Join us March 3-6, 2022

Author: Shane Devenish

Gingerbread Cookies

The gingerbread cookie recipe is great to have around during the holidays!  This recipe is easy to make.  You can make them a little softer or nice and crunchy depending on your tastes.

You can decorate the gingerbread cookies or leave them completely plain.  Get creative with the cookies!

 

Recipe

3 Cups all purpose flour                  ¼ tsp ground cloves

1 ½ tsp baking powder                    6 tbsp softened unsalted butter

¾ tsp of baking soda                       ¾ cup dark brown sugar

½ tsp of salt                                      1 large egg

1 tbsp of ground ginger                   ½ cup molasses

2 tsp ground cinnamon                   2 tsp vanilla extract

 Instructions

Add softened butter to a large bowl, then add brown sugar, mix until well combined

Add vanilla extract and egg.  Blend well until combined.

Add molasses and mix until combined.

Add dry ingredients to the flour and mix well with a whisk.

Add flour mixture little by little.  The dough gets pretty thick.

Knead the dough a bit on the table until it all comes together.  Cut the dough in half and form each half into a disc.  Wrap it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours up to 8 hours.

Take the dough and divide each disc again in half.  Use flour on your work surface and on your rolling pin to keep dough from sticking.

Roll it out until it is 1/4 of an inch thick or thicker if you want them softer.  Use your favourite cookie cutter shapes and cut them out.

Once you have a cookie sheet pan filled up, bake at 375F for 7 to 10 minutes.  The longer you bake them, the more crunchy they will get.

Once they come out of the oven, let them sit for a few minutes before transferring them to a cookie rack.

Now let’s decorate!

You can use a piping bag with frosting, writing gel or any number of decorating items!  You can also make your own frosting!

Add to the fun of your gingerbread cookie decorating by parking a gingerbread camper by your gingerbread house!  It’s a fun add on to your Christmas dessert table!

 

Camper – use spatula and white icing to ice bottom side of camper, door and window.  Pat smooth.  Use green icing to pipe lines on top half of camper.

Use black icing to outline window, door and trim at middle section of camper side.  Attach candy for doorknob, wreath and around window.  Use green icing to pipe garland on sides.  Attach candy.

Use black icing to pipe in wheel.  Attach candy to centre of wheel.

Repeat to decorate other side of camper, omitting the door.

 

Now time to eat them!

Some may be crunchy and hard, some may be softer, they will all be good!  Dip them in milk or hot chocolate and ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

Recipes for your Thanksgiving Camping Weekend!

Are you looking for a perfect no-mess camping meal for Thanksgiving?  When you are cooking at a campsite this is one of the easiest ways to get that big Thanksgiving flavour without doing all of that prep-work!

Campfire Roasted Stuffed Squash

This recipe is easily scalable to serve large or small camping groups.  Combining all the classic Thanksgiving flavours into one is the perfect no-mess camping meal for Thanksgiving!

Roast the Squash halves on a grill over the open fire, cut side up for 30 minutes then flip the squash so the cut side is facing down for an additional 15 minutes.

Prepare the Stuffing in a cast iron skillet with onions, celery, crumbled sausage and stale bread.

Assemble by carefully unwrapping the squash from the foil.  Scoop half of the stuffing mixture into the cavity of each squash half.  Serve & Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 Squash

2 teaspoon olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

Stuffing:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

10 ounces turkey sausage or ground turkey

2 celery stalks

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups prepared stuffing

¼ cup pecans, chopped

1/4 cup dried cranberries

 

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How to Make Campfire Mulled Wine

This spiced red wine cocktail is the perfect cocktail to try while doing some late-season camping!  A camping mug of mulled red wine is all we need to keep warm.

It doesn’t take much to make:  a bottle (or two) of red wine, some oranges, cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger and a few drizzles of maple syrup.  Simmer in a big pot over low heat until all flavours start to blend together.  When it’s ready, it tastes like warm, liquid comfort in a mug.

This cocktail can be made over any heat source; a two-burner camp stove, an open campfire or on top of a wood burning stove.

Mulled wine is perfect for large groups.  Just fill up a big pot and let it simmer away.  The longer the ingredients have to simmer together, the most robust and complex the flavour!

