Why did we change our name, well when UMI rentals first incorporated in 2008 we mainly rented cargo and utility trailers, which in the beginning did very well. Then we expanded to equipment rentals as well. Somewhere along the line we added in our very own RV as we had just purchased a home on six acers and thought to ourselves, will we ever leave this property now…lol. So we started renting out the RV and boom…we fell in love with that business model. We decided to sell off all our other equipment to focus solely on RV Rentals, we expanded our fleet to 24 units to date and have served over 2000 happy clients! Anyway why did we change the name to RV adventure Rentals, in this day and age Google decides who deserves to be on the first page by using a bunch of algorithms and S.E.O. rules, which can be very difficult to change, SO! we decided to abandon UMI for a name that really said what and who we are and for better placement on all search engines. That is the short and the skinny of it.
Recently we decided to check out a forestry campsite that we have heard a little about. The campsite named Noisy Creek, because of the creek running through, which really wasn’t that noisy. But being at Noisy Creek RV park in late fall and not much for run off this is to be expected. I would imagine it can be very noisy in the spring. Anyway enough rambling. Noisy is located approx. 40K from Enderby BC at the north end of Mabel Lake. http://bcadventure.com/adventure/explore/ok/mabel/mabel.htm The road in is no worse than some paved roads but does have some sections with nasty pot holes so just reduce your speed. We towed in a 20 foot holiday trailer for our little getaway and it was no problem. To get to Noisy you would head east out of Enderby across the Shuswap River, oh ya… coming from Alberta turn left on main street in Enderby and right coming from Vernon. The drive took us about an hour and forty five minutes through some very beautiful country, so it didn’t really feel like an hour plus. There is no signage but I can tell you that the entrance road is at 21K and that the secret to finding it is stay right on the well-traveled road. Don’t take any road that looks a little weedy! Although it is a bit of a jaunt it is well worth it. We arrived at about 2 pm and to our amazement there was not one other person there, yes it is mid-October, but it is still warm…imagine a campsite totally empty. It was a dream come true!!! So we parked our little trailer next to the beach, well first we decided to do a little drive through to scope out the ideal spot, then we setup camp, started a fire and then went for an explore. We first walked the rocky beach around the corner to where Noisy creek emptied into Mabel lake and then back tracked as there was no way to cross without getting soaked…LOL. We decided to take the walking trail through the trees which was more like a carpet than a forest floor, a kids paradise for riding bikes and playing war. I miss those days, anyway in the middle of this greenery is a foot bridge that crosses Noisy and to our surprise we find salmon spawning right under foot, what an amazing dance of wild nature preformed right before our eyes. There was not a lot of Salmon but the few that were there did provide us with an amazing insight to their short but important life cycle. So once we pried ourselves away from the Salmon we continued our adventure of the campsite and more of the amenities such as a concrete boat launch, roped off swimming area and a nature hiking trail that takes approx. 45 minutes, which we decided we would not explore due to the spawning Salmon and our lack of bear spray. Ya that expedition can wait till next time!
All in all the trip to Noisy Creek was well worth the extra time getting there. Now we can tell you a couple of things I would not do, one I would not recommend a holiday trailer over 26 feet as most of the sites are smaller, there are a few bigger ones but who really wants to get all the way out there and have no place to park. Avoid long weekends until they start to put signs at the entrance roads. I wouldn’t chance it as it is a very popular spot with locals and out of towner’s. During the high season there is a camp host and I believe that the nightly fee is about $18 and it can get quite busy there during high season, May Long to Sept Long. There is no cell service although I believe the camp host has a Sat phone for emergencies. On a scale of 1-10 I put Noisy at a solid 8. If you would like a bit more information you can call me @ 1800.462.9958 and I will try and answer your questions.
Beach at Noisy Creek RV park
In the RV rental business I hear “Wow that’s expensive”, so I have decided to give you a small comparison to mull around in your mind if you are thinking “should I buy or just rent an RV?”
Owning a RV Holiday Trailer.
Owning an RV or holiday trailer comes with some obvious cost, such as the purchase price which can run anywhere from fifteen thousand to twenty five thousand for an entry level new RV. Sure you can get used models for under that, but that has a whole slew of other costs that could backfire on your trusty old wallet. Just picture a RV with rotted floors, walls or ceilings all of which may not be very noticeable and don’t expect the owner to be forthcoming. Then what about the gas appliances. Have they been certified at all? How about the wheel bearings or the brakes?
As an example I went along with a friend to look at a used 24 foot holiday trailer last fall and we really gave it the once over and all was looking really good, the price was right, all the extras were there, including 2- 6 volt batteries, which are excellent, stabilizer jacks and large new propane tanks. Anyway just as we were entertaining an offer to give the owner my friend stepped just off the beaten path at the front entrance and felt a slight give in the floor. We lifted the entrance rug to find a fairly thick piece of cardboard. Hmm! Well turns out, after asking the owner a few more questions the RV had flooded and needed the floor replaced! That is a three to four thousand dollar job! They say buyer beware for a reason.
