For many of us, the past year has been a time to explore close to home. Families flocked to local parks, hiking new trails, cooking s’mores over the campfire, and generally reconnecting with the natural world around us.
With such a beautiful region to enjoy those experiences, it’s no wonder the trend shows all signs of continuing here on Vancouver Island and in British Columbia generally.
Your camping home-away-from-home
And while today’s tents have come a long way, for many campers, the ease and comfort of an RV provides the best of both worlds: a way to experience nature while also enjoying as many – or as few – of the creature comforts as we want.
“I think it’s the flexibility of the lifestyle that people appreciate – they can be around people if they wish, or off on their own; they can be near the city or get away from it all. RVing really offers a wide variety of experiences,” says Ryan McDonald, general manager of Galaxy RV, which recently opened a convenient new location here in Parksville.
Recreational vehicles range from affordable, compact teardrop trailers to full-on homes on wheels with a whole range of comfortable features, including fireplace, full kitchens, showers and more.
Which RV is right for you? That depends on unique factors like your family’s camping style, budget and destinations – questions an experienced RV professional can help guide you through.
When weighing your RV options, common considerations include:
- How many people will be travelling in the RV?
- What kind of camping do you want to do?
- How often do you plan to camp?
- What’s your luxury level?
- Do you need a lot of storage?
- Will you want to tow the RV – if so, what kind of vehicle do you have – or are you looking for an-all-in-one RV?
Building on existing locations in Duncan and Langford, Galaxy RV’s newest location in Parksville offers residents and visitors alike a place to find both the right recreational vehicle for their needs, and the servicing and parts know-how to keep the experience fun for the whole family! Find new, used and consignment RVs, as well as a parts department offering replacement and after-market essentials like batteries, hoses and solar panels, McDonald says. A service team is also working onsite, ensuring RVs are in tip-top shape before hitting the lot.
“We’ve got a really good group of people – they’re super-friendly and bring a lot of experience, so they’re happy to answer the questions people have about their recreational vehicle.”