Ingredients

750ml bottle red wine

¼ cup maple syrup

3 whole cinnamon sticks

2 inch piece ginger, sliced

1 tablespoon whole cloves

2 oranges, cut in half

Combine the wine, maple syrup and spices in a pot.  Squeeze the juice from the oranges into the wine and then add the spent peels to the pot.  Simmer over medium-low heat at least 30 minutes to allow all the flavours to meld.  Split between glasses & enjoy!

Update on the Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show – March 3rd-6th, 2022

2022 Big RV Show Update

The Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show team is happy to provide you with an official Big RV Show update for 2022.

At this time, The Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show is intending to return live in 2022!

While we are preparing to welcome the RVing & Camping community back to our annual event this spring, please be assured that the health and safety of our Exhibitors and Attendees are our primary focus to ensure that you enjoy the best possible RV Show experience in a safe environment.

We appreciate the commitment of the RVing & Camping community and your health and safety at our show is of the utmost importance to us and as such we will follow all Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) guidance from the venue, and Municipal, Provincial or Federal mandates.

In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to monitor Federal, Provincial and local COVID-19 requirements and update our approach and plans as required.  We will endeavor to keep our Exhibitors, Attendees and staff up to date with any new developments to ensure transparency, a coordinated effort and a safe environment for the show.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions – shannon.ocallaghan@crva.ca

Health Canada cautions campers about portable butane stoves

Received from Health Canada – September 14th,2021

Summary

  • Product: Portable butane stoves (usually used for camping).
  • Issue: There is an increased risk of explosions or flash fires, which could result in burn injuries, if directions for use are not properly followed.
  • What to do: Follow the instructions and directions closely when using these stoves.

Issue

With camping season ongoing and the increased popularity of camping over the course of the pandemic, portable butane stoves are likely being heavily used across Canada.

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to follow the instructions closely when using portable butane stoves. If the directions for assembly and use are not properly followed, there is an increased risk of explosions or flash fires, which could result in burn injuries. This can happen if the disposable butane gas canister overheats and explodes, or vents extra gas which then ignites.

The Department has received reports of incidents related to certain portable butane stoves that use a disposable butane gas canister that lies horizontally and is enclosed in the body of the stove during use. There is some variation of features for different models and brands, but the appearance is very similar with the gas canister being enclosed in the body of the stove. (see photo below as an example)

The Department has received 13 reported incidents related to explosions, uncontrolled flames or flash fires caused by this type of portable butane stove since 2013. These incidents were generally related to issues such as consumers installing the cooking grate or butane canister incorrectly or to a voluntary product recall in 2017, and some reported serious burn injuries.

What you should do

To avoid flash fires or explosions from the disposable butane gas canister overheating:

  • Always read and follow the warnings and directions for use before using any portable butane stove.
  • Always use the stove with the cooking grate the right-way up; with pot supports facing upwards.
  • Never place a stove near other sources of heat or place additional stoves side-by-side.
  • Only use pots and pans that fit the size of the cooking grate on the stove, so they do not cover the gas canister.
  • If you or someone else has an incident involving a portable butane stove:

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada is informing Canadians of the potential risks associated with these products and providing tips on how to use the products safely.

The Department is currently communicating with certain importers of the related products to determine if compliance actions are required, and will continue to inform Canadians if new safety information is available. Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), the Department will take compliance and enforcement action when there is reason to believe that a product poses a danger to human health or safety.

The Department is also reviewing the latest version of the Canadian Standard Association standard for portable butane stoves, CSA/ANSI Z21.72:19/CSA 11.2:19, which was published in 2019. This standard has a new test to address the issue of the gas canister overheating when used or installed incorrectly.

Health Canada is committed to helping protect Canadians from potentially dangerous consumer products. The Department regularly monitors consumer products on the Canadian market and will continue to do so to help keep consumers safe.

Link to Advisory

https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2021/76109a-eng.php

Media enquiries

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Get out and enjoy camping in the fall- the best season in Canada!

Fall RV Camping is the Best!

Many people believe the beginning of Autumn marks the end of camping season.  Fortunately, many have the wisdom and time to take advantage of the best season to camp!  It’s one of the most beautiful times to be out in nature.  The fall leaves are changing color, the weather tends to be cooler and the air is crisp.  You have just the right weather for a campfire while still enjoying outdoor activities in and around your campground.

Here are a few tips to help you so that you will want to make Fall RV Camping an Annual Trip!

