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Ultimate Guide on “how to Rent an RV”: Explained!!

A lot of people are curious about renting an RV. Many people have asked me what the process is like, what to look for in a rental agency, etc. So I decided to write this ultimate guide on “how to Rent an RV.” If you’ve ever wondered how to rent an RV, hopefully, this will give you the basics and help point you in the right direction.

let’s get started, shall we,

What is an RV?

An RV, or recreational vehicle, is a motorized vehicle designed for camping. It can be either a bus, van, trailer or motor home. RVs come in all shapes and sizes and can accommodate 2-8 people. They are perfect for road trips because they allow you to travel and sleep in the same vehicle.

Types of RV?

camper type b in  a desert

There are three types of RVs, Class A, Class B, and Class C.

Class A:

This is generally a large bus-sized vehicle with all the amenities of a house or apartment built into it. These usually seat eight people or more and sleep everyone in comfort. One good thing about class As is that they both drive and feel like a regular vehicle.

They’re very comfortable taking long trips in because you don’t have to worry about being extremely tired after driving for hours on end when you get where you are going. They also have an enclosed, separate compartment at the back where you can keep your “home belongings” so they don’t get stolen out of the front half while you’re out trekking around.

Class B:

Class B is the smallest type of RV. These are usually vans or minivans with a pop-up top that turns them into an RV.

The benefit of these RVs is that they drive just like any other vehicle, so you don’t have to worry about feeling tired after long drives. However, the downfall to this is that they’re much less comfortable than class As when it comes to sleeping arrangements.

Class C:

This is another form of a regular motor home (like in class A). They come in their sizes and shapes but do not include beds for sleeping (you’d need to bring your air mattress). Class C’s are generally more expensive than Class B’s because they tend to be bigger.

How do I choose an RV?

camper type c  on a hill road

The best way to choose an RV is to decide how you will use it. Will you be taking long road trips? Will you be using it for camping only? Will you be using it to live full-time?

Your answers to these questions will help determine what type of RV is best for you.

Usually, the class is the most comfortable with lots of amenities. Still, it also has the most expenses when you count fuel and campsite fees; however, they are perfect for long road trips or camping in comfort, so if that’s important to you, then this might be the Rv for you; class b is the cheapest option when renting an RV’s. Still, they drive less like a vehicle than above, so this might not be the best option if traveling isn’t your thing.

Class C is more expensive than both class A and B, but that one comes with beds which cost extra money in any other rental agency or class B. 

Where should you rent an RV?

Rent an RV and hit the road!

RvShare is a fantastic choice to find an RV Rental with peace of mind for renters and RV owners. They offer Insurance Protection, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, Great Customer Support, and have superior customer ratings.

RvShare is easy to use and has a huge selection of RV rentals of all types and sizes all over the country.

RVshare is a website that connects people who want to rent RVs with people who own them. It’s a great resource for finding RVs in your area, and it’s also a great way to make some extra money by renting out your RV when you’re not using it.

RVshare works like Airbnb for RVs. You create a listing for your RV, and then people can search for RVs in their area. Once they find one they like, they can contact the owner and book it. It’s a very simple process, and it’s a great way to get your RV seen by more people.

What are the benefits of renting an RV through RVshare?

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There are a few benefits of renting an RV through RVshare. For starters, it’s a great way to save money. In addition, renting an RV through RVshare is cheaper than renting one from a traditional rental agency.

Secondly, it’s a great way to get your RV seen by more people. By renting your RV through RVshare, you’re essentially putting it on the front page of the website. This means that more people will see it, and more people will likely book it.

Finally, it’s a great way to make some extra money. If you’re not using your RV, you can rent it out through RVshare and make some extra cash.

When is the best time to Rent an RV?

camper type c version on sunset

This all depends on what you want to do with your rental, but typically summer or holiday weekends will be the most expensive times. However, holiday weekends haven’t been a problem for me so far because I’ve always been able to get them at reasonable prices.

It gets tricky to find one during peak season, such as the 4th of July weekend. It sucks to get a short notice reservation request for this weekend because it’s already booked, but sometimes you have to say YES.

How much Does it cost to rent an RV?

Generally speaking, renting an RV for a weekend will cost you around $75/ night plus fees and taxes.

  • Class A costs about $125/ night plus fees and taxes.
  • Class B is $80/night plus fees and tax.
  • Class C is $95/night plus fees and tax.

What should you look for when renting an RV?

There are a few things that I always look at when I’m looking at RVs before confirming a booking:

1. Make sure the RV has enough battery % to last throughout the day

2. Make sure there is a grill

3. Make sure all amenities work (fridge doesn’t freeze everything, batteries in smoke detectors, etc.)

4. Get the contact information for your contact person and emergency contacts in case anything happens during your rental

5. Double check that there is enough propane or gas to complete your trip

6. up with the owner and check out the RV before leaving.

