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.
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!
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.
It's not uncommon for RVers to enjoy the additional company and stress relief that can come from having a furry companion. And while rodents, cats, and even fish and reptiles can all adapt to the RV lifestyle (with enough planning and care), no pet is as beloved in the big rig community as the dog.
As a pet-friendly park, we've met a great spread of pups of all breeds, and it's always a pleasure to see guests connect over their mutual love of animals. That said, introducing a pet to a shared area like a campground or park is very different from keeping one at home, and travelling with them can be even more complicated. Here are some tips on how to make RVing with dogs as easy on you (and your pet)(and your neighbours) as possible!
It's no secret that RVs and trailers don't have a reputation for stylish interiors. Many manufacturers default to dull, neutral colours, simple fabrics, and mass-produced finishes to cut down on costs and appeal to the widest possible range of customers. A lot of rig owners don't think anything can be done with such a small space and transportation limitations.
But it's easier than you might think to have a boldly decorated RV. We have a few tips and ideas we've picked up over the years, from easy decoration to clever tricks. We hope these ten tips help you fill your RV with style, comfort, and personality.
Autumn has just started to set in, but it's already time for rig owners to start thinking about Christmas in Victoria BC. The city's mild weather, lack of snow and ice, and festive celebrations makes it a popular destination for the holiday season, and RV parks sell out fast — we're already starting to see December bookings.
If you're considering a Christmas RV booking of your own, we've collected some of the upcoming Victoria holiday events you can look forward to, including parades, markets, concerts, movies and tours. When November rolls around, don't forget to pop into local coffee shops and restaurants as well and ask about their Christmas specials.
When planning an RV trip, the first thought that comes to most rig owners' minds is "summer". Vacation days, warm weather and sunshine come together for prime RVing opportunities.
Which leaves the next greatest RVing season sadly overlooked: Fall.
We love fall here at Salish Seaside, and we want our fellow RVers to love it too. So here are our tips on how to have a great caravan adventure in BC during the autumn months.
When you hear the words “fishing charter”, the first thought that comes to mind isn't usually children. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles looking for kid-friendly activities worry about long trips, rough waters, sharp hooks, adult-sized gear, and whether kids can even handle a large fish in the first place.
But you might be surprised — it turns out kids of all ages can enjoy a fishing charter. All that's needed are a few special preparations, and some minor adjustments to your game plan. You can give those your budding anglers the trip of a lifetime while getting them hooked on a sport that's healthy, educational, and fun.
Summer months and holidays are some of the best times to visit family and friends, especially on Vancouver Island! And when it comes to accommodations, many family members know that motorhomes are the way to go. Bringing an RV and reserving a space in a park keeps your amenities, belongings, and personalized space with you. It also means no hotel fees, no parking in driveways or along curbs, no sleeping on couches or guest beds, and no sharing groceries — or bathrooms.
But one question we often get is: How do you get a motorhome to Victoria, which is on an island? It's easier than you think, whether you're coming from the BC mainland or the United States.
While it might not have the most restaurants per capita in Canada (that one goes to Montreal), Greater Victoria may very well be second — or the very least in the top five. Visitors and locals alike can experience tastes from around the world in a variety of forms, all in one picturesque city: Food trucks, patisseries, floating restaurants, high tea, farmers markets, bubble tea bars, dining and drink festivals, and even Canada's very first brewpub.
Covering every local culinary treasure is impossible, but there are a few staples that are always worth mentioning. Read on for our list of Greater Victoria's best food markets, dining festivals, and restaurant events: