Easy Steps to RV Rental
Plan Your Affordable Adventure Vacation With an RV Rental
Want to plan an affordable vacation that everyone will love? Camping is an amazing option because you can have the best of all worlds. Want to visit Disney? There is a campground there, want a relaxing beach vacation? Tons of campgrounds to choose from. Hiking in the mountains? You can get up close and personal with nature or vacation in your favorite tourist destination. A campsite is going to be much cheaper than a hotel plus you can cook some or all of your meals yourself saving you more money (see Super Easy Camping Recipes).
Sleeping on the ground not really your thing? An RV is the answer. You can have all of the comforts of home including beds, air conditioning or heat, your own bathroom with shower. Does that sound better? If you already own a camper then you are ahead of the game but if not why not rent one?
RV Rental Options
When you decide to rent an RV you can choose from many different types to suit the type of travel you want to do and how many people will be along for the ride. You can rent an RV and drive across the country stopping when and where you want. Or, rent a camper near home to get it packed up and head to your favorite campground. Does the thought of towing an RV sound a little intimidating? No problem! Choose a rental that will deliver and set everything up for you. How easy will that be?
Where Can You Rent a Camper?
RV rentals are available all over the country and Outdoorsy makes it really easy.
Outdoorsy has a very large selection of privately owned RVs, campers, truck campers, pop ups and motorhomes. Kind of like AirBnB for recreational vehicles. The rental prices are affordable and some owners offer drop off and set up services so you don’t have to pull or drive the rental if you would rather not.
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Making an RV Rental Reservation
- Most companies require drivers be at least 25 years old with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
- A deposit will be required and should be returned quickly if there is no damage at time of RV rental return.
Fees to Expect with RV Rentals
- RV rental rates will be determined according to type of RV and length of reservation.
- Some rentals charge a price per mile over the amount in the contract. Be sure to know this in advance.
- Gas- be sure to calculate gas into your travel budget. Motorhomes use quite a bit of gas and if you are pulling a travel trailer that will affect your gas mileage.
- If you plan to boondock or stay where there are not hookups, you will need a generator. Most rentals will offer this for an additional charge.
Insurance for RV Rentals
- Outdoorsy offers $1 million dollar liability insurance for collisions (verify this amount before you reserve to make sure info is up to date)
- Roadside assistance is also available to get you back on the road as quickly as possible in the event of a mechanical issue.
Booking a Reservation for RV Rental
- Outdoorsy- you will be working primarily with private owners although the payments and insurance are handled by the Outdoorsy company. Search the website by location and type of vehicle you are interested in and then contact the owner by email to request a reservation. The owner will then contact you to complete the reservation. The deposit and payments are made online.
- If there is a certain campground that you plan to visit, make your reservation before you finalize your RV rental. The most popular campgrounds book up quickly during peak season. There are so many amazing campgrounds so if the one you want is not available keep looking until you find one that you like.
Picking Up Your Rental RV
Outdoorsy rental owners will arrange a time and place for you to pick up and drop off the camper. Outdoorsy provides owners with departure forms and a return form for the owner and the renter to fill out. Make sure you take the time to go over everything, ask questions and take notes. Some owners also include a manual for you to refer to. Note any damage etc on the form to protect you when you return the vehicle. When you return, do a walk through with the owner and be sure to sign the return form so that your deposit can be returned.
Avoid These Costs After the Rental Return
Here are a few things to keep in mind so that you get your full deposit returned:
- Cleaning- make sure you clean the RV according to your rental agreement to avoid a cleaning fee. Treat the vehicle as if it were your own. Avoid tracking in dirt and sand by using a rug at the door.
- Damages- any minor damages will come out of your deposit. Any major damage will be covered by your insurance but you will be responsible for anything the insurance company does not pay.
- Empty holding tanks- be sure to empty the tanks according to your agreement.
- Gas fees- fill any gas tanks to the vehicle and generator according to your rental agreement.
- Late fees- double check that you know exactly when and where to return the vehicle. Some late fees are by the hour and others may charge for a full day.
Decide What Type of RV Rental You Need
RV is a general term for motorhomes, travel trailers, campers etc.
Motorhome Class A
Class A- largest type of the motorhomes, up to 40 feet long, most expensive, full bathroom/kitchen/bedroom/living and dining area
Class C- mid size motorhome up to around 30 feet with the same basic amenities as class A motorhome
Class B- smallest of the motorhomes like a large van up to about 15 feet
Travel trailers also known as towables or bumper pull. Come in a wide variety of sizes with bathrooms, kitchen, bed and/or bedrooms and living/dining area.
Fifth wheel travel trailer rentals are much larger than travel trailers and require a gooseneck hitch in the bed or the pickup
A pop up camper is a lightweight RV that collapses for towing and storage. Normally provides beds on each end and small kitchen area with dinette.