Want to own an RV? Here’s what you need to know

With fewer options to travel outside of the country, individuals, couples and families are opting to hit the open road in their own recreational vehicle, or RV. These home-away-from-home vehicles can make the journey just as exciting as the destination, but what is it like to actually own one?

Here are some answers to important questions you might have about RV ownership:

Do I need a special licence to drive a motor home?

No. You do not need a special licence to drive a motor home or to attach a trailer to your own vehicle. Before you go travelling, make sure that your current driver’s licence is valid.

 

Where can I park my RV on the road?

Fortunately, Canada is very RV friendly. You can find plenty of trailer park maps online to help you plan out your awesome road trip, from Vancouver Island to Halifax. Be sure to look for campsites that are RV-friendly and have utility hook-ups.

Are you planning on visiting major cities along the way? Keep in mind that while you’re allowed to drive through these cities, there are some parking restrictions. For instance, you’re not allowed to park your  RV on the street in Montreal, and most shopping centres won’t allow you to park in their parking lots overnight (with the exception of some Wal-Marts).

Before heading off on your great adventure, be sure to familiarize yourself with the municipal and provincial laws concerning motor homes, trailers and campers.

 

Where can I park my RV when it’s not in use?

Knowing where to park is not always a straightforward answer, and every city and municipality has its own set of rules when it comes to storing your RV.

In most cases, you can park your RV in your driveway when you are no longer using it, but you may be required to store it a certain distance away from the road. If your driveway isn’t long enough to store both your RV and your car, you may have to find a special storage unit.

 

How do I winterize or store my RV?

It’s crucial to store your RV properly when you know you won’t be using it for months. Just like you wouldn’t leave your house with dirty dishes and a full garbage bin before going on vacation, you should never leave store your RV when it’s dirty. And since we live in a colder winter climate, it’s important to protect your RV’s water system from freezing.

Here are some basic things to add to your to-do list when winterizing your trailer, motor home or camper:

  • Remove all food from your fridge and cupboards to avoid attracting rodents
  • Wash, dry and put away all your dishes
  • Add antifreeze to your water system OR empty the water
  • Clean your RV from top to bottom
  • Cover your RV with a breathable fabric or move it indoors
  • Wash and wax the exterior of your RV to eliminate grime
  • Check it regularly for condensation or leaks

Did you know that Canada’s landscape is just as breathtaking in the winter as it is in the summer? Before heading out on a winter road trip, be sure to check out these travelling tips.

 

Should I buy an RV or rent one?

Buying any type of recreational vehicle is a long-term investment with ongoing maintenance costs. It’s no secret that RV ownership comes with yearly spending. If you’re not sure that RV ownership is right for you, try renting one for your next vacation to get a better sense of what it would be like to vacation with a trailer, motor home or camper.

 

Thinking about buying or selling your RV?

Kijiji lets you buy and sell RVs with confidence. With our COVID-friendly search functions, you can finalize your transactions while respecting social distancing.

Your well-being is our number one priority. Consider whether in-person transactions are necessary and visit our Help Desk for more information and guidance on how to trade or buy safely.

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