Thu. Feb 29th, 2024
Prepare Your RV for Summer with This Checklist

The ability to take your “home away from home” across the province has never been more appealing.

The assurance that your living space is safe for your family, combined with the freedom to travel wherever and whenever you want, has proven to be an ideal way for Ontarians to enjoy the outdoors while maintaining physical distancing.

With the help of our friends at the Canadian RV Association (CRVA), we’ve created a list of helpful tips to guide you in your search for your perfect RV:

1. Know what you want from your RV

Here are some questions you may want to consider:

  • How do you plan to use your RV? Are you looking to travel full time or occasionally?
  • Who will travel with you? Choosing a floor plan and size will depend on the size and relationships of your group.
  • Are you a recent retiree with plenty of time to enjoy all the amenities of an RV, or are you a busy business owner looking to have a workstation while traveling?

Remember, this is your RV, your new vacation home, and your dream!

family in front of the trailer

It is essential that you explain exactly what you want at this stage, so that you are not disappointed later.

2. Motorized or towable? That is the question…

towable They are the most popular type of recreational vehicles. If you are looking at one of these RVs, you must have a vehicle capable of towing it.

See also  A dog's perspective on camping.

person sitting in front of store trailer

Width, length, and height are important determinants when towing and parking your RV. Regarding weight, your tow vehicle must absolutely never Tow a caravan that is too heavy!

The advantage of buying a motorized recreational vehicle is that you don’t have to worry about a tow vehicle. An RV combines transportation and housing into a convenient and comfortable road trip experience.


There are three classes of motorhomes: A (bus style), B (van style), and C (truck style), offering you different lengths and sizes, prices, floor plans, and other options.

RVs may be the best thing to consider if you don’t currently have a tow vehicle or are looking for a larger living area.

Visit CRVA for a good reference and more detailed overview of RV types.

3. Reduce it

Now come the really tough decisions!

There are so many different RV floor plans. Some may be better for your purpose depending on your intended use and the number of people in your travel group.

family camping with trailer

Consider the following:

  • Do you like to enjoy cooking and spend time in the kitchen at home? If so, you may want to look for a floor plan with a large kitchen, including an island and plenty of storage space.
  • There are three holding tanks in most RVs: fresh water, gray water, and black water. May remain off grid depending on your usage and size of tanks. Solar panels and generators are available to provide you with a power source without having to plug in at a campsite.
  • Do you want to take some of your toys for a walk? If you have a SUP, bikes, or kayaks, a toy hauler or RV with racks may be a must-have!
See also  The wonderful frog you may never see or hear

family in front of RV

As you can see, there are a lot of options and features available.

4. Take your time

We know that it is difficult to digest all the information available about motor homes. Believe us, you are not alone.

Campers and staff at the campsite.

The information we have provided here is just the beginning.

Getting an RV is a big responsibility. Check with your friends, in chat rooms or showrooms, or even chat with other RVers in a park (as long as you practice physical distancing) before making a decision. You can also try renting an RV (or plan some trips) to try out different features and types.

I wish you the joy of the journey!

Ontario Parks thanks corporate partners like the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association for their support.