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Things to Know When Renting an RV

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An 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. 


Before you jump in and rent an RV, you need to make sure you’re getting the right class for your journey. RVs come in a range of sizes and classes, and finding the right one for you will make your journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. 

  • Motorized RVs

    • Class A Motorhomes
      These are large luxury vehicles ideal for large groups looking to really travel in style. They often have ample storage space, entertainment options, and a greater degree of comfort  

    • Class B Motorhomes
      Commonly referred to as a ‘camper van’ the Class B is much like a conventional van with a raised roof. A tremendous option for groups of 2-4 and those who aren’t comfortable with the driving demands of a larger RV

    • Class C Motorhomes
      Sometimes referred to as a ‘mini motorhome’ the Class C is perfect for those who aren’t comfortable towing but only need a smaller amount of space and are travelling in a group of 3-6 people

  • Towable RVs 

    • Travel trailer
      This is a unit designed to be towed by a car or truck through an equalizing frame hitch, ideal for medium-sized groups of 3-6. However, some units can be cramped, so make sure you check the specifications first. 

    • Fifth-Wheel Trailer
      A two-level unit designed to be towed by a pickup truck with a specially fixed fifth wheel hitch, ideal for groups of 4-8 who are looking for a wide range of additional features 

Important Questions To Ask Before Renting 

Renting an RV can appear to be a daunting experience—especially in comparison to other vehicles. However, with the right knowledge and preparation, you can get a great deal that lets you enjoy all the many benefits of an RV holiday. Here are the key questions you need to ask : 

  • What is the average cost of filling the gas and propane tanks? 

  • How many miles per gallon can you expect to get?

  • What are the terms of your insurance policy? 

  • Do you offer roadside insurance?

  • How can we contact you? 

  • What are the additional fees and charges? 

  • How much is the security deposit?

  • Is the rig air-conditioned? 

  • Do you allow pets? 

  • What’s your pick up/drop off policy?

Understand Your Rig 

Due to the size and nature of RVs, you need to make sure you understand the dimensions and proportions of your RV. As well as the fuel costs and other running calculations you need to make. These details will make sure you’re able to plan what routes you need to take, understand how and where to park and make sure you can travel with peace of mind.

The key things to note are the height and weight of your rig, as well as the requirements of the various hookups it will need—power, water, and sewage are the main three. You will also need to know the expected fuel efficiency, and the mileage you’re planning on travelling—this will enable you to calculate your expected fuel costs. 

Take It All In 

When it comes to planning an RV journey, one of the most common mistakes—especially if you’re inexperienced—is trying to do much. This often means you spend more time on the road, travelling from place to place without ever really stopping, than you do taking in the wonders of the world around you.

That’s why you should have a relaxed driving schedule—with less than 400 miles per day. This also frees you up to spend multiple days in each place you visit—which when you’re travelling somewhere as beautiful and varied as Victoria is an absolute must for any RV holiday. 

Make A List

If you’re renting an RV, there’s a good chance you may first need to stock up on the essential items first—especially if it’s your first journey. The first thing you need to do is compile a checklist, and make sure you restrict yourself to only the essential items first!

Space is at a premium in an RV, so it’s important to get everything you need. After that, you can absolutely add in some decorations or luxury items—just remember to always be mindful of both space and the total weight you’re carrying. 

Cooking And Food

One of the most appetizing RV perks is to be the ability to eat food you’ve prepared in the comfort of your vehicle, but it’s important you keep in mind your storage capacity—so no matter how much you may want fresh coffee or blended smoothies, leave those luxury appliances behind! Read our blog on cooking in an RV. Just take the essentials, which are:

  • Cups 
  • Plates And Bowls 
  • Utensils 
  • Pans 
  • Mixing Bowl/s 
  • Paper Towels And Napkins 
  • Cleaning Supplies 
  • Ziploc Bags and foil 
  • Plastic Tupperware
  • Bottle/Can Opener 
  • Condiments, sauces, and oils 
  • Knives and chopping boards 

Bed, Bath and Beyond 

Being able to bathe, sleep, and relax comfortably after a long day exploring the world around you is a key part of any RV experience, so make sure you pack with your own comfort and preferences in mind! This should include:

  • Bedding 
  • Pillows And Cushions 
  • Towels And Washcloths 
  • Toiletries 
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste 

Camping And Outdoors 

Camping and exploring the great outdoors will make up most of your itinerary on an RV journey, and if you’re an experienced camper this part should be second nature! If not, we recommend testing out your equipment first with a trip somewhere local for a weekend before you embark. 

  • Tent and Camping Equipment
  • Sleeping Bags 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Hat and sunglasses 
  • Appropriate clothing 
  • Backpack 
  • Equipment relevant to any outdoor activities you have planned—such as hiking or fishing 

Emergency Supplies 

When travelling in an RV, you should always make sure you’re fully stocked with repair and maintenance essentials in case any problems should occur when you’re out on the road. 

  • Flashlights And Batteries 
  • Fire Extinguisher 
  • Ropes
  • Tool Kit 
  • Road Flares
  • Duct Tape 
  • Jumper Cables 

The best way to make the most of your RV journey, is to find your own slice of RV heaven and park up there for a while. When it comes to Victoria—that place is absolutely Salish Seaside RV Haven. To find out more about everything we have to offer, and to book your place for your next RV trip, contact us today. 


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