Meet The Amazing Vanstones

Hi. We are Marilyn and Larry Vanstone. Our story begins in 1980 when I am the new Sales Manager and she is the Controller for an RV company in Edmonton Alberta. We were the hot office romance and now  33 years of marriage later, I still think she’s pretty hot.

In  35 years in the RV industry I have talked to hundreds, no, thousands of people who had such great plans once they made their million or their ship came in,or when they retired.

There are a lot of obstacles in this life, and we all face them.

I have only met a few who actually turned these dreams into goals and then made those goals their reality. I realized that they are always the truly happy ones. We decided we would be the lucky ones. We would welcome opportunity with action.

Our first goal was that when the kids left for school we would take a year off and travel.

In 2001, with our son attending Ryerson University in Toronto, our daughter announced that she too was off to Ryerson. We sold our townhouse in Langley BC, bought our first motorhome, hit the road and wound up in the Baja for the winter.

We had talked for years about travelling but had never once considered what we would do when it was time to go back to work.

In the spring of 2002 we drove the coach to Ontario to see the kids and decided we would settle in and go back to work for the summer.

Over the next few years, still in Ontario, we sold the coach, bought a town house and went back to life just like everybody else.

In the winter of 2007 my doctor suggested I make some changes in my lifestyle. I don’t listen well, but we made some plans and moved back into an RV preparing to travel. In August 2008 I had a couple of small strokes. This time I got the message.

October 2008 we hit the road and spent the winter in Mexico on the Caribbean Sea. We made it down as far as the Mexico/Belize border before we turned back north. That set the pattern, work in the summer, play in the winter. We spent 3 “winters” travelling Mexico and since then we’ve had a year on each of the US coasts, Pacific and Atlantic. We enjoy seeing all there is to see, but the best part of travel is everyday we meet more interesting people. We absolutely love the lifestyle. Why not come and join us, it really is a lot of fun!

From April until October while Marilyn works on her art, volunteers and plays with our grandson you’ll find me helping my customers find the perfect RV at  Sicard RV  in Smithville, Ontario. If you have any questions about recreation vehicles I will do my best to answer them for you. Remember, I have  35 years experience in the industry and, as I mentioned we both live and love the lifestyle. I ask you; In the whole wide world Who could you find better to help you?

 

 Please watch for us on the road. Our Ontario plates read VSTONE on the motorhome and VSTONE2 on our silver Edge. Come on over, introduce yourselves, We’d love to meet you. Maybe our dogs can meet your dogs and we can trade some stories while they play.

 For another take on the AmazingVanstones here’s a recent article from RVWest Magazine

 

In the meantime, drop us a line, tell us what you think. Just send us a comment.  

ps; what’s with the AmazingVanstones part you ask? Whenever we tell people what we do and where we go, they  reply That’s amazing!

Why not check out my RV Related website: RV Questions.net

Motorhome plate says VSTONE, car says VSTONE2

Motorhome license plate says VSTONE, car says VSTONE2

17 thoughts on “Meet The Amazing Vanstones

  1. Hi Larry&Marilyn,
    We have some connecting points to your life story…
    We bought our first 5W+Truck in Edmonton from a private party in 2002,later in 2005 we traded the old 5W in Grove RV & Leisure next to Edmonton.
    My mother (88) is a painter and has some paintings in Jerusalem,Shanghai Museums and I think we all love RV ,good company and beer.
    Hope to meet you guys.
    Be well and do not do anything I wouldn’t.
    Regards

  2. Daniel. Add to the list: Our son and daughter-in-law own a Dance Studio and both teach.

  3. We’re interested in traveling to Mazatlan and wanted to ask where you stay when you are there? Also is it safe? We keep reading about how bad the situation is in Mexico and wonder about it.

