Information Bulletin for Safari Condo Owners Vol. 7 Number 1, April 2005
Translated by Yvan Dumontier
Safari Condo: the next generation!
By Dominique Nadeau
I have been camping ever since I can remember. You see, both of my parents are great camping and outdoors enthusiasts, as those of you who have met either of them will surely know. As I entered the years of my teenage rebellion, however, I began to realize that camping, cycling and outdoor activities were not such a great passions of mine. Thus my parents began to go camping on their own once again, just like before their darling daughter came along. Then there was a sudden change in my life; to my parents’ great surprise, I would go hiking or go on bicycle rides. As any parent will know, the only influence that can cause such drastic change in a young woman is a boyfriend!
Well before I knew it, my boyfriend and I were planning a trip together to celebrate the end of my first year in university. Being on a limited budget, the appeal of camping suddenly dawned on both us: no expensive hotel rooms, no constant eating in restaurants and complete freedom. Thankfully, I had excellent connections and I was able to borrow my mother’s Safari Condo SC for our 12-day getaway to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
After having a little packing crisis (after all I was not used to packing this light!), we climbed in and headed out on the open road. After a long trip, we arrived in Kill Devil Hills, on the Outer Banks. Since we were both exhausted, we decided to stay there, instead of going a little further south to Nags Head, where there was a greater choice of campgrounds. WARNING: there are only two campgrounds in Kill Devil Hills and neither of them is very appealing. I can only say I was glad I did not need to take a shower! The next day we rode our bikes around the town, which is mainly constituted of a major boulevard with the traditional industrial-size Mini Putts, outlet stores, and an impressive number of chalets. We visited the Wright Brothers Memorial. It is an interesting attraction, and it is interesting to note that the entrance is free for cyclists.
slowly headed south to the Koa campground in Chicomacomico (south of
After our two
nights at the Koa, we decided that we wanted to move farther South once more,
to explore another part of the island. We passed through several towns such as
Buxton and Hatteras. I recommend stopping over to see, and climb (if you have
the stamina) the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in the
If I have to
recommend one thing, I would have to say that you can skip everything else and
just come and stay on
As for me and my boyfriend, who had not been camping in years, we got the hang of it quite quickly. We had extensive breakfasts, and delicious suppers accompanied with wine on most nights. I truly received the royal treatment, since he even took me for a supper at sunset on the beach. Thankfully, we had an all wheel drive (AWD) Safari. I strongly recommend that if you go there, and you have an AWD vehicle you try a little supper at sunset on the beach. You have to be adventurous, however, since there is a strong likelihood that you could get stuck as we did. Indeed on our second supper we got stuck. But we discovered that deflating the tires would get you out of most jams thankfully!
We loved our trip so much that we had a very difficult time coming back to reality. As for me, I got bit by the camping bug once again, and I am planning other short getaways over the course of the summer.
Have a great camping season.
By Camil Bouchard
When travelling, we seldom forget to bring a deck of cards. Often, a few hands at bedtime and you’re in for a good night sleep. However, this is not the type of card I’m writing about.
If you plan to travel in the States and wish to sleep in truck stops along the way, a Flying J RV Real Value Club card is a must. This free Incentive card entitles you to a 1¢ per gallon discount on gasoline and a 5¢ per gallon discount on propane. Even more interesting considering these rest stops generally offer the best price for gas. You even get discounts on showers. Shower together for 6,50$ US: that includes soap, shampoo and towels.
that may be worth your while are the 12-month National Parks of Canada pass and
the U.S. National Parks Pass. The latter costs 50.00$ US and is valid for one
full year from first use in a park. This is worthwhile if travelling in an area
with many parks to visit: this pass is also valid for National Monuments. In
A National Parks of Canada Pass works on the same basis. There is a card valid for 28 National Parks, and one for 74 Canadian Historical Sites. Both cards are good for one year.
useful card is a Campground Card: KOA, Passport
Finally the Fédération québécoise de camping caravanning Card. When you join the FQCC, you get a free subscription to Camping Caravanning Magazine (in French only) and a membership card to obtain savings of 3 % on gasoline and diesel for all vehicles at Couche-Tard outlets in Québec.
As you can see, adding a special deck of cards to your road maps can make a difference. The choice is yours. Additional information is available on the following web sites: www.flyingj.com www.nationalparks.org www.pc.gc.ca www.koa.com and www.campingquebec.com
By Diane Rainville
What is more enjoyable than sea kayaking! Awash, in the great outdoors, frolicking with the loons! With such a quiet craft, bird watching is a breeze.
Last year, we
visited Parc national d'Aiguebelle in the heart of Abitibi. At that time we
were not the happy owners of a Safari Condo; so we rented ”La De
We enjoyed watching many birds of prey, beavers at work and a small family of sandhill cranes. Delightful!
But our most rewarding observation day was a rainy one. Well equipped, we kept warm and dry: no sweat! We watched at will a grand duke, perched on a branch, half-asleep. Gorgeous! Memorable moments, aside from the weather!
