Growing up in rural Alberta my husband and I had the perfect childhoods – being outside was second nature, days were full of exploring and there was lots of freedom to roam how we pleased. Now we are raising kids in the city, and the world seems a bit different. However, we knew we wanted our kids to still find their wildhoods.
It was so important to us to find ways to help them connect with nature, to the have freedom to just be kids, and to learn to explore without worrying about getting dirty. For us, the RV lifestyle is the perfect way to be outside while still having some of the comforts of home. We now spend weekends connecting with nature, unplugging and connecting with each other. We have learned a lot over the last 8 years of camping as a family and I love sharing our stories, tips, and experiences over on our blog.
Here are a few of our simple tips for enjoying weekends on the road RVing as a family:
1.) Keep it simple. We have found that preparing meals at home before we leave keeps our sanity. The vegetables are chopped, the spaghetti sauce is pre-made and ready to heat, and everything is ready to cook. We often do kabobs over the fire – a Ziploc bag of washed and prepped vegetables and a Ziploc of marinated meat is all we need for a delicious and healthy camping dinner. I am also notorious for buying pre-made salads, fruit trays and cooked rotisserie chickens. When we have spent the day hiking or swimming in a lake, the last thing I want to do when I get back to the RV is spending an hour prepping for dinner. I get to enjoy more quality time with my family when everything is already done before we leave.
2.) Don’t over plan your days. We enjoy scheduling one “activity” per day and using the rest of the time to relax and enjoy. Whether your activity is a hike, an afternoon paddle boarding at the lake or biking the trails, make sure you leave part of the day to enjoy your campground and give the kids time to build forts, make new friends, and catch bugs.
3.) Research what’s going on in the local town- we’ve hit up parades, super fun festivals and indoor swimming pools (on rainy days) all while camping. You never know what may be happening nearby and it’s a great opportunity to explore somewhere new (or get out of the rain a bit if it ends up being a stormy weekend).
4.) Speaking of rain – be prepared for all types of weather. Nothing dampens the spirits of kids like being cold. Even in the middle of summer, the weather can be quite chilly in the evenings or early morning. Don’t forget to pack clothes that can be easily layered. Rain boots are also awesome for puddle jumping and frog catching when the weekend is wet. We always bring along family card games to play inside the RV together and listen to the rainfall on the rooftop (don’t forget special treats just for rainy days also go a long way!). Remember that some of the best memories come from the weekends where things don’t go perfectly.
5.) Research new campgrounds together as family to get the kids excited about going somewhere new. We love letting our kids help us choose by looking at pictures and reviews online – it helps build anticipation and gives them pride in helping out. But we also have tried and true favourites we love to go back to year after year. Some of our favourite places in Alberta are – Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Whistler’s Campground in Jasper National Park, Long Lake Provincial Park, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, and Dinosaur Provincial Park. All of those campgrounds offer so much to see and do, along with incredible views. However, anywhere you go, remember the most important thing is just being together and building memories as a family.
I’m already looking forward to this upcoming season of RVing and getting back outside with those long summer days. There’s not much better than sitting around a campfire together as a family. With anything, the more you get out there RVing, the better you become at it. You can develop your own tips and tricks as the years go by, and everything just gets easier. Wildhood is short, we are going to make the most of it by giving them every opportunity we can to explore the world around us.
Kelsy Nielson loves exploring Alberta with her two young daughters and her husband Tim. Together they write a blog, Twirls and Travels, all about their weekend summer adventures. They love exploring places they’ve never been – especially finding those hidden Alberta gems – and love to encourage other families to get out and do the same. Together they want to spend as much time as possible in the water, whether it be floating down a river, or paddleboarding on a lake. But their favourite family pastime is connecting around a campfire, roasting homemade marshmallows and just being together.
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GoRVing invited free spirits and full-time Van Lifers, Eamon and Bec, to visit the Toronto RV Show for the first time. Their major draw from the weekend: RV Shows aren’t just for families and retired couples.
From corporate to van life
Eamon and Bec met while working corporate jobs. Both searching for more in life, the pair ended up travelling together. Their first experience of van life was in New Zealand. They rented a campervan for two months to explore the land down under. “We loved having our home with us,” said Bec. “We felt comfortable. It felt like home to us.” Without knowing that van life was an entire movement, Eamon and Bec knew that one day they would return to life on four wheels-in what capacity was to be determined.
