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Life turns on a dime. Or, in the case of Darrel and Brenda Frisken, on a chance reunion in April 2017 with old friends at Mr. Bill’s Family Restaurant near their hometown of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. The other couple had just returned after spending the winter travelling in an RV. As their friends described life on the road, a light went off for Darrel. The commercial HVAC and refrigeration technician, now 62, wanted to retire but didn’t yet know how: “I enjoyed my work, but I’d enjoyed almost all I could stand.” Brenda, now 61, had retired from her receptionist job at a retirement home and was happy enough in Lloydminster. As the Friskens, who’ve been married for 40 years, talked it over in the following days—going south for the winter, seeing more of their grandkids, boondocking (dry camping) under the stars—a fanciful idea became a plan. They set about researching RVs, reading reviews and attending RV shows. A big motorhome was costly and awkward: you might want to tow a small vehicle for when you’re hooked up in a park. A travel trailer, which is towed, is long and difficult to manoeuvre in tight spots. A converted van was too small for them. After months of deliberation, they decided that a fifth wheel—an RV that overlaps a towing vehicle, which supports much of the RV’s weight—was the ticket. Online they found the perfect setup: a 2016, 10-metre fifth wheel, and a used, low-mileage 2017 pickup truck. They got them […]