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RV Vacations: Enjoying the Open Road
To this day, RVs remain symbolic of the open road and adventure, and for good reason. RVs are inherently well-suited to the classic “road trip” ideology. With an RV, you’re free to explore without having to worry about planning or paying for separate lodging. When you’re tired, simply find a campground or boondocking (free camping) spot, and get to rest!
An RV allows you to avoid having to compromise on creature comforts while out on a road trip, especially one involving a variety of camping and outdoor activities. The range of built-in amenities is vast and includes kitchen equipment, full-featured bathroom facilities, bedrooms, flat-screen televisions and speaker systems, common tables, storage space, and more. After a long day of hiking or sightseeing, a sufficiently-equipped RV enables you to take a hot shower, use a clean toilet, relax with your friends and family in the common area, watch some television, and sleep in a large bed – all while surrounded by wilderness.
RV Vacation Ideas
RVs are not solely for outdoors-oriented vacations, despite the fact that public perception often associate the two. If you’re interested in renting an RV, do consider a wider variety of vacation destinations!
National and State Parks
Public parks and RVing are the peanut butter and jelly of a memorable road trip – the perfect match. America’s national parks and the vistas therein are a sight to behold, and the National Park Service operates numerous specialized RV campgrounds near relevant sites for easy access when you’re ready to call it a day. Many National Park Service campgrounds are positioned in picturesque locations themselves, making your RV stay that much more memorable!
If you decide to reserve a campground near a national or state park, make sure to do so well in advance of your trip. It can be difficult to secure a reservation too close to the date of travel, especially during peak season.
An RVing vacation need not be limited to rural or suburban areas. Consider a vacation involving an urban destination – you can drive from city to city (enjoying the classic “road trip” experience between destinations), park at a campground nearby, and explore the city at your leisure. One of the benefits of renting an RV for an urban vacation is that you have the option to retreat into the wilderness for a bit of R&R if you begin to feel overwhelmed or exhausted by the hustle-and-bustle of the city.
In America, interesting destinations are often spread out over an enormous area with a lot of open road in between. Historical attractions are no exception. Load your friends and family into an RV and map out destinations that – when experienced in one trip – highlight the vibrancy and diversity of the American historical experience.
Consider visiting sites like Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation, the Cahokia Mounds, Gettysburg, The Alamo, Mount Rushmore, among others. Many of these sites meld raw natural beauty with impressive man-made structures.
Some of the largest and most exciting music festivals in the country (i.e., Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Coachella, etc.) are held in out-of-the-way places, serving as a perfect cherry on top of your RV vacation cake. Using an RV also avoids the grungey living conditions typically associated with staying for several days at a music festival.
Imagine a multi-day music festival where you can take a hot shower whenever you like, use a private toilet, and sleep in a full-size bed at the end of the day. If you’ve ever been put off by the prospect of going to a music festival without proper facilities and amenities, consider renting an RV for your music festival vacation. It may provide you an unexpectedly luxurious experience.
How to Rent a RV for Vacation
Okay, so you’re convinced: you want to rent an RV for your next vacation. Instead of going to an RV dealership, explore and compare listings here on RVshare.
RVshare is a peer-to-peer platform for renting RVs. What this means is that owners (who may not have the time/inclination to use their motorhome) directly post a listing putting their RV up for rent. Prospective renters can browse listings and choose the one that fits their particular needs best. Renters have perfect information – put simply, because renters can easily compare competitor listings with a mouse-click, owners must be competitive with their rates.
If you’re on a tight budget, it is worth rethinking your vacation plan so that you can rent an RV during the off-season, when rates are generally lower. Owners don’t typically offer RV rental vacation packages during peak-season, and the increased rental competition during peak-season causes rates to rise significantly.
When planning a personal vacation package that includes an RV rental, it also helps to rent for a longer period of time, if possible. The longer your rental, the lower your rates are likely to be (as owners typically offer a significant discount). Instead of taking two separate, shorter RV vacations, for example, you could keep costs down by planning one larger trip.
RV Vacations Can Be Varied
Though the popular perception of an RV vacation involves a family going on a road trip to explore the outdoors, there are a variety of alternative, interesting destinations for which renting an RV improves the overall quality of the trip. Use an RV as a way to connect to America’s expansive history, explore a city at your own pace, or provide a high-quality living area during a multi-day music festival.
As you browse for RV rentals on RVshare for your next vacation, consider all the possibilities!