This couple isn’t just into camping. They are the owners and tea makers of Chaiwala-all-natural chai tea. Almost a year ago, they knew they needed to cover more ground if they wanted their business to grow. Flying across North America to visit coffee shops wasn’t the best option and finding somewhere to rent in their hometown of Toronto is a nightmare. Seeing the potential of van life, they bought their 2008 Mercedes Sprinter on March 29, and set to work making it their home.
Coast to coast in the Sprinter
Eamon and Bec have travelled coast to Canadian coast. They’ve fallen in love with sunsets and the Rocky Mountains. Charlottetown will always be a favourite, which they first visited by recommendation from the couple’s growing online following. They found a remote camp spot at the tip of a peninsula. “We were all alone with the most beautiful sunset, and we just felt like we were on top of the world,” said Eamon. On the opposite end of the country, Bec fell for the Rocky Mountains. “I think I’m a mountain girl at heart,” she said, despite the snow that surprised them one morning in early fall. “The remote aspect of PEI was amazing, but out west was beautiful.” The combination of freedom in their piece of Canada’s wilderness and the comforts of home they’ve built into their van is one of the reasons why they love van life.
The southern migration
These two are planning their next trip south to meet up with another van life couple based out of Texas. Eamon and Bec have big plans for their two months down south: “We are thinking Belize, Nicaragua, maybe El Salvador,” Eamon said. “But it’s all up in the air because we don’t know what to expect when we get down there. That’s the way we like to travel.” Even when they backpacked together, Eamon and Bec would make plans on the fly from the recommendations of other travellers and locals-the real experts. Western Canada is also on their 2018 bucket list. Vancouver’s coffee shop game is strong, and the couple sees it as a new market to bring their business to.
The Toronto RV Show
The biggest takeaway from an event like the Toronto RV Show is that there are countless ways to live the outdoor lifestyle. “It’s not the show that I thought it was, and in a really good way,” Eamon said. “There are so many options out there. Just go in with an open mind.” “It was nice to see that everyone walking around has the same values as we do,” said Bec. “They want more out of life. They want to adventure.” Although, that doesn’t mean everyone attending lives full time in their RV or motorhome. “There were retired couples looking for their next adventure and weekend warriors.”
Eamon was happy to see a range of prices. Some units affordable for millennials: recent graduates looking for a different way of life, or young families wanting to spend more time outside. The RV Show offered turnkey setups for a weekend house on wheels. Tiny teardrops for the quick and easy weekend getaways, and fifth wheels for family vacations. “It was nice because the show had options for everyone,” Bec said.
The overall experience was informative and eye-opening. “I can see that they give value to consumers,” said Eamon. The open-door policy and having plenty of units set up in the same space helps shoppers compare and choose one that fits their needs. “You can see yourself in the space.” The RV Show employees were always nearby to help.
Their biggest piece of advice for others attending an RV Show for the first time: “Go to these shows with an open mind. You will be surprised,” Bec said. They spent a lot of time talking to RVers at the show, sharing stories from the road. “I think it’s powerful what you can learn from someone else’s experience if you just ask.”
Far off dreams of airstreams
Although Eamon and Bec aren’t in the market for a new van, Bec said that she loved the airstreams they saw at the show. “I am drawn to airstreams,” she said. “I think because they look more customized inside.” She loves the quality and uniqueness of each one. They are more similar to tiny homes like their own van. “The airstream to me has a homey, customized, unique build.”
Eamon and Bec are often asked how long they will live van life for, but it’s a lifestyle that will stick with this couple forever. “I think RVing is always going to be in the cards for us,” said Eamon. Either living in their van for a while still, or as a weekend getaway when the time is right. “For right now we are really happy in it,” Bec said. “I can’t see us giving up the freedom that we love.”
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This just in… Looks like Becca and Eamon’s beloved Trinity the Sprinter Van has broken down in Mexico and they need help with repairs and have launched a small fundraising campaign to get them back on the road. Visit their fundraising site.
