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Sound Advice for Snowbirds Flying South for the Winter

We’ve already had a brief glimpse into the coming winter here in the Okanagan Valley this year, and although Fall has returned to us again, we can assume we’re in for a fairly heavy winter. As such, the snowbirds are gearing up, ready to head for a warmer climate with less snow, and more pool-side service. And who can blame them?

Whether you’re new to being a snowbird, or a seasoned veteran of heading south for the winter, we’ve gathered some great tips for you to take advantage of:

1) It’s All in the Preparation
Whether you’re heading south in your vehicle, towing a travel trailer, or driving down in your motorhome, it’s always important to make sure your vehicles are serviced, licensed, and ready for the road. Bring your RV into Mike Rosman RV, and we’ll check it over to ensure there are no mechanical issues and that you’re road-ready.

2) Peace of Mind
Especially if you’re travelling to the US (or through the US) make sure your vehicle insurance will keep you covered while you’re away and that you’re fully covered while you’re out of the country. You can check out the ICBC website for more information.

The other insurance to consider is travel insurance. It’s important that snowbirds have the proper medical insurance in place when heading out of the country for any period of time. While you may feel twenty years old, it’s still best to make sure you’re covered before you head off on that skydiving tour of Florida. Many companies offer travel insurance specifically for snowbirds. Our suggestion is to speak with an insurance broker to find the best policy that works for your needs.

3) Make a List for the Road
Before you point your vehicle south, here’s a handy list of things to think about:

  • Cards - Driver’s License, health cards, credit cards, etc.
  • Insurance Papers - In case stuff happens.
  • Power of Attorney - In case your parachute doesn’t open.
  • Banking - Make sure you’re set up with online banking and that bill payments are taken care of.
  • Pets - If you’re taking your furry friend on the road, make sure you have the right documentation with you. (You can check out this article for more info.
  • Customs Forms - If you’re heading down south in your RV, you’re clearly taking a number of personal possessions with you. Be sure to have the correct declaration forms to make sure you won’t be paying duty and taxes upon your return to Canada on your personal possessions.


4) Make a List for Home
Did you turn the coffeemaker off? Here are few other home-related things to think about:

  • Home Insurance - Most insurance policies require someone to check on the house on a regular basis . . .
  • The Check In - Ask a friend/neighbor/family-member to pp in and check on your house occasionally. Even better, if you can find a reliable housesitter it’s a great way to protect your property.
  • Mail - Sooner or later, no more mail will fit in your mailbox. Either forward your mail to your winter address of have someone collect your mail on a regular basis.
  • Service Suspension - Some services (cable, internet) offer suspension options if you’re going to be out of town for a while.
  • Lights - Timers on lights are a great idea and give them impression that you’re still around.
  • Food - To ensure there are no science experiments growing in your fridge when you get home, clean out the fridge and get rid of any perishable foods.

5) Hit the Road!
You’re done! What are you still doing here? Put the pedal to the metal and hit the road! Be sure to have a margarita for us :)


*Source(s): gorving.ca, snowbirdadvisor.ca

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