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LUXURY RVS

They’re bigger, swankier, and fit for touring pop stars.

- NICOLE EDWARDS

Although wanderlust is common these days, there’s truly no place like home. It’s the little, everyday things that people often miss while they’re away — their favourite coffee, that perfect duvet, or taking the dog for an early morning stroll. With property outside of downtown in higher demand than it’s been in years, securing a cottage may be a challenge this summer. However, a little out-of-the-box thinking presents a fantastic option that’s overlooked.

Luxury recreation­al vehicles, or luxury RVS, let vacationer­s indulge in the comforts of home against different backdrops, whether it’s parked near a quiet lakeside, or exploring on the open road. This season, they offer the ideal balance of privacy, a change of scenery, and the chance to create a dreamy home away from home.

Whether you’re shopping for a second home on wheels or looking to test one out, A-class RVS come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Treated as a blank canvas, there are myriad ways to take them from rustic to luxe — from stocking the fridge with local gourmet delicacies, to choosing upgraded layouts with large master bedrooms, fitted with your soft linens.

For inspiratio­n, renters need look no further than Forest River Hemisphere, an RV available to be delivered to a campsite of your choosing. (Explore options in Picton to take advantage of Prince Edward County’s vibrant food and drink options when stocking your fridge.)

This RV is the ideal homestead for someone who’s part country mouse, part city mouse. The 42foot RV’S interior boasts a dedicated theatre area, equipped with a big screen television and four reclining seats. Screen movies or TV shows over a meal prepared in the fully functional kitchen, or for a more formal feel, bring along your preferred finishing touches for the table and dine in the RV’S four-person dining room. Or set up a patio under the vehicle’s retractabl­e awning, where you can barbecue and lounge next to your mobile oasis, rain or shine. To unwind, spend quality time sipping a regional rosé while soaking in a bubble bath on board, or curl up in front of the living room’s fireplace with a book. If you like, venture out into nature and get some fresh air, though staying in bed and enjoying the scenery through the master bedroom window is a fine option too.

For those looking to invest in a long-term home away from home this season, RVS on the market come reminiscen­t of celebrity tour buses. Trade throngs of fans for fronds of flowers, but compromise nothing else. With the 2021 Newmar King Aire model, buyers are able to customize every last detail, from the paint on the outside of the vehicle, to the countertop, backsplash and floor tiling. Add an in-motion satellite dish to complement the exterior and interior entertainm­ent centres, where vacationer­s can enjoy 49-inch displays in sun or shade. In the kitchen, house your favourite cookware in Europeanst­yle cabinetry with softclosin­g doors, and cook your summer staples on an induction stovetop. Recline on Italian leather sofas, and take in a panoramic view of the scenery that surrounds through the unit’s lengthy, bonded windows.

Long-term stays are entirely possible with elevated RVS, making it hassle-free to be “working from road” instead of WFH. Basics like Wi-fi re easily installed, and for anyone who needs to have the occasional in-person meeting, there’s no reason to double back to freshen up. This model’s cedar-panelled wardrobe offers ample space to pack clothes for any occasion, be it a business lunch, outdoor hike, or a day on the golf course. Plus, spa-like bathroom options like a glass-paneled shower with detailed tilework, and an optional skylight, make starting or ending your day a relaxing, refreshing endeavour.

Whether roaming or stationary, RVS can don all the qualities of a highend hotel, hidden in plain sight. By adding a personal touch to a rental option, or completely customizin­g a brand-new vehicle, RVS are a creative way to reimagine home.

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NEWMAR KING AIRE Master bedroom with TV and fireplace.

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