What To Know About Renting an RV for Your Next Trip

Renting an RV is an increasingly popular mode of travel

RVs have once again surged in popularity as more and more people are opting to travel in them. There’s also been a resurgence of interest in retro RV models like the Airstream, and it’s becoming one of the trendiest ways to travel. Also adding to the popularity is the fact that you no longer have to buy an RV or rent from a dealership.

With peer-to-peer RV lending platforms, you can connect with people in your area and rent their RV for the duration you choose.

While RVing can be rewarding, the following are some things to know before you make a rental decision.

Motorhome or Travel Trailer?

Often the concept of RVs and travel trailers are used interchangeably, but there are some big differences to know when it comes to the two primary options. It’s good to know key terms before making rental decisions.

An RV or recreational vehicle can be driven independently without a vehicle towing it, and it’s usually going to have more of the amenities of a traditional home.

A travel trailer is also often called a camper, and this is towed by a truck or another vehicle. Some of the key differences to think about are things like space, amenities and whether or not you want to tow a travel trailer.

If you opt for a travel trailer, the rental costs may be lower than with an RV, but you’ll need to think about the tow hitch and safety equipment you’ll need.

Types of RVs

In addition to a towable travel trailer versus an RV, there are also differences within the category of RVs to think about.

For example, a fifth wheel camper is a large RV that you pull behind a vehicle, while a Class A motorhome is the largest type of RV. They tend to be spacious and also luxurious. A Class C usually includes a van cab and then a sleeping compartment and motor home.

There are other options, in addition to these, but the above are some of the most commonly rented RVs.


When deciding which RV you’ll rent, first and foremost you’ll probably think about how m much space you need, and then beyond that, you’ll want to consider your budget.

As well as the costs of renting the RV or trailer, you need to think about all those extra costs such as the costs of campgrounds and gas. The extras may play a determining role in which RV or travel trailer model you ultimately decide on.

Inspect and Practice

Finally, before choosing an RV rental, make sure that you do an inspection. You want to make sure that everything looks good, and then before leaving on your trip give yourself some time to practice driving. Practice is key whether you’re opting for a large bus-like RV or you’re going to be towing a travel trailer.

Even if you think you’ll be fine, it’s good to give yourself some time to get acclimated and comfortable before you begin your journey.