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Buying Vs Renting RVs In Canada

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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.


The Benefits Of Buying

We begin with the matter of convenience - owning your own RV means that loading and unloading, as well as packing and prepping, can be done within the comfort of your driveway. Leaving you ample time to make those hard decisions about what to take and what to leave behind - check for tips on what to bring and how to pack.

Beyond practicality, there is the matter of comfort and luxury. If you choose to rent you could be limited to a more basic selection, and although most rental markets will offer high-class options, these will be subject to availability. With your own RV, you can splash out, and travel in always-guaranteed style and comfort.

Finally, owning your own RV means you can give the interior and exterior a personal touch. Here are tips on fun ways to liven up your motorhome, and if you own your own RV there are no limits to what you can do to make it feel like home.

The Drawbacks of Buying

One of the biggest drawbacks to owning your own RV is the maintenance - no matter what option you choose it’s going to require regular maintenance. This is something that can get both expensive and complicated, with a lot of potential owners failing to anticipate all that goes into ensuring an RV runs smoothly.

The Benefits Of Renting

Renting is great for those shorter or infrequent trips. Renting an RV also allows you to ‘try before you buy’, there is no singular RV experience, and it can be useful to figure out what works for you without the commitment of having to purchase your own vehicle.

With renting, there is no ongoing maintenance, and you also don’t have to store the RV somewhere when you’re not travelling. You get all the benefit of using an RV, without the upkeep.

The Drawbacks of Renting

One of the biggest drawbacks when it comes to renting is the often unexpected, and prohibitive, cost that comes with the rental fees. On top of the expected nightly fee of well over $200, there are also likely to be hidden costs for a range of extras, and even just driving further than you expected!

A rental RV experience can also be quite limiting, with logistical restrictions meaning you’re unable to enjoy the freedom and limitless potential that comes with being able to travel in your own RV.


The more you use your RV, the less maintenance will seem like a big deal, so for those who plan on frequent usage, buying is undoubtedly the better option. But, if you want to plan a one-off trip, or a short journey, renting can be a much more cost-effective and simpler solution.

If you’re looking to take a short trip or a weekend getaway in an RV then renting is for you. But if your plans are longer or more frequent, especially if you want to really take your time exploring Salish and the other beautiful spots on the West Coast of Canada, then buying your own luxury RV is your best option.

Buy Canadian

If you have chosen to purchase an RV, whether it’s new or used, then you should keep in mind that is much more beneficial, and safer to buy one from a  Canadian dealer rather than importing from the USA. This is primarily down to the way in which the Canadian authorities regulate vehicle standards, with many provinces require RVs that are built to C.S.A specifications, and others to E.S.A standards. If you import you are likely to be liable for any compliance, as well as other legal matters.

Importing from the USA can also lead to a number of complications down the line. Many Campgrounds now require the appropriate proof of compliance, and you risk being turned away and having your trip ruined if you don’t have it! You will also risk being without warranty protection and servicing. If you buy your RV in Canada, you get peace of mind and security.others to E.S.A standards. If you import you are likely to be liable for any compliance, as well as other legal matters.

Row of RVs

Finally, you’ll be contributing to the local and national economy, becoming a key part of sustaining Canadian businesses and helping them grow. This benefit works both ways, as Canadian regulations require an RV to be lien-free, this means clear of any loans, taxes, etc. If you purchase from a Canadian dealer you will have access to a full vehicle history and assurances that this can be guaranteed.

Whether you’re looking to buy or to rent, be sure to take your RV to the beautiful seaside resort of Salish. Where you’ll find our deluxe campsite, a haven for RV owners from every corner, nestled on Canada’s wonderful west coast.

 

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