When you rent an RV, you're not only taking along the kitchen sink...you're taking along the fridge, oven, dining table, sofa, shower, toilet, and bed too. Ahh...all the comforts of home, while doing 55 down the highway (although I don't recommend doing 55 while using all these features, but you get the idea!). Your home is wherever the road takes it!
"RV rentals are booming - and with good reason. With RVing, you control your own time, where you go, where you stay - and the price is right."
-Peter Greenberg, renowned travel expert
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So, without further ado, here's your guide to a taste of the good life...
Renting is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the various types and find out what works best for you.
It's also a good way to see if the RV lifestyle is your cup of tea before laying out your hard earned cash on a purchase.
What better way to enjoy time with your family than RV camping in the great outdoors. And having all the comforts of home with you can make the trip a breeze for you and the kids!
Do you own an RV and wish you could share the joys of RVing with family or friends who are "RVless"? Have them rent an RV and join you for a family reunion of outdoor fun and exploration!
The costs of flying, renting a car, staying in hotels, and eating out can put you in the poorhouse. When renting an RV you can save up to 50% or more on vacation costs. RV Rental prices vary depending on the season, location, and size of the unit. The costs can range from $100-$250 per day.
By Renting an RV, instead of taking the typical airline/car rental/hotel vacation, you will be using less resources and will leave a smaller carbon footprint.
From a luxurious bus sized Class A motorhome to a small pop-up camper, you'll have to decide which best fits your family's needs.
If you haven't driven anything larger than a 4-door sedan, and you'd like to rent a motorhome, you may want to start with something like a smaller Class C (mini-motorhome).
Also, find one that sleeps all members of your family -and for motorhome rentals, make sure there's a seatbelt for each passenger.
Class A Motorhomes can be "mansions on wheels" and are the most expensive to rent and operate. They can range from 24 to 40 feet in length and look and feel like a bus. An advantage is that you'll have an excellent view of the road and the scenery through the expansive front windshield. However, this is a "Big Rig" and maneuvering the beast can take some practice.
Class C Motorhomes are smaller and easier to drive than a Class A. They are built on a van or truck chassis and typically have a bed over the cab area. These can be less expensive to rent and operate than a Class A. The length can be from 19 to 32 feet.
Class B Motorhomes are the most compact motorhomes and usually sleep 2 to 4 people. They are not well suited for RV Boondocking (camping without hookups) as the freshwater and holding tanks are small - In addition these typically do not have full bathroom facilities. And you won't be cooking gourmet with the limited kitchen space!
However, they can be great for short trips. Also, if you can drive a van, you can easily cruise in one of these.
Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels will require a heavy duty tow vehicle. Trailers are best when camped in one spot for extended periods as the tow vehicle can be used for sightseeing.
Sizes can range from 13 to over 35 feet for some Fifth Wheels. The larger Fifth Wheels can be quite luxurious with multiple slide outs and more space than an apartment.
If you need a stationary dwelling, delivery of the trailer can often be provided by the rental company.
Are you the type that just can't go camping without bringing the "garage" along with you? Then a Sport Utility RV, commonly called a Toy Hauler, is the one for you. With this type of RV, the back end is the "garage door" where you can load up your ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile, golf cart, kayak, canoe, bicycles, or possibly even a small car. You will also have full living facilities onboard.
The Sport Utility RV can be found as a motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth wheel.
A Pop-Up Camper is a lightweight trailer that can be towed by many passenger vehicles. Once setup these can sleep up to eight people. This is the least costly RV to rent.
They are not well suited for extended RV Boondocking (camping without hookups) as the freshwater and holding tanks are small - In addition these typically do not have full bathroom facilities.
With their low profile and short length they are very easy to tow. And if you're looking for a small RV that can go just about anywhere, a pop-up camper rental may be your ticket.
When you rent an RV, the rental company will offer you an insurance policy similar to that offered by a car rental. However, if you own a car and have insurance, check with your insurance company to see if RV rental insurance is included in your policy. If not, ask about the cost to insure an RV rental under your existing plan.
If RV rental insurance is already included under your existing plan, you can skip buying additional insurance from the RV rental company. If not, you will want to compare the cost of adding RV rental insurance through your car insurance provider verses the RV rental company.
Choosing a One-Way RV Rental means that you can rent an RV in Maine and drop it off in California. RVing across the country and flying home is a great way to save time.
Check with the rental company as some offer deep discounts at certain times of the year. Typically the companies need RVs moved north in the spring and south in the fall and you may find some great bargains at these times.
If the RV lifestyle is all about freedom, then RV Boondocking is the pinnacle of RVing. Cutting the cords will set you free!
There are many campgrounds in the US, especially on public land, where limited or no hookups are available. You will be relying on the RV's onboard systems. You will still be able to use all the systems on the RV - however, having the right equipment will allow you to camp for longer periods without campground hookups.
Moving out, but not yet moving into your new place? Or perhaps you need a place to live while building or remodeling your home. Rent an RV to use as temporary housing. Some RVs can make for very comfortable living, as many full time RVers (those who live in their RV year-round) have found.
The entertainment industry has used RVs as mobile offices and "mobile palaces" for the "stars" for years. an RV can make the perfect off site housing unit or office. Need an office at a construction site, housing for an outdoor event, or a comfortable vehicle for your traveling sales team? Consider a recreational vehicle rental for your business needs.
Ready to make your RV dreams a reality? Only one step left, finding a place to rent an RV.
Here is a list of RV rental companies where you can search for RV rentals by type and location. Also, check local RV dealers and auto rentals. Some of them may have a rental program or can refer you to an RV rental company. And for private owner rentals, you can also try the popular free classified ad website Craigslist.
Cruise America is the largest RV rental company in the US. They also have rental locations in Canada.
Whether your looking to rent a Mini-Motorhome or a Luxurious Class A you'll find it at El Monte RV.
Rent an RV from several rental locations across the USA here.
Find deals and compare prices from various rental companies on this fun & whimsical website.
Travel 1st class with a luxury motorhome from Allstar Coaches.
You can search for RV rentals by location from the Go RVing website.
You can even rent an RV in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada here.
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