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Planning a Family Road Trip: RV Rentals for Long Trips
If you’re planning on taking a road trip with the family, consider renting an RV rather than using a standard vehicle! RVs are particularly well-suited to road trips, as they provide a mobile yet comfortable overnight experience. By renting an RV, you ensure that you and your family will have a place to sleep and relax as you progress along your trip route, even if you find yourself in a location lacking proper hotel infrastructure.
Most of all, the RVing experience is consistent. On a long road trip, planning overnight stays can be a bit like rolling dice. Whether you stay in a hotel (your experience from hotel-to-hotel may be significantly different from a quality perspective) or in a tent (bad weather can have an enormous effect on enjoyment), the quality of your overall experience is difficult to predict.
Consistency and comfort are key, as road trips are notoriously full of surprises. For example, you may be unexpectedly exhausted after a long day of hiking. Perhaps it has started to rain, too, and the evening is a bit colder than the weather report predicted. On a normal road trip (with a standard vehicle and some camping equipment), you would likely have to spend what little remaining energy you have on setting up tents and fighting the elements to get some sleep. With an RV, you could take a shower, watch a movie in the dry, heated luxury of your vehicle, and sleep in a full-sized bed.
The comfort, storage space, and amenities offering of an RV can also help win over younger family members who are less-than-enthused about going on a family road trip. The sizeable storage space on RVs means that everyone can pack a few favorite items to deal with occasional boredom on road. For the technologically-inclined, many modern RVs that you’ll find on the RVshare platform are equipped with dedicated wifi, so your family can stay well-connected while on the road (and you can get some remote work done if need be). You can also find RVs with HDTVs, surround sound systems, and sufficient kitchen equipment to allow for a home-cooked meal while on the road.
Use RVshare to Rent a RV for a Road Trip
If you’re interested in renting an RV for your next family road trip, use the RVshare platform. On RVshare, you’ll find a great selection of RVs and the most competitive rental rates on the market.
RVshare is a peer-to-peer rental platform that connects owners with renters directly. Owners interested in renting out their RVs simply post a listing featuring rental details, rates, available dates, etc. Renters can browse the platform and compare different listings easily. As RVshare makes it easy to compare listings, owners are forced to rent out their RVs at competitive rates if they intend to compete.
If you find a listing that you’re extremely interested in, but the rate is too high – or there are secondary concerns that you would like addressed – you can get in contact with the owner directly and work out a compromise solution.
Taking a Cross Country Road Trip in an RV Rental
Heading out on a cross-country road trip? Here are some considerations to keep in mind before you begin your trip.
1. Reserve Campgrounds Ahead of Time
Once you’ve planned your route, make sure to reserve a spot at your intended campground stays. It’s important that you do so well in advance of your trip. Some campgrounds (particularly in peak season) do not allow last-minute stays, and other campgrounds that do allow last-minute stays may be at full capacity when you arrive without a reservation.
One of the most frustrating aspects of an RV road trip is finding yourself without an option to set up camp and stay overnight, especially after an exhausting day. Plan ahead!
2. Join an RV Members’ Club for Discounts
Overnight campground/parking costs can add up over the course of a long trip, and may, in fact, be the most significant contributor to trip costs. Most campgrounds are paid – not free – so if you do not account for these costs beforehand, you may be forced to spend past your budget.
To save money on campground rates, consider joining an RV members’ club. Each club offers members different perks, though most offer (at minimum) discounted rates on certain qualifying campgrounds and parking areas. These discounts can be significant – and tend to be even more significant during RVing off-season – so with careful planning, you can save a great deal on expected campground costs.
3. Plan Your Route to Minimize Mileage
Depending on your RV rental terms, you may have to pay fees for excess mileage. Though some owners will list their RVs with no excess mileage fees, many others limit how much a renter may drive for “free.” These owners prefer that you drive a limited amount of mileage, as pushing the RV long distances over the course of a trip can damage the engine.
For example, suppose that you rent an RV where the owner gives you 1000 “free” miles. If you travel more than 1000 miles, the owner will charge you a fee per excess mile. This can add up to significant and unexpected costs if you reach your “free” allocation early on in your trip.
Fees for excess mileage tend to range from $0.20-$0.50+ per mile. To avoid excess mileage fees, either rent an RV from an owner who does not charge such fees (which will give you peace of mind!) or plan your route ahead of time to limit the risk of long detours.
4. Consider a Compact RV for Maneuverability
Renting a compact RV – such as a Class C motorhome, or a pop-up trailer – can provide additional maneuverability that makes your road trip easier to plan and execute. Though it can be enticing to rent a more spacious RV, renting an RV with a smaller size profile may allow you to drive through urban areas without issue, drive along narrow country roads that you would not otherwise have been capable of, and park in a wider variety of campgrounds (many campgrounds impose size limits).