There's as many kinds of RVs available today as there are situations to use them. If you've never rented a recreational vehicle before, the options can be overwhelming. The key to choosing the right RV for your trip is understanding your needs and what each type offers. RVs are divided into two broad categories, motorhomes, and trailers. Motorhomes are self-powered and drive like buses or trucks. Trailers are towed campers, ranging from small folding campers to large fifth-wheel trailers.
If you'd like motorhome rentals in Rochester, there are three classes to choose between: Class A, B, and C. Class A motorhomes are large travel buses designed to accommodate a group of people on a road trip. Many campgrounds have spaces large enough for them.
Class B motorhomes are the smallest. They're often called campervans because they are usually based on a van chassis. If you're traveling solo or with a partner, campervans are a good option.
Class C are campers built on truck frames. They tend to be popular because they provide more living space.
If you're looking for pop up camper rentals in Rochester, then you'll need a vehicle to tow it. Depending on its towing capacity, you could also opt for larger RV trailers, like travel trailers, toy haulers and fifth-wheel trailers.
You can find plenty of campgrounds nearby once you pick up a camper rental in Rochester. South of the city, you can stay at Autumn Woods RV Park or Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park and Resort. Other campgrounds in the area include River View Campground, Rice Lake State Park and Brookside Campground. Most of these campgrounds offer fishing lakes, hiking trails or both to help you relax and forget modern life.
Minnesota is home to many national parks and forests near the Canadian border, like Voyageurs National Park. Closer to Rochester, you can go biking on the Douglas Trailhead, which is a converted railroad track. The Quarry Hill Park to the east of the city is home to a nature center with educational events.
Minnesotans like to fish on the 10,000 lakes scattered across the state, so it's no surprise there is plenty of storage available for large vehicles. You can park a Rochester RV rental at Sharp Storage Boat and RV and Five Star Storage on the north side of the city, at Metro Self Storage on the west side and at Surelock RV Storage near the Mississippi River to the east. These are just a few of a dozen storage locations in or near Rochester.
Rochester has around 10 different locations that can handle your RV rental's waste. On the north side of the city is Republic Transfer Station, Maple Grove Yard Waste Drop-off Site and Hennepin Hazardous Waste Transfer Station. To the south, you can stop at South Hennepin Recycling or Dakota Valley Recycling.
If you're planning to tour the city before you hit the road with your RV rental in Rochester, there's a few highlights you won't want to miss. Rochester museums to see include the Minnesota Children's Museum, Heritage House and the History Center of Olmsted County. Photo ops include the Ear of Corn Water Tower on the south side of Rochester and Plummer House, an English Tudor mansion and garden.
Rochester's sports scene includes outdoor sporting events and athletic complexes. You can attend local baseball games at Rochester Youth Baseball Complex or practice your archery skills at Bowlocity Entertainment Center. The city also has the Family Fun Center where you can browse the latest in tabletop games. Rochester also has a variety of restaurants and sports bars to enjoy during your nights out.
The only major interstate is I-90, which bypasses Rochester to the south. Driving east on I-90 will take you through Wisconsin to Madison. Heading west, you'll cross Minnesota to reach Sioux Falls. State highway 14 will take you to I-35, which travels north to the Twin Cities and south to Des Moines in Iowa.