Renting an RV is an excellent way for those who are unfamiliar with the lifestyle to dip their toes in the water and see what RVing is all about.
It’s definitely a good idea to rent a recreational vehicle before buying your very first RV. In fact, after renting an RV and comparing that cost with the expenses associated with owning one, some people decide to rent all the time instead of buying.
There’s no doubt about it, purchasing an RV is a sizable investment. Your best bet is to determine whether camping and long distance travel suits your tastes before you permanently park a motorhome or RV trailer in your driveway.
So, take an RV for a test drive or two first!
Before you sign a contract to rent an RV, here are a few things to remember:
- Only do business with a reputable RV rental agency. They will have proper contracts and insurance.
- Always do your own pre-rental inspection and have the agency sign off on any pre-existing damage. You could be charged for damage the previous renter caused if you don’t. (Here’s an RV inspection checklist.)
- Ask about special incentives for dropping off the RV at certain destinations. You could save a bundle with one-way rentals!
- Request the details of what the rental agency’s insurance covers. You may be liable for a sizable deductible.
- Avoid the guy down the street with a “For Rent” sign in the window of his own RV. Who knows what insurance he may or may not have and how well he’s taken care of his RV?
- Before you leave, find out who to contact if you have mechanical trouble during your journey. You don’t want to get stranded a long way from home.
The rental agency will give you a walk-through of the RV, explaining all the different systems and features about your rental RV.
This 26-minute video will give you a head start by going through everything you really need to know before renting an RV:
I’ve been involved in RVing for over 50 years — including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs and motorhomes. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller… you’ve got a good idea of who I am. To date, I've shared my RV knowledge in over 300 articles here at The Fun Times Guide!