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Renting a Campervan in the USA With RVshare
If you’re thinking of hitting the open road via RV, but you feel that traditional A and C class units may not work for you, then a campervan rental could be your best option, no matter where in the USA you live, thanks to the RV sharing economy.
Let’s learn what campervans are exactly, what their pros and cons are, and how you can find the best campervan rental unit for your family and your budget.
You may have heard the terms campervan, camper, or caravanette (they’re all the same thing) a million times, but may not know exactly what the difference is between those particular kinds of units and other RVs. First and foremost, they’re motorized units. So no need for a tow vehicle.
Some people use the terms “motorhome” and “campervan” interchangeably. It’s not wrong, but it’s important to keep in mind that the former could refer to a larger RV, while the latter is always in reference to a small unit, focused on mobility, flexibility, and cost-efficiency. They tend to resemble vans, since, for the most part, they really are built from vans that have been fitted out for use as accommodations. Sometimes, they’re actually described as being closer to caravans than typical RVs. In fact, at the most basic level, campervans are caravans that have a small kitchen and other basic amenities.
Like mentioned, campervans are usually equipped with a small kitchen that may include a refrigerator, sink, and a mini hob. Some souped-up units may have a stove. They don’t typically come with a bathroom, and if they do, it’s most likely only a toilet.
Campervan Pros and Cons
Campervans are awesome little units that have their fair share of both pros and cons, depending on the needs of your group.
First of all, campervans are great if you’re planning on spending most of your time exploring your surroundings, yet at the same time, aren’t planning on driving millions of miles. They’re the perfect unit for people who are just looking for an RV for driving and sleeping. Shorter trips are usually ideal.
Their small size makes for a very driver-friendly experience. Unlike other RVs, a campervan isn't super awkward to drive around, as they resemble the feel of a typical van. If you can drive a big car, van, or SUV, you can drive a campervan.
The bad news is that if you’re with a larger group, or you’re the kind of person who needs tons of space, a campervan can feel pretty cramped. But, even with that, some are still large enough to hitch something small to the back.
Arguably, the best thing about campervans is how economical they can be. Not only are they one of the least expensive motorhome styles you can rent, but they have relatively good fuel economy, with campervans averaging about 25 miles per gallon.
With lower rates comes the occasional loss of luxury. Though inexpensive and comfortable, campervans, aren’t usually very glamorous. They are stocked with the most basic of RVing amenities. Keep that in mind when deciding what kind of rental you want.
Best Rates for Campervan Rentals
So, based on all your research, you’ve decided that a cheap campervan rental is the way to go. If you live anywhere in the USA, you’re in luck. RVshare is the world’s largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, we service the entire country, and we’ve got the best rates in the industry!
Finding the perfect unit for your family is made simple with our user-friendly website and seemingly endless list of options. On our massive platform, you can find anything from luxury, small, to the cheapest campervan rentals in the USA.
Rates start at $10 per night but vary greatly depending on what you need. On average, at any given time, nightly rates for a campervan are roughly $150 per night.
Here’s how it works:
- On the bottom, just enter your location and dates, then you’ll instantly get a long list of results.
Just like renting anything else, your dates and how long you’re renting affects rates. If you rent for a little longer, you can get cheaper nightly rates. Likewise, if you can be flexible enough to avoid holidays or peak seasons, you’ll find better rates.
- Filter your search on the left-hand panel. This is where you can choose the exact type of RV you’re looking for, the number of people in your group, and of course, your price range.
This is where you can/should experiment a little. Customize your search by doing things like adding the year and size of the unit you want to rent.
- Choose the one you like, then click the yellow “Request to Book” button.
You’ll need to fill in your dates again and enter in the number of passengers. It’ll add up all the nights, and fees and taxes to give you the total of what the rental will cost you.
You can choose to do a campervan rental anywhere in the USA for a round trip, or you can simply rent one for a one-way trip. Before you rent, you can read a description of the unit that includes any rules or requirements owners may have, notes, and other info. You also have the option to chat with the owner to ask any questions you may have or negotiate pricing. Finally, you can, of course, check out the reviews and see what others who rented the unit have to say about it.
As you can see, renting a campervan for your group can be perfect for your next adventure. With their flexibility, low gas prices, and cheaper rental rates, a campervan has all you need to spend less time worrying about the basics and more time having fun! Search through our hundreds of beautiful options and see for yourself why RVshare is hands down the best campervan rental company in the USA!