    Thanks -
    Dave and Jen

  4. We so enjoyed meeting you two at the Friday happy hour at Friendship Hall, and also chatting with you a bit at the New Year’s Eve party at the Ranch House. Your blog looks interesting and you have a great sense of humor. As people who have traveled extensively in Mexico, both mainland and Baja, for years (but not recently) we are pleased to see how much you like it down there too. We really hope to meet up with you at another time and place and share stories and adventures.
    Happy New Year!
    Mary & Elaine

  5. I enjoyed your blog and thought I’d subscribe but I can’t find a button for RSS feed that works…. the one in the meta box doesn’t do anything.

    cheers,

    Peter

  6. Hi Guys,
    I enjoyed your blog.
    Brother Bob and Marjorie are currently traveling the Gulf route with you. You will enjoy the coastline.
    Our RVing has spanned decades and countries and has always brought new insights to how we look at life.
    Enjoy your travels, live life and keep doing good things.
    Happy trails!
    Dave and Margie

  7. Thanks for the kind words Dave. You’ll be happy to know that Bob’s doing a great job of looking after us.
    We arrived in San Antonio an hour ago, it’s March 17 and we are heading out looking for a green beer or two. Wish us luck!

  8. I am sitting here at work, enjoying your blog. It seems since we decided to winter in Mazatlan this next winter all we do is read books, and wish the time away…We plan on staying at Tres Amigos starting in November 2012. We have a 28ft 5th wheel and a little dog named Jackson (who could be your dogs cousin). I work in an office and my husband is an commercial artist. We traveled for a year in 1994 when we decided we needed a break from life. It was the best thing we ever did. Now it’s time again. I found your blog through another blogger, Contessa. Maybe we will meet somewhere. We live in Penticton, BC so the summers here are very nice. Anyway I just had to leave a comment and say hi.

  9. Hi Marilyn and Larry Vanstone,

    I accidentally came across your website. My mother-in-law’s maiden name is Vanstone. It’s not a common name & I’m trying to do a family tree. I have sourced the name to come from England. Our grandparents were Ed&Lois Vanstone> his parents: Bert&Daisy Vanstone> his parents were from England but that’s all I know. Bert’s brothers were Sam & William. If perhaps you know any details that would be exciting. Just in case… thought I’d post. Our Grandpa Vanstone just passed away last year at 93 ~ we loved his character!!

  10. Hi Marlene.
    My grandfather’s name was Frank. I think he was from Winnipeg but lived in Vancouver. My father’s name was Fred, his brother was Jim (probably James). I always had the impression that my family was from southern Ontario (after England) but can’t confirm that. Have you been to the Facebook page “My name is Vanstone but you probably don’t know me?” Our son did a a family tree in his last year of high school (14 years ago) and decided that some of our ancestors were pirates, a fact I personally am very proud of.
    Larry

  11. Hi Larry, glad to see you are back to publishing on your blog. Hope you remember us, we went out for dinner with you and Marilyn at Jojoba last winter. I’m interested in hearing what your plans are for this winter. We are thinking about going to Mexico in the PV area and also of buying a used Class A. We are looking at a 2008 Fleetwood…here’s the ad http://calgary.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-RVs-campers-trailers-RVs-motorhomes-2008-Fleetwood-Discovery-40X-Immaculate-W0QQAdIdZ407565086. We have looked at this unit and it says it requires ultralow sulphur diesel. What is your experience with newer units in Mexico, that require ULSD? What about your motorhome?

  12. Hello Folks:
    Just a little note to wish you a great fall and winter, safe travelling!
    All is well here, leaving in Nov. for just a couple weeks to S.C. and then right after Christmas to Florida, state parks, until Feb 10th or so, home and off to India for 20 days and then going back to S.C. so hope all this works.
    We are so thankful to both be so healthy, as we all know, that is what it is all about!
    Take care, enjoy reading your blog and maybe we will catch up with you somewhere this winter.
    As ever, Don and Barb

  13. You do a great job on the Blog Larry. Be careful this could turn into a full time career, and cut way into the happy hour(s)!
    Al (hiskool chum)

  14. Found you through Geeks on Tour and love the attitude of your posts! We are also fulltimers – though we only just got started barely a year ago. Hope to learn a lot from you. Maybe you’ll visit our website and enjoy our stories when you get a moment. Thank you -

  15. Hi Larry ,Marilyn and familys,
    Seasons greetings from your Vanstone cousins from devonshire england.
    Please keep up your daily posts which we look forward to.

    Ray and Val Vanstone. Holsworthy DevonshireEngland

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