GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted January 2nd, 2016

Rent an RV and Test Drive a Fun New Lifestyle

Happy Camper Blog

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to take your next vacation in an RV, there’s an easy way to find out: rent one. This will allow you and your family to “test drive” the RV lifestyle and help you find out what size and type of RV is right for you.

There are a few factors to consider before you rent an RV:

  • Decide if you want a motorized RV or one that’s towable such as a fifth wheel or travel trailer (if you have a vehicle that’s large enough to pull it or mount it on).
  • Choose the size of your RV based on the number of people you’ll need it to accommodate. For example, motorized RVs come in Class A (like a bus) that can sleep up to 6, Class B (built on a van chassis) that can sleep up to 4, and Class C (also called a “cabover”) that can sleep up to 8.

You’ll have a variety of RV rental companies to choose from, including nationwide companies like Cruise AmericaEl Monte RV and USA RV Rentals as well as many regional companies.

When you choose an RV rental company, you’ll want to ask some important questions:

  • What is the daily rate?
  • Are any miles included and what is the cost per mile for extra miles?
  • What extra charges are involved such as costs for a generator or propane?
  • Are any kitchen and bedding items included or will you have to bring, buy or rent them?
  • What are the pickup and drop off times?
  • What's the average gas mileage the RV?

You’ll also need to put down a security deposit to rent an RV, and, as with a rental car, you’ll need to purchase insurance if the rental is not covered by your auto insurer, so you’ll want to check with them first.

And, in case you’re wondering, you only need a regular driver’s license to drive most RVs, but if you’re planning to rent a very large RV or trailer, you’ll want to check with your state’s department of motor vehicles to find out if any special requirements will apply.

Also, be sure to ask what kind of training and orientation you’ll receive from your RV rental company. This will help you make sure you’ll be able to drive the RV safely, know how to operate all of its features, hook up your water and electrical services correctly and dispose of waste properly.

Then the real fun will begin — deciding where you’ll go. Just visit our Find a Park page and you’ll be well on your way to your RVing adventure!