Elizabeth James

Elizabeth James

Squirreled away in her stationary 31-foot Crossroads fifth wheel, Elizabeth James writes freelance columns for a B.C. community newspaper aswell as  RV Tips and Tricks articles for RVwest

All Articles by Elizabeth James

A cartoon RV repairman standing in front of a picture of fifth wheel
RV Tips and Tricks

The life of an RV repairman

From hapless mice to heading off urgent plumbing problems, there's never a dull day for mobile RV repairman Eric Solberg. 

April 2017 by
A couple is sitting and using a laptop.
RV Gear Guide

Electricity hiccups—suppressing the surge

More travellers are carrying sensitive electronic equipment in their RVs and should know how to protect that equipment from destructive power surges.

March 2017 by
Catching the rays alongside an RV's portable solar system.
RV Tips and Tricks

Self-sufficient on solar—navigating the world of RV solar kits

The ins and outs of choosing and installing a solar power kit for your RV. 

March 2017 by
Row of Class C motorhomes.
RV Tips and Tricks

Renting an RV—which RV model is best for you?

Choosing the right model of RV to rent is a crucial step when planning the ultimate road trip. 

February 2017 by
Did you know there are different towing regulations depending on which province or state you are driving through?
RV Tips and Tricks

Know before you tow—regulations for towing your RV in Canada and the U.S.

Are you up to speed on towing regulations covering the tow vehicle and hitch equipment? Here are a few tips that cover the different regulations in Canada and the U.S.

November 2016 by
It's important to keep vents clear, clean and free of debris.
RV Tips and Tricks

Propane blast: A wake-up call you’d rather not have

Properly maintained and respected, propane is an efficient, affordable source of power for RVers and those who enjoy summertime barbeques. Mishandled, however, the gas can cause serious injuries and damage to both the user and their neighbours.

October 2016 by
Students enjoy a balmy day on the Capilano University campus in North Vancouver.
RV News

Affordable housing - Could RV living be part of the solution?

Many Canadian RV parks operate on a seasonal basis, closing down from October to May. Although urban parks remain open year-round in British Columbia’s more temperate climate, they rely on slim revenues from full-timers to offset operating costs.

September 2016 by
The 14th hold at Northlands Golf Course.
RV Tips and Tricks

Keep calm and play through!

For RVers who have persuaded their significant others that golfing is an essential part of a good vacation, Vancouver’s North Shore communities offer golf courses to suit all skill levels.

August 2016 by
Avery Struck, in a green polo shirt and navy shorts, follows the flight of the ball at the Russellville Country Club.
RV News

Avery Struck is back in the game

"The game of golf is closest to the game of life. You get bad breaks from good shots and good breaks from bad shots. You have to play the ball where it lies."—Champion amateur golfer Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones Jr. (1902-1971)

June 2016 by
Tourists standing on the porch of the yurt lookout at Grouse Mountain
Burnaby

Grizzly bears: A wild kingdom on Vancouver’s North Shore

RVers, especially those with young people on board, often discover the most enjoyable activities are those involving visits to animal sanctuaries or the up-close viewing of the wildlife unique to Western Canada’s natural playgrounds. 

June 2016 by
A Crossroads no-tow RV
RVwest Insider

RV insurance, maintenance and repair—it’s OK to ask for help

No matter where full-timers park their towable RVs, comprehensive home insurance coverage and a totally reliable, experienced mobile repairman—or gal—are must-haves before problems occur.

May 2016 by
A CanDream rental motorhome with a slideout parked at a campground.
RV Tips and Tricks

Renting an RV—Know before you go

All signs point to 2016 as being a banner year for tourism in Canada, especially in British Columbia. If you are planning to rent an RV for your travels, find out all you can about the options and book early to avoid disappointment.

May 2016 by
A woman floating in the minerals waters of Manitou Lake at sunset.
Watrous and Manitou Beach

Watrous and Manitou Beach – A uniquely Canadian experience

When RV travelers decide to ‘go somewhere different’ how many of us look beyond the well-advertised tourist destinations? When we don’t do that, we risk missing all the historical and environmental importance of places like Watrous and Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan – to say nothing of their plain old-fashioned fun. 

April 2016 by
A downtown street scene of Smithers, B.C.
Smithers

Smithers, B.C. —summertime activities in the Bulkley Valley

If you want friendly faces and a peaceful place to stay at the end of a long day’s travel, welcome to Smithers, B.C.

March 2016 by
The bottom half of a trailer in a field, showing the back tires.
RV Tips and Tricks

Take care of your tires, and they will take care of you

The performance and lifespan of any tire depends on two important factors: matching the right tire to vehicle use and the diligence with which an owner follows recommended care and maintenance. That is never truer than for RV tires.  

March 2016 by
Point Atkinson Lighthouse, built in 1875 is still in operation today.
Burnaby

Heritage gardens, theatres, markets, and a lighthouse – Vancouver has them all

How often do we hear friends say they had traveled the world but had not realized how many places there are to enjoy much closer to home. Here are just a few of the attractions for RV visitors to the Vancouver area. 

March 2016 by
Shady spots at Parklane Resort & RV Park
Castlegar

Golfing or loafing—West Kootenay stay ‘n’ play golf courses for Rvers

Some claim golf is a way to ruin a good walk but golfing RVers enjoy the prospect of a day on the course at journey’s end. 

January 2016 by
Mike Donovan standing in front of an Elephant.
RV News

RV Snowbirding next Fall, or an African Safari? Why not both?

Whether they do so because they enjoy it, or to offset some of their traveling costs, many RVers are deciding to mix business with pleasure. 

January 2016 by
RVDA Calgary RV Show.
RV Tips and Tricks

Full-timer describes her dream RV

When one is a full-timer, they quickly think of ideas that they would like to see implemented in RV designs.

December 2015 by
Beachhouse sous chef Luigi delivering one of his specialties.
Vancouver

Award-winning dining is easy in West Vancouver

For a small community with a population of less than 50,000, West Vancouver boasts a surprising number of four- and five-star restaurants.

November 2015 by