Hi, I am renting an RV in Canada. There is a convenience kit supplied, pots, pans, bedding etc. What else will I need to bring with me. Perhaps a basic tool kit, an extension cord, flashlight etc... I am working on compiling a list of things to bring. Thanks. Bill
Rentals only give you basic things. If they supply a water hose, you'll need a 2nd one for the times the one supplied will not reach. An elbow to attach to the end of the sewer hose going into the ground. Just shoving the hose into the hole lets gases escape and many campgrounds require a tight seal into the ground. A portable BBQ grill & tools, a pail, roasting forks, lawn chairs, wheel chocks and a bunch of 2x10 boards about 18"or 12" long. Boards are needed to level and block as you'll always need more. Many areas don't have good TV reception so a handfull of movies comes in handy if you're stuck inside on a rainy night.
We rented a class C to tour Yellowstone a couple of years ago. I found that it was cheaper to go to Wally World and buy equipment then "renting it" from the Rental place. We paid @ $6.00 for camp chairs and they wanted that much per week to rent them.They same with the cook set, just picked up a cheap one. At the end of our 2 weeks we gave all the stuff to people that had their own campers in the campground we were in the last night. (someone even sent me a nice bottle of cognac for all the stuff we gave him"
I have been renting in Western Canada since 1988 and first of all, what type of campground do you prefer?
Never mind, here are the essentials:
An axe (some rental companies will supply, but most don't, health & safety you know!), additional bedding if you are going into the mountains or early/late in the season, if you are using a lot of multimedia stuff make sure you have enough connectors to charge it all, lots of cameras/memory cards for all the bears/moose!, a cake cooling grid to stop your meal falling into the fiery embers of the campfire, one of those head worn LED lights is useful.
Thats about it, the rental company will provide matches, flashlight, hoses, pots and pans etc. but the bedding can be a bit light. You will be able to request camping chairs (chargeable) and you will be able to leave your luggage at the depot (at your risk) providing of course that you are not doing a one-way rental.
Talking about risk, do check the insurance provided, it can vary considerably between rental companies.
If you are planning on using Ontario Provincial Parks make sure you have at least 20 metres or better yet 30 metres of electrical cord. Don't know how many times I have seen the big name rentals backed into a corner of a campsite or halfway onto the road just to reach the elctrical outlet.
As for an axe, well most people buy firewood then try to split it with an axe. It's very unlikely you will be chopping down trees, which is what an axe is for. Buy a splitting maul which is about the same price and about 3 times more efficient for splitting firewood.
A pair of cheap work gloves and a roll of disposable shop towels or at minimum paper towels really comes in handy.
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I would not worry about it too much. We rented numerous times in Canada and Alaska. As we are from Holland, all we brought had to fit in our 2 suitcases. We never missed anything we couldn't buy or borrow.
It also depends on the rental company you are using, some are better than others.
The only extra stuff we brought was our own sheets, but that is just a personal preference. I agree with other posters above, just go to the nearest superstore and buy what you need. (disposable gloves, etc)