Richard has announced his plans to retire in the third quarter of this year. Richard joined our company as Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer in 2008.
Over the past decade he has ably led our Information Technology division, tackling the myriad of issues that come with the rapid evolution of technological change and digital innovation and ensuring the organization’s IT and project management capabilities are keeping pace with the change.
We will miss his deep knowledge and his ability to share complicated ideas and concepts in a clear, simple and engaging way.
We are focused on a transition plan in light of Richard’s well-deserved retirement and will share news with you as decisions are made. In the meantime, I am fully confident that the strong IT leadership group Richard has built will continue to enable their teams to meet the needs of our business.
Please join me in thanking Richard for his many contributions and in wishing Richard and Lorraine all the best for a long, happy and healthy retirement together.
Details on a retirement reception will be shared within the next few weeks.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Photos taken by the Charlton Police Department.
I suspect the motorcoach was being serviced at O’Malley’s Truck and Auto Body, a business located somewhere in Massachusetts. The coach was parked in front of O’Malley’s when a car, exiting the parking lot of O’Malley’s, rammed right into the motorcoach with enough momentum to cause a fire.
Here is another angle of the incident:
How on earth a driver could ram into a stationary motorcoach in a parking lot with enough force to cause a fire is beyond me.
The driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No report on the owners of the motorcoach. I suspect they were somewhere else when this happened.
Filed under #safetoparkhere?
This photo, from the Armadillo Trailer Manufacturing website, highlights the trend of very small, very lightweight, and affordable trailers for the RV market.
Based out of British Columbia, Canada, Armadillo has been in the RV repair and manufacturing business for over 45 years.
They clearly have a passion for the classic trailers of yesterday: Airstream, Boler, L’il Bigfoot to name a few.
It looks very similar to the Armadillo.
This video provides a walkthrough of the Armadillo, which, from the manufacturer’s perspective is similar to the Boler but better, new and improved.
Fair taxation? That is a loaded question for Canadians. With a top marginal rate in Ontario of 53.5 percent, I might argue that Canadians generally experience excessive taxation.
The issue of fair taxation is of concern to the RV industry in this country. Representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA) host an annual awareness day with the federal government in Ottawa. This year, it was held on Thursday, April 26th.
The RVDA issued a news release captioned with this headline: Without action, campgrounds face 300% increase in taxes.
The industry has quite an impact on the Canadian economy estimated at $14.5 billion annually and growing. Canada has over 4,200 campgrounds.
But the continued growth success of the RV and camping industry is not assured. The promotion of the RV sector and proper infrastructure in our existing parks are crucial to the growth of the RVing and camping industries, as well as a prosperous Canadian tourism sector. The RVing industry contributes billions to the national economy, but campgrounds across Canada require infrastructural improvements in order to accommodate new camping and RV technologies.
That is an understatement. We have found it very difficult to find parks and sites that will accommodate our 40-foot rig. The picture above shows our coach at Milton Heights Campground. One of the better campgrounds in the Greater Toronto Area but a far cry from the best RV parks in the U.S.
I am starting to see signs of Canadian campgrounds making investments specifically to support larger Class A Motorhomes. Like Salish Seaside RV Haven in Victoria, British Columbia:
The park has been completely redesigned to be truly “Big Rig Friendly”. It comprises 36 pads of which all but a very few will accommodate the largest Class A Motorhomes. Most sites are waterfront with spectacular views around Victoria’s harbour.
We won’t see very many parks making these improvements with excessive taxation from the government:
“Our industry needs to be sure that we will be governed by a fair tax regime, including being eligible for the small business tax deduction,” said Robert Trask, Chairman of the CCRVC. “Without clarification from the government, our members face retroactive tax increases of as much as 300%. Having campgrounds pay a higher tax rate than billion-dollar corporations is dumbfounding.”
You can read the full release here.
I’m always finding new RV blogs — new to me at any rate. Mortons on the Move has been around for a while, since April 2015, as that appears to be their very first post.
At a relatively young age, they decided to abandon traditional career paths and housing to adopt the RV lifestyle fulltime.
It took a LOT of really hard work and over a year of preparation for us. While it sounds simplistic and easy to “pack all your bags and hit the road,” there are many complexities and difficulties in this endeavor. Here are just a few of them:
- Friends and Family – the hardest part of doing this is leaving the friends and family that are a normal part of our everyday, stationary lives. However, we plan to stay close no matter how far away we are!
- Animals – We had 2 horses, a cat, and 2 dogs when we first started planning this adventure. While the dogs are coming with us, we had to make arrangements for the rest of the crew.
- Possessions – While none of us want to be thought of as materialistic, you have to let go of a lot of “stuff” that you’ve collected over the years. You can’t take it with you.
- House – all the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve put into your house to make it just right…
- Saving up $$ and budgeting – While going on the road lowers our overhead costs overall, it’s a good idea to have a good reserve to fall back on. Also, this isn’t a long vacation, so we’ll be budgeting and watching costs just like we normally would.
- Jobs – giving notice and giving up the security of good-paying corporate jobs for the entrepreneurial life
- Starting a (mobile) business(es)
- New Home on Wheels – truck and fifth wheel acquisition and updates
- The essentials – health insurance, mail, residency, etc
- Logistics – where to stay, how long, where to go, resources available, etc.