Check Foliage Maps before making Campground Reservations to glance at the Fall colours coming your way.  Some say that a lightly overcast day actually improves the colours of the leaves, making them pop against the skies but others prefer to bask in Autumn’s brilliance under blue skies and full sun!  For the best experience, not only should leaves be near their peak colours but the weather should be agreeable too.

Choose the right Campground and remember to choose a campsite in the sun!  For Fall camping it’s better to choose a site in the sun to help stay a bit warmer on cooler days.

Be sure you determine your goals for the trip and prepare for ample activities that are suitable for a change in weather.

Pack the right clothing – think layers!  Sometimes temperatures will be colder than expected and sometimes kids are having so much fun playing they inadvertently get soaked!  Choosing the right clothes will make your Fall camping trip much more enjoyable.  Bring a mixture of clothes because Fall weather can change in an instant.  Pack with all types of weather in mind!

Bring hot cocoa or apple cider to sip while you sit around the campfire with your family!

Pack comfort meals and bring along the crockpot or the Dutch oven.

Make your favorite fall recipe and enjoy a nice meal after a long day of hiking or kayaking.

Remember chili and soups cook well in crockpots while you are off enjoying the day.  You will be happy to have one less task off your plate.  Relax

Evening Campfires are much more fun when the weather is a bit chilly.  The Autumn Season is the perfect time for roasting marshmallows and staying warm around the campfire. Be sure to be safe and put out your fire afterwards!

For a list of Campgrounds across Canada visit Go RVing Canada  or CCRVC.  Happy Camping!

Keeping your dog safe while hiking the trails

Hiking with dog on Footprints in Time Trail Bonnechere, Summer 2015 Photographer: Evan Holt

Courtesy of Ontario Parks- http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/dogs-invasive-species-preventions/

The beauty of a hike does not need to be enjoyed alone; your dog can be a great companion as you adventure through your favourite park.

Do it well by planning before stepping foot, or paw, on the trail.

Choose the right trail

A little preparation will go along way when it comes to your dog’s well-being. Before venturing on a trail, consider the difficulty of the hike and the ability and experience of your dog.

Female hiking with on-leash dog along Fen Lake Trail, Blue Lake, 2017 Photographer: Evan Holt

If your dog has never hiked before, prepare them with longer walks on tougher terrain. Build up stamina and toughen paws by going longer distances each time.

If your dog struggles to complete a walk or has difficulty with mobility, a hike might not suit the dog.

Look for places that are easy on the paws. This includes shady trails with soft leaf- or needle-covered terrain. Stay away from paths littered with sharp rocks, steep drops, or areas with heavy mountain bike use.

Carry the right gear

A dog can take the weight off your back, literally.

A fit dog can carry one third of its weight in gear. This is an opportunity to fill the dog’s pack with dog food, treats, water, bowls, and extra gear for you if there is room.

Woman crossing a boardwalk with a dog

Other necessities include bandages and antiseptic for wounds, a liquid bandage for split or cut paws, and tweezers for tick removal. All these items ensure a safe trip for your dog.

Saddlebags and backpacks are sold by many reputable outdoor companies, and come in several shapes and sizes to fit the needs of your dog. It is important to adjust the saddlebag, so it is snug, but not so tight that it chafes. You should be able to fit two fingers under the straps.

The best way to protect your dog from cuts and wounds is to use dog boots. With a good pair of boots on their paws, it will be much easier for dogs to adjust to the terrain, especially if they are indoors most of the week. Invest time searching for the right pair of boots and consider how often you’ll go hiking and the type of terrain you’ll be encountering.

Other items to bring include a comb, a small towel, and a brush for invasive species removal.

Be a responsible dog owner

While on the trail with your dog, be mindful of wildlife and other park-goers.

Keep your dog on a leash, unless you’re visiting an off-leash trail, beach or exercise area.

Stay on marked trails. Dogs (and humans) can disturb sensitive protected areas and species when the wander off a trail.

Dog drinking on campsite tent in background Driftwood PP, July 2015 Photographer: Evan Holt

When you encounter others on the trail, step aside and yield to ensure safety.

Abide by the mentality of “leave no trace.” Bag all waste, and dispose of it appropriately.

Don’t let your pup spread invasive species

Invasive species have many pathways of spread. For instance, invasive plant seeds move easily in soil, so muddy boots or vehicles can move invasive plant seeds.

Some seeds have special hooks to help them hitch a ride. Thus, invasive plant seeds can spread on our shoes, socks, clothing, and pets.

