A Slight Digression
While a mothership is extremely advantageous for exploring an area by kayak, it is less than satisfactory if you want to make a weekend trip to a nearby lake but don’t wish to sleep in a tent. Remember that I’m an old guy and interested in exploring but not all that interested (any more) in roughing it. Sue and I, on a trip to Pullman to take our old doggie friend, Maxinne, to the vet school clinic at WSU, found a craigslist ad while surfing around on an iphone.
The ad was for a 21-foot Streamline Princess RV trailer made in 1972 and the photos
and description made it sound interesting. We had been kicking around the idea of using a pickup truck camper on our 1994 Dodge 3/4 ton. The truck has a 5-speed manual transmission and the Cummins diesel engine so it will pretty much tow anything but Sue has a Kia Sorento SUV which is only rated for 5,000 lbs. However her SUV has 4wd while the pickup – a relic of our farming days – is not. Which would make cross country ski trips difficult with a camper and a 2wd truck but not so bad with a small aluminum trailer and a 4wd SUV.
We made a phone call (on the same iphone we used to find the ad… just click on the phone number… very convenient) and David answered and agreed to meet us in ten minutes at the trailer. Well, to make a long story short the Streamline was the cleanest RV we’ve ever seen outside of a new model on a dealer’s lot. We kicked around the
advantages and disadvantages of a trailer over a camper and decided that not having to haul kayaks up to the top of a camper PLUS having a bathroom big enough to use as a dressing room PLUS having enough room so that 4 or 5 people could be inside and still not in the way tilted the decision and we towed the Princess home that night.
Of course, now the only dilemma is whether we’ll go to the muthah-ship or take Princess to a campground. This weekend it’s the boat for sure as we need to install the outboard mounting bracket and the Mercury 9.9 hp 4-stroke outboard onto the transom and finish the propane tank installation. It doesn’t hurt that the weather in Oak Harbor and the San Juan Islands is predicted to be near 70F (warm for that area) with little chance of rain.
Pam and I (and maybe Sue) will not have a place to sleep at the Kayak Seminar in Port
Townsend without having to treck to the public restrooms to change into our jammies. And I’ll have a homebase when I visit Southern California for kayaking this fall.