Looking For A Cheap RV Rental? What you need to know before you book + Discount

Cheap RV Rental Prices and Travel Trailer Rental
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If you are looking for a cheap RV rental, look no further. I’m going to tell you where to find them and help you decide which one is right for you. I’m also going to tell you what questions to ask so you don’t get burned by hidden fees and extra charges you could have avoided. And to save you even more money, my subscribers will receive $40 off of their RV rental, using my coupon.

Why choose RV rental vs a flight and hotel accommodations?

You get to “try before you buy.”

One of the best ways to help you decide which type of RV is right for you, is to rent an RV. RV rental gives you the flexibility of “trying” before “buying,” so to speak. Rent each type of RV for at least a weekend or a full week if possible. You will find out very quickly what you like, and dislike, about the different types of RVs and campers. Know what you are getting into before making such a large investment. This is probably my number one tip when I am asked “Should I buy an RV?” You’ll be so glad you took this advice, and rented first, trust me.

An RV rental will save you money.

Even if you are not looking to purchase an RV or camper, renting an RV is a great way to explore the US and offers you adventure and flexibility. You can finally let out your inner wild child that;s been dying for some spontaneity! You can also save an average of 57% on the cost of your vacation by choosing RV rental as your choice of travel. An RV Rental will save you money on hotels, eating out in restaurants, the cost of flights and potentially having to board your pets. Not to mention, you can can check in/out every single day, if you want, without having to pack and unpack all of your things. That is a win-win situation in my book.

Cheap RV Rental Prices and Travel Trailer Rental Prices
Source: CreekFire RV Resort

What type of RV rental should you choose?

There are 6 major types of RVs to choose from. Class A, Class B, Class C, Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer and Pop Up Campers. There are pros and cons to each. For example, are you comfortable driving a large bus (Class A)? Are you comfortable backing in a trailer or fifth wheel? The Class A (aka large bus) is going to be easier to back into a campsite than a fifth wheel or travel trailer, but will be a little more difficult in general to drive.

Let’s break down the pros and cons of each.

Class A

RV Rental Companies Class A RV Rental

Pros

  • Usually the most luxurious, offering more full-sized features like an oven or residential sized bed
  • Large panoramic windshield for viewing scenery 
  • More comfortable while traveling down the road
  • You do not need to own a tow vehicle or large truck
  • Can easily tow a small vehicle behind (TOAD)
  • Tons of storage space

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Difficult to maneuver in crowded campgrounds and large cities
  • Lower gas mileage
  • You do not have a smaller vehicle for visiting local attractions unless you tow one behind, reducing gas mileage
  • May not sleep as many people as a fifth wheel 

Class B

Pros

  • Easy to drive & park
  • Can be driven to local attractions with ease
  • No tow vehicle needed
  • Less expensive than the other motorhome types (Class A & C)
  • The best gas mileage of all of the motorhome types

Cons

  • Smaller living/sleeping space
  • Not suitable for longer trips
  • Very little storage space
  • May not have a bathroom and/or kitchen

Class C 

Class C RV Rental Companies

Pros

  • Easier to drive and back into campsites
  • Better gas mileage than most other options
  • Some features of a Class A but at a lower price
  • No tow vehicle or large truck needed

Cons

  • Smaller living/sleeping space than most of the other options
  • No secondary vehicle for visiting local attractions
  • Less storage space than some of the other options

Fifth Wheel

Pros

  • Can have up to 5 slides making it the largest living/sleeping space option
  • Easier to tow than a travel trailer due to the hitch placement in truck bed reducing sway
  • Secondary vehicle for visiting local attractions
  • Tons of storage space
  • Luxurious Amenities similar to those of a Class A

Cons

  • Heavier weight
  • Lower gas mileage
  • You typically need at least a 3/4 tow vehicle
  • You will need to have a fifth hitch installed in your tow vehicle
  • Loss of most of the storage space in truck bed due to hitch
  • Difficult to back-in at campsite
  • Can be difficult to connect/disconnect from hitch if you haven’t had experience with this

*I recommend having these delivered/parked at campsite by the owners.