Learn more about invasive plants and how they spread.

Dogs are especially susceptible to contributing to the spread of invasive species. Insects or seeds of invasive plants can easily attach to your dog’s fur or paws, and ultimately spread to new areas.

Once you finish your hike, carefully inspect your dog’s paws for any dirt or seeds and use a towel to remove any debris. Use a fine comb to filter through your dog’s fur and remove any dirt, plants, seeds, or bugs. Finally, use the brush to give your dog a last final cleaning.

Check out this video for a demonstration:

Invasive species can easily travel through your gear and hiking boots as well. After your dog has been taken care of, clean dirt and debris off your gear and brush off your hiking boots.

As an added precaution, we recommend that you bring an extra pair of shoes to wear home. That way, you can wash your boots immediately upon returning.

Together, you and your pet will enjoy a hike and be an invasive species fighting team!

We’re counting on everyone to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the advice of public health officials. 

CRVA cancels ‘in person” Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show in 2021 due to COVID-19

Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show Burlington, Ontario – The BIG ONE –

Announces Virtual 2021 Event due to COVID 19 .

At the Big RV Show, our exhibitors and customers are like our family and we need to provide them the assurance that we can operate within a safe and healthy environment during these extraordinary times.

While we were hopeful to host the Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show in 2021, due to the ongoing health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the difficult decision to cancel our “in person” RV Show scheduled for February 25th-28th at The International Centre. “We delayed this decision as long as possible but visibility has become very clear with the current information from public health authorities and rising number of COVID cases in Canada that this is the right course of action” explained Shannon O’Callaghan CRVA’s Show Director. “Our primary concern has always been operating in an environment that ensures the health and safety of customers above any other consideration”

The Big RV Show organizers have been looking at other avenues for their consumers to access exclusive deals from the largest RV Retailers in Ontario and is excited to announce they will transition the 2021 show to a new and revolutionary “Virtual Platform”.

Introducing the 2021 Virtual Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show “The Virtual Big RV Show” is a new and innovative way to give you access to over 500 recreational vehicles on display, RV lifestyle seminars & presentations, entertainment for the family and chances to win amazing prizes.

Instead of a standard running event format, attendees will enjoy a virtual experience through our website and mobile app. Visitors can view products & videos, download brochures and connect directly with a representative via direct message, audio or video chat. In addition, attendees can enter to win the Grand Prize which is a Dream RV Vacation for one week in a luxury motor home.

Those who purchase a recreational vehicle during the show are entered to win up to $5000 of RV payments towards their purchase! The Big RV Show’s goal and aspiration even in these difficult times, is to create an unforgettable virtual show experience for the entire family that allows you to learn, have fun and find your RV at the same time!

We invite you to celebrate with us! In the next coming weeks, we will share more updates about this event and how we will bring all presenters, conversations and vendors straight to your favorite device.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from the BIG ONE!

The Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show is the largest consumer RV Show in Canada and the only show produced by the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association.

Media Contact: Shannon O’Callaghan, Show Director Shannon.ocallaghan@crva.ca
905-336-8969

How To Keep Your RV Looking Like New and Running Forever!

How To Keep Your RV Looking Like New and Running Forever!

Courtesy – Writer John Linden

The Current Market Outlook for Recreational Vehicles 2020 has been a devastating year for many economies around the globe. The Covid-19 virus was an unprecedented crisis that destroyed the businesses and livelihoods of many Americans. Unemployment rose higher in three months during the Covid-19 crisis than it did during the entire Great Depression. The travel restrictions and quarantine orders have brought international travel to a screeching halt, with airlines and TSA reporting a staggering 96% drop in air travel.

Many Americans are left stuck inside feeling restless, which is ultimately leading to an unforeseen phenomenon. A boom in the sales of recreational vehicles. Despite the looming economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 virus, the recreational vehicles market is expected to grow by US $11.7 billion dollars. So what’s causing this spike in sales? It makes sense if you think about it. Many Americans are turning to RVs as the antidote for cabin fever.

parked RV's, running RV's

Featured Image Credit: paulbr75 / Pixabay

The RV Market Has Always Been a Volatile One

In the first quarter of 2020, the stock prices for Thor and Winnebago, the two largest publicly traded RV companies, tanked even worse than the S&P 500. Then surprisingly they climbed back and recovered just a few months later as the summer RV boom hit full swing. Out of the 31 major publicly traded automobile companies worldwide, Thor’s stock performed third best, losing out to only Tesla and Audi.

