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How much does Renting an RV Cost?
If you’ve just started the process of booking a rental through RVshare, you may have noticed that there are lots of different options to consider, from the vehicle model, amenities, and size, to the length of the rental, to the cost of running excess daily mileage.
As a peer-to-peer RV rental platform, at any given time there are thousands of listings ready to book. There are thousands of owners on the platform, and because they post their RVs for rent directly, they tend to set their rates according to preference and their personal perception of rental demand.
RVshare is great for prospective renters because the nature of the listing system encourages owners to be more competitive with their rates. This also means, however, that as a prospective renter you’ll encounter a wide range of rates for similarly equipped RVs. Because rental rates on the RVshare platform are so dynamic, nothing is set-in-stone.
So the question remains, how much do RV rentals cost?
How much does it cost to Rent an RV?
To understand whether or not you’re getting a good deal on your RV rental, you’ll probably want to get a sense of the “expected” or “standard” range of rental rates for a given RV model. Let’s take a look!
Class A Motorhome
Class A RVs are massive, motorized, bus-like vehicles that are packed full of luxury amenities and can comfortably sleep eight or more people. They are expensive, however, and have the worst fuel efficiency out of all the choices.
Class A Motorhome rental rate range: $150-450+
Class B Motorhome
Class B RVs are the smallest motorized type, and are built on a van chassis. The suite of available amenities may be more limited due to space issues, but a couple can comfortably enjoy one.
Class B Motorhome rental rate range: $80-350+
Class C Motorhome
Class C RVs are the in-between “medium” size for motorized RVs. There are a diverse range available, some with luxury amenities on par with Class A RVs, and others with more pared down offerings. A Class C is a great choice for those looking to rent a bit more breathing room but uninterested in the rather unwieldy Class A type.
Class C Motorhome rental rate range: $125-450+
Travel trailers are a towable, not motorized, so you’ll have to own or rent a vehicle that is capable of pulling the trailer. If you do have a vehicle that is capable of pulling the hitched trailer, however, then you can save quite a bit of money, as towables tend to be significantly cheaper than similarly-equipped motorized RVs. Travel trailers are medium-sized, and are often equipped with a wide range of amenities. So how much to rent a RV trailer?
Travel trailer rental rate range: $80-200+
Fifth Wheel Trailer
Fifth wheel trailers are the “Class A” of towables – they are massive, unwieldy, and luxurious – but as a towable, they can be found at significantly lower rates. Do bear in mind that you’ll need a heavy duty vehicle to adequately tow a Fifth Wheel trailer.
Fifth Wheel trailer rental rate range: $125-250+
Camper Truck trailers are one of the cheapest options available. They are quite small (and therefore best for a couple or perhaps three people, at most) and are also sparse when it comes to the amenities offered. If you’re willing to sacrifice on amenities and space, a truck camper is a decent low-budget choice.
Camper rental rate range: $50-250+
Renting Long-Term vs. Short-Term
The lengthier your rental period, the more likely you are to find significantly discounted deals. Remember, on the RVshare platform, owners list their RVs for rent themselves, and directly engage with prospective renters. If circumstances allow, negotiation is certainly possible.
Owners are strongly incentivized to lower their rates for longer term RV rental periods because they lose money for time that the RV is not being rented out.
For example: many RV owners would likely rather rent out their RV to you for a month at $50 per day, instead of renting out their RV to you for two weeks at $75 per day (and risk letting the RV sit un-rented for the rest of the month).
As one might expect, daily rates tend to be the highest, followed by weekly and monthly rates. If you’re strategy is to find the lowest rate during a given year, consider taking advantage of both the seasonal discount effect as well as the long-term rental discount effect.
During peak-season, rates tend to rise substantially up due to a spike in demand, but in the off-season, you’ll find that owners drop their rates to generate interest in their listings. The long-term rental discount is compounded during off-season, as owners have greater difficulty finding renters. They can minimize the risk of an unused RV by encouraging a long-term rental (and you can use this dynamic to negotiate a significant discount).
Fluctuations Are Normal – Stay Alert!
Because RVshare is a peer-to-peer platform that engages with individual owners, listings may fluctuate quite a bit. Every RV owner is different. Some owners may be more comfortable offering discounted rates, while some owners may hold at a higher rate. Other owners may prefer to keep rental periods short-term.
No standard or base rates required by RVshare. As such, you are likely to find listings that are extremely favorable for the renter. Always be on the lookout for a good deal – you may be able to secure a rental rate that beats out the “expected” industry rental rate significantly!