Travel Trailer

Travel Trailer Rental Companies

Pros

  • Usually lighter weight
  • Better gas mileage
  • Less expensive
  • Can typically be towed with 1/2 ton truck
  •  Tons of storage space, including inside of the truck bed
  • Can have multiple slides for added living space
  • Easier than a fifth wheel to hook up/disconnect hitch
  • Secondary vehicle for visiting local attractions

Cons

  • Can be difficult to tow if you do not have a hitch with sway control
  • Less living/sleeping space than some of the other options
  • Difficult to back-in at campsite if you are not experienced

Pop Up Camper

Pros

  • Extremely light weight
  • Great gas mileage
  • Can usually be towed with a small vehicle
  • Secondary vehicle for visiting local attractions
  • More in-tune w/ nature
  • Less expensive
  • Easier to park/back-in at campsite

Cons

  • Smaller living/sleeping space
  • Do not always have full kitchens/bathrooms
  • Do not always have AC/Heat
  • Very little insulation, so not great for extreme weather camping, hot or cold
  • Very little storage space

Now that you know the different options, let’s look at some RV rental prices.

Now I’m not the type of person that likes to get into the dangerous territory of make generalities, so keep in mind that these prices are just going to be the average pricing. Pricing can vary so much depending on the time of year, your location, the size, age and the features of the RV. This list will give you a “general” idea of what you can expect. 

However, you can absolutely find lower prices than what I’ve listed here, and you can absolutely find much higher pricing than what I’ve listed here as well. There are some great deals to be found (I will tell you where in just a sec), and these numbers are going to help you recognize a cheap RV rental when you see one!

Class A $150 to $450 per night

Class B $100 to $250 per night

Class C $100 to $350 per night

Fifth Wheel $100 to $300 per night

Travel Trailer $60 to $200 per night

Pop Up Camper $50 to $125 per night

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Where to find an RV rental, and how to rent it without getting burned.

Peer to Peer RV Rental Companies.

These RV rentals are owned by individuals that list them on sites like Outdoorsy and RV Share. This is the type of RV rental I highly recommend, so these are what we’re going to discuss. Here’s why I recommend these types of RV rentals.

  • You are going to get an RV that is loved and very well taken care of, vs a generic corporate owned RV.
  • You can read reviews on the owner to see if they are going to be easy to deal with.
  • You have direct communication with the owner to address any questions or concerns you may have before, during and even after your vacation.
  • The RV owner will typically do a thorough walk-around with you and show you how to use the systems and amenities.
  • Some owners will even deliver & set up the RV at your campsite (this may be extra).

It’s easy to secure an RV rental. You just select your location, your dates and then browse all of the listings. When you find the one you want, you just hit the “request booking” button.

As previously mentioned, Outdoorsy and RVshare are two of the largest peer to peer RV rental companies, and I highly recommend them both. You cannot go wrong with either one of these amazing companies. Here are some highlights on each of them.
 

Outdoorsy

Outdoorsy is a great choice for your RV rental. Here are just a few of the reasons why I highly recommend them.

  • Up to $1 million insurance coverage
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance (optional)
  • RV owners have to pass an application process
  • 3 levels of cancellations (chosen by the RV owner)
  • Large selection of rentals all over the US, Canada & Mexico
  • Great 5-Star Reviews
  • Top-notch customer support

And it get’s better. Outdoorsy has given all of my subscribers a $40 OFF Coupon that will automatically be added at checkout, so be sure to subscribe and use my link when securing your RV rental.

Start your Outdoorsy RV rental search here!

 

RVshare

RVshare is another RV rental company I highly recommend. They are very similar to Outdoorsy and are also a peer to peer RV rental company. Here are some of the things I love about RVshare.

  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance on every rental
  • Large selection of rentals all over the US
  • Great 5-Star Reviews
  • Secure payment system
  • RV owners have to pass application & verification process

Start your RVshare RV rental search here!

See anything you like?!

So because of the discount Outdoorsy is offering my subscribers and the included insurance, I recommend starting your search with Outdoorsy first. See if you find something you love, and go for it!

But, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to check out both companies to make sure you find the absolute best RV at the absolute cheapest price! So go for it, and check out both if this is you as well.

