There's not much to say about Tuesday. I had to go into work.
It was horrible getting up early and heading away from the trailer and Rondeau Park, knowing it was a work day. Mind you, it was a much better feeling leaving work knowing I was heading back down to Rondeau.
I shall use today's blog to do a bit of opinion writing.
Some of you will know that I'm a champion of the smaller tow vehicle, at least for Airstream travel trailers. I never did see the point of big and unnecessary pickup truck when a car, SUV or van would do the job. This trip to Rondeau, though, has had me realising why a lot of people never look beyond the ubiquitous truck.
Firstly, have you seen how much stuff people take camping? We travel light; a few campground accessories, a table and four lawn chairs, but I watched a group of other campers this week with THREE portable shelters (in addition to the monster trailer), three grills, a full-sized fridge (in one of the shelters) tote boxes piled high, firewood, bikes and kayaks. It's no wonder they had a big, shiny pickup truck parked on their site.
Secondly, and this is the controversial bit, I think some people use the trailer to justify buying the truck. Trucks are big, they sit high and I'm sure their drivers feel safe and powerful piloting the things, towing or not. They don't actually tick many boxes when it comes to towing safety, though; often too high, primitive suspension, too much un-sprung weight, far too much flex in the frame, and then some folks go and add a poor hitch setup. They're gas guzzlers, too. But trucks are big and beefy, and you can get a whole lot of stuff in the back, and that's precisely why the trailer world loves its trucks.
There, I've upset 98% of the Airstream community. It's only an opinion, people, and don't forget, we only have four lawn chairs!
Mr Toad - Airstreamer
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