Buying an RV may be expensive, and there’s also the issue of where to park it when you’re not traveling, but renting is a realistic alternative, particularly for first-timers. While rental costs can rapidly mount up, they can be equivalent to resort hotels or renting beach homes, especially for bigger families.
Things to know before renting an RV
Decide how much space you will need
There are many different types of RVs available, so do some research to see which one best matches your needs. While you don’t usually need a specific driver’s license to get behind the wheel, you might feel more at ease driving one that is connected to your vehicle through a trailer hitch.
If you have a large family, you may desire more room, but if you are traveling through cities or locations where parking may be an issue, it’s worth considering something a bit more maneuverable.
Select the right RV to rent
You can pick the proper size motorhome to rent once you know where you’re going and who’ll be joining you. You will need adequate sleeping space for everyone, as well as enough lounge room, the ability to carry everything you need, and the proper cooking appliances to prepare meals at the RV park or campsite.
Also, just because an RV states it can sleep six people doesn’t imply it can sleep six people comfortably, which is why you should tour the RV before renting it.
Budget and alternative fees
Budgeting will most likely be a long-term process as you investigate all of your alternatives, but you may start now and adapt as you make additional selections. You should also factor in the cost of renting a car for activities that are not suited for an RV.
Aside from the main cost of renting an RV, there are a few extra expenses to be aware of. You will need to pay a deposit up the advance, you will require travel insurance, and there may be additional expenses depending on the length of your trip or its destination. Many RV rental businesses also charge extra for extras like bedding, cookware, generators, propane, and other luxuries.
Prepare a backup power solution
Most RVs come with a generator, but you will only be able to use it for a certain number of hours per day if you’re renting. To avoid large overage costs, you’ll need to be able to hook the electric and water systems into an RV park or not run the generator for longer than the permitted hours. Most rental websites will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to connect to a hookup at your location.
Renting an RV is the best way to figure out if RVing is right for you and your family. While it may not be the cheapest mode of transportation, it does provide you with the opportunity to break away from your daily routine, vacation in a different way than you’re used to.