Try Before You Buy – Renters Tips

Last updated on August 6th, 2021 at 09:16 am. Originally published on February 18th, 2014

Renting an RV is a great way to travel. You get to enjoy the RV life, without the financial obligation, and without having to commit to a certain vehicle. Even if you do eventually want to purchase your own, I recommend starting with a few rentals of different types; the old “try before you buy mentality,” allowing you to figure out what is really important – and what isn’t.

What You Want
There are a few key questions you need to ask yourself when renting an RV:

1. How many travelers are in your party?

2. How long is your trip? Make sure you immediately filter out RVs that aren’t available for the entire time you need it.

3. What are your shower preferences? Not all RVs are created equal. Know what you’re in for.


What You Are Responsible For
Make sure you read your contract or rental agreement thoroughly, so you are fully aware of your responsibilities as a renter. Hidden fees aren’t fun for anyone – not for owners to enforce and not for renters to pay. Look for answers to these questions:

1. What mileage is included in your rental?

2. What happens in case of emergency? Do you have roadside assistance? Do you call the owner?

3. Where will your car stay while you are driving the RV? Remember, you are meeting the RV owner somewhere…

Why Don’t You Just Buy it?
There are plenty of reasons. It’s easy to get excited about RVs, and in case you forget why you planned to rent in the first place, here are a few reasons why you are still in the trying phase:

1. You don’t have enough vacation – most of us don’t get more than a couple of weeks off per year; that makes it hard to justify the time and money that goes into owning an RV.

2. It’s too expensive – the purchase price can be well above $100,000, and it might not be in the cards for you to pay for a permanent residence and an RV right now.

3. Your needs vary – the RV that you’ll use when you’re spending the day at the beach with friends, probably isn’t the same one you would want for a cross-country family vacation. With renting, you can get an RV that meets the specific needs of your trip each time.

For more information on renting RVs, see Happy Renting!

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