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The Booking Process

  • Each RV in the RV Fleet has a link to a Booking Calendar on the www.rvme.com site
  • You will need to register an account with rvme. Make sure to check your junk mail if you don’t see your confirmation email.
  • Find the RV of your choice and select the dates in the corresponding RV “Booking Calendar.” 
  • You can also consider searching date ranges on the rvme site, although you may see RVs that aren’t in our fleet, be sure to look for “Island RV Rentals” in the title.
  • If price adjustments are required, they will be done after you submit your request. 
  • Send any applicable information about the booking through the rvme message board or through email. 
  • After you submit a request, the invoice will be adjusted accordingly and invoiced back to you for review and payment. You will receive email notifications from rvme, so make sure to check your junk mail on occasion. Feel free to reach out to us if we haven’t responded within a day. 
  • Please note: Not every trailer listed on rvme is owned by us, only the ones that say “Island RV Rentals.”
  • See you soon.

Welcome to your RV

It is our Goal to provide a safe, clean and enjoyable RV for you and your family. In this guide
you will find information about how the RV works. We encourage you to read through and
reference this guide if you are having any issues. If you are unable to correct the issue, then
please shoot us a message or give us a phone call.

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RV Camping Tips + Tutorials

  • Most of our units have self-lighting hot water tanks.
  • Turning on: Make sure the propane is turned on. Find the switch on the interior wall that says “Water Heater” turn it to the “On” position. You may hear it ticking while it attempts to light. Once it lights you will likely hear the flame roaring away. The hot water heater should then self-regulate for the rest of your trip.
  • Note: It can take about 1 minute for it to self-light.
  • There is always a light on the hot water heater switch. When the switch is in the “On” position, you will only see the light on when it is starting or if it has malfunctioned.
  • If you notice the light on, you should turn it to the off position for 15 seconds, then re-attempt to turn it on.
  •  Troubleshooting: If it doesn’t restart consider propane. Does the tank need to be switched? Also, consider the batteries. It won’t work if the RV batteries are dead.
  • If you have an RV with a “manual light” hot water heater, then you will have a few more steps:
  • Make sure the propane is turned on
  •  Locate the BBQ lighter
  • Locate the panel that houses the hot water heater.
  • Read and follow the instructions found inside the panel.
  • The dial needs to turn to pilot.
  • Press and hold the pilot button.
  • Light the pilot light area as indicated in the instructions. It looks like a tiny spoon, once it is lit, release the pilot button.
  •  Once it is lit, you will turn the dial from “pilot” to “on”. You will then see the pilot turn from a small flame to a roaring flame. At this point you can close the panel, and you are good to go. Turn To dial to “Off” prior to repositioning of RV.
  • Most of our units have self-lighting hot water tanks.
  • Turning on: Make sure the propane is turned on. Find the switch on the interior wall that says “Water Heater” turn it to the “On” position. You may hear it ticking while it attempts to light. Once it lights you will likely hear the flame roaring away. The hot water heater should then self-regulate for the rest of your trip.
  • Note: It can take about 1 minute for it to self-light.
  • There is always a light on the hot water heater switch. When the switch is in the “On” position, you will only see the light on when it is starting or if it has malfunctioned.
  • If you notice the light on, you should turn it to the off position for 15 seconds, then re-attempt to turn it on.
  •  Troubleshooting: If it doesn’t restart consider propane. Does the tank need to be switched? Also, consider the batteries. It won’t work if the RV batteries are dead.
  • If you have an RV with a “manual light” hot water heater, then you will have a few more steps:
  • Make sure the propane is turned on
  •  Locate the BBQ lighter
  • Locate the panel that houses the hot water heater.
  • Read and follow the instructions found inside the panel.
  • The dial needs to turn to pilot.
  • Press and hold the pilot button.
  • Light the pilot light area as indicated in the instructions. It looks like a tiny spoon, once it is lit, release the pilot button.
  •  Once it is lit, you will turn the dial from “pilot” to “on”. You will then see the pilot turn from a small flame to a roaring flame. At this point you can close the panel, and you are good to go. Turn To dial to “Off” prior to repositioning of RV.
  • If you don’t have a city water connection, you will rely on the water pump.
  • Simply turn the switch to “On” and it will be ready to go. As water is used you will likely
    hear the pump activate.
  • If you aren’t using water and you hear the pump rumbling away, then you are likely out of
    water or there is a problem. Contact us if this is the case.
  • If you are hooked up to water, then you should make sure the Pump is in the “Off” position.
  • The furnace typically runs on propane.
  • To use the Furnace the propane needs to be turned on. Then you will locate the thermostat dial on the wall. There is typically a toggle switch that needs to be in the “on” position. Then the temperature gauge needs to be turned to the desired number.
  • It is important to note: The blower will run for about 1 minute after you turn off the Furnace.
  • The A/C unit will only work with a large enough external power source. The generators that we rent out are not strong enough for the AC units. Typically a 30 Amp plug is what’s required, but sometimes it will work on 110 or 15 Amp, although it may be susceptible to popping a breaker, especially if there is the additional draw at the time.
  • The AC unit is turned off and on from an electrical panel or from dials directly on the Air Conditioning unit (On the ceiling).
  • If you do not have hookups (power, water and sewer) then you are “dry camping”. You will need to conserve your water and power accordingly.
  • The biggest draws on the battery will be the lights and the furnace.
  • The “plugins”, microwave, and AC will only work with an external power source.
  •  You’re unlikely to overfill your grey and black tank because you can only use what is in the freshwater holding tank, which typically isn’t enough.
  • Sensors: In each RV there is a panel with sensors for the different tanks on the RV. It is important to note these are a guide and not always accurate. Quite often the Black tank (Sewer) and the Grey tank (Sinks + tub) will read high, this is because the sensors get mucked up.
  • The fridge and hot water tank will run on propane. A small amount of battery is required to keep them running, so if the batteries are fully drained then the fridge and hot water tank won’t work.
  • If you do not have hookups (power, water and sewer) then you are “dry camping”. You will need to conserve your water and power accordingly.
  • The biggest draws on the battery will be the lights and the furnace.
  • The “plugins”, microwave, and AC will only work with an external power source.
  •  You’re unlikely to overfill your grey and black tank because you can only use what is in the freshwater holding tank, which typically isn’t enough.
  • Sensors: In each RV there is a panel with sensors for the different tanks on the RV. It is important to note these are a guide and not always accurate. Quite often the Black tank (Sewer) and the Grey tank (Sinks + tub) will read high, this is because the sensors get mucked up.
  • The fridge and hot water tank will run on propane. A small amount of battery is required to keep them running, so if the batteries are fully drained then the fridge and hot water tank won’t work.
  • If you have rented one of our generators, because you are dry camping, then you will be able to run it each day (typically for an hour) to top up your RV batteries.
  • While it is running, you will have access to the plugins.
  • The generators cannot handle a ton of load. You will not be able to use the AC unit and sometimes the microwave.
  • If you are wanting to run the microwave off of the generator then you should turn the fridge to “Gas” instead of “Auto” this will free up some amps.
  • Turning on the Generator: Please follow any instructions on the unit. Typically, there is a choke, which needs to be in the “start” position, then there will be several other switches including one on the gas cap that all need to be turned to on. Then you pull the cable like a 4 lawn mower. Once it is running for 10-15 seconds, you will move the choke to “run” instead of “start”. You can now plug your trailer into the generator.
  • Turning off the generator: Please perform these steps in reverse order.

