How Katie Pulled Boris recounts Keith & Gail Mashiter's experiences buying an American motorhome (Katie) and then taking a six month trip in it through France and Spain, towing a Mercedes A Class car (Boris) behind them.
For those of us used to touring in a 'compact' motorhome, Keith gives us an insight into how very different life is when touring in a large RV. That daily use of a hairdryer can be a necessity, rather than an unhoped for luxury (although sometimes dreamed of, by the ladies amongst us!), is amazing to discover!
After describing the trials and tribulations of buying the motorhome and obtaining the required HGV licence to actually drive it, the book gives a travelogue style account of the places they visited and people they met on the route - some of the locations would not be easily reached by motorhomers without a separate car (unless they were very energetic on their push bikes!). This emphasises what appears to be both a positive and a negative aspect of Keith’s travelling arrangements – they have the ability to sightsee without any size restrictions in Boris, but are limited to parking Katie on campsites with adequate provision for their size. This means they have to return to the campsite each night – and many motorhomers like the opportunity to park up each night wherever they happen to be (if possible, to wake up on the beach or next to the sea in the morning!)
If you fancy the lifestyle and are thinking of investing in a big RV, Keith's account will give you an idea of some of the practical issues involved in touring with an RV – in the knowledge that Keith and Gail have experienced these things first hand. Bear in mind however that the book is not a guide to buying and using an American motorhome and that the vast majority of motorhomes in Europe are a good deal smaller than Katie!
Author: Keith Mashiter
Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Exposure Publishing