RV Rentals: How to get started

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Think you might enjoy the RV lifestyle, but wish there were a way to try before you buy? Well, there is. It is possible to rent an RV so you can get the idea of what it’s all about before you lay out the cash to purchase an RV of your own.

Before you rent make sure you know where you want to go and how long you can be away. Think about the places you want to visit and check campground locations to find one with the amenities you want. If you’re traveling to a popular tourist destination or during a busy season, you’ll want to make reservations. It is possible to rent an RV from places around the world. You might choose to RV in Hawaii, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa, or many more places. The world is yours to explore.

There are a number of RV models available to rent. Most are Class C motorhomes, but smaller camper vans and the larger Class A motorhomes are often available. Some places will rent pop-ups (tent campers) and you might even find fifth wheels and trailers if you’re persistent.

You have options in the rental location, as well. You can choose to rent near home and then drive to your destination, or you can travel to your destination and pick up your RV when you arrive. Location, budget, and personal preferences will help you determine which is best for you. Before you decide this, though, you’ll want to think about what you’re going to bring. Some companies will rent packages that include things you need for daily living–utensils, cookware, linens, etc. There are some who will rent bikes, grills, and folding chairs, as well.

When you start getting quotes, make sure you know what each quote includes for comparison purposes. You’ll want to know the size of the RV, what mileage is included, whether insurance is included and what’s covered, the deposit required, is a generator included, and any additional feels. If you want to travel with your pet(s), make sure they’re allowed. As you research rental companies, keep a list of features you like or dislike. Also think about whether you’ll need a car at your destination. If so, check with your rental company to see if one can be towed. If not, you can always rent a car when you arrive.

Make sure to read the rental agreement and understand the terms and conditions before you book the reservation. Pay special attention to the refueling policy. You don’t want any nasty surprises at the end of your trip.

During the walkthrough, pay attention! The rental company should take the time to explain everything to you. Ask questions, take notes, and ask again if you don’t understand something. Make sure you know where the various manuals are located. Make sure you have the contact number for the rental company, including an emergency number.

One more bit of advice. If you find you need a bit of help or have questions while on your trip, just ask another RVer. They’re some of the nicest, most helpful people out there. They’ll be happy to show you the ropes.


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