Bike Touring in
By Jean-Claude Bélanger
Are you a cycling enthusiast? Do you enjoy bike touring, that is, bicycling with saddlebags and taking time to visit places you’ve already seen driving by in a car but which take on a new perspective when biking? One no longer rides to see the unfurling asphalt but to really watch the scenery, smell the countryside and most important take the time along the way to talk to people, always friendly to touring cyclists. If you’ve never tried this, you are missing something! Here in Québec, we have so many great regions for bicycle touring. Remember, home is the place to start.
experiencing bike touring at home, consider riding in
Over the last
ten years, Denise and I have cycled in
You will find
in the text that follows a summary of our trip to
For each of
the 30 days of the tour, we had a detailed map, a list of sights to see and
accommodations along the way. Using the Internet, we made hotel reservations in
cover relatively short distances each day, it seems impossible to visit many
regions of a country, unless the train comes to the rescue between regions. So
we took the train from
good shower and a bit of laundry, we would settle down to a well-deserved plate
of genuine Italian pasta washed down with wine from the region. A good night
sleep – accommodation is readily available though costly at times – and the
next morning, we uncover the reward of yesterday’s climb: a long spill-free 10
Our last stop
We are quite fond of all our bike tours, but remain addicted to European tours. Count on us to return. Should you wish a helping hand in organising such a tour, we would be more than happy to meet with you and share any information we have. On the other hand, tell us about your bicycle tours abroad. This is just the way new projects come about.
May we suggest combining a Safari Condo outing with an overnight bike tour including saddlebag and Bed and Breakfast – a new outdoors experience! Bon voyage! ([email protected])
two Safari Condo RVs will provide support to athletes going all the way across
By Rob Argalis
In May of this year, I will begin a cross-country cycle to raise money and awareness for The Arthritis Society of Canada. This is not just any cycling feat. I will be using a modified ice cream tricycle to remind people that everyday tasks can be a struggle for people with arthritis. My mother is one of the over four million Canadians with this disease and her struggle provides my incentive for this project which is called “Spoking for More”.
I will begin
my fundraising trip in
Check out my progress on my website www.spokingformore.com or keep an eye for my trike or the van. I just might be passing through your neighbourhood.
160 Sunset Drive,
A Great Trip for a Great Cause
Walk back to
DANIEL’S ADVICE & ASSISTANCE
Before using your water heater for the first time this season, make sure that the water heater tank is full, to avoid overheating the elements or tripping the thermal protection switch inside, as filling the water tank does not automatically fill the water heater. For this, when filling with water in the spring, turn on the hot water tap and let it run for at least four minutes, to fill the heater tank completely. If water heater does not work when the tank is full and the switch is on the « WATER HEATER » position, the probable cause is the thermal protection switch. To reset, remove the small cover on the front of the water heater and depress the plastic « RESET » button.
You have a propane water heater?
Before turning on your water heater for the first time this season, make sure that the water heater tank is full, to prevent damage to the unit. Before filling, check that both bypass valves are in horizontal position (for filling instructions, consult your Safari Condo Manual). To check that water heater really is full, switch pump on, remove heater’s outer screen and open the safety valve located in the upper portion of the heater. If you get water, then your water heater is full. You can now use your heater.
How to care for your awning.
Your awning serves as a sunscreen, an umbrella, a shelter in the cool of the evening, a towel dryer, a porch, and what have you. Here is some advice to keep this critical equipment for many years:
1. Check awning supports regularly for any looseness between any support and the roof of the vehicle. Supports must fit tightly to the vehicle roof. Supports can bend slightly but must not move where they linkup to the roof. If they do, completely remove awning from the supports and call the plant for an appointment to reinstall your awning.
2. When opening the awning, always secure it to the ground using vertical supports. A gust of wind is so unpredictable! J
3. For peace of mind, I use tent stakes and guy lines to further secure the installation.
4. If there’s a storm brewing when you leave for an afternoon bike ride, it is a good idea to close the awning. It takes a few minutes, but it’s much better than picking up the awning on the other side of your RV when you return.
5. Second to the wind, water is an awning’s worst enemy. If you have experienced this, you know what I’m referring to (Eh? Camil): the water pocket syndrome. It is true that if you do not tilt your awning to one side and it rains, a pocket of water will accumulate in the centre and, with the added weight of the water, damage the supports or tear up the canvas.
Have a great camping season!
crowd for the coming St-Jean-Baptiste weekend! More than 140 crews will
snuggle up on Since we
expect to set an attendance record, we ask you not to setup your kitchen
shelters; bring your extension cord and power bar. Since this campground is
well equipped in electric service, it would seem that everyone would have
power over the weekend. To support
the gentils organisateurs (g.o.), volunteers are required for light duties throughout
the weekend. If interested, call the plant (1-877-806-3666) and leave your
coordinates and availability. A g.o. will contact you. Brace
yourself for quite a party!
crowd for the coming St-Jean-Baptiste weekend! More than 140 crews will
snuggle up on
Since we expect to set an attendance record, we ask you not to setup your kitchen shelters; bring your extension cord and power bar. Since this campground is well equipped in electric service, it would seem that everyone would have power over the weekend.
To support the gentils organisateurs (g.o.), volunteers are required for light duties throughout the weekend. If interested, call the plant (1-877-806-3666) and leave your coordinates and availability. A g.o. will contact you.
Brace yourself for quite a party!