Jim and Robin are back on the road again in search of warmer weather. On this trip, the Berzowskis are heading towards the Keys in their Honda CR-V and towing their GO! Along the way, they are stopping at SylvanSport dealers and giving them a little taste of the GO Life.
Here we GO again!
It has been such a wonderful Wisconsin winter – I love snow and we’ve had lots of it, but promises are promises and I’ve agreed that at least a month of each winter would be in warm weather!
We’ve decided to set up a bit differently this year, mainly in prep for our summer trip to Alaska. Last summer, as we camped in bear country (Glacier National Park, US and Banff National Park, Canada), we found we did a fair amount of shuffling gear around as we unpacked. We traveled with almost all the gear in the GO and the bedding and duffle bags in the car. This meant we unloaded everything from the GO, set up the tent, moved the bedding from the car to the tent, and moved the kitchen bin, pantry, and coolers into the car (needs to be stored in a hard-sided vehicle).
We purchased a car rooftop carrier for our CRV; loaded that with our inflatable kayak, the paddles, our new GOzeebo, hiking poles, and pumps. The kayak had been in the GO trunk (frunk?), so this freed up space there for our towels, bedding, and mattresses (our tools and chocks were also in the frunk, and still fit there).
We put the bear desirable items in the back of the car. There are now fewer items that need to be packed (and unpacked) in the GO! We realized that without the larger, firmer items in the GO, the smaller items could possibly slip through the GO sides. As many other GO owners have done, we decided to add panels to the GO. Next thing I knew, Jim was showing me some plans for panels with greatly increased functionality – as benches! After a few design discussions, Jim created these masterpieces:
We put in the panels and loaded in our sports bin, CLAM dining tent, fishing poles, grill duffle, chairs, and table.
We cranked the pod down, strapped up the step, popped the bikes on top, and left the snow behind!!
As we headed south, we visited with the good folks at Summit RV in Ashland, Kentucky. We were met by Robert, the sales manager.
Robert gathered up a bunch of the sales staff and we talked about actual traveling and camping with the GO. Their resident GO expert is Matt, who keeps up on GO news by tracking down Earl every few weeks – wherever he is!! All the sales staff we met are very knowledgeable about the GO and they have sold a number of them. We answered their questions and gave a few suggestions to pass on to purchasers (use gloves when lowering the stabilizer jacks, use the stabilizer jacks and chocks before stepping into the GO, level before raising or lowering, and always secure the step before driving!). They were especially interested to know what extras we purchased/use (Thule bike racks on the GO, GOzeebo) and in the mods we’ve made (extra spare tires, panels/benches). Can’t imagine how the subject came up, but they also talked about fishing – I think Jim was telling them how big a catch he had…
We also met with Pamela, who is scoping out the GO for when she retires fulltime. She wanted to find out more about the GO from actual GO owners. We answered her questions about EVERTHING! She is an educated consumer and really liked that the GO’s low weight can be towed by almost any car, the ease of set up, the ability to accommodate her ‘toys’, and the GO’s versatility. We went into the Summit RV showroom for her to see the GO set up and she saw our GO, LEO (Low Earth Orbiter) with the mods we’ve made.
So, take a look at their schedule and stop by to hear real stories from real GO owners! Contact us to let us know that you would like to meet them at a specific dealer and we’ll make sure they are ready for you!