If you’re recently retired and hoping to hit the open road (without blowing your life savings in one go), we have a few tips for you!
Essentially, camping on a budget requires a bit more planning than some people might like, but the money saved is worth it in the long run. Here are a few creative ways to save while RVing across North America.
1. Leave prepared with the basics
That means you should have enough propane on hand to last a few days without hydro. When you do need to buy propane, box stores like Costco sell refills for a fraction of the cost of small-town private sellers. If you’re travelling through small towns, leave prepared with enough propane to get you through to the next big city.
2. Shop smart
Lots of grocery stores offer their own discount cards, points, and ultimately savings. Before shopping, visit the customer service desk to ask about their store card deals. Most are free to opt-in. Even if you don’t think you will shop at that store ever again, a few dollars saved here and there outweighs the couple minutes spent signing up for their card. Also, consider grocery and fuel discount apps to help save on groceries and fuel.
3. Refuel smart
The same discount cards you sign up for in grocery stores might give you reduced fuel prices at nearby gas stations. This is a commonality in the USA especially. The gas buddy app is a life (and money) saver.
4. Eat in wherever possible
It might be tempting to pull into every road-side diner you pass while on a long road trip, but saving money typically requires eating in. For days on the road, pre-make picnic lunches. If there are local spots that you just have to try, plan ahead so that’s part of your entertainment budget. You stopped to buy groceries for a reason!
5. Get creative with over-night boondocking and campsites
Some Walmart and Canadian Tire locations offer free overnight parking for one night. It’s not ideal, but it’s a last-minute option that saves money while on your way to the final destination.
If you will be travelling through the USA a lot, look up Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands, and be prepared to boondock! Lots of campers explore remote areas off the beaten path by finding an up-to-date BLM map. Also, check out resource websites like boondocking.Org and search the various Facebook Groups for updates on free camping spots.
6. Ask for CAA discounts
Most of us already pay memberships for CAA’s roadside assistance. Not everyone knows that this membership comes with quite a few perks-like discounts elsewhere. Not just for accommodations, but some restaurants, automotive repair shops, entertainment, online retailers, and more!
7. Ask about weekly rates
Even if your original plans aren’t to stay in one place for a week, the money saved might be enough reason for a change of plans. Lots of campgrounds offer weekly rates at a discount.
8. Rethink cellular data
With Wi-Fi connectivity expanding, it might be time for you to weigh the pros and cons of paying for expensive data plans versus relying a little more on the internet at each destination. This doesn’t mean you need to cut your data altogether, but you might be able to get away with 2GB per month instead of 4GB.
9. Follow the sun
This could be interpreted a few ways. Either install solar panels on your rig to save money in the long run, or literally follow the sun south to save on propane to heat your camper. You probably chose the travelling lifestyle to spend more time in the sun anyway!
10. Befriend the locals
The locals are your friends, especially in small towns, meaning it’s a good time to be extra nice and make some new friends. There’s always a local camping spot only a few minutes from their permanent home (They might even have you for dinner!). Plus no one will know local tips and tricks, and must-see places in town better.
11. Regular maintenance
Regularly check and maintain your RV yourself to save money. You don’t need to become a full-fledged mechanic – you’ll want to keep the big repairs and confusing stuff to the pros. Just learn how your rig works so you can keep an eye on how it’s running before any expensive problems put a damper on your road trip.
12. Plan ahead
If you keep your travel plans flexible but also plan far in advance, you are bound to find the best deals! This goes for any kind of travel. Things like early bird discounts are golden. Grab the opportunities that come your way.
13. Discount camping memberships
Larger campground chains sometimes offer discount camping for their members. A quick internet search goes a long way when deciding on what campground to go with. Look for the ones with memberships in multiple locations, then plan your road trip around these accommodations.
14. Be flexible
You might experience a few bumps on the road. These are ways to save while RVing, but the best opportunities arise at a moment’s notice. Keep an open mind while travelling and you might come across some unexpected savings!
How do you save money while on the road? Let us know!
Bringing your four-legged friends along for the ride? There are heaps of pet-friendly campgrounds across Canada – you just have to know where to look. Here’s a roundup of 7 Pet-Friendly RV Campgrounds that are outdoor playgrounds for campers of all ages – fur babies included!
