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Renting RVs by the Week
If you’re interested in renting an RV but you’re looking for a discounted rate, it’s worth considering a longer rental period. Of the tens of thousands of listings here on the RVshare platform, many offer significant discounts for weekly RV rentals. You can save several hundreds of dollars on a (minimum) weeklong rental compared to the multiplied nightly rental rate. So how much is an RV rental for a week? Well, the answer depends on multiple factors.
Many owners prefer longer rental periods for several reasons. There an administrative cost to having to re-list and engage with new prospective renters – simply put, it takes time and energy to broker a new rental. Busy owners often prefer to minimize the administrative burden by renting their RV out to one renter for a longer period of time.
Additionally, there is no guarantee that an owner will find a renter on a particular day. Unless the RV owner is certain that he or she will get renters for every day on their calendar, they’re losing money for “empty” days. An RV owner stands to make more money by renting out for a longer period of time, even at a discounted rate.
For example, if an owner rents out their RV for four days at $100 per day, but is unable to find renters for the rest of the week, they will only make $400 total for the week. If the owner rents out the same RV for the whole week at a discounted $75 per day rate, they will earn a guaranteed $525. Basically, it makes financial sense for most RV owners to offer a discounted rate for longer rental periods.
Renting an RV for a week or more can be a bit intimidating for novice RVers, but don’t worry! Going on a multi-week RV trip is easy, so long as you come well-prepared.
Renting an RV for a Week?
Before you set out on your RV journey, there are a few considerations worth keeping in mind to ensure that you have a fun experience that doesn’t break the bank.
1. Plan Your Route Ahead of Time
It’s good practice to plan your route ahead of the trip itself. You’ll want to identify campgrounds and parking lots along your route that allow overnight RV parking so that you don’t run into a situation where you find yourself stranded without a place to stay for the night.
Be aware of additional restrictions that may apply. Some campgrounds and RV parks do not allow for certain classes of motorhomes, and many will require a reservation to be booked in advance (particularly during peak season).
Planning your trip route is also crucial for ensuring that you don’t travel in excess of your daily mileage limit. Many owners will list their RVs for rent with a daily mileage limitation. Driving more than the agreed-upon limitation may cause long-term deterioration to the engine. As such, owners often set a fee for excess daily mileage.
Without proper planning, you may end up straying too far from your intended path, thus incurring excess daily mileage fees. If your budget is very limited, these fees can be a significant burden, so they are best avoided unless absolutely necessary.
2. Get Oriented
It’s worth taking a little time to acclimatize yourself to your rented RV, as you’ll be spending a solid week in it. You’ll want to make adjustments as necessary to ensure that the experience “feels right” – perhaps you’d like to bring your own tablecloth to spruce up the built-in common table, for example. Feel free to personalize the RV for your trip, (so long as you don’t make any permanent changes)!
Conducting a reasonable inspection is good practice, of course. Make sure to note any cosmetic, mechanical, or structural issues so that you have a record to clear up any confusion later on. If you notice any glaring issues that could affect the quality of your trip, consider the ramifications carefully. You may even be able to use these flaws to negotiate a discounted rate.
Finally, don’t forget to bring some basic tools for automotive repair and maintenance, if you have them; (check with your RV owner first, as he or she may provide specific tools with the rental). Over the course of your weekly rental, the RV might break down or experience other mechanical issues. Having the right tools gives you a leg up when dealing with unexpected mechanical issues.
3. Pack Some Pre-Made Meals
Consider bringing along some pre-made meals if your RV comes with a refrigerator installed, and so long as there is adequate storage space. After several days of sightseeing, driving, hiking, and various other exhausting activities, you may find that you don’t have the energy necessary to cook a meal in the RV kitchen.
Instead of blowing your budget on restaurant meals, crack open some pre-made meals as a healthier, cheaper alternative. Heat them up and dig in! Most food will hold up just fine for up to a week when stored properly.
4. Pack for Slow Days
Don’t forget to pack some appropriate “time fillers” for when you want to take a lazy day off. It’s not uncommon for RVers to plan for a packed schedule of road tripping and excursions, but you may find that you want to skip a few activities every now and then and just relax. Be sure to pack whatever you and your passengers need to pass the time – whether it’s books, board games, or laptops.
Renting an RV is Easy
1 week RV rentals (or 2 week RV rentals and beyond) are not just a cost-saving measure. With a bit more time out on the road, you have an opportunity to take a more relaxed approach to your trip. To rent an RV for a week that meets your needs, browse our listings here on the RVshare platform. With thousands of unique RV listings available at any given time, likely you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at a competitive price. And remember, these same rules apply if you're trying to determine how much to rent a RV for a week for, or of course, rent a RV for two weeks or more.