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Top things to know about renting an RV

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There are so many benefits of renting an RV vs. flying or driving a car like cutting down on the total budget, flexibility in travel, and most of all, the great memories that you’ll collect along the way on an RV trip. But, knowing which RV to choose can be difficult!

Here are some things to know about renting an RV:

Class A (motorhome) RV Rental

Class A’s are a type of motorhome and they fall into the biggest class of motorhomes that are available for rent. They typically range in size from around 26 feet all the way to 40+ feet. Class A motorhome rentals are ideal for big groups that are doing long-distance trips. The longer and bigger the RV, the more comfortable your journey will be but you have to consider size as the difficulty when trying to park

Things to consider when renting a class A RV:

  • Size restrictions at the campground that you’re planning on staying in.
  • Road size restrictions. RVs longer than 30+ feet may not be able to handle windy roads and tight turns.
  • The ability of the driver to drive a big, long, and heavy vehicle.

Class C (motorhome) RV Rental

Class C RVs are the most commonly rented RVs in the industry. These are the RVs that you see zipping around most of the national parks around the country. This is for several reasons, the most important being that they provide the most sleeping space in the shortest size. This is because of their amazing overhead bunk sleeping area that can comfortably sleep 2 adults and sometimes 2 adults and a child. The longer Class Cs will also have a bed in the rear as well along with the overhead bunk.

Class Cs are easy to drive, very similar to a U-haul or a passenger van. They’re built on light truck chassis and not on heavy-duty large chassis like the class As.

Class B (Van/luxury van) Camper Rental

Class B vans very easy to drive are probably the best type of rental if you have a small group and want the freedom to be able to go anywhere and fit anywhere while on your road trip. They are as easy to drive as a car most times and still offer all of the functionalities of an RV. They’ll have a small kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area and enough of the amenities to make your road trip super fun.

A class B rental is recommended for groups of 2-3 adults or 2 kids and 2-3 children, depending on the layout of the sleeping arrangement and your love for each other. If you’re planning on driving to many different destinations.

Travel Trailer / Camper Rental (tow behind)

Travel trailer rentals are the most popular rentals if you have a vehicle with a tow hitch that can tow. One of the best benefits of a tow-behind trailer is that you can get to your destination, leave the trailer at the campsite, and then go explore the area in your vehicle. This gives you the best of both worlds, camping space, and freedom to explore.

Things to consider:

  • Backing up a trailer can be difficult if you are not already familiar with it.
  • Set-up time can be longer if you are staying in a new place every day or moving around a lot. Hitching / unhitching, leveling up and planning can take significant time when getting to a destination
  • Travel trailer rentals are recommended if you are heading to a destination and planning on staying for a bit.