Looking for an oceanfront abode on the gentle island – aka Prince Edward Island? Twin Shores is a fantastic choice for the family – four-legged family members, too!* There’s even plenty of beach to explore with your pup on leash (except for Profitt’s Point Beach, which is a protected habitat).
Forested, waterfront acres with an abundance of beach, trails and green space to enjoy. What more could you ask for? Pets are more than welcome to camp out with your crew at Living Forest in Nanaimo! How awesome is that?
Rolling prairies and beautiful meadows galore await you at Riding Mountain National Park in friendly Manitoba. Hike, bike, canoe, snowshoe – you name it, there are heaps of outdoor activities to enjoy at Riding Mountain. Just make sure your pup is on leash.
Planning to roll in for the Calgary Stampede or kicking off camping season during Canadian RV and Camping Week? If you’re looking to blend an urban getaway with the peace and calm of the countryside, Mountainview Camping in Calgary is a great choice. “In the country, yet close to the city” is how they roll!
Keep in mind, the pet policy here is a maximum of two pets per unit, no dogs over 22 kg (50 lbs) and dogs must be on leash at all times.
Looking for a campground with an off-leash park so you and your pups can roam free and find your Wildhood? 1000 Islands / Kingston KOA may be just the ticket. It makes for a great home base when visiting Canada’s first capital – Kingston – and the spectacular views of the 1000 Islands!
Making the trek to see the highest tides in the world and walk the ocean floor at low tide at Hopewell Rocks? Ponderosa Pines is the closest campground to this natural gem – and it’s just a short drive away from Fundy National Park. Pets are welcome – just make sure they’re on leash at all times.
Is the Fjord Route (Route du Fjord) in Quebec on your must-see list this year? The 200-site Tadoussac campground offers incredible views of the Saguenay fjord. It’s also pet-friendly** – as long as your dog is on leash and not left unsupervised.
Check out our interactive route map for exploring the Lakes and Fjords of Quebec with our handy RV Trip Planner.
** Excluding the ready-to-camp and POD sections.
We’d love to see where you take your furry friends with you on your camping adventures in 2018 – tag #BringBackWildhood for a chance to be featured on our blog or our social media community.
Snow angels, snow sculptures, snowmobile rides – the list goes on. What better way to celebrate the snow-kissed season than by gathering with the community at a winter-inspired outdoor festival in a city near you! Sprinkle in some glittering snowflakes for that extra bit of snow-globe magic. What more could you ask for?
Bundle up, round up the family and head over to these 7 Family-Friendly Winter Festivals in Canada!
How about three weeks of good ol’ fashioned winter fun in our nation’s capital? Winterlude has been a family festival favourite for 40 years and counting – celebrating Canadiana and the joys of northern culture. Check out Winterlude for ice carving, snow sculptures, skating (on the world’s largest skating rink, no less!), giant outdoor versions of board games and an obstacle course to boot!
Celebrated as one of the world’s largest winter festivals, Montréal En Lumière* is a mash-up of outdoor winter life, gastronomy and the arts. With illuminated art, curling, performing arts – and even a ferris wheel at the free outdoor site – it’s no surprise that Montréal En Lumière tallies up an impressive one million visits from festival-goers.
Festivals are all about good times, good food, good music and good company. Festival du Voyageur* is all about this and embracing the history and delights of French Canadian culture in Manitoba. Some of the traditional (and non-traditional) events include a wood carving challenge and a beard-growing contest!
Did somebody say “sugar shack”? If sweet treats aren’t reason enough to check out the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous*, perhaps axe throwing or dog sledding might pique your interest! There’s also a Kidsfest portion of the program – including tobogganing and potato sack races – which is 100% free of charge for the kiddos to attend.
Snow carvings are a pretty magical sight to see – and even more fascinating to see in the making! The Snowking Festival in Yellowknife is your chance to see fresh Yellowknife-grown snow take shape into spectacular works of snow-kissed art.
Winter carnivals nestled in mountain villages make for a pretty charming experience. Griz Days* in Fernie is no exception. With a pancake breakfast, parade, street performers, snowmobile rides and more, this winter festival is super family-friendly.
ps – If you’re wondering what the “Griz” in Griz Days is all about, here’s the scoop on the legend of the Griz.