Cheap RV Rental Money Saving Tips and Travel Trailer Rental
Source: Ewald's Airstream of Wisconsin

How to keep your cheap RV rental…well…cheap.

There is an endless list of possible hidden charges, add-ons, and fees that you need to be on the lookout for. Here are some questions you need to ask the owner, to avoid turning your cheap RV rental into a not so cheap RV rental.

  • What is the cancellation policy? (you want to be extremely clear on the cancellation policy)
  • What is the required deposit? When is the deposit returned?
  • Is mileage unlimited? If not, how many miles are included? How much is it per mile if you go over? 
  • If there is a generator, is it unlimited use? If not, how many hours are included? How much per hour if you go over?
  • Are the basic essentials included? Linens, kitchen essentials (pots, pans, plates, silverware, glasses etc)
  • (For motorhomes) How large is the gas tank? Gas or diesel? What kind of gas mileage does it typically get? (this could be a huge chunk of your budget if you are traveling long distances)
  • Will the owner do a thorough walk-around at the time of pick-up and when you return? (at pick-up, point out any damage you can find, in case the owner hasn’t noticed it yet. You don’t want to be charged for damage that was done by the previous renter)
  • When and where are you going to pick up the RV?
  • When and where will you be returning the RV? (don’t get hit with an extra day of rental charges because you didn’t return it on time)
  • If you are interested in delivery and setup of the RV, inquire about this before you finalize your rental. Ask for a quote. (you’re more likely to get a better deal on this if the owner hasn’t already secured your business)
  • Do you need to fill up the gas tank upon return, empty holding tanks, thoroughly clean the RV etc? (some owners charge a cleaning fee regardless if you attempt to clean it or not)
  • Are there any additional fees? 
  • If you are going to be using your vehicle to tow, make sure it is adequate for the RV you are renting. The owner should be able to answer this question for you. If not, please contact me.
  • Are pets allowed? If you plan on bringing your pets, make sure you ask (some owners will allow it, and some will not).
  • How many does the RV comfortably sleep?
  • Do they offer any discounts or special rates? (seasonal, longer rentals etc)

Ask any/all questions you may have before booking your rental, and read the owner’s reviews! This will make the rental process much more enjoyable for you, and the owner for that matter.

Check out my RV rental money saving tips here.

And to make things even easier for you, I’ve put together a list of some of the most commonly asked questions I receive.  We touched on a few of these questions already, but I’ve included them just in case you missed them. 

No, you must be seated with a seat belt on anytime the RV is moving.

If the motorhome is moving, absolutely yes.

Not every RV rental is going to be the same, so this is a question you will definitely need to ask each, and every owner. 

This can vary depending on the size of the RV’s gas tank, what type of fuel it takes, and what the average gas mileage is for that particular RV. Ask the owner how large the tank is, whether it is gas or diesel, and what gas mileage it typically gets. You can then do the math, so you will know what you are looking at on fuel costs. This will be a big chunk of your budget if you are traveling a long distance, so if you are on a budget, you are going to want to plan for this. See this post for tips on saving money on gas.

Typically the longer you rent, the better the deal you will get. Ask the owner if it is not stated in their listing. You will also save at the campground as well. Monthly rates are much cheaper than daily or weekly rates, so be sure to ask.

That really is a question I cannot answer since I don’t have your policy sitting in front of me, but you really don’t need to worry about that with Outdoorsy or RVshare.

Outdoorsy covers you up to $1 million, and RVshare requires you to purchase their coverage, so you are covered outside of your personal auto insurance either way. Outdoorsy offers roadside assistance, but you do have to pay extra for this. RVshare includes it with every rental at no additional cost, but remember you do have to pay extra for the insurance with RVshare. So basically you come out of pocket on one or the other with both companies. Although, if you have roadside assistance already, and it will cover your RV rental, then you won’t need to purchase it. See my money-saving tips post regarding roadside assistance here.

If you have a question that is not listed here, feel free to send me an email, or you can ask in the comments below. I would be more than happy to help you in any way I can. What are some of your RV rental tips? Have you made any “oopsies” when renting an RV? Let me know your experiences. I would love to hear from all of you seasoned RV renters as well.

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See you again soon!

~Erin

Cheap RV Rental Prices and Travel Trailer Rental

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