Planning Your RV Camping Trips In BC
- May 27, 2015
- Places To RV, RV Maintenance
- Posted by bigboystoys
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For the family or couple that loves to travel with an RV the province of BC has an endless amount of beautiful government run camp grounds and private RV parks to use as your base of exploration. Thanks to the Internet and the huge amount of resources available for RV’ers planning an RV trip has never been easier. With more than 200 provincially run campgrounds and hundreds more private campgrounds the RV’ing family has plenty of choices the problem is just having the time to experience the best ones.
Here Are A Few Tips For Planning Your RV Camping Trips In BC
#1. Book Provincial Sites As Early As You Can
If you want to enjoy some of the more popular campgrounds in BC during peak times it’s very important to book early. BC has made planning out RV trips a whole lot easier with their DiscoverCamping online booking and reservation system. You can search all of the parks for spaces on specific dates, for specific sizes of RV’s as well. No more planning out a blind trip! They even have multiple photographs of each site along with a list of amenities (for the specific site), length, width and more! The booking and reservation system has really taken the guesswork out of choosing and reserving great campsites.
This new system has brought upon some drawbacks as well though, hence the title of this specific tip. Because it’s so easy to book and plan out your RV camping trip in BC provincial parks it’s made it more difficult to get the spots you want if you don’t book early. The reservation site allows reservations starting on March 15th annually for the current year and allows you to book your spots up to 3 months in advance.
Some Of The Most Popular Provincial Sites For RV’ers (no particular order)
- Rathtrevor Beach – Vancouver Island
- Liard River Hot Springs – Northern BC
- Kettle River – Okanagan
- Strathcona Park – Vancouver Island
- Golden Ears – Southern BC
- Englishman River Falls – Vancouver Island
- Manning Park – Southern BC
- Cultus Lake – Lower Mainland
#2. Plan Your Route and Destinations Carefully
Some will spend hours scouring sites like tripadvisor reading the reviews from other RV campers about specific campgrounds and their experiences, even narrowing down to the most specific campsites. Others just “wing it” and go wherever the road they are on might take them. Either way is OK but just remember BC is a huge province to explore. If you are limited with a budget of time then you’ll want to make sure you see the attractions and places you most want to visit.
#3. Get Together Your BC “RV Emergency Toolkit”
If you haven’t already got a small toolkit together for your RV travels then now is the time. Depending on how far off the beaten path you decide to travel you could find yourself in a situation where mechanical or roadside help is a long ways off. Being self-sufficient and equipped to solve some of the most common problems with your RV will be a life-saver.
Tire Plugs – Everyone who owns an RV should carry a set of tire plugs and the necessary tools to repair a tire in the field. It’s much faster then changing over to a spare and can save a tire that only has a puncture wound in the actual tread. If you damage your sidewall the spare tire is your only option. BC highways, especially areas that are freshly chip sealed or under construction are somewhat well known for the damage they can cause to tires. Having a set of tire plugs and knowing how to use them will come in handy.
Air Compressor – Another item you shouldn’t RV without. From re-inflating a repaired tire to being in complete control over the air pressure in all your tires (better ride/fuel economy/tire wear) you’ll want an air compressor that is portable and has the required pumping power (CFM) to actually fill an RV or tow vehicle tire to the appropriate PSI. Some RV’ers prefer to have on-board air compressors installed into the RV, others use portable air-tanks or “pancake” compressors and you’ve also got the air compressors that plug into the 12V receptacles or hook directly to your battery. Whichever option you choose just make sure you remember to bring it on your RV trip through BC.
Tools For Your Hitch – Every hitching system is different and every tow vehicle and and trailer responds differently to each hitch as well. If you’re travelling throughout BC towing a travel trailer it’s a good idea to pack along any required tools you might need to adjust or work on your trailer hitch. This might include some open-ended wrenches of appropriate sizes, a large crescent wrench (adjustable), a torque wrench, and a breaker bar. You might want to also carry a few spare hitch pins as well as they are an item that is commonly lost or misplaced.
Have You Heard About RV Care?
Big Boy’s Toy’s is an RV Care Dealership. RV Care dealers offer uniform service standards and honour each other’s warranties across Canada. Each member must meet a rigorous set of standards, which includes operating a full-service maintenance and repair shop, maintaining a fully stocked parts department and employing certified RV service technicians. When you purchase a new Jayco RV from Big Boy’s Toys you will become a customer of an RV Care dealer and a member of the RV Care family. You can expect the same care and attention while on the road, from any other RV Care dealer, regardless of where you purchased your RV. This
#4. Know Where The Sani-Dumps Are!
When you travel with an RV your sewage is stored in your “black tank” and your grey water (dishwater/drain water) is stored in the “grey” tank. Depending on how many people are staying/using your RV you can fill these tanks quite quickly (over a long weekend) and will need to know where to dump them. If you are staying at an RV campground that offers full hookups then you will be OK. However, many of the most beautiful places to RV and camp in British Columbia do not offer sewer hookups so when you leave these spots you’ll need to know where you can dump your tanks.
Many of the vehicle accessible provincial campgrounds in BC do offer sani-dump stations for a small fee of $5.00 (in exact change .25, $1 and $2 coins). These are generally easily accessible for both large and small RV’s and you don’t have to stay at the park to use them. They can get very busy (especially on long weekends) so it’s always a good idea to leave early on your last morning. From 7:00am – 9:00am the sani-dump stations are usually empty, wait till checkout time (11:00am) in most provincial campgrounds and you’ll experience long lines.
Another option is to use private RV park facilities and some do offer sani-dump stations and others will just rent you a fully service spot for the few minutes it will take you to dump your tanks. Private parks generally charge anywhere from $10.00 to as high as $35.00 to use their facilities.
You can find sani-dump stations in any region using Google and searching for “RV Park” or “RV sani dump” but make sure you phone ahead and ASK the particular RV park if they do in fact allow drop-in-use of their sani-stations. Some parks do not allow dumping unless you are a customer (hence the $35.00 fee).
Big Boy’s Toys is an RV Dealership located in Nanoose Bay on beautiful Vancouver Island. If you are looking to purchase an RV such as a tent trailer, travel trailer, 5th Wheel or motorhome then give us a call or take a look through our inventory of RV’s and see if there is something that would interest you. One of our RV lifestyle consultants would love to help you choose the perfect RV for your family adventures.