We’d love to see where your RV adventures take you in 2018 – tag #BringBackWildhood for a chance to be featured on our blog or our social media community.
Feeling inspired to map out your next road trip this year? Get started with our handy RV Trip Planner. Happy travels!
* Many of the event activities are free; some are ticketed.
They don’t build them like they used to, eh? Rather than buying new and ready to use, some campers love to dig into DIY remodels. The result is a home away from home that’s oh-so unique.
Here’s 5 vintage campers that look better now than they ever did.
The 1972 “Nugget”
Follow Mandi in her DIY series of rebuilding (literally—she ripped the whole back wall off) a 1973 Bell Travel Trailer that she purchased on Craigslist for $1000. The original structure was built from 1×2 boards and staples, which Mandi made a whole lot more stable. She DIYed funky geometric wood flooring to go with muted but warm paint choices. Despite a few bumps in the road, there’s nothing some nice new cabinets can’t fix?
Mandi sets the bar high with this vintage trailer makeover, even painted the exterior with a cool geometric pattern, laid an exposed wood door, painted a fun design on the tabletop, added open shelving, and lots of potted plants. The final reveal even includes twinkle lights!
Laurie Jones’ family was faced with a dilemma: they desperately wanted a Lakehouse, but also had kids nearing college-age with tuition looming. They bought their 15 foot 1972 Crossroads Trailer for $1000. Laurie said it was sort of smelly, and definitely outdated.
Now, it’s a tribute to 4th of July and summertime memories that has been talked about in Country Living and Redbook Magazine. She’s decorated using America’s patriotic blue, red, and white, creating a kid-friendly space. Nothing about The Lakehouse is roughing it. In fact, Laurie openly admits that camping in her family means glamping!
Jolie Dionne walks her readers through the renovation of the Sprite on her blog, Vintage Meets Glam. Jolie and her husband bought their 1968 Sprite 400 Caravan on Kijiji for $1300. This little trailer was originally built in England, but made it’s way across the ocean to their home in New Brunswick!
Jolie shares quite a few budget-friendly tricks throughout the camper renovation series on her blog. For example, have you heard of inexpensive adhesive wall tiles, cleaning old cushions with baking soda, or marble laminate? She found some vibrant floral cushions on sale at Superstore that are a perfect fit, added a fresh coat of paint, a faux marble table top, and revealed the renovated camper only 7 months later.
At the end of the day, Jolie renovated their tiny trailer for under $1000 total—a steal when you see the photos! The cushions and exterior upgrades came in at $200 each, which was the most expensive part of this vintage reno.
Matt and Beau, the bloggers behind Probably This, bought a 1969 Globestar traveller on eBay and kept her original name: Rosie. Before getting started on the huge job at hand, these guys came up with a plan. Their master plan is now online for anyone looking into similar renovations. They give readers the tools they will need for demoing a travel trailer, and give insider info on all you should know before you start on a project of this size.
Inside, rose petal wall paper reminds this couple of their camper’s roots. New counter tops and cabinets painted white open up the small space. A local carpenter helped the couple create their DIY triangle wood floor, and the exterior paint was updated while keeping its vintage style.
Ten weeks and $10,000 later, Rosie became a cozy weekend home on wheels.*
Kyla and Jill sold everything they owned in 2013 to hit the road in a fixer-upper on wheels. In 2016, they bought a 1969 Kit Companion, named it Billy, and set to work. This was their second home on the road, and they were ready for a new challenge. They bought it with some of the upgrades complete—like replaced wood that had suffered water damaged, and leak-free. They completed the rest of the aesthetic upgrades themselves.
A good camper always has a good kitchen. It’s hard to make tiny kitchens feel like home, but they work well when done right. New cabinets and countertops look fresh next to the original mustard yellow appliances. They replaced the table to allow for more space while working on the go, and DIYed the faux concrete finish with chalk and hairspray.
The final reveal showcases this trailer’s vintage vibes, but with quite a few much-needed upgrades.
