We are living in some strange times it seems. Covid has changed the globe. There is no disputing that. While most of us are merely inconvenienced by it, the fact is, our lives have changed.
Take Snowbirds. In the RV world, a snowbird is referred to as a Canadian citizen who leaves the cold and snow of Canada in favor of warmer climates in the US and Mexico. However, due to Covid-19, those snowbirds who drive south for the winter are finding that is impossible. The US Border with Canada is closed, and no one knows when it will open.
We are bringing this up now, because currently many snowbirds are trying to figure out what to do. Many who own homes will likely just stay home and tough it out. But what about those snowbirds, and others, who live full time in their RVs? What are they to do if they cannot head south for winter?
If you are a member of any of Facebook’s RV groups or watch any RV threads in Reddit or other social sites, you have already come across people asking this same question. And the answer for most, if not all, is to find as warm a place as possible in this great land of ours. That usually means southern BC and Vancouver Island for many.
We have been monitoring these posts and have found that many people who have to spend winter in their RV in Canada are doing just this – heading west for warmer climates. And if you were to call most RV parks that offer winter parking you will find many are already full for winter, or nearing capacity. In a normal year, at this time of year, many of these campgrounds would have a fraction of the full time RVers they do now.
What else is common in many of these threads is that the great majority of these people have never stayed in their RV through a Canadian winter and some are, to put it bluntly, freaking out. So, we present this article to those of you who are stressing about spending winter in Canada in your recreational vehicle.
Whether you plan on living in a truck camper, a Class A, B or C motorhome, fifth wheel or travel trailer, we are going to provide you with some of the information you will need. These are a few things we have learned about full time winter camping: