Renting an RV can have a number of advantages. Maybe you only plan on camping once in a blue moon and it’s not worth it to buy an RV. Or maybe you’re trying to pick out which RV you’d like to own long term and need a way to test it out before diving in head first. No matter what the reason, renting is a great way to save money and still have a relaxing, enjoyable camping trip. But you’ll also want to make sure you’re renting the right RV for your wants and needs and the market is vast. To help you out, Ryan’s RV Town has provided a list of suggestions and considerations to keep in mind as you’re looking for RVs to rent. If you need help narrowing down your choices, or if you want to check out a rental for yourself, stop by our location in Everett, Washington, near Seattle and Tacoma and proudly serving all of the Pacific Northwest.
Know the Different Types
If you’re brand new to the world of RVs, the first thing you should know is that they’re not all the same. Knowing the different types of RVs will help you better decide on a model that will cover all your needs and still be easy for you to handle. For example, if you’re looking for big and luxurious, you may want one of the larger motorhomes or fifth wheels. If you expect to bring along powersport equipment, toy haulers include a back area or garage specifically for this purpose.
How you transport RVs can also change from type to type. Most RVs, like travel trailers and fifth wheels, are towable and require special towing practices. Motorhomes are completely contained with an engine to power itself. These differences will change how you drive it, so carefully consider what you’re comfortable with before making any final decisions.
Deposits and Insurance
When you’re budgeting your rental, you’ll want to include more than just the rental price of the RV itself. Most dealers require a deposit up front that often gets applied to the final cost. You’ll probably also be asked to provide money for a security deposit in the event the RV gets damaged. This money you can get back in its entirety, assuming there’s no damage to the rig.
Finally, you’ll want to consider insurance. You are legally obligated to insure an RV, even if it’s only temporary. If the rental company does not provide insurance of its own, you’ll need to get your own. The easiest way to do this is to talk to your car insurance provider about temporarily adding RV insurance.
Plan your Trip Ahead of Time
The best way to decide which RV you should get is to plan out your trip ahead of time. This will also help you plan a budget. Unless you have a lot of cash to burn, we don’t recommend renting an RV just for a weekend, as it can be incredibly expensive, even while you’re saving money on hotels. But it will also help you decide how modest or how luxurious your RV will need to be to stay in budget.
On a non-financial note, you’ll want to consider where you’re going, how long you’ll be there, and how many people you’ll need to accommodate. The longer you’re gone and the more campers you have, the bigger your RV will need to be. But if you need to squeeze into a smaller campsite, say in a national park, you might need a smaller RV, simply based on logistics.
Once you have all your needs ironed out, consider the things you want. They may not take priority, but they are still important for a fun weekend. If you don’t like modest living, then choosing a small travel trailer just to save money may not actually be the best course for you. Don’t underestimate the importance of wants just because they don’t feel like needs.
The last piece of advice we can give you is to simply ask as many questions as you need. Whether you’re asking about the RV’s history, the estimated cost, or clarifying issues with the amenities, there are no pointless questions when you’re shopping around. Try to consider all the questions you could have and feel free to add some as you’re talking to the dealer.
Hopefully, this helps you manage your RV rental process. If you do it often enough, it won’t seem as overwhelming after a while. Then again, if you do it often enough, you may want to consider buying your own RV. Whether you’re rentingor buying, Ryan’s RV Town is happy to help. We’re located in Everett, Washington, serving the areas of Seattle, Tacoma, and all of the Pacific Northwest.