Hi, we are Dirk and Eelke, A Dutch couple, who moved to Canada 3.5 years ago with our three cats and 6 suitcases. Our first encounter with downsizing was the move to Canada. In the Netherlands, we lived in a pretty huge three-story apartment, which enabled us to gather a lot of things. Moving to the other side of the world forced us basically to sell all of our possessions, which wasn’t too hard for us as most of it is replaceable.
It took us about 8 weeks to get rid of everything. We sold on Craigslist, Ebay, flea markets and we organized a house sale where friends and family could come over and buy whatever they’d like to have. We only kept the irreplaceable stuff like photos etc. and stored that with family.
Back then we did not really look at it as downsizing, but the effects of the process became very clear. We ended up with 4 suitcases and 2 backpacks full of clothes, cameras, and laptops. Having so little “possessions” gives you only so little to worry about.
Once we arrived in Vancouver we found a 600ft apartment downtown, which felt quite empty without any furniture. So, we started buying stuff again like furniture, kitchen equipment, sound systems etc. After one year of living in Vancouver, an incredibly expensive city, we started to become a little obsessed with tiny houses and were brainstorming about buying an old yellow school bus. Reducing your life to the essentials felt like the right thing to do for us. Instead of buying a school bus, we ended up buying a Class A ’87 motorhome and started to renovate it for full time living.
After two months we moved into our new tiny home, which we stuffed completely with our things, as it was hard to determine what we could do without. The motorhome has everything we consider essential; a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom with queen size mattress, furnace, a lot of windows, a living room and even air-conditioning.
We have been together for 9 years thus know how we are together. Some people might be scared to live in a small space with someone else because you might not have the option to escape each other. To be honest, we feel we have more ways to escape than ever before. We can close the door to the bedroom, just as we could in our apartment, but now we also have the option to go outside for a walk or sit in the sun reading a book. It’s heaven for us.
After a while living in the RV, we still felt that we had too much stuff that we were not using frequently enough. That was when we stumbled upon the “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, a book about reducing your possessions by Marie Kondo. This book opened our eyes and since then we regularly reevaluate our possessions and sell or donate what we don’t need.
Now, you might ask yourself, why should you give up the big space you live in and all the possessions you have if there is no evident need to do so. You might say to yourself, you make enough money to pay for all these nice things.
For us it has never been a necessity to downsize. We asked ourselves what we are living for. To work, pay rent or a mortgage? Buy stuff that makes you happy for a moment and then gets forgotten? It was that question that made us realize that downsizing is a vehicle that we could use to achieve the goals that were important in our lives. By reducing your footprint, you reduce the need for money or better said your fixed costs. If you achieve to reduce those you are able to live with less. Downsizing is a facilitator. You do not need to be a hippie to do it. It can be applied to everyone in every situation.
For us, it meant less clutter in our home, less clutter in our head. Less fixed costs, more savings, which enabled us to travel with our home and cats. we personally consider that the biggest luxury. By downsizing, we actually made our lives richer, more meaningful and less stressed.
If you want to learn more about how we live you can view a video of our home.
Tour of the Beast (HMC Motorhome) after renovation - YouTube
Who says you can’t keep up your healthy eating habits while on the road? Granola bars, trail mix and a big bowl of chili are perennial road trip and camping favourites, but you’d be surprised at how simple and delicious it is to cook a variety of superfoods and energy-rich meals on the go!
Here are 10 hearty meal-planning resources to fuel your next adventures in the great outdoors!
Spontaneity can be a good thing, though generally with food, it’s smart to have (at least) a broad idea of how you plan to ward off those tummy growls and sugar lows and keep you energized on your travels. Meal planning can help you minimize the pit stops to the grocery store – and, even more importantly, save you from those pesky hangry spells when you’re in the middle of a hiking trek or parked in a remote area. Check out these handy articles on what to pack for your next camping trip and inspiration for make-ahead meals to prep before you hit the road.
