? What is it exactly?”
Set under its awning a few feet from the sea, its vehicle’s rear wheels against the rocks marking high tide, eyes scanning wavelets and whitecaps looking for a surfacing whale, it’s a Condist. Condist is short for Safari Condist. Parked behind the campground office, on a newly paved drive-through site, the camper attempts to set-up his satellite dish behind his RV as not to miss his weekly telecast. One is either a camper or a Condist: the difference can seem either overwhelming or barely visible.
Is it the size of the vehicle or the high-tech equipment? Maybe! Under pouring rain after a bike tour, two youths take a shot at bracing their tent and try their best at covering everything with a tarp tied to branches full of water and offering fierce resistance: they are campers. They are also potential Condists! Condist is a great word, referring to either male or female enthusiasts, even future enthusiasts!
Some differences are more striking: bivouacked on a lake near a cluster of fishing cabins, or alongside a snowmobile or cross-country trail, condists having a good time round a table and ready for another great day outdoors.
Condists are part and parcel of their vehicle and use it all the time, they are first and foremost campers at heart who love both travelling and the great outdoors!
If, as Condists, you wish to continue receiving our newsletter La Coquille, please send us your e-mail address: this will keep S&H costs to a minimum. Too often, we discover that some of you e-mail us for appointments, but have not sent us their address for our newsletter database. Please send us your e-mail address to update our mailing list.
DANIEL’S ADVICE & ASSISTANCE
Tires for Condos
Four all-season tires marked LT (Light Truck) are standard on all M and L Series Safari Condos. These tires, with sturdier and more rigid sidewalls, offer a firm ride and are less affected by crosswinds that tires marked P (Passenger). They are great in summer when we drive around with bikes, kayaks, tanks full of water and other thingamajigs all over our vehicle. If you intend to use your M or L Series Safari Condo as a car in winter and anticipate purchasing snow tires, it is not mandatory to purchase LT tires since your vehicle is lighter, at least in principle. P tires are then adequate and will give a smoother ride.
The L Series up to and
including 2002 came with
No LT type tire carries Road Hazard Protection and, if and when we recommend LT tires, it doesn’t mean they are less expensive or have a better price-quality ratio: it simply means that this type of tire will provide the most stable drive. A more rigid construction means better resistance to tire deformation due to load changes and wind conditions.
Each time your Safari Condo is up on the lift for an oil change or other maintenance, it is a good idea to check the six tray-retaining screws holding on to the auxiliary battery tray under the RV. Simply check the tension on the screws, and replace any missing screws. As for your deep-cycle batteries, they should be checked and cleaned once a year.
Spring Maintenance Appointment
Whether you temporarily put away or use your vehicle all year round, take note of any adjustments required or problems to solve, and call us for an appointment as soon as possible. You want a solar panel or new toilet installed, don’t wait till Spring comes around. Spring and early Summer are hectic periods at Safari Condo: you can help us put your vehicle back in top shape to go on holiday as soon as possible. Help us to help you, call early! Contact Frédéric, our technical advisor.
Havre d’un soir
The Safari Condo family is growing fast, and so are available services. We have just updated the Havre d’un soir database available on the Safari Condo website, or the paper edition that you have received if you don’t have access to the web. Take this opportunity to camp overnight free of charge at the home of another Safari Condist. You may also register as a host so others can camp at your place. To gain access to Havre d’un soir, simply e-mail us to receive the required codes.
To all 2004 Picture Contest Participants: Well done!
Bravo! And many thanks to all of you who participated in our annual Picture Contest. Such talent and inspiration made judging a difficult task. To do justice, we would need a 24-month calendar, at least! But thanks to the web, all is not lost and all participants’ photos are available to view as you please. It is interesting to note that while 3 years ago only 5 to 10% of photos were taken with digital cameras, this year is a complete turnaround with 70% of participants now using this new technology. A sweeping success!
1st Prize, Paule Blouin and Martin Blanchet, 200$ Gift Certificate from Dumoulin Ste-Marie de Beauce
2nd Prize, Jean Laroche, 100$ Gift Certificate from Safari Condo
3rd Prize, Jean Lamontagne and Andrée Hallé, 75$ Gift Certificate from Safari Condo
Draw: Christian Blouin, 50$ Gift Certificate from Safari Condo.
Working Behind the Scenes
Every day of the year, we enjoy the fruit of his labour, but it is only in the 2005 Edition that he signs off. You probably placed his production on your desk, on the fridge or close to the telephone. This behind-the-scenes worker sheds new light on your artistic abilities in designing our annual calendar. Laying out a calendar is a Herculean task that requires not only computer graphics expertise, but also the soul of an artist and kindness of heart. True, this is volunteer work, just like La Coquille and our annual Rendezvous.
On behalf of all Condists, I wish to thank you Stéphane not only for all the hours worked but for your enthusiasm in creating our 2005 Calendar.
Keeping in touch
Keeping in touch will owners of all 650 Safari Condos to come out of our plant to date is very important. Through La Coquille, we want to be in a position to offer you technical support, provide advice on using your RV to the fullest, and create a forum for sharing your adventures and experiences. La Coquille, the Calendar, Havre d’un soir, all services that are absolutely free: in exchange, we ask but one thing of each one of you: a correct address.
Moving? Let us know your new address to keep our listing up to date. Upon transfer or sale of RV, notify us or have the new owner contact us to access our free services without interruption. We thank you in advance for your support.
Rendez-vous 2005: June 23,
24, 25 and
Nested in the
heart of beautiful Mauricie Region,
p.m. on Thursday June
Mornings are set aside for lectures: at the Condo-Boutique Mr. Michel Martineau, sea kayak Instructor and Parcours Aventure owner will speak on and demonstrate this emerging outdoor activity. In keeping with tradition, Daniel will discuss this year’s new products and technologies involved in the manufacturing of Safari Condos, and answer any questions you may have about our vehicles.
Don’t forget our traditional Saturday dinner under the festival tent transformed into a casa mexicana complete with Mexican buffet and Mariachis in un aire festivo. Mexico, Mexiiiico!
you will find in your welcome pack, admission tickets to La Cité de l’Énergie.
While in the only theme park of its kind in
guided tours are available on demand for groups of cycling enthusiasts. The
package deal as noted also includes water craft rentals at
Those who feel plucky will be able to test their skill and courage on d’Arbre en Arbre Trails. Adult-sized Adventure trails, d’Arbre en arbre provide in a safe and secure setting a mix of excitement and the simple joys of childhood. To participate (this is not included in the package deal), reservations are required using the registration form included with La Coquille: groups of 20 will be formed and assigned specific departure times. The organisers will accept no reservations after the cut-off date; group listings and departure times will be included in your welcome pack.
Unlike previous years, no reserved sites for artists and crafts persons: all are nonetheless invited to exhibit their creations on their own site.
As usual, however, all Condists who require minor adjustments to their vehicle are urged to make an appointment with Frédéric, at the plant, and explain the exact nature of their small problem. Only minor adjustments will be done on the spot.
This year, the cut-off date is very important: we expect record attendance and early reservations are required in order to plan the weekend activities..
I have told you all I know about Rendez-vous 2005, but our GCO’s have told us that surprises remain a possibility! J
Best Wishes to All for the New Year!
Be Careful and Stay Sharp !