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RV Rentals for 9: A Feat made Possible with RVshare
When we think about the typical RVer, most of us probably picture a couple or a small family. Whether it’s two retirees checking off bucket list items, or two college sweethearts enjoying a sabbatical with their youngins, RV adventures are usually filed under "one of those things" only pairs and small families do, which leaves a huge segment of travelers (a.k.a. people with lots of children or extended family) feeling left out.
Luckily, the status quo is meant to be challenged, and more families are discovering that traveling by RV can be just as fun in a group. In fact, one recent study published by the Boston RV Expo found that RV vacations are more economical than those taken by personal car, commercial airline or cruise ship.
“Regardless of gas prices, RV owners still get a bigger bang for their buck when compared to other types of vacations,” says Richard Coon, president, of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “Affordability is a key reason why RV travel appeals so much to families.” In fact, the study also found that RV family vacations are 26 to 74 percent less expensive than other types of vacations studied.
It’s no wonder that so many larger families like the Kelloggs from Glenwood, CO are embracing the RV lifestyle. “I want them to live life in the moment and not be living for tomorrow or ‘After my kids are grown,’ or ‘Thank God it’s Friday.’” Susie Kellogg, a mother of 12 who is RVing full-time with her husband and children, told Today. “Every single day is a weekend.”
While not all of us are ready to change our entire lives to hit the road permanently, you can certainly enjoy a road trip with your whole gang, even if you have something like nine people traveling with you.
Finding an RV Rental For 9 People
While there may be fewer options for a group looking for a 9 passenger RV rental -- especially when you’ll probably need any extra cash for food, diapers, and other daily essentials to take on the road with you -- it is possible. You simply have to be a little strategic in your search.
Websites like RVshare.com give you access to thousands of RV rentals across the country, all from reputable dealers. So whether you're concerned about storage space, seatbelts or sleeping arrangements, you’ll be able to find the perfect nine-person RV rental to fit your needs and your budget.
Here are just some nine passenger RV rental options:
Typically more compact and easy to maneuver, motorhomes are a great option for families, especially ones who may be new to the RV lifestyle. If you go with a smaller motorhome like a Class C, you can drive almost anywhere with no hassle. You’ll also have plenty of sleeping space.
This 32-ft. 2014 Forest River Sunseeker 3170DS, for example, sleeps up to 10 passengers and features two slide outs, a rear bedroom, and a kid's den/bunk area. Other amenities include bathroom, kitchen with 3-burner stove, microwave, and an outdoor awning and TV where the entire family can enjoy movies under the night sky.
The only drawback? With a Class C motorhome, you’ll be getting less storage space than with some of the larger RV types.
With a bigger motorhome like a Class A, you can essentially “live” while driving, which can be enticing, especially for a large family. Mom can make a sandwich, while the kids watch TV just like you were in your own home, except, of course, you’ll have the added perk of constantly changing vistas outside your window.
A perfect RV rental option for 9 passengers, this 2016 Thor Windsport 34J totally embodies the idea of glamor camping (or “glamping”). The coach features a private bedroom with king size bed, full kitchen with dual sink, hideaway bunk beds that convert into a sofa, sofa that folds out into a queen-size bed, and five TVs (including one outside). Once you’re parked, you can extend the living area thanks to a convenient slide, and extend the outdoor awning for added shade.
Trailers are a great option for families. Many models come with a bunkhouse layout, which can sleep plenty of people, yet is still easy to tow. You can pull a trailer with a full-sized van or SUV like a Ford Excursion, Chevrolet Suburban or Toyota Sequoia.
This 2012 Keystone Cougar XLite RV rental sleeps 9 and features all the basics, including a bathroom, kitchen with stove and microwave, TV with DVD player, A/C, and slide-out for extra space. And priced at only $110 per day, it’s the perfect option for a family on a budget.
If you’re looking for a little extra room and durability, a fifth wheel is a wonderful option for families who want to enjoy a longer RV trip. They are generally bigger and better-made than trailers and offer a lot more storage space.
This 2008 Jayco Recon F37U sleeps and entertains up to 10 people. Amenities include a private bedroom with king size memory foam mattress, bathroom with garden tub in shower, queen bunk beds in the garage and loft, and a dinette and sofa that pull out for additional sleeping. There’s also a full kitchen, heater and A/C, and a garage with enough room for two motorcycles, four ATVs, a golf cart, or a collection of bikes, kayaks, and other gear.
Now that you know what type of motorhome rental you need for your group of nine, it’s time to round up the troops and hit the road for your RV adventure!