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Renting vs. Buying an RV

With the kids out of school and some time off on the horizon, now might be the time to start thinking about RV trips and camping. Camping with an RV can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors while still having a relaxing place to sleep. In fact, many people choose to live out of their RVs full-time. But not everyone goes all in on an RV. Some people choose to rent, like the kinds of rental RVs you’ll find at Ryan’s RV Town.

So should you buy or rent? Some people might swear by one or the other, but in reality, you’ll want to carefully look at your situation and your needs to make the best possible choice for you and your family. We’ve provided some benefits for each choice so you can stop by our location in Everett, Washington and let us know exactly what you want. We also serve Seattle and Tacoma.

Benefits of Renting


In this case, let’s assume that you only travel once or twice every camping season. Maybe you like the idea of RVing, but can’t justify spending so much money on something you don’t have time to enjoy. Renting can help you resolve this issue by providing a cost effective way to create memories for you and your family.

Storage and Maintenance

While you’ll be saving on the overall price, there are also other places you’ll save a lot of money in the long run. Some of the most costly repairs to RVs happen as a result of natural wear and tear. An RV owner is responsible for paying to have these problems fixed, but when you rent, it’s out of sight, out of mind. Plus, when you’re not using the RV, you simply return it to the rental company. There’s no need to find or pay for a place to store it.

Precursor to Owning

Some people use renting as a chance to test out how they might enjoy owning an RV. It’s a big investment and it’s natural to have reservations about diving in head first. Maybe you need to test out how you like a particular type of RV or you want to see if you like RVing as a whole. Either way, renting temporarily can help give you some risk-free trials in a real rig that you can simply hand back if you decide it’s not for you.

Benefits of Buying

Better Value for Frequent RVers

At some point, it doesn’t financially make sense to rent all the time. If you spend every other weekend during the summer taking your RV out, or if you’re looking to live in one full-time, then buying is simply going to be the better value.


The sheer number of options available to you are higher when you’re looking to buy. Most of the time, you’re going to just have to take what you can get. Ryan’s RV Town offers a wide selection of models to rent, but not everyone does, and it simply doesn’t compare to what is available to you if you’re looking to buy.

Flexibility and Customization

Another great benefit of owning is that you don’t have to sign any contracts saying you’ll follow certain rules about how it looks or how long you can keep it. You can spruce up the interior the way you like so you can make your rig just like home. You’ll also have the freedom of heading out on spontaneous trips. No need to plan far in advance if you want to have a rig available, because yours is ready to go.

As you can see, it’s not that one is better than the other. It simply depends on what you need and what you want. Make a list of priorities that will help make your trips more enjoyable, and Ryan’s RV Town won’t only help you decide if you should buy or rent, but we’ll also help you choose the perfect RV. We’re in Everett, Washington, near Seattle and Tacoma.