7. If you’re taking your pet on the trip, bring a copy of their vaccination records if there is an emergency and they need to be seen by a vet.

8. Make sure you know how to use all of the features on the RV before you leave (DVD player, stovetop, etc.)

9. Finally, inspect the RV for any damage that may have occurred during transport or while it was parked. If there is damage, take pictures and contact the owner immediately.

What are the different types of RV Rental Agencies?

People use three main types of rental agencies when renting an RV. First, you have your full-service, semi-full service, and no-service agencies.

Full Service:

These are companies that will deliver your RV to where you’ll be staying, set it up/ break it down for you (if necessary), make sure all damages are fixed before leaving, fill the gas tank back up, drop off extra supplies (towels, toilet paper, etc.), pick up garbage at the end of your trip, clean any messes you might make during your stay and return the vehicle in pristine condition. The price for this is usually quite high, but you don’t have to worry about a single thing.

Semi-Full Service:

These companies are in between the full and no-service companies. They will deliver your RV, set it up/ break it down for you (if necessary) and make sure all damages are fixed before leaving, but they will not fill the gas tank back up, nor will they pick up garbage or clean any messes you might make. The price is generally lower than full service but higher than no service.

No Service:

This is the cheapest option, but it’s also the most work on your end. You are responsible for picking up and dropping off your RV at the designated location yourself with no service agencies.

Documents needed for Renting an RV:

Here is a list of documents that you should have while renting an RV,

  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Credit Card in your name
  • Rental Agreement/ Contract
  • Copy of your Vehicle Registration
  • Driver’s Record (if you’re not the primary driver on the rental agreement)
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Pet Vaccination Records (if you’re taking your pet on the trip)
  • any other documents specific to your rental agreement (i.e., liability insurance, etc.)

How to not get scammed if you are not using RVshare?

To ensure your safety, make sure you rent from a legitimate company. Do not use an individual’s contact information on Craigslist or other classified websites. Instead, make sure the person has a legitimate website and reviews from past clients. If you cannot verify this information, consider taking your business elsewhere.

here are some tips,

  • Get the company’s physical address and contact information.
  • Make sure the company is licensed and insured.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau to see any complaints against the company.
  • Read reviews from past clients.
  • Ask the company for references from past clients.
  • Get a copy of the rental agreement/ contract before signing anything.
  • Take pictures of the RV before you leave, as well as any damage that might have occurred during transport or while it was parked. If there is damage, take pictures and contact the owner immediately.

What are the penalties for breaking the rules of an RV rental agreement?

The penalties for breaking the rules of an RV rental agreement can vary depending on which company you rent from and what the violation is. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay a penalty fee, be charged for damages done to the RV, and have your insurance policy voided.

It’s important to read through your rental agreement carefully and understand the consequences of breaking the rules.

What about insurance for a Rental RV?

RVshare provides up to $1 million liability coverage. Every renter must also have their auto insurance policy while driving an RV through our platform (standard practice for all RV owners and operators).

You cannot rent an RV without first showing proof of your auto insurance, so there is no need to purchase additional coverage through the rental agency if you already have an insurance policy on file with us.

Frequently asked questions


Here are some commonly asked questions regarding RV rentals

Your auto insurance covers you 100% during any drive time as long as you’re not violating any terms of your agreement with the rental agency.

Any damage that occurs to the vehicle throughout your trip until you return the RV to its owner. If one or more items are damaged at check out, you will be charged for those damages.

You will be charged per mile.

It means that you are responsible for any charges incurred due to an accident or damage caused by anyone under the age of 21. It also means that you cannot leave these individuals unattended in the RV at any time, no matter how old they might be and whether or not you’re with them at all times. If a minor inside the RV without someone 21 years or older present, your insurance will be void immediately.

You cannot smoke in the vehicle at any time. If you do, your insurance will be voided, and there will be a $500 fine for smoking inside the RV. It is also illegal to smoke inside an RV, no matter where it’s parked or stored.

There isn’t a maximum or minimum age requirement when renting an RV. However, it is important that we receive your current auto insurance information and that all rules in the rental agreement are agreed upon before signing anything. Any occupants under the age of 21 MUST be accompanied by someone over the age of 21 at ALL times while inside the vehicle.

Yes, but You cannot share insurance information on any individual who is not part of your immediate family and household. Still, as long as everyone driving is added to your policy, there shouldn’t be any issues.

As long as your pet is properly crated and leashed at all times while outside of the RV, you are welcome to bring them along on your trip.

Conclusion

Renting an RV can be a great way to see the country, but it’s important to be aware of the rental company’s rules and regulations.

Familiarize yourself with the agreement before signing, and remember that violating any terms could lead to penalties such as fines, charges for damages, or even having your insurance policy voided. Be sure to also check with your personal auto insurance provider to make sure you’re fully covered while driving a rental RV.

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