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A Comprehensive Guide To RV Maintenance Part 1: Exteriors And Scheduling Category: RV Living

RV with awningRV Maintenance can seem daunting—these are large, complicated vehicles, and you can think that there's simply too much to manage. But think again. With the right planning and knowledge, you can keep your RV running smoothly for every journey. However difficult problems may seem now, if you need to make repairs on the road or while you’re travelling things are liable to be even more difficult, and expensive. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a guide covering our best tips and strategies for RV Maintenance, beginning with planning and exterior maintenance in this post. In future posts we will cover interior maintenance, electrical, and other essential components.

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Things to Know When Renting an RV Category: RV Living

RVs in Parking LotAn RV holiday is a wonderous adventure—but like all good adventures, you need to plan and prepare beforehand! Here’s our essential guide to what you need to know before renting an RV and embarking on your journey. 

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8 Reasons The Pacific Northwest Is The Ideal Vacation Spot Category: RV Living

Mountains and lakeThere is nothing else quite like the freedom of getting out onto the open road for an RV adventure — the thrill of the great outdoors, the chance to follow your own path, the sense of discovery and wonder. Equally, in terms of the perfect RV destination, there is only one winner — the Canadian Pacific Northwest. Somewhere that truly has everything you’re looking for in an RV destination, whether you’re travelling from the U.S, inside Canada, or further afield. 

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All You Need To Know About RV Security Category: RV Living

RV by the seaWhen it comes to your RV holiday your number one priority is relaxation. You want to get out on the open road and start enjoying your newfound freedom - but with all that valuable equipment and your belongings inside, security is always going to be in the back of your mind. To help you enjoy your holiday in the knowledge you’re going to be safe and secure, here’s our guide to all you need to know about RV security. 

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A Guide To Snowbirding Category: RV Living

Bird on branch in winterFor those unfamiliar with the term, a ‘snowbird’ is someone who resides in a colder climate and moves to a temporary RV residence in a warmer area for parts of the year. At Salish, we often find our park filled up with snowbirds coming down from the colder regions of Canada to enjoy the sights, sounds, and glorious weather on Vancouver Island.  This isn’t surprising given that a significant portion of snowbirds in North America come from Canada! Whether you’re a complete novice or a frequent traveller — this handy guide will take you through some of the benefits, helpful tips, and why you should choose Vancouver Island as your snowbird destination. 

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Tips on Planning and Preparing Meals in an RV Category: RV Living

Potatoes, garlic, cilantro, and star aniseThere is nothing quite like being out on the open road, the thrill of adventure and the liberating journey. But, there are still home comforts that we all miss when we’re away. Perhaps the biggest of these are the delights of a home-cooked meal. However, you don't have to miss out, as cooking and eating when you’re on your RV holiday can be just as gratifying and enjoyable as it is at home. All it takes is some careful preparation and planning, the right equipment, and a willingness to be creative! To help get you started we’ve put together some of our top tips and strategies for making the most of your RV cooking experience.  

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Buying Vs Renting RVs In Canada Category: RV Living

When you want to experience the beauty, serenity, and culture of Canada’s famed West Coast, there is no better way to do it than taking an RV to some of its most well-regarded spots, including our own haven here on the Salish shore. But, if you don’t already own an RV, then there’s still one issue that needs to be settled— To Buy Or Not To Buy? When it comes to whether to rent or buy your RV, there is no one way of looking at it. You’ll have to weigh your needs and find the answer that’s right for you. To help you make up your mind, we’ve outlined some of the key pros and cons when it comes to buying and renting RVs in Canada.

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Driving & Parking Class A Motorhomes Category: RV Living

RV in front of a building Driving a Class A motorhome can be intimidating — how do you manoeuvre a vehicle that’s practically as big as a house? While it’s true that these rigs require special handling that sets them apart from a normal sized automobile, driving them is a skill that can be easily learned — with a little practice.

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What To Pack In Your RV Category: RV Living

Photo credit @Travelarz on Wikimedia.After our post last month about how to pack your motorhome for safe travel and easy access, we wanted to follow up with some tips on what to pack. With weight concerns, potentially long travel times, repair needs, and full-time living requirements, planning your RV inventory isn't always an easy job. Here we've collected a checklist based on manufacturer recommendations, advice from professional RVers, and our own experiences. Let us know in the comments if it helps you on your own trip, or if there's anything you would add!

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How To Pack Your RV Category: RV Living

Bounder RV storage. Photo credit @jbolles on Flickr.When it comes to the weight of your RV, you’ll want to travel light. People often forget that an RV is still a vehicle, and like any load on wheels, it needs to be well balanced to move safely on roads and highways. It’s important from both a comfort and a safety standpoint to know how to load and pack your motorhome. Lopsided coaches don't hold up well on slippery roads, sharp turns, or in construction zones. Poorly packed rigs also make it difficult to find things and will have less space to store important items. Anything you put in an RV adds weight and cuts into your fuel budget. You can’t take everything with you, but in this post we hope to explain what you can — and the best way to ride safely with it.

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