Where to Rent an RV
Most car rental companies and RV dealerships offer RV rentals. Selecting the best RV rental service will depend on the type of RV you’re looking for and the cost. Compare the rates and fees of local RV rental services before making a decision.
Plan your route ahead of time and familiarize yourself with the roads. The last thing you want to do is drive a 40-foot motorhome down a narrow dead-end road. Make a list of campgrounds with RV parking and hook-ups in the areas where you’ll be staying.
If you’ll be staying at any hotels along the way, call ahead to arrange parking. Some hotels don’t have designated parking for RVs, while others have specific reserved areas for larger vehicles.
Costs of Renting an RV
An RV is often considered a more economical alternative to hotel accommodations. This can be true in some cases, but renting an RV — especially a full-size model — can be equally or even more costly than a hotel stay.
In addition to the base cost of the RV, rental services may also charge for things like personal supply kits, housekeeping kits, insurance, and mileage.
The basic rental of an RV typically won’t include things like towels, bedding, kitchenware, or toiletries. Most dealers or rental agencies will offer these items, commonly referred to as a housekeeping kit or personal convenience kit, for an additional fee. If you choose to pass on these extras, be sure to pack everything you’ll need to turn your RV into a home-away-from-home.
Your rental RV will need to be insured. Contact your insurance agent or check your policy before you rent an RV. Your existing automotive insurance may cover an RV rental. If you’re already covered, you can save some extra money by foregoing the rental service’s insurance policy.
Types of Rental RVs
There are many different types of RVs to rent. Motorhomes, or class A RVs, are the largest and most accommodating RVs. These RVs are typically between 30 to 40 feet long and include all of the amenities of a home. Class A RVs also require the most fuel and are the most cumbersome to drive.
Other varieties of class B and class C RVs include: pop-up campers, toy haulers, travel trailers, 5th-wheel trailers, truck campers, teardrop trailers, camper trailers, and van conversions.
Which model is right for your trip will depend on how many people you’ll be carrying and how much time you’ll be spending in the RV.
RV Rental Requirements
Just like renting any other vehicle, a valid driver’s license and credit card will be required to rent an RV. You don’t need any special driver’s license endorsement to operate an RV, but it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the unique nature of an RV, before hitting the road.
If you’ve never driven an RV or you aren’t quite comfortable getting behind the wheel yet, take a test drive. Dealers are happy to let you test drive the vehicles and can offer expert guidance on anything you’re not familiar with.
If you don’t plan on bringing your car with you or parking it at the rental lot, be sure to make arrangements to have it driven home. Parking at the rental lot will typically carry an additional fee.