In recent years, many parks and campgrounds across Canada have finally started making accessibility a priority. To make their locations accessible for all, they have upgraded their trails, improved their accommodations, and even added activities.
While out at Stanhope Beach in Prince Edward Island National Park, for example, you can rent buoyant wheelchairs that allow you to hit the waves in style. And accessible trails through Glacier National Park make it easy to take in breathtaking sights of the rainforest.
So, it is high time to head out into nature with confidence you can experience all each location has to offer. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your accessible RVing trip.
Select Your RV with Accessibility in Mind
RV travel makes camping easy for everyone. You can load up your gear ahead of time and set up within moments of arriving at the campsite, which is just not possible when camping in a tent. But you cannot just pick any RV you come across. You need one that will accommodate your mobility needs.
For example, you might want to look for a model with level floors, low countertops, and wide walkways. Think about what accessibility elements make your life easier, then start shopping with those ideas in mind. You can ask your RV dealer for recommendations after letting them know just what you are looking for.
Add Key Features That Will Work for You
Although there are more accessible RVs on the market than ever before, it is likely impossible to find one that is perfect for your needs. Thankfully, you can add key features that improve its accessibility all around, such as:
- Motorized entrance ramps
- Roll-in showers
- A low bed platform
- Wheelchair docking system
You might also want to remove features that get in the way of your wheelchair or other mobility aid. Or upgrade the flooring to laminate or tile to make it easier and safer to move across.
Scope Out Accessible Campsites and Book Early
Accessibility is key when selecting your campground as well. Just in case anything goes wrong in your RV, you want to make sure the site has accessible bathrooms, showers, and other facilities you can use in a pinch. If they do, then verify that they have level sites and wide walkways from the campsites to the facilities. Also, ask about whether they have obstructions blocking the site’s hookups, such as brick walls or heavy vegetation in the way.
Once you find a campsite that will work well for you, make sure to book early. Even as more parks and campgrounds make changes, truly accessible sites often prove difficult to find. For that reason, they fill up fast and typically stay booked throughout the season. If the campground is popular, you may even need to reserve your spot months in advance.
Sign Up for Roadside Assistance for Your RV
Even if your RV is new or kept in pristine condition, parts can fail as you travel down the road. When that happens, you need a solid fix — and fast if you want to continue on your travels. To get help with RV trouble when you need it, sign up for roadside assistance well ahead of time. You can usually get the most savings and best quality of service by signing up through your insurance company. Just make sure that their plan covers RV repairs and towing before signing up.
Travel with a Group Whenever Possible
Although it can be fun flying solo, it helps to have extra help on hand while staying far from home. While travelling as a group, everyone can complete tasks that align with their strengths, making quick work of the daily camping tasks. Someone can chop or gather wood, while another person handles the meal prep work. Yet another person can cook the food, while the rest of the group cleans up. And if something goes awry, each person can pitch in to resolve the issue, so everyone can get back to having fun.
Before you head out for accessible RVing in Canada, give our team a call to get the right level of coverage for your ride. You can verify that your insurance offers all the protections you want and even add roadside assistance at that time. Just give us a call at 1-844-929-4768 and let us know how we can help.