More and more people are using RVs to travel in comfort, affordably. If you’re not ready to buy an RV or just want to try one out first, consider renting your recreational vehicle. There’s no better time than now to rent an RV and see the country, whether you’re traveling with your family, as a couple or in your retirement years.
After investigating what you can expect from top RV manufacturers, follow the steps below to rent an RV.
Be sure you qualify to rent an RV. While every state sets different laws regarding minimum requirements, there are a few standard qualifications you’ll need to meet:
Find an RV rental company. You can rent an RV from a local car dealership, fleet rental company or internet-based broker. Check the company’s customer ratings and rental insurance requirements to help make your decision.
Read the rental contract. When you choose a rental RV, be sure to read the fine print before signing the contract. Is there a set fee or minimum rental time? What about the disputes process if something goes wrong?
Sign an agreement. After you complete an application (including copies of your insurance and driver’s license), you’ll have to wait to hear back from the RV rental company. Once you’re approved, sign the contract, pay for the rental and then pick it up on the agreed-upon date.
A recreational vehicle is any type of trailer or automobile with a living space. RVs are usually classified by size:
You can rent all types of RVs, including driveable models like motor homes and towable RVs like travel trailers, camper trailers, pop-up campers and fifth-wheel trailers.
If you don’t have a towing vehicle or just prefer to drive your RV rather than towing it and setting it up at each destination, you’ll want a motor home or campervan.
Trailers, sometimes called caravans, require towing. RV trailers are usually more affordable to rent than motor homes but offer far less convenient living conditions. Users set up the trailer at each campsite, which can require quite a bit of physical labor.
RV rental companies typically charge per night, but you can also find weekly or monthly rates. The average cost to rent an RV is between $150 and $200 per night, although this could be quite a bit more or less depending on the type of RV you choose. The chart below illustrates the average rental prices for various types of RVs.
|Type of RV||Nightly Rental Average|
|Class A motor home||$200 to $400|
|Class B campervan||$150 – $275|
|Class C RV||$150 – $300|
|Fifth-wheel trailer||$100 – $200|
|Travel trailer||$75 – $175|
|Pop-up camper||$70 – $125|
Keep in mind these prices fluctuate based on location, season and availability. If you’re looking to save money, older RV models are generally more affordable than newer models.
Before you rent an RV, consider additional costs involved with this method of travel.
Renting an RV is a fairly straightforward process once you know the type of vehicle you want. Be sure to find a reputable broker and budget appropriately so you can enjoy your time on the open road.