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Renting an RV for Five

Finding the perfect RV for your crew can be a difficult task. With so many different kinds of units out there, how do you know which one will be best for you? You want a nice, spacious RV that is both feature rich and easy on the wallet...how can you choose?

Thankfully, for a group or family of five, there are options upon options of amazing motorhomes to rent for low prices. Manufacturers already expect people to pack their RVs when they’re traveling. The goal of this article is to make choosing and finding a unit for five to be as straight forward as possible.

RVs Perfect for Five

If you’re planning on bringing along at least five people on your journey, you should know that you have the luxury of not having to settle between just one or two different classes. The truth is that there are many different classes of five person RV rentals that can make a great option, depending on what your requirements are.

Let’s check out a few of these options and look at some of the pros and cons of each.

Motorized RVs

Among motorized RVs, there are two classes of vehicles that are naturally well-suited for sleeping five passengers: Class A and Class C motorhomes.

Class A RV

A class RVs can make for an amazing rental that sleeps at least five. They’re the largest and most luxurious of all the RV classes. They're built on a bus-like chassis and come with the longest list of features of any RV as well.

Typical A class RVs come standard with features like an elevated driver position for optimal visibility. They come with separate bedrooms and can even tow a vehicle instead of the other way around. If you’re planning on spending a long period of time on the road, this class of RV may be the best option.

On the negative side, A class RVs are by far the most expensive kind of motorhome. They’re not exactly efficient on fuel and can be quite difficult to drive for a novice RVer.

Class C RV

C class RVs are a great option for families or groups looking for a five passenger RV rental. They’re medium sized units that are built on a cabin chassis. They come with plenty of living space and tend to accommodate between four and eight people. These usually feature a sink with cabinets, a refrigerator, and a microwave. C class RVs also come with a nice dining area and entertainment options like TVs and DVD players.

The best thing about renting C class RVs is the rate. They’re typically priced very fairly for the amount of passengers they sleep. They’re also highly mobile and decent on gas.

A negative aspect about C class RVs is that even though they’re roomy for their size, some families feel that they would still like to have more space.

Towable Trailers

Towable trailers do not have an engine or driving controls built into the same space as the living area – instead, they are towed behind a separate vehicle. Towable trailers tend to be cheaper to rent than similarly equipped motorized RVs, but you’ll have to consider the towing capabilities of your existing vehicle (or be willing to swallow the additional cost of renting a capable tow vehicle). There are two classes of trailers that are naturally well-suited for sleeping five passengers: Fifth Wheel Trailers and Travel Trailers.

Travel Trailer

Travel trailers are non-motorized units designed to be towed. They come with features very similar to a house, and they can sometimes sleep up to ten people; that’s up to double the amount of space, for rental rates less than an A class.

The clear features of travel trailers are that they’re extremely spacious, especially because they don’t have cabins. Because of their low profile, they’re more mobile than a fifth wheel trailer.

The bad thing about travel trailers is that if you don’t already own a decent tow vehicle, it’ll be another expense when renting this type of unit. Another thing is that they tend to be difficult to maneuver. And, of course, unlike with motorized RVs, the fact that travel trailers are separate from their tow vehicles, food breaks and bathroom breaks become a little more of a pain.

Fifth Wheels

Fifth wheels are the last unit we’ll look at. They make another fantastic option of an RV rental for at least five people. Fifth wheels are large RVs that are very luxurious. Like travel trailers, they’re non-motorized. They have a section that actually hangs over the tow vehicle to provide added space.

The good news about fifth wheels is that they’re easier to maneuver and safer to drive than travel trailers. They also have the most storage space of all styles of RV. And, just like travel trailers, the tow vehicle can double as local transportation.

The cons of fifth wheels are that they tend to require a heavy duty tow vehicle. They’re also poor on gas (but not as bad as an A class). Finally, like travel trailers, the living area is inaccessible while on the move.

Consider a Slideout

Some RVs you’ll find on the RVshare marketplace will be equipped with slideout portions. These sections of the RV can be re-structured to expand the living area of the RV, opening up sleeping berths and making the entire space more comfortable for everyone.

If you are looking for a more spacious experience, we definitely recommend that you rent an RV with slideouts. Slideouts are occasionally maligned by RV owners as they increase the mechanical complexity of the vehicle, but if you’re renting for a short-term period, these mechanical issues are less likely to be a problem.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent an RV?

Yes, it can be dangerous to make generalities, but you’re looking for numbers, right? RV rental per day costs are all over the board – they vary depending on the class and the age of the RV. Typically, you can expect to see the average price RV rentals in these ranges:

  • Class A:  $150-$250/night (10+ years or older); $350-$450/night (newer)

  • Class C:  $100-$200/night (10+ years or older); $225-$400/night (newer)

  • Travel Trailer:  $50-$125/night (10+ years or older); $125-$200/night (newer)

  • Fifth Wheel:  $60-$150/night (10+ years or older); $150-$300/night (newer)

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Use RVshare to Secure a Competitive Rate

As you can see, there really are plenty of options of comfortable RVs for families of five. But if you want to make sure to rent the highest quality unit for the best price, look no further than RVshare.

RVshare is a peer-to-peer platform that connects RV owners with renters directly. Owners post their RVs for rent on the platform, and renters are able to browse through and compare listings at their leisure. Because owners have their own varied reasons for putting their RV up for rent, you’ll find that some owners will significantly discount their RVs – you can find some amazing deals if you look hard enough!

In order to get the best results, don’t forget to take advantage of the advanced filtering feature. You can choose to look up only the units in the classes that we’ve covered, as well as select the amount of expected travelers (in your case five). To save the most money up front, you can even filter the results to show you the least expensive options for five on the top!

Concluding Thoughts

Hopefully, we were able to hone in on the best units for the amount of travelers in your family. Although there are dozens of different classes of motorhomes, you can’t possibly go wrong with choosing one of the four mentioned.

Save as much time and money as possible by choosing RVshare as your next RV rental service and hit the road to make unforgettable memories as soon as possible!

Looking for more? Check out these articles on renting an RV for 6 and the best RVs for a family of 6!