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Old 01-18-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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Anyone Full-timing (or wintering) in BC lower mainland?

Hi All:

Looking at early retirement and considering FT RV living and want to move from the prairies to Southern BC. Any advice around winter full-timing in the lower mainland?

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I was born and raised in the Vancouver area. My suggestion-buy an umbrella
Since we retired we moved to the Kootenays and winter south of the border
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I am looking for information regarding RVing in the winter season in the Vancouver area. Is it too cold? What modifications need to be made, or is it too much hassle? Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:27 PM   #4
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Here is one in the heart of West Vancouver-but be prepared for gridlock in the Lower Mainland, especially at rush hour.
West Vancouver RV Park & Camping Sites | Capilano River RV Park

I think you will find more further out in the Fraser Valley. Have you considered the Island? Lots of cloud and rain, but at least you don't have to shovel it. Temp range is 0c-9c coldest being the end of Dec to first two weeks of January. We only had a couple of nights in the minus range. As long as you are using your unit, can't see any special mods, other than easier if you use a heated electric FW hose. MH heat should keep tanks warm enough, lots of people do it.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:50 PM   #5
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Big thanks Brian. it is very helpful knowing that others do it without many modifications.

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On the island it is possible to get a site for as little as $400 per month, plus elec.
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Too cold. No. Temperatures seldom drop much below zero over the winter months. You can usually count on 1 dump of snow which may last a few days but usually not much beyond that. Temperatures more commonly range from about 5 to 15 deg. throughout most of the winter.

In what I would call Metro Vancouver, there are exactly 2 RV parks, the aforementioned one in West Vancouver and then there is a location in Burnaby

Burnaby Cariboo RV Park an Campground

There are a few locations in the Fraser Valley. Do a Google search on RV Park in Langley and you will see that there are some options. It is sometimes a few degrees cooler.

You are looking at anywhere between about 600 - 800 per month (or more) for some of these options.

What about the lower mainland is attracting you there. Some further info might help give some advice as to where you might like to set up shop. You can PM me if you prefer. Have lived here for 50 years so I might be able to help.
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Hi John,
Winters in the Lower mainland are generally pretty mild compared to the rest of B.C. and the Country. It can go below freezing for a week or two at a time, and there is occasional snow fall, but not excessive. The farther east you locate within the Fraser Valley, the colder the weather gets. There are a number of RV Parks around the area, however, a lot of them have restrictions limiting the amount of time you can stay ( municipal bylaw thing ). You might check the south Surrey area. It will have the mildest weather, and I know there are at least 2 parks there that look pretty decent. With land costs being insane right now, rents will likely be pretty high. There are also a couple of strata title parks in the Harrison Lake area where you purchase your lot. Tapadera Estates comes to mind.
Hope you find a spot.
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Thanks everyone for the responses. Let me clarify why I am asking; I am aware of the weather in Vancouver and lower mainland. I am looking at an short term work option that is very attractive and I will need to relocate there for about 2 years. I own a MH and wondering if FT RV living for about 2 years in Vancouver is a reasonable alternative to buying or renting and dealing with RV storage. I will then retire and move on.

One last and rewarding $$ work gig before retiring maybe......

Thanks in advance.

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Not sure where in the LM your work will be, but I do know when they built the new bridge, the construction company made their own RV park for the skilled trades to park. No kidding...Kiewet was the prime contractor. If you are headed for shipyard work, Capilano is the place to park, if you can get in there. From Surrey you would be 90min commute.
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Thanks Brian:

I am going to be in West Van
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Excellent John, remember B.C. stands for "Bring Cash"!
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Make sure you have a dehumidifier. Other wise the in side of you coach will bleed water. We have spent winters there and with a dehumidifier it was ok, if you like rain.
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