…and the list goes on. While it’s no fun to leave the people and things you care about, this experience has done a lot to “de-clutter” our lives and help us focus on the things that matter most to us!
Now that we are two years into this, we survive by working a number of remote jobs, take opportunities as they arise, and continue traveling supported by our network of fans – thank you!
I can relate to the amount of work it takes to get ready for a (mostly) fulltime RV lifestyle. The only difference is that Lorraine and I waited until our sixties to begin this adventure. I’m not sure I would have gone this path so early in life.
They appear to be a very talented couple and I came across their site when doing some research on solar panels. Here are a couple of their videos highlighting a very unique approach to going solar:
“Everyone says you’ve got to get ready financially. No, no. You’ve got to get ready psychologically.” — Lee Iacocca
The countdown to retirement on our RV Castaways website has changed from months to days. I must be getting close to retirement now.
The first phase is called “Vacation Time”. Extended travel, hobbies, time with family are all hallmarks of this phase. Some retirees never get past the first phase. Perhaps those of us who intend to travel mostly full-time in their motorcoaches hold on to this phase for as long as possible.
Moynes calls the second phase the plunge into the abyss of insignificance and considers this phase to be one of the top traumas that a person will face in their lifetime.
The loss of structure, identity, relationships, purpose and a sense of power can lead to starting the third phase of retirement, the trial and error stage.
If you are to accomplish anything with what time remains, it needs to happen soon. The relevant question is how will you contribute. So, you might try a few things. And if it works out, you enter the fourth and final phase of retirement, reinvented with purpose.
Moynes was asked what percentage of retirees get stuck in the first phase of retirement. He claims that he knows only two people who have remained in the first phase and who claim to be happy there. According to a Harvard study that he cites, the unhappiest retirees had not gone on to do anything productive beyond pleasing themselves.
An interesting and perhaps controversial read. It certainly made me think about what happens next in retirement although I am really looking forward to the first phase. I expect Lorraine and I will continue to be productive contributors to our family, friends and community and I will do everything I can to avoid spending much, if any time, in phase two. Plunging into the abyss of insignificance does not sound like much fun!
You can learn more about the four phases at Moynes’ website here: www.thefourphases.com.
In a Jan. 8 court filing, David Kurtz, an attorney who’s embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with Goodyear over the tire, estimated its reported rate “means that 1 out of 10 motorhomes using the G159 experienced a failure resulting in a claim for property damage, injury or death.”
“You cannot debate the defective nature of the G159,” Kurtz told Jalopnik. “There’s nothing to discuss.” His opinion’s clear: “I believe it to be the worst tire made in history.”
Goodyear allegedly kept tire problems secret by settling cases and getting judges to seal records. The Center for Auto Safety and Public Justice petitioned the courts to have the records released to the public. Goodyear opposed. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah ruled in favour and most of the information was unsealed.
He wrote the following in his ruling:
That information — primarily concerning the tire’s design, its testing, the decision to market it for use on motor homes, and the adjustment data generated by consumer experience with it — should be made public because it relates to and reveals a substantial potential risk to public health or safety.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated a probe after the release of the data.
This article by Ryan Felton describes in detail how Goodyear sold the G159 tire to RV manufacturers that, based on Goodyear’s own internal research, wasn’t suitable for motorcoaches. Compelling reading and the article certainly made me think twice about what tires I run on my motorcoach.
Lately, I have been binge watching the Walking Dead on Netflix. Well, not really binge watching. I take in an episode a day. I have yet to come across a more uplifting, positive and encouraging series on Netflix.
It seems like Zombies are not isolated to the Walking Dead.
Now we have Zombie RVs.
‘Zombie RV’ causes concern for NE Vancouver residents
An abandoned motor home in northeast Vancouver is causing concern for nearby residents, who say the vehicle is inviting crime into the neighborhood.
Bradley Lebow, a resident that lives across the street from the dated recreational vehicle, says it first appeared in the neighborhood in January.
“It’s just something that’s an eyesore,” Lebow says. “It’s hurting our property values.”
He says he sees what he believes to be suspicious transactions, possibly involving drugs, occur at the RV daily. He also says there are frequent disruptive noises that come from the RV.
To make matters worse, the RV lost its wheels a few weeks ago, and now sits atop wooden blocks.
Lebow and other resident say they have been calling code enforcement for months and have reported the vehicle several times. Code enforcement, however, has not removed the RV.
In the past, city and local law enforcement have acknowledged the vehicles in numerous neighborhoods as problems, referring to them as “zombie RVs”.
The Zombie RV pictured above is in Vancouver, Washington and not in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Zombie RVs are more like this one pictured below. In Vancouver, British Columbia, an RV that costs a million or two is called a starter home:
For another million or two, you could step up from your Zombie RV into this incredible home in Vancouver, British Columbia. It listed for $3.68 million way back in 2016.
Once you teardown your three million dollar house in Vancouver, British Columbia, there is more value added to your property. Like this recent rebuild of a teardown a few blocks away. This 2,500 sf monster home, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder alongside other teardowns, is on sale right now for a mere $6.1 million. Act fast though. Next year it could be worth $9 million. Or, perhaps after the real estate madness in Canada ends, it becomes an abandoned Zombie house complete with suspicious transactions occurring daily.