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!
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