Once the initial scare of the virus came and passed, things quickly improved for the industry. Many Americans wanted a way to travel domestically and enjoy the great outdoors while still safely following their state’s social distancing recommendations.

This pandemic has also been a huge boom for remote working and schooling technologies. Many Americans are turning their work from home jobs into work from anywhere jobs by turning their recreational vehicles into mobile offices. Even when the travel restrictions are fully lifted, many Americans may feel weary about crowded airports and long flights overseas. Although an RV can be a substantial investment depending on what model you go for, vacationing at local camp grounds can save you some serious cash in the long run. If there’s any silver lining in this awful pandemic, it may be that families get back to the basics of camping, fishing, boating, hiking and biking together. The great outdoors and your loved ones are all you really need to make some wonderful lifetime memories.

How To Clean Your RV Inside and Out

Whether you’re one of the new RV owners just getting into the game, or a veteran to the lifestyle on your fourth or fifth model, you’ll need to do the proper maintenance to keep your investment in top condition and functioning properly for decades to come.

The first thing you’ll want to do is keep your RV clean, both inside and out. Not only does cleaning your RV keep it looking nice and new, it also gives you the opportunity to go over your vehicle with a fine tooth comb to make sure there aren’t any repairs needed. It’s a lot better to find a leak in your roof while washing your RV on a nice sunny day than it is to discover it during a torrential downpour while you’re sleeping!

You’ll need a hose, bucket, quality automotive soap, a long handle brush with soft bristles and a step ladder. Always work from the top down. The bottom of the vehicle is usually the dirtiest and you don’t want to rub that grit and grime all over your paint. Hose off any excess dirt before you begin scrubbing and rinse off the brush frequently before starting another section. Do you know what sandpaper is made out of? You guessed it. Sand! Rubbing just a tiny bit of sand against your paint will give your RV that swirl marked look in the sun, even when it’s spotless and clean.

Once your RV is washed and dried, using a quality automotive wax can provide an added layer of protection to your paint. Tree sap, bugs, branches, road salt, road tar, acid rain and even UV rays can wreak havoc on your paint job. If your RV is exposed to any of these more dangerous elements, it’s best to remove them from the paint as soon as possible. Use a non abrasive compound such as goo gone to remove bugs and sap. Using gasoline or paint thinner may strip your paint along with the crud you’re trying to remove.

When you’re ready to wax your RV, park it in a shady spot and allow the paint to cool off. Waxing your vehicle in the sun will cause the wax to dry too quickly, making it difficult to remove. Use a gentle automotive wax that doesn’t have any abrasive compounds which can damage your RV’s paint.

Take Care of Your Roof

The weakest point of any RV is the roof. It’s exposed to the elements far more than any other part of your vehicle. Rain, sun, snow, ice, hail, falling tree branches and sap. Over time this can wear away at the seams and cause leaks. Another bad thing about the roof is we rarely see it. It’s mostly out of sight, out of mind until you notice water trickling down the interior wall of your RV one rainy day.

Be sure to inspect your roof regularly. A lightweight, retractable step ladder is handy and stores away easily on trips. If you’re buying a used RV, it’s absolutely critical that you thoroughly inspect the roof before buying. Rough weather is a part of the RV experience and you shouldn’t be afraid of it. But simple maintenance can prolong the life of your investment.

Try to park your RV under a roof when it’s not in use. A car port or a barn that keeps the elements off it could go a long way. Keep a caulk gun handy with a few tubes of marine silicone. If you notice any worn out seams or punctures you can quickly and easily cover up those holes, shielding your interior from any further water damage.

Always Do A Pre-Trip Inspection

Whether it’s your first trip of the season or just a continuation of your cross country summer adventure, you’ll want to be diligent about your pre-trip inspections. There’s a reason why commercial truck drivers are required by law to do a pre-trip inspection every single time they head out on the road. It could potentially save your life, save the lives of other motorists on the road and it can also save you money in repairs.

Check your oil levels. Look for any signs of leaks dripping in the engine bay or any oil puddles on the ground below.

Check your engine battery. This is especially important if your RV has been sitting for a while. Batteries can lose up to 10% of their capacity every month while sitting in storage. If you haven’t been checking and recharging your battery during the winter months, this will be your first priority. Fully charge your battery for the season and make sure you have a pair of jumper cables stored in the RV just in case.

