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Renting a Class A RV with RVshare
RVs have long been a popular way to travel, and for many, a way of life. They come in endless shapes, sizes, and configurations. Rigs can be as large as 40 feet or more, and as small as a nine-foot van! One of the most loved RV types is the fully self-contained Class A. The Class A RV has all the amenities of home, all within a moderate amount of space. They’re comfortable for every scenario, whether you’re full-timing, going on a long vacation, or just a weekend trip.
What is a Class A RV?
Class A’s are motorized RVs, meaning you drive it, not tow it. Many people are drawn to them because they don’t like the idea of having to tow and set up a travel trailer or fifth wheel. They come in a variety of sizes, from a compact 25 feet to a whopping 45 feet! No matter the size, you’ll be traveling with an onboard kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom (or maybe two).
How Many People Can Sleep in a Class A RV?
Depending on the size, Class A motorhomes can sleep anywhere from two to ten people. Class A’s have a bedroom in the back, usually with a queen or king size bed. Some will have bunks in the bedroom. Most Class A’s also have a convertible dinette in the living area. RVs on the larger end of the spectrum may also have a second bedroom, a convertible sofa, and other sleeping areas.
RV manufacturers get pretty creative when it comes to sleeping areas: The Safari Trek (now the Monaco Trek) has a bed that descends from the ceiling on a motor! That gives you more space for amenities, like a walk-in closet or a huge bathroom. If you’re looking for a Class A rental RV, make sure you explore the different floorplans to find a layout that works for you.
Diesel vs. Gas Class A RVs
There’s another feature that sets Class A’s apart: gas or diesel engines. A long-time subject of debate in the RV world, “gas vs. diesel” will always get people talking. The truth is, both have their benefits and drawbacks. The decision will come down to personal preference. Here are a few of the differences:
- The main difference is in the drivetrain and towing power. Gas RVs have roughly half the towing capacity of diesel RVs. Furthermore, gas engines don’t have as long of a lifespan as diesel engines, and diesel engines need maintenance less frequently.
- Another significant difference is the price: a diesel RV will always cost substantially more than its gas counterpart. Maintenance isn’t cheap, either. You won’t be able to work on the engine yourself, and finding a certified diesel mechanic can be tricky and expensive.
- Each type offers a different driving experience. Diesel RVs tend to be a bit smoother and more stable, with an air ride suspension that keeps the RV from swaying. Gas RVs tend to sway more and hit bumps roughly. Descending big hills in a diesel RV is safer because they have Jake brakes that slow down the engine.
- Gas RVs have the engine in the front; and diesel pushers have it in the back. There will be a little more noise up front while driving the gas RV.
- The generator in a gas RV is often closer to the bedroom, which can be loud if you run it while trying to sleep. Diesel RV’s have the generator up front.
- Gas RVs have what’s called a “doghouse” (a big hump) between the two front seats. The seats won’t always be able to swivel. Diesel RVs have a little less headroom in the back of the RV.
Again, the choice comes down to what you prefer. If you intend on driving long hauls or living in your RV, a diesel pusher might be more comfortable. If you want to save money and don’t want the hassle of looking for diesel mechanics, stick with a gas RV.
Should You Buy or Rent a Class A RV?
The RV rental market has put a twist on the nomadic lifestyle. No longer do you have to buy an RV to experience the joy of the open road. Whether you’re going on a road trip or thinking about living in a motorhome, Class A RV rentals offer several benefits:
- You don’t have to worry about a hefty price tag and a long-term RV loan. You can rent an RV for a weekend, a week, or even a few months at a time.
- You get to shop around. If you’re looking to buy eventually, you can rent out different types of RVs to find out which works best for you.
- Get the full-time experience without the full-time commitment. You can spend a few weeks or months in a Class A rental RV to see if living in one is a possibility for your family.
- No dealing with maintenance and storage. This is one of the biggest benefits of renting. When you own an RV, you have to keep it in good shape and cover or store it when you’re not using it. It’s an ongoing expense, and the bills can add up quickly. Of course, as an RV owner, you can offset those costs by renting out your rig!
Whether you rent or buy comes down to how much time you’ll be spending in the RV. If you’re looking for a trial run or just want to go on a vacation, you should rent. If you’re going to be using it a lot (like every weekend), definitely buy.
Class A RV Rental Prices
Rental prices vary widely depending on location, the age of the RV, season, and many other factors. RVshare allows owners to set the price of their RVs. Smaller Class A motorhome rentals can cost as little as $100 a day (often with discounts for longer rentals). On the other hand, a big diesel pusher can cost upwards of $500 per day. No matter your budget, do your research before you book. Look for discounts, off-season rates, and be sure to read the owner’s rules!
A Class A RV is one of the most comfortable options for traveling. They’re also the most flexible – a small Class A is great for stealth camping, and a large RV sleeps a big family with no problem. Whether you rent or buy, you’re going to feel right at home in a Class A. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on Class A RVs, especially on the gas vs. diesel debate.