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How to Rent an RV

Does renting a RV sound intimidating to you? Don’t be scared, because it’s pretty easy to rent a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome. There are over 400 national rental chains and RV dealerships that are local, and they offer cutting-edge, new model year rental vehicles. There are a large number of campgrounds that also offer rentals on-site as well.

These companies will do all they can to make the process of renting an RV as smooth as possible. There are some things you should know before signing the contract, though. You can check out the rental companies in an online directory, and you can head on over to the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association too. You can find additional companies by searching the web.

There are some things you should know before renting an RV though.

You will need proof of age and a valid driver’s license to rent a RV. It is something that’s required by just about every single rental company. RVs will have power brakes and steering and automatic transmissions, and they are much easier to drive than you might anticipate. There are also tips and tricks offered to inexperienced drivers, and there are test drivers offered before someone heads out onto the open road. These RVs are big compared to any other car you might have driven before, but you’ll soon get comfortable with them, and you’ll like being in the driver’s seat, and you’ll discover that it’s an incredibly enjoyable experience.

Motorhomes are the most popular kind of rental RV, especially the Class C motorhomes. However, there are also all sorts of RVs available at rental agencies like class B conversion vehicles, truck campers, folding camping trailers, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and Class A motorhomes.

There are a number of factors that determine the rental cost, and they include the length of time you will rent it, the season that you want it, the type and age of the RV, and the size. Basically, motorhomes rent from between $100 and $250 each day, and truck campers and travel trailers will rent from an average of $50 to $120 each day. That’s not too bad really. If you’re going to use it for camping, that’s a small price to pay for a great camping trip.

There are more charges in addition to the rental fee.

Some RV rental companies might charge you for insurance, but others will not charge you for that.

There is usually a charge for mileage over the amount allotted daily. The daily allowance is often about 100 miles per day. The additional mileage cost is usually around 30 cents or so per mile.

There is sometimes a generator fee of about $3 per hour.

Rental companies sometimes have a minimum age that the driver has to be. There’s one national agency that requires the driver to be at least 25 years old. This is for the protection of the RV and the driver. They just want someone who’s going to be more mature, responsible, careful, and adjusted in their thinking. One company charges more for each driver that is going to be driving the RV who is under 25 years old. It’s a great idea to check on this point before you go out and rent a RV.

A lot of RV rental companies will offer you packages for housekeeping like pans, pots, and dishes, at small fees. One company might charge $85. Most companies will require you carry in your own bed linens, and they will offer you the bed sizes prior to getting the RV. Some dealers will rent these too. They might offer you a ‘Personal Kit’ that could include a lot of things like dishtowel, washcloth, bath towel, flat sheet, pillowcase, pillow, blanket, and sleeping bag. The average cost is about $35 for each person, for the entirety of the whole trip. All the different items have to be given back when the trip is over.

You should definitely get a list of all the stuff that you’ll need in the personal kit and housekeeping kit. You’ll want to know if everything you’ll need is going to be included, and you’ll want to know what you’re paying for. You’ll also need to know what you’ll have to return when you return the rental RV.

You will have to make a deposit against the damage. This is about a $500 charge with a credit card. It might be refunded to you if you return the RV in a good condition, but you need to plan to have that credit limit for the different deposits and what you think you’re going to charge on your trip as well.

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