Check your belts and hoses. Scan for any signs of cracks or corrosion.

Check to make sure your tires are inflated to the proper air pressure and have a sufficient amount of tread remaining.

Check all your lights, both headlights and turn signals. Be sure you have spare bulbs and fuses handy just in case. This is especially important if you have a towable trailer. If your trailer has no working signals, this can be treacherous for other drivers behind you.

Make sure you have the proper tool kit and spare parts to fix a blown out tire. Also, learn how to do some basic repairs yourself. You might end up out in the middle of nowhere with no cell signal and no garage in sight.

Keep a quality fire extinguisher mounted in an easily accessible place in both the cab of your vehicle and in the living space of the RV.

Enjoy Your Next Adventure

At first glance, RV ownership can seem somewhat overwhelming. However, with just a little basic maintenance you and your family can get many great seasons of joy out of your RV. Now get out there and make some great memories!

4 tips for choosing the perfect RV

By Ontario Parks and Canadian RV Association

The ability to take your “home away from home” all over the province has never been more appealing.

The assurance that your living space is safe for your family, combined with the freedom to travel where and when you want, has proved to be an ideal way for Ontarians to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining physical distancing.

With help from our friends at the Canadian RV Association (CRVA), we’ve created a list of hot tips to guide you through finding your perfect RV:

1. Know what you want out of your RV

Here are a few questions you might want to consider:

  • How do you plan to use your RV? Are you looking to travel full-time or occasionally?
  • Who will be travelling with you? Choosing a floor plan and size will depend on your group size and relationships
  • Are you a recent retiree with plenty of time to enjoy all the bells and whistles in an RV, or are you a busy entrepreneur looking to have a work station on the go?

Remember, this is your RV, your new vacation home, and your dream!

family in front of trailer

It is critical to spell out exactly what you want at this stage, so you won’t be disappointed later.

2. Motorized or towable? That is the question…

Towables are the most popular type of RVs. If you’re looking at one of these RVs, you must have a vehicle capable of towing it.

person sitting in front of tent trailer

The width, length, and height are important determinants when you are going to tow and park your RV. Weight-wise, your tow vehicle should absolutely never tow a camper that is too heavy!

The advantage of buying a motorized RV is that you don’t have to worry about a tow vehicle. A motorhome combines the transportation and living quarters into a convenient and comfortable road trip experience.

RV

There are three classes of motor homes: A (bus style), B (van style), and C (truck style), which offer you different lengths and size, price tags, floor plans, and other options.

Motorhomes may be best for you to consider if you do not currently have a tow vehicle or you are looking for a larger living area.

Visit CRVA for a good reference and more detailed summary of RV types.

3. Narrowing it down

Now comes the really difficult decisions!

There are so many different RV floor plans. Some may be better for your purpose based on your intended use and the number of people in your travelling party.

family on campsite with trailer

Consider the following:

  • Do you like to enjoy cooking and spending time in your kitchen at home? If so, you may look for a floor plan with a large kitchen, including an island and lots of storage
  • There are three holding tanks in most RVs: fresh water, gray water, and black water. You can stay off-grid depending on their usage and size of the tanks. Solar panels and generators are available to provide you with a power source without having to plug-in at a campsite
  • Do you want to bring some of your toys along for the ride? If you have a SUP, bicycles, or kayaks, then a toy hauler or RV with racks may be a must!

family in front of RV

As you can see, there are a vast number of options and features available.

4. Take your time

We know it’s hard to digest all the information available about RVs. Believe us, you’re not alone.

campers and staff on campsite

The information we’ve provided here is just the beginning.

Getting an RV is a big responsibility. Consult with your friends, in chat rooms or showrooms, or even chat up other RVers at a park (provided you’re social distancing) before making your decision. You can also try renting an RV (or plan a few trips) to test out different features and types.

Wishing you the joy of the journey!


Ontario Parks thanks corporate partners like the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association for their support.

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Show Hours

The show runs from March 3rd-6th, 2022.

Thursday 10-7
Friday 10-7
Saturday 10-7
Sunday 10-5

About the Show

Toronto’s Spring RV Show is the only RV Show produced by the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) who have teamed up with the largest RV Dealers in Ontario to offer consumers the best deals on your new RV.

This exciting one of a kind show will showcase the largest display of RVs from respected Ontario retailers of every Model and Type of RV and for every budget!


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