5 Ways to Reduce RV Rental Costs

Published on March 31st, 2022

Renting an RV is a fantastic way to try out RVing without having to buy one. You can visit a national park, head to the beach, or spend a weekend camping in the woods. And with RVshare’s extensive list of RVs for rent, you have your choice of trailers, vans, and RVs to choose from. Since each RV available on the RVshare platform is owned by an individual, the fees can vary from listing to listing. So how do you save money on an RV rental? We’ve listed 5 ways (plus some bonus things to look out for) you can reduce costs when renting an RV.

Read the RV Listing Description Carefully

Each RVshare listing has a section called “Rates & Availability” that lists out rental fees and any available optional upgrades. This area will describe any fees required such as security deposits, cleaning fees, and late fees. The Optional Upgrades section will detail any options the renter might offer that you can choose as upgrades such as tank dumping, delivery or drop off fees, extra linens or dishes, or anything else a renter wants to provide for guests.

Some rental listings only have a few fees while other may have more extensive fee requirements. So make sure to carefully read the listing before booking so you’re fully aware of any costs involved in renting a rig. And if you have any questions, it’s best to clarify with the owner before renting the RV.

Dump the Tanks

Many listings offer tank dumping as an optional upgrade. If you’re looking to save some money on costs, dumping the tanks yourself is a great option. Check with the owner of the RV you’re renting to understand how to dump the tanks on your particular rental. They may offer instructions or an orientation to help you understand exactly what needs to be done to dump the tanks. And if you’ve never dumped tanks in an RV before, don’t worry it’s not that difficult. We have some great articles that can help.

Clean the RV Before you Return It/Leave it How you Found It

Some rentals have extra fees if the RV is returned without being cleaned. By making sure the RV you rent is left just how you found it you won’t have to pay any additional cleaning fees. Some cleaning fees may be included for general cleaning and sanitization, but these will always be written out on the listings, as well as any possible additional cleaning fees.

Only Drive When You Have To

Depending on the listing, some RV rentals may charge extra fees for mileage driven. Take a look at the listing to see if mileage is included in the rental fee. Some listing have unlimited mileage included while others only have a certain amount of miles that are included and then charge for anything additional. By staying close to where you rented the RV, you may be able to save money on mileage fees.

Be Aware of Generator Fees

Similar to mileage fees, some listings have generator fees. RV rental listings might include a few hours of generator use for free and then start charging for additional run time. Other listings charge for all generator use, and some rentals might not charge at all. Generator usage and fees will also be listed out under the Rates & Availability section of the listing, so take a good look to see what you’re signing up for.

Other Fees

Other fees to look for when checking listings on RVshare include refundable security deposits, solar set up, propane refills, fire pit rentals, pet fees, and additional linen fees among others. Many listings also offer delivery/drop for a fee if you want the owner to bring the RV to a campground and set it up for you. They’re great upgrades, but may be worth skipping if you’re looking to save some cash.

You really can personalize your experience with RV rentals and pay as little or as much as you’d like for extras. As long as you take a look at the costs described on the listing and ask the owner any questions you have, you’ll be able to save money on your RV rental and not deal with any fee surprises. Ready to find your perfect rental? Head over to RVshare to start your search!

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