What you need to know for Full Time RV Living in Canada

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RVers in Canada face many challenges if they want to live the RV Lifestyle

Anyone who has researched full time RV Living in Canada quickly realizes there’s a few challenges Canadians have to overcome in order to live the RV lifestyle. They’re not insurmountable but it does require a bit of work on the part of the person or people who wish to live in their RVs full time and travel as well.

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A friend of mine recently reached out to me because him and his wife are planning on full time RVing for 18-24 months. They’re considering a 32 – 36 foot motorhome with a car being pulled behind. His concern’s include the size and length of the RV with the car. They want a tow vehicle for sightseeing and running errands, giving them more options than traveling without one but his question was “Is it too big?” 

There are a number of things that have to be considered in order for full time RV living in Canada to be successful. Definitely, it can be done but steps need to be taken to ensure you have covered everything necessary.

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Top Priorities to anyone considering living in their RV full time in Canada

  1. Reason why you are wanting to live the full time RV Lifestyle.
  2. Type of RV you need or want.
  3. Where will you travel? In your home province only? Canada? U.S. or Mexico?
  4. What is your budget?
  5. Do you have medical coverage from your home province? If you will be out of your province for longer than 6 months you may need permission from your provider as well as travel medical insurance.
  6. Do you have full time RV insurance?
  7. Are you legal? This relates to having a physical address for insurance purposes. (see more below)
  8. Plan for cell phones, internet, mail forwarding, or any communication.

Questions that need answered prior to Committing to a Full Time RV Lifestyle

  1. Is this a short term goal or a long term life changing event? The reason I ask this is because if it’s only a short term goal it might be a good idea to keep your current home so you have something to come back to.
    • What’s your reason to become a full time RVer? We all have our own reasons – whether it’s for travel, a lifestyle change, downsizing or work related.
  2. Are you keeping your current home? If so, are you renting it out or what steps need to be taken to care for it?
    • If it’s a permanent change of lifestyle with no end in sight then keeping your current home may or may not be an option.
    • Is it an investment for your future?
    • Do you need to sell your home to cover the costs of full time RV living? There’s benefits to keeping your current home such as a place to live if you decide the full time RVing is not what you want any longer but not everyone can consider this option. It also satisfies the legalities of having a physical address for things such as vehicle insurance, medical coverage and passports.
  3. Do you need to downsize your belongings and/or house?
    • Do you require a storage unit for your belongings? If downsizing, how will you do this? Yard sales, donations, family.
  4. What is your budget for the full time RV lifestyle?
    • Do you understand the costs of full time RVing?
  5. Do you need to purchase the RV or use one you have currently? You will need to think about what you need for living, traveling, and of course your budget.
    • Read more here on choosing an RV.
    • There’s pros and cons to buying new and/or used. Read more on this here.
    • Here’s another great resource to read before you head out to the RV Dealers.
  6. Are you planning on traveling steadily? Or be stationery in one location?
    • Do you have a schedule or plan for your travels?
    • For more on trip planning read my post here.
  7. Do you understand the legalities required?
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Conclusion: Is Full Time RV Living possible in Canada ?

For my friend who started the conversation on this topic – I say thank you. There are many people with the same questions on full time RV Living, who don’t know where to start and would appreciate having access to the same information you need. Here’s one more link to my post on “Living the Dream” – full time RV Living in Canada.

I wish I could tell you whether a 32-38 foot motorhome is too big. I can’t because it will depend on your personal needs, budget, driving ability and where you plan on traveling. I can say there are thousands of RVers traveling the roads today in RVs of the same size and larger who manage quite well.

Yes, full time RV Living in Canada is possible and not that difficult. You won’t be able to plan for everything because things do happen unexpectedly but by being aware of most of the major priorities you’ll be more than halfway ready. I think it’s exciting and really hope those who do choose the RV lifestyle find it as good as I do.

Note: For even more detailed information check out the categories on the right hand side of this page and click on each one. There’s lot’s more information here if you need it.

If anyone has specific questions or wish more details I will be very happy to help you find the answers. Please email me at carolann@rvingincanada.com

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  1. william kaliher

    I’m American but get a great deal of knowledge from your work that I apply to the US and I imagine could apply to or aid RV’ers anywhere in the world in their thinking and decision making–Bill Kaoiher

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