So with that in mind buying a new RV or holiday trailer sounds pretty good right? Well back to that hefty price, now you either have to take a wad of cash out of your savings or finance your new toy. Now let’s take a look at it this way, if you pay cash you now have taken a large sum of money from your savings and plunked it down on this awesome weekend getaway, losing potential interest and not to mention your $20,000 toy is now on a steady decline in value. Most dealers try and put you on the never, never, pay plan to keep those payments really low. This means by the time you want to trade up or sell you still owe more than it is worth. You now think the only thing you have to do is buy insurance, which will be approximately $300-$600 per year? Now you need to outfit the RV with all the amenities, plates, pots and pans and so forth which will run you $500 – $1000. Okay you are ready to hit the road, right? Not so fast! What about the axe, sewer hose, water hose, folding chairs, ground mat, and the list goes on. Ok after everything is in place and your new holiday trailer is fully equipped including the new hitch system and your brake controller that you need installed in your truck, and hopefully the dealer or the person you bought it from has informed you that your truck is capable of towing your shiny new toy, you are finally ready to go camping. I think you get the picture, it’s not as cheap as you might think and I haven’t even talked about yearly maintenance and storage which can run you thousands as well. One other part most people don’t think about is the time it takes to get your RV ready to go, this can take a full day depending on your needs.
Once you realize the expense of owning an RV you need to consider how much you will actually use it, from our experience usage diminishes rapidly. So let’s break it down yearly.
Monthly payments $300 = $3600 per year
Maintenance = $600 per year
Storage = $720 per year
Insurance = $600 per year
Depreciation = $1000 per year
Extra fuel consumption = $1500 per year
Extra wear on vehicle = $500 per year
Misc. = $200 per year
Total = $8720 per year.
So now that we have broken down the expense of owning an RV, Let’s take a look at hassle free RV rentals. First and most noticeable, you keep your savings in the bank and have no monthly payments. Your only expense is the rental and no matter how you look at it a holiday always has a price tag, some are just more expensive. An RV rental is going to cost you around $1000 per week, give or take. Your RV will be set up and waiting for you when you arrive. It will be fully stocked with all the amenities you need for your camping trip, all you bring is your food, bevies,bath linens and bedding. We also suggest clothing as well…lol. This means you don’t have the hassle or stress of loading and towing your RV over mountains or thru heavy traffic, you don’t have to worry about whether you can maneuver the unit into the campsite or set it up, which can be pretty taxing on your mental psyche, not to mention your significant other! And really, all you want to do is grab that bevy and relax.
RV Rentals really are much less expensive and way more relaxing, just show up and start your holiday and let the RV rental company take care of the rest. If you look at the numbers above you can easily take a few trips per year and still be way ahead. So find yourself a reliable company, ask for references and check them out online to make sure the RV Rental Company is the right one for you.
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With this warm weather we are experiencing I foresee an early camping season in the Okanagan Shuswap and as per the norm the most popular sites will fill fast so I suggest you make your reservation as soon as possible. Here is a link to reserve your provincial campsite https://secure.camis.com/Discovercamping/ or you can google Okanagan Shuswap campsites for privately owned recreation camping. The Okanagan Shuswap has an array of Provincial sites as well as privately owned and forestry campsites at many of the small lakes, some we can recommend for easy access when towing an RV and many that you might want to reconsider. The following link is to an article from Infotel news that gives a run down on some of the smaller forestry sites located in our area, http://infotel.ca/newsitem/where-to-find-camping-in-the-north-okanagan-when-provincial-parks-are-full/it17651 for more information on these sites you can email our staff at email@example.com, we also have a couple of articles on camping in the Okanagan Shuswap area listed on our website.
No matter what type of camping you enjoy, there are a few things you need to get done and the sooner you do these the less stressful your first trip is going to be. First and foremost summerize that RV, drain all your lines, second sanitize your freshwater tank with a small amount of bleach, this will insure that no unwanted little green friends will be growing in your under belly!. Once you have the summerize complete we suggest testing and making sure your batteries are good, there is nothing worse than getting to your site and an hour later your batteries are dead! Next let’s fill the hot water tank and test it as well as all your gas appliances especially the furnace, god only knows the temps can still dip pretty low in early season at higher elevations, and nobody likes freezing at night! So if everything is working you are ready to go, and if something is not working you have plenty of time to fix the problem and save your first trip of the year from being a disaster. Oh and one other good thing to do, is put a few bounce sheets in your heat vents, mice hate bounce and I find they work much better than those very expensive mouse bags, DO NOT PUT BAITED TRAPS IN YOUR RV!! You are just asking for a problem, nothing like saying “free food, come on in”, of course if you have a problem then sure use the baited traps if you don’t have any other alternatives.
I can already feel the excitement building within us, the fun of friends sitting around the camp fire catching up on the past six months, roasting some dogs and swilling my favorite brew. Come on let’s go! Always remember to respect those around you, keep your kids and pets under control and pack out what you bring in.
Enjoy your season and maybe we will see you out and about, CHEERS!
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