Q: Can I travel into Canada (and vice versa) in my motorhome?
A: US-registered RVs can travel to Canada and return to the US, and Canadian-registered RVs may enter the US and return to Canada no problem. One-way rentals between the two countries are not allowed, however. If you’re a Canadian resident you aren’t allowed to rent a US-registered vehicle in the US and travel back into Canada.
Q: What about Mexico?
A: Travel into Mexico with an RV is allowed, however there are restrictions and you’ll probably have to get separate insurance and adhere to certain special conditions.
Q: What kind of fuel does an RV need?
A: Most RVs use unleaded 89 octane. Diesel-powered vehicles are becoming more common.
Q: How much fuel does an RV use?
A: Vehicles use approximately
22 feet: 8-11 miles/gallon: 18-28 liter/100 km
25 feet: 7-10 miles/gallon: 23-33 liter/100 km
32 feet: 6-8 miles/gallon: 25-35 liter/100 km
Q: What kind of power supply does an RV have?
A: Your RV will have either a V8 or a V10 engine. The refrigerator, microwave, stove and high output range are operated with propane gas; the power for the air conditioner is supplied during driving by the engine, and when the engine is off, by an outside 110V power supply or a generator. RVs have a dual battery system, meaning that the engine battery is separate from the battery system used for internal appliances such as the fridge, lights and water pump. The appliance battery system will last about 12 hours when fully charged (the batteries recharge when you drive the vehicle). Since the engine battery is separate, if you flatten the appliance batteries, you will still be able to start the engine and drive. All vehicles have the facility to plug into an external electricity supply. The level of amps used for power hookups vary from RV to RV – make sure you know which ampage your vehicle uses when booking campground sites.
Q: Can I travel one-way to a destination or do I have to do a round-trip?
A: One-way reservations are available between most RV rental centers by advance reservation only and are subject to availability and some restrictions. A drop off fee may apply. Remember one-ways between the U.S. and Canada aren’t allowed.
Q: Is it safe to drink the water in the RV water tank?
A: it’s not really advisable as you’ll be filling the tank from a variety of locations and there’s no guarantee that it’s fit to drink. It’s ok for washing and bathing but it’s best to stick to bottled water for cooking and drinking. If you run out of bottled water, make sure you boil the tank water if you do need to drink some.
Q: Are there any size restrictions on campgrounds or parking lots?
A: There may be some campgrounds that don’t allow RVs over an overall length of 25 feet. If you’re driving a very large RV, check in advance.
Q: What should I do if I have an accidentin my RV?
A: You must notify the RV rental company within 24 hours of an accident and make a full report in writing as well as file a police report - even if you aren’t injured.
Q: What amenities are available in a typical RV?
A: At the very minimum, an RV provides temporary living accommodations consisting of a bed, food storage, food preparation, and dining area. On very small trailers, cooking and dining facilities may be accessible only from the outside. Most RVs include the following amenities:
- Bed with mattress
- Kitchen with sink, stove, and refrigerator
- Bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower
- Living area consisting of table, chairs, and sofas
- Heating and air conditioning
- Entertainment electronics such as a TV, radio, etc.
Q: Is it complicated to hook the RV up to campground facilities?
A: No, connecting the RV to campsite facilities needs no technical expertise. You’ll receive instructions on these connections at the time of pickup, but you simply plug into the mains power supply, fill your water tank and you can empty your toilet cartridge in the toilet facility. In the US there may be common barbecue areas - make sure you read the camp instructions carefully regarding fires.
Q: Is there any “RV etiquette” I should know before I get to the RV campground?
A: An RV campground is not too different from a normal neighborhood – it usually just involves courtesy and common sense. Being a good neighbor at a campground means keeping your hookup neat and quiet. Loud music and barking dogs are definitely not appreciated - many RVers are early risers, so allow your neighbors to get their rest. If you arrive at a campground at night, dim your headlights and keep the noise down as you set up. RVers often stake out their hookups with a chair or a folding table - that means they'll be back and you should look elsewhere for a spot to camp. Above all, extend a hand of politeness friendship to your fellow RVers. You'll be surprised just how helpful and considerate they can be.