Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Galloping Gourmet rides a Motorhome

Two and half years ago, Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet, and his bride of 50 years, Treena, decided to put their $800,000 (all figures U.S.), custom-built home on the market. They wanted to free up their money to help the less fortunate.

New the Kerrs are living in a Fleetwood Discovery 2006, Class A Motorhome. It is their second motorhome, purchased this past January. Unlike many buyers, they bought the 39-foot-long vehicle, with 380-square-feet of space, to downgrade not upgrade.

"We were attracted because there are less bells and whistles on it," explains Kerr, the former host of The Galloping Gourmet. "We are suspicious of the word upgrade. We think if it works and is comfortable and pleasant, it doesn't really need to be upgraded any more.

Kerr is currently on a 160,000-kilometre tour that will soon bring the couple and their motorhome to Toronto, where he will display his culinary talents at the Canadian National Exhibition from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20 (

"We were told you should never tour in anything less than 36 feet long and this is three feet longer than that," he says. "This weighs 30,000 pounds and when you are guiding it down the road at 60 miles per hour, you would think it would be awkward, but it isn't. You get used to it. I think Treena and I would say we have never been happier in any dwelling place we've ever had in our life." Full Story...

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