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Traveling by RV is one of the ultimate family vacation experiences. Especially in today’s fast-paced, technology obsessed world, there’s nothing like hitting the open road and exploring all that nature has to offer. Owning an RV isn’t always a feasible option for families, but renting an RV very well may be. Here we’ll discuss 3 tips on how to rent an RV for a perfect family road trip.
It’s no surprise that during a recent survey conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 62 percent of respondents who have never even owned an RV said they also thought RVs are the best way to take a family trip.
Besides being a much more cost-effective way to travel (anyone who has ever tried to book plane tickets for a family of four can relate), it’s also a way to escape the interruptions of our daily routines, without giving up all the creature comforts of home. On an RV vacation, there are no long work days or lunch meetings. Hours of interrupted family time replace carpools, soccer practices, and tutoring sessions. Plus, you can always enjoy the flexibility of going where you want, when you want.
Still, if you’ve never traveled by RV with your family, the idea may sound just as daunting as it does exciting. But in reality, all it takes is just a little bit of research to plan the perfect trip.
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Here are 3 tips on how to rent an RV
Plan Your Trip Details
The first step to planning the perfect RV getaway is, well, to start planning! Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you get started.
Where are you going?
The possibilities are endless when you travel by RV in the United States, but it’s also important to narrow down a destination, as well as how you plan on getting there. For example, the Rocky Mountains and Route 66 are both popular (and very cool) RV routes, but each will require different logistics. When you decide on a destination, you can determine if it’s possible to rent an RV in your local area or if you’ll fly there first.
How big is your group?
Now that you know where your family adventure is happening, you’ll want to do a head count of who’ll be joining you. This will help you determine what type of RV you need. Maybe you’re traveling with all your kiddos. Or perhaps you’re only traveling with your oldest children. It’s even possible you’ll be bringing more family members like Grandma and Grandpa along. Once you get your crew together, you’ll know how much space you’ll need when you rent your RV.
What’s your budget?
Planning a budget is one of the most important aspects of preparing for your RV vacation. Remember, your budget shouldn’t only include your RV rental. You should also plan out for attractions and activities, food, fuel, as well as overnight parking and camping. It’s also a good idea to set aside some cash for emergencies.
What are your RV must-haves?
Each family has different needs when it comes to their RV rental. While some groups might be happy with the bare minimum (beds, toilet, etc.), others might want a little more luxury. Creating your list of must-haves will make searching for your RV rental much easier.
Find a Reputable RV Dealer
Finding a high-quality RV rental may seem intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Luckily, websites like RVshare.com give you access to the best RVs across the country. You can search through thousands of motorhome options, many available for less than $100/day. The best part is that peer-to-peer networks like RVshare allow you to rent directly from RV owners, netting you a higher quality rig at a better price than the big guys plus you will have peace of mind working with them.
This 2016 R-Pod 180 Forest River, for instance, rents for just $80 per day, and sleeps three. It features all the basics, including a fully-equipped kitchen with convection oven, microwave, and 2-burner gas stove; a full bathroom with separate shower; queen size bed; and dining area that folds out into a twin bed. There’s also plenty of storage space, an indoor/outdoor speaker system, and a 24-inch TV with DVD player.
Bigger groups might enjoy this 2014 Fleetwood Bounder 33C, which sleep six. This camper includes a private bedroom with king size bed; full bathroom; modern kitchen with double door refrigerator; and a sofa and dinette that convert into beds. It also has four TVs with DVD/CD capabilities; two slide-outs for extra living space; a generator; two A/C units; and storage.
What’s even better, all rentals available on RVshare come from reputable dealers, and each rental offers 24-hour roadside help so that you and your family will always feel safe out on the road.
The motorhome rental process is easy. Just browse by location, features, and RV type (do you want a motorhome or travel trailer?) to ensure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Then, select your travel dates and book your rental using an easy-to-navigate form. You’ll be able to communicate directly with the RV owner to arrange your trip details, as well as address any other questions you may have about the RV rental.
On the day of pick-up, you’ll have a chance to familiarize yourself with your new home-away-from-home before heading out on the road. When your trip has come to an end, simply return the RV to its owner. And when you’re ready for your next RV adventure (which we’re going to bet will be sooner rather than later), just choose your new travel dates and you’ll be on your way to finding your next dream camper. No big investments. No long-term commitments.
Because websites like RVshare.com allow you to communicate with the RV owner all throughout the booking process, you’ll have an opportunity to learn all about your RV rental, making sure it’s the right one for you and your group. Here are just some questions you may want to ask:
- Does the RV come with GPS?
- Are there rear and side-view cameras to assist in parking and turning your RV?
- Does the rental offer things like linens, plates, silverware, and pillows? Here are our must have RV kitchen accessories!
- What does it cost, on average, to fill up the RV?
- How many miles per gallon should you expect?
- Will a group of your size feel cramped in this RV?
In the end, the more you know about your RV rental beforehand, the more comfortable you’ll feel in the motorhome that you choose. Plus, there will be less room for unexpected (and perhaps inconvenient) surprises during your trip. After all, everyone knows a smooth vacation is a good vacation.
Hopefully this will help you with how to rent an RV for your next family road trip and will help you to find quality RV rentals. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below!
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