RV Tips and Tricks

Elizabeth James

Elizabeth James, squirreled away in her stationary 31-foot Crossroads fifth wheel, writes freelance columns for a B.C. community newspaper and stories for RVwest.

Border crossing.
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Do your due diligence before crossing the border

Navigating the ever-changing rules of crossing the border seems to get more complicated by the day - do your research. 

An RV is parked at a campsite with a tree next to it in full bloom.
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Tips for managing an RV park

Learn the pros and cons of RV management and how to avoid the pitfalls.

Reese M5 Fifth Wheel
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Hitches 101

Both fifth wheel hitches and trailering hitches do the job they were designed to do. 

Although there can be several contributing causes, the main problem centres on the degree of sway control being delivered - or not - by the hitch.
Yeh! Mama RV resort.
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RVs and motorhomes—our emergency homes away from home

So far this summer, over 42,000 evacuees have put pets and belongings into a vehicle and headed away from Interior wildfires in favour of evacuation centres in safer B.C. communities. 

A cartoon RV repairman standing in front of a picture of fifth wheel
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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. 

Catching the rays alongside an RV's portable solar system.
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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. 

Row of Class C motorhomes.
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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. 

RV parked in front of quaint English thatched cottage.
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And now for something completely different—International RVing: A how-to guide to Europe and the UK

Seeking a unique RVing adventure? Whatever your style—perusing posh European boutiques, or rambling through the English countryside—it's easier than you think to plan the perfect European RV travel excursion.

Did you know there are different towing regulations depending on which province or state you are driving through?
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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.

It's important to keep vents clear, clean and free of debris.
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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.

The 14th hold at Northlands Golf Course.
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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.

A CanDream rental motorhome with a slideout parked at a campground.
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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.

The bottom half of a trailer in a field, showing the back tires.
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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.  

RVDA Calgary RV Show.
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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.

A photo of an RV kitchen with a salad and cutting board in the countertop.
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Essential items to have on board your RV at all times

Packing your RV can be chaotic. Having a checklist can help you make sure you pull away from your driveway with everything necessary for your trip.