Changes to our Fleet

Have you have noticed that we have made some changes this last year to our transportation fleet?

December is a perfect time to update everyone on our changes and introduce officially our new fleet.

This past Spring was the addition of a new vehicle in Minnesota to replace my Honda CRV that encountered a road mishap in June 2018.  I had looked all winter last year for a vehicle. I consumed hundreds of hours looking through online ads and trying to determine what I really needed for my short stays in the US each year.  Yes, I had my dream vehicle (the totally impractical) Toyota FJ Cruiser…Wow I would look like a bad ass chick driving that anywhere! Think of all the gear I could carry.

I finally had to look for the more reasonable solution another Honda CRV or a Subaru. After two weeks (in April) looking through a number of used car dealers I finally found what I needed.

My new/used 2006 Subaru Outback

My new/used 2006 Subaru Outback

I found this Subaru Outback with just over 100,000 miles in Forest Lake, Minnesota and she (yes, it is a she) became part of our Minnesota team.  She has cool things like a rack, a radio, lots of room. She took me this year to my fly fishing location at Whitewater State Park (twice), along the St Croix River (twice) and on my adventure along the Great Mississippi River Road this fall. She has already earned my admiration. Even after a couple of those “getting used to moments” like when I went to scrape ice off the windshield and barely closed the door and she locked me out! Also she has this cool radio that seems to have a mind of its own telling me all sorts of “useful” information on a screen. Finally, my son had a discussion with me about the radio and it works much better for me…sometimes…  My learning curve on the radio is a bit steep.

Nestled into the storage for the winter

Nestled into the storage for the winter

We had another addition in transportation at the end of August at the start of our vacation to Friesland.  I thought it was going to be just a casual stop to look at a VW Caddy that the hubby had planned on our first day of vacation.  Although, in less than 20 minutes this vehicle became part of our team.

Our new/used VW Caddy

Our new/used VW Caddy

The car, loaded with canoe and camping gear was sitting quietly unaware of the sudden change of events.  As we made the deal we continued on our vacation for the next two weeks in our old car.

Our car waiting fully loaded with canoe/camping gear as we check out a replacement

Our car waiting fully loaded with canoe/camping gear as we check out a replacement

In mid September, while I was in the US, the hubby listed our caravan on a website and quickly had it sold.  Then he picked up the new VW Caddy and started remodeling it to fit our needs.  By the time I returned in October from the US, we had no seasonal camping spot, no caravan, and no car!  In our parking space was this VW Caddy with a personality all it’s own.   All sorts of possibilities are now available to us. This change to our fleet will also save us the money we were spending on caravan storage and seasonal camping site rental.

The interior prior to our remodel

The interior prior to our remodel

The last few weeks we have been busy making adjustments to this new camping/daily driver vehicle. The addition luggage bars on the top to attach our cross bars for the canoe, curtains, mattress, and storage spaces built for all our gear has been keeping us busy.

Addition of roof rack bars and removing the white covering from the windows.

Addition of roof rack bars and removing the white covering from the windows.

Curtains, converted Ikea mattress, extending the shortage compartments and removing the plywood that separated the front from the back compartments.

Curtains, converted Ikea mattress, extending the shortage compartments and removing the plywood that separated the front from the back compartments.

Our "ride" getting a ride from the ANWB road service after an injector failure

Our “ride” getting a ride from the ANWB road service after an injector failure

Plus, like I said this Caddy has a personality, it has already had us stranded on the road twice with injector issues.  Costly, as they run about 1000 Euro per injector.  Good thing is with only four and two now replaced we hope that we will not be stranded again for awhile.

As we close out our 2019 season we will take one last trip (without the canoe or kayaks) to the East of the country to winter camp.

The Cedar Journal will be on a break from now until 6 January.

We will return with our winter camping adventure highlights.  Thanks to all our followers for your continued support and comments.

Merry Christmas, Happy holiday season, and best wishes in the upcoming 2020 New Year.

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