It is not too early or too late to plan an RV vacation this year, even if you do not have an RV. To see what our homeland is all about, there is no better view than the close-up one you and your family can get through an RV adventure.
If you have dreamed of piling the family into an RV but just didn’t get around to it yet, consider renting your RV this year. Yes, the rental world of RVs can be daunting. Here are some things to think about before you rent and later in the post, I’ll tell you how to find a dealer from which to rent an RV.
First, decide which RV is right for you. In order to do this you’ll need to think about:
- where you want to go,
- how long your vacation will be,
- how many people will need a place to sleep in the RV,
- how much (or little) is your vacation budget,
- where will you eat and
- what will you need to take.
(From an experienced RVer, I would definitely recommend that you drive no more than a couple hundred miles per day and that you do not drive every day. Stay in a place a couple nights at least and enjoy where you find yourself. Also keep the luggage light. You’ll be happy you did because of fuel savings and a low-clutter environment.)
Once you’ve decided the length of your vacation and your vacation budget, your destination, whether you’ll eat from you RV or go out, where everyone will sleep and what necessities you’ll need to take along, you are ready to think about the type and size of RV you’ll need.
There are basically eight types of RVs. Class A motorhome, class B van camper, class C camper over truck chassis, all of which are motorized. 5th wheel pull trailers, travel trailers, toy haulers, folding trailers and truck campers are towed or carried with a tow vehicle. The different sizes of RVs are usually compact, standard, intermediate and large.
There are private dealers that rent RVs and there are national chains. A site that lists RV rental places throughout most of the world, including the U.S. and Canada is Allmotorhomerentals.com.
The higher visibility domestic national RV rental chains are: Moturis, Cruise America, El Monte RV and Escape Campervans. But there are many others to choose from.
Remember that the high season for RV travel in the U.S. begins at the start of June and continues through to the first week of September. RVs sell out quickly for this period so best to book as many months in advance as possible. Travel outside of the high season can save up to 50% on the cost of the rental. Just like with car rentals, you can do a one-way RV rental but of course there is generally a fee.
Finally, we have a rental directory here; GoRVing.com also has one on their website and is searchable by city and state or by RV company name. Go ahead, dream that RV vacation and visit some of the RV rental companies online to get a feel for what’s out there for you and your family. Happy travels.
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