End of Trip Procedure

  • Please remove all of your contents and any garbage or food.
  • A quick wipe of the surfaces and a quick sweep are greatly appreciated.
  • If you’re returning a Motorhome, please fill the gas tank and the propane tank. The propane tank can be filled at the CO-OP on Mary Ellen Drive in Nanaimo. It is 2 Km south of our
    location. A gas attendant will help you with this.
  • Sani Dumping can now be done at our location, so no need to wait in line elsewhere, although if you’re hooked up, you might as well do it before disconnecting.
  • If you are returning with a self tow trailer or a Motorhome it needs to be returned by 11 am, unless otherwise arranged and agreed upon. Please make travel adjustments for fueling and
    potential travel delays, such as the Tofino Hwy construction stoppages.

Included items in our Full size RVs (Please note what has been removed in light of COVID-19)

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made some operational changes. In reference to dishes, weaim to reduce the amount of cleaning our staff is exposed to, and to offer choice and autonomy to our renters. We will be offering 2 different options for dishes. The trailers will be stocked with the list below. We will be removing: Plates, bowls, cutlery, and cups. These will be made available for rent only. This is to ensure that we can adequately take the time to clean the dishes and store them in an enclosed bin to prevent contamination. We do apologize for this inconvenience, but we believe it will lead to safer practice for our campers and less cleaning and exposure to our staff. Each Trailer is equipped with at least 1 full tank of Propane, and 2 Batteries (either 12 V or 6 V)

IN THE CUPBOARDS YOU WILL FIND:

  • Electric Coffee Maker c/s Filters
  • Electric Kettle
  • Standard Kettle
  • Electric Toaster
  • Spatula
    3 Mixing /Serving Bowls
  • Cutting Board
  • Bread Knife
  • 2 Wooden Spoons
  • 1 Fry Pan
  • 2 Small Storage Containers
  • Can Opener
  • 1 Colander
  • 1 Outdoor Carpet
  • 1 Juice and 1 Measuring Jug
  • 2 Sauce pans (Pots)
  • Flipper
  • 2 Small Cutting Knives

ITEMS NOW FOR RENT AS "DISHES":

  • 6 Corelle Dining Plates
  • 6 Corelle Side Plates
  • 6 Cereal bowls
  • 6 Corelle Mugs
  • 2 Plastic Wine Glasses

  • 6 Settings of
  • Silverware
  • 6 Plastic Tumblers

Option 1: Rent a set of dishes (The above-removed items) cleaned by Island RV and stored for at least 3 days in an enclosed Tupperware bin. it is our understanding COVID-19 can live on plastic and stainless
steel the longest (up to 72 hours). The renter will receive the bin of dishes and will be responsible for repacking the cleaning supplies back in the bin at the end of the trip. $25
Option 2: We don’t supply any plates, cups or cutlery and the renter sources their own supply. $0 No
charge.

If you haven't selected additional rentable items from us, you should consider bringing:

Indoor Supplies

-Groceries
-Dishes
-Bedding + Towels
-Cards/Games
-Tablet

Outdoor Supplies

-Camping chairs
-BBQ
-Beach Towels
-Propane Fire Pit
-Generator (Dry Camping)

For more information please contact us. Text and Email are preferred:

Operational Address: 6873 Mart Rd, Lantzville, BC
Email: info@islandrv.ca
Phone or Text: 1-250-616-0636