Nutrient-rich, fuss-free cooking with minimal cleanup is the sweet spot for camping recipes, wouldn’t you agree? Besides, who wants to spend heaps of time chopping ingredients and washing a pile of dishes after the meal? Aim for camping recipes that call for similar ingredients (to help save on your grocery spend), one-pot or one-skillet (to keep it simple) and campfire cooking (for that extra bit of ambiance). And, this goes without saying, pick recipes that sound and look delicious and you’ll be happy campers! Here are three fantastic resources to keep in mind:
First thing’s first: stay hydrated. Better yet, bring your own water bottle and refill regularly. Next: make sure you have a well-stocked kitty of portable and nutritious snacks keep you on-track and curb those salty/sugary cravings. Think about your food storage options as well and plan your snacks accordingly. Will you have a cooler or insulated backpack with you on daily excursions when you’re away from the RV? If no, then opt for portable, non-perishable snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated. Here are four more great resources to bookmark and browse for travel-friendly snacks:
Who can forget those old school RVs of the past, each seemingly looking the same inside and out for years and years. They were big hunks of metal with similar floorplans and not much to write home about other than a toilet behind a closet door. Heck, remember when retractable awnings were all the rage? Lately, however, RVs have taken on a whole new life with many different sizes and options, add-ons and innovations. So what can Adventure-hungry travellers expect to see in 2018? We have the run down.
Smaller RVs are a big thing
You might be surprised to know more about this trend. Bigger is always better – right? Well, many RV manufacturers are banking on a rise in small RV usage by designing and developing trailers to suit. Lately, we’ve been spotting everything from a growing selection of tear-drop shaped trailers to new single-bed “tiny trailers” to trailers that are a bit more utilitarian with no sleeping quarters, rather they would need the addition of a rooftop tent.
There’s no question what the allure would be for these teeny travellers; smaller size means more tow-vehicle options, opening the door to a larger category of outdoor-loving adventurers more interested in keeping their mid-sized sedan than needing to upgrade to a large SUV or truck. Also, think of the versatility! These little units can often go wherever you’d like to take them, meaning an easier time finding that perfect spot in the woods or beside the pristine lake.
If any seasoned RVer knows, floorplans are one of the first things shoppers look for when hunting the perfect RV. These blueprints of your humble abode are a great way for models to come to life and differentiating them from competitors.
Lately, RV manufacturers have really started to push the envelope when it comes to their floor plans. Gone are the cookie cutter layouts. You should expect the unexpected from now on. Kitchen islands that add a bit more counter space, pop-out benches, living rooms where bedrooms normally would be, bunks you never thought could fit there, exterior cooking spaces plus other unique uses of space that just seem to make sense. RV floor plan designers have had a lot of fun this past year, you can tell!
We all know technology fads come and go and it’s no different in the RV industry. Who needs technology while camping anyway? Well, apparently a lot of people do! According to recent trends, while the everyday Canadian camper is happy to head out into the wild and unplug, many are enthralled with, and embrace this rise in technology being incorporated into many RVs today.
It won’t be uncommon to see a few things popping up in nearly every rig on the showroom floor in 2018. LED awnings have practically become standard but some now include wind sensors, tucking themselves away if it gets too gusty. RV automation is making it’s way into the fold with new central control systems and apps that essentially automate different elements of your RV such as lighting, heating, air conditioning, awnings and the entertainment system. And finally, advances in solar and generator technology have some a long way in the past few years with lithium ion batteries and more sustainable ways of generating power.
#Vanlife all around
You’ve seen it in your Instagram feed and there’s no question that #Vanlife is in full force. And for good reason. Nowadays, nearly anyone who has the opportunity to work remotely can pick up and go at a moment’s notice, while still be “on the clock.” Perhaps this is why many a Millennial (ok not just Millennials) have grabbed life by the horns, purchased that fully equipped Class B campervan and headed off to explore the unknown.
Today, “vanlifers” are practically a cult status, having outrigged their unit with a modern rustic charm and just enough amenities to be comfortable, yet the right amount of luxury to make it all worthwhile. Have you ever thought of just picking up and getting outta here? (We thought so).
Of all the RVing trends for 2018 there’s certainly one thing that resonates with everyone – a call for wanderlust and to Bring Back Wildhood. It’s in all of us, from the time we were children. Perhaps 2018 is the year you take Wildhood to a new level. Maybe you’ll be finding it for the first time, or renewing it with your new family, or simply once again enjoying the ride as you always did. Happy trails!