Written by RVShare, a leader in RV rental services.
Considering upgrading your next camping trip to include sleeping on a real bed? Want to take a road trip that doesn’t involve using even a single gas station bathroom?
There’s a reason RVing is becoming ever more popular — and not just among retirees. These days, young professionals and families are frequently found motoring across the country in motorhomes and travel trailers, both for one-off vacations and as a permanent living situation.
If you’ve yet to experience RVing yourself, renting is a great way to get a taste of what this unique travel lifestyle has to offer. And renting through the peer-to-peer market at RVshare makes it even easier and more affordable. Here’s what you need to know to get started on your own RV rental adventure.
How does renting an RV compare to traditional travel?
So, what draws travelers to the RV lifestyle in the first place?
Well, just imagine all the freedom of a regular road trip, coupled with the comfort and convenience of knowing you always have your very own place to lay your head — and make your sandwich for lunch, to boot! RVs also mean skipping out on the not-so-pleasant experience of using public restrooms, all while allowing you to see the country at your own pace from the exhilarating but familiar standpoint of the highway.
Rather than schlepping your suitcases into a wide variety of anonymous (and expensive!) hotel rooms, only to have to unpack and repack them again, in an RV, it’s one and done: you pack up, move in, and you’re ready to go. And although RVs do have their share of expenses, including both rental fees and fuel costs, which can be considerable, you can also save money by making your own meals on the road and choosing low-cost camping options, like state parks or boondocking areas.
How do I find the perfect unit to rent?
Browsing for your RV rental couldn’t be easier! For RV Share specifically, all you’ll need to do is go to the website, enter your location (either nearby your home or nearby your destination, if you prefer to travel to the area before you pick up your rental), and enter your prospective travel dates. Click the “search” button, and a variety of listings will populate the screen, including a map along the right-hand side to show you a more exact pickup location for each listing.
The listings will display a photo as well as some basic information, such as the number of passengers the RV sleeps and the per-night rental price, on the main page. But for more detailed information on an option that looks good to you, click through to the complete listing — which will also specify amenities, rules and policies, pick-up and drop-off times, and more, as well as displaying additional photos.
Keep in mind that you can further customize your search by using the filters available as drop-down menus along the top of your screen. Narrow down your options by choosing towable or drivable RVs, opting for listings with Instant Book, or checking the “allows pets” box if you’re traveling with Fido!
Once I’ve found the RV I want to rent, what does the fee include? Am I responsible for insurance, repairs, gasoline, cleaning, etc?
When you’re used to booking through major rental agencies and commercial businesses, it’s understandable that a listed price might make you skeptical. There’s usually a slew of fine-print “extras” that drag up your initial quoted price quite a bit.
With RVShare, what you see is what you get! When you click through to the main listing, you’ll see a total displayed for your travel dates, which includes insurance coverage, RV’s service fee, and any applicable taxes. Individual renters may also assess additional cleaning fees or repair deposits, but again, those will all be visible in the listing before you agree to the booking.
However, you will be responsible for gassing up the rig to get it to your destination — unless you choose a rental that offers delivery service, that is! But vacation costs like campground accommodations, food, and activities all fall to the renter.
Do I need a special license to drive any of the units?
Nope! So long as you have a valid driver’s license and over the age of 25, you’re good to go.
Where do I pick up the unit?
Well, that depends: where do you want to pick up the unit?
While many renters choose to find an RV available near their home and drive to their destinations, some also choose to fly to a location and pick up the RV once they’ve arrived — or even choose a rental listing that offers optional delivery service. It’s kind of a trade-off, either way: if you drive the rig yourself, you get more of the experience of the RV life, but you will likely have to spend a considerable amount on gas. On the other hand, having an RV delivered to your destination (or picking one up close by) can make for a super-relaxing start to your getaway, but may give you less flexibility.
Either way, the exact pickup location will be arranged between you and the renter once your booking is confirmed.
Enjoy your journey into the wide, wonderful world of RVing!