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Old 04-02-2021, 09:56 AM   #1
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Hello

I'm new to RVing. In fact my TT has not yet been delivered. I have a couple of questions regarding online tools or phone apps for CANADA.

1) what is the best RV trip planner for Canada (ie most updated, most campgrounds, best features, etc)

2) what are the best canadian websites for rv specific accessories and parts? I'm already discovering that RV stores are convenient but overpriced.

3) other than trip planner... any other app or digital tool that you would recommend using?

Thank you!
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:27 AM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2 .

I'm afraid I can't be of much help , with your questions , because I seldom travel, to areas where I haven't been previously in Canada ; and my navigator prefers paper maps.

Parts prices , you really need shop around , when my coach needed a water heater , pricing varied by 40%, and I got " stories " about supply , everything from 10 days away to obsolete . When I did find a parts store in North Vancouver , that gave a price that matched ( with exchange ) what I was seeing on the net in the USA and said overnight delivery; from their warehouse to the store; no deposit required . That's where I purchased .
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Old 04-03-2021, 09:01 AM   #3
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You have already found one of the best. IRV2 is great.
If your going to have internet while you travel then you could use “my google maps”. You can trip plan and save your trip and then use it without internet. An I pad would work well. I have tried it on a few trips and it’s good but does not have features that the stand alone gps has like low bridges, weight restrictions and over speed limit warnings. I still use my stand alone gps rand McNally and love it.
Trip wizard is a great program but I never really got into using it too much. If you go into USA and need/want internet I suggest getting a USA carrier as you will get faster internet using them.
There is a newer gps from Garmin that has a 10” screen that looks awesome. With the stand alone gps you can use internet for weather around you which is really handy in southern USA and a feature I would not want to be without.
I would think if there is one thing I could not live without it would be internet while travelling. Telus in Canada, AT&T is USA and tel cel in Mexico.
Enjoy your travels.
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I forgot to mention. https://www.rvsuperstorecanada.ca/rv-accessories This link is for RV Superstore Canada. A few of my friends use this store. I have not tried it yet.
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We actually utilise some of the US based apps/websites that users have contributed to, and whilst sparse does cover some of Canada as they' reported/reviewed.

Ioverlander, Freecampsites.net, RVParky? Campendium? Sanidumps.com googlemaps, and many others. We also research for Crown lands. Google for looking at Campgrounds in certain areas in years gone by. Not perfect or as elaborate as the USA but ......

As well, we have kept a spreadsheet going for many many years with all the various states/provinces and closest towns to be able to sort and as we have read comments from others over the years have added to that and that's been invaluable as the content has increased over time.

Just saying and word of mouth has served us best we've found for the mostpart.

PS: For ordering parts if you are sourcing online and they are coming into Canada from USA, don't use FEDEX or UPS, you will pay a small fortune at the door for their charges. Ask the supplier to ship via USPS as a heads up where possible. Again ask questions here the folks for the largest part are sooooooo helpful, and someone typically, even Canadian has been in your shoes at some point and can share.
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Honestly, aside from sites like this, other possible sources can include smart phone apps, websites for various auto associations. For example BCAA.com has road trip suggestions. There are often visitor centres in various towns where you can get maps, advice etc. You can also reach out to them by phone in advance. Provinces almost always have tourist websites with advice about where, when to go, places to visit, accommodations etc. You just have to do some detective work.
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