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Full time Rv living in Canada offers a unique lifestyle full of adventure and opportunity. Although it comes with its own set of challenges, this lifestyle can also provide wonderful opportunities for freedom and discovery. In this article we will give you things to consider before deciding to make a full time RV lifestyle commitment. We will review all aspects of full time RV living so you can make an informed decision.
Advantages of Full Time RV Living in Canada
One of the greatest advantages of living in an RV is the ability to travel wherever and whenever you please. You can explore different parts of Canada or even the United States and Mexico while still being in your own home.
Furthermore, exploring remote areas in an RV can be far more cost-effective and comfortable than long-term hotel stays.
RV Living can provide you with a sense of freedom that living in a traditional home may not provide.
A bonus to us if having the opportunity to meet people from all across the country and adopting a slower lifestyle.
Disadvantages of Full Time RV Living in Canada
Although full time RV living has a lot of advantages, there are some potential downsides that you should be aware of before taking on such a lifestyle.
For example, restrictions that some provinces impose on RV parking could mean that you’ll need to move around more than expected. Don’t forget we have some pretty harsh winters, and RVs do not include the same insulation as a brick and mortar house.
Limited storage space – yes, that seems to be a constant topic around the bonfire!
Cost Considerations When Moving to an RV in Canada
The cost of moving into an RV can be expensive – I would be lying if I said different. But, that depends on what type of RV you choose to live in and whether you buy new or used.
Costs jump if you’re doing a lot of traveling and paying high campground fees and fuel.
Like a bricks and mortar home there are maintenance and repair costs for the RV and if you are towing or have a second vehicle that doubles insurance, etc.
Since you won’t have a permanent address, services like internet and cell phone may add up quickly.
It’s not my intent to scare you off the full time RV lifestyle – but it’s better if you know before hand.
What You Need to Know about Canadian Laws for Full Time RVers
This is where it can become frustrating for some RVers. Basically if you are a resident of Canada and wish to licence a vehicle, have a passport and have medical insurance you need a permanent address. It can’t be a PO Box – sorry.
For your medical each province has different laws as to how many months you can be out of province before your medical becomes null and void. Many people think this only applies if you are traveling out of the country but that’s not the case.
Most provinces state that you must be in your province for 6 months of the year. Some provinces have special considerations where you can ask for an extension for whatever reason – such as travel, work or school. But ask first! Don’t wait until you have an accident – need medical care – and find out your medical insurance is void because you’ve been away for the past year.
Check with your provincial provider for your medical.
To get a driver’s licence you have to have a physical address as well and once again not a PO Box. Our recommendation is for you to check with your own individual province motor vehicle branch for their rules that apply to you.
To cross an international border – such as the US – you will need to provide proof of residency in Canada. They are protecting themselves from having people move into the country without visible means of support.
Tips and Resources for Transitioning into Full Time RV Living in Canada
Taking the leap into full time RV living is a life-changing decision but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Do your research, such as visiting RV Blogs like this one and visit provincial and territorial websites which can provide information on local laws and regulations, camping clubs that specialize in RVing in Canada, and reach out to other experienced RVers.
RVers as a whole are a friendly bunch and are willing to share information – you just need to ask.
With the right information, you can make an informed decision about full time RV living in Canada.
Are you a full time RVer? Or do you dream of living the RV Lifestyle? Share your story or questions in the comments section – I would love to hear from you.