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Renting an RV for Six
If you’re planning an RV trip for 6 people, then you’re in luck! Though not all RVs are necessarily designed to sleep 6 passengers, there are a wide variety of excellent RVs equipped to comfortably sleep a group of this size. What you choose will largely depend on how you balance your particular rental priorities–for example, if you're on a limited budget, you may want to rent a lower-end travel trailer or Class C motorhome with fewer luxury amenities–though on the RVshare platform, it's not unlikely to find significantly discounted rates on some full-featured RVs.
It's certainly possible to “have your cake and eat it, too” – some owners will put up listings at deep discounts to incentivize rentals.
Suitable RVs to Sleep 6 People
When renting an RV for 6 people, bear in mind that a great many RVs can be modified to sleep a group of that size, though not necessarily in a comfortable manner. Generally speaking, you should avoid renting an RV that is too small for your group. If you are on a more limited budget, it is recommended that you take other cost-cutting measures rather than sacrificing on space.
Among motorized RVs, there are two classes of vehicles that are naturally well-suited for sleeping 6 passengers: Class A and Class C motorhomes.
Class A Motorhome
Class A motorhomes are the largest type of motorized RV available, and they generally feature luxurious interiors and amenities as well. Unfortunately, they tend to be quite expensive (and have a horrible fuel economy!), but if you’re willing to spend and would like to have a more pampered experience, this is a great choice for 6 people.
Do keep in mind, however, that the large size profile of Class A motorhomes makes them quite a bit less maneuverable than other options. It may also limit your campground and RV parking options. Make sure you research and plan your trip ahead of time so that you are able to navigate accordingly.
Class C Motorhome
Class C motorhomes are a great mid-sized option, and most – like Class A motorhomes – are well-equipped on the amenities front, so you can enjoy a full-sized bathroom, flatscreen televisions, kitchen equipment, and quality furnishings while on your road trip. You can sleep 6 people fairly comfortably in a Class C motorhome, though there will be less space and less privacy than a Class A motorhome, of course.
Class C motorhomes are an excellent option if you aren’t willing to spend more on a Class A RV, or if you’re looking for something a bit smaller and therefore more maneuverable/convenient.
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 6 passengers: Fifth Wheel Trailers and Travel Trailers.
Fifth Wheel Trailer
Fifth wheel towable trailers are the non-motorized equivalent of Class A motorhomes, in the sense that they are the largest of their category, are generally well-equipped with luxury amenities, and lead to poor fuel economy. They tend to be more expensive than other towable trailer types.
Bear in mind that a fifth wheel trailer requires a pickup truck with sufficient towing capacity. As such, you may have to rent a truck just to pull it.
One benefit of a fifth wheel trailer is that they are very stable when hitched to a proper tow vehicle. This means that it can be more comfortable to travel in the trailer while in motion, as it will not sway too much.
Travel trailers are available in a wide range of configurations, from 14 feet in length to as much as 40 feet. For you budget conscious RVers, you’ll also be able to find lower-end travel trailers with minimal amenities and furnishings.
Thanks to their conventional shape and smaller size profile, you do not necessarily need a pickup truck to pull a travel trailer. Do be sure to check your vehicle owner’s manual to see if your existing or rented vehicle is capable of towing it, however.
Though it’s certainly possible to rent a smaller travel trailer and squeeze in a larger group of passengers, we caution against skimping on space when renting an RV for 6 passengers.
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.
Use RVshare to Secure a Competitive Rate
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!
Further, as renters on the RVshare platform are able to easily compare RVs, you’ll also find that the rental rates tend to be more competitive in general. You may also find that by connecting to an owner directly, you are able to negotiate a better overall deal.
Looking for more? Check out this article on renting an RV for 5!