Land yacht - RV Tips

Do you need a special license for a RV?

No, your driver's license for automobiles will be adequate for almost all RVs. You should check the regulations for your province or territory as they can vary.

Your homework should include checking this RV regulations website. You need to be aware of any restrictions regarding the size of your RV, brake requirements, seat belt regulations and safety chain laws. Basically if you have met the requirements for your province/territory you are okay to travel in other provinces/territories.

RV driving 101

You should have some experience driving before you tackle a motor home. They are much bigger in height and weight and you need to take into account these differences. Some of these differences include:

Motorhome safety tips

Towing a Tent trailer or Travel Trailer

This is a popular choice for many families. This is going to take some extra care on your part. Some pointers include:

  • Have the right equipment to do the job. If you are pulling a trailer with your car, truck or SUV then be sure that you are within the maximum weight you can pull. Consider the terrain of where you are going and is this a good match.
  • Check out the different trailer hitches is a given. Make sure that you have properly connected the hitch once you make your choice.
  • Before pulling out with the trailer in tow be sure to check that the signal lights and brake lights are synchronized with your towing unit.
  • Again, everyone needs to wear a seat belt. Be firm with this rule as you are going to be busy and do not need unnecessary distractions.
  • When you need to reverse then check out where you are going first. If you can have a spotter out side the vehicle it is best but if you cannot then proceed with caution. Remember that when you move your steering wheel the trailer will move in the same direction you move your hand.

Reduce that carbon footprint

When you go RVing you are sharing the great outdoors with everyone else. Why not do what you can to protect the environment? You, and future generations will all benefit from showing some consideration each time you venture out. Here are some Green RV Basics:

  • Plan ahead. Try to always use marked RV campsites.
  • Police your area. Leave the campsite in the same condition or better then it was when you arrived.
  • Try to use paper cups rather then plastic or carry enough in the RV unit for everyone. Allow a few extra for visitors.
  • Use the roads that are set up for RVs. Going off road can have a huge environmental impact with such a large vehicle.
  • Watch for fire warnings. If you are in an area that is posted no fires then be aware that conditions are very dry. The potential for wildfires is high. Never burn garbage or trash. Take your trash with you to dispose of properly at the end of your stay.
  • Keep your RV and towing vehicles in good mechanical condition. Do what you can to reduce emissions and conserve fuel.
  • If you are permitted to take pets to a campground then do not let them run free. You need to be prepared to use a stake system to leash them to a set area or keep them inside the unit. Do not tie them to trees as they could damage the area around the tree and the bark of the tree.
  • Be considerate. You may enjoy music while camping but to others this may be seen as intrusive. Limit the use of high volume music. Playing the guitar around the campfire is quite a different thing and to be encouraged. Just remember that often children are included in these campfire circles so choose appropriate tunes while they are awake.
  • Check the label on your purchases to find the waste treatment products that are better for use for cleaning and tank additives.

Insurance help

There are different methods for insuring RVs. You should talk to your agent or broker about what they have available. Some of the questions you might ask would include:

  • Does the insurer allow a seasonal lay-up? If you can park your vehicle with reduced coverage this will save you money.
  • Is there a loss of use coverage to provide another unit if you are in an accident? You would need this if your unit is in a crash, hits an animal, suffers severe hail damage or is stolen.
  • Is there emergency funds available for temporary living at a hotel, motel or cabin if you do suffer a claim?
  • Is there coverage for personal property that may be stolen or damaged while in the RV?
  • What deductibles are offered?
  • If you make a claim will it affect your other insurance policies?
  • Is emergency towing expense included?
  • Is glass repair included?
  • Is a safety inspection required by the insurer?
  • What type of payout will you receive if you have a total loss?

Last but not least, enjoy RVing!