My husband and I took our two daughters with us to Las Vegas in 2018. This was the beginning of an amazing adventure. Our first RV trip would take us to the Southwest’s best national and state parks. Spoiler alert! We were hooked and have been on many RV trips since. We’ve learned a lot about RVing since our first trip. I’m sharing these tips to help you prepare for your next adventure. RV rentals have become a popular activity in this era of family vacations.
Different types of licenses and special licenses are available
When we tell people that we are going on an RV trip they ask, “Do you require a special licence to drive an RV?”. In all 50 states, RVs under 26,000 pounds (most of them under that weight) do not require a license. There are two types: towable and drivable motorhomes. Each has subcategories.
Motorhomes are often called drivable RVs.
Motorhomes are sometimes called a drivable RV. This means that you can drive it and live in it. There are three types of motorhomes: Class A, B and C. Class As is the only one that can potentially exceed 26,000 pounds and requires a special license. The average Class A motorhome weighs between 13,000 and 30,000 pounds, but there are many options that weigh less than 26,000 so it is easy to avoid heavier models. What’s the difference?
The largest RVs look a lot like coach buses. They weigh an average of 13,000-35,000 pounds and range in size from 21 to 41 feet. Although they offer the most space, I wouldn’t recommend renting a class A motorhome for your first trip unless you are familiar with driving buses-sized vehicles. These vehicles are large and can make parking difficult.
Class A RVs, also called camper vans are the smallest. They require the most getting used to driving because they’re vans. They sleep fewer people, and their accommodations aren’t as luxurious. Although Class Bs can be used by one or two people, they are not suitable for larger groups of friends or families.
First-time RVers will love the class C RVs . Although you will have more space than the Class B, it will still be easier to move than the Class A. They range in length from 20 to 38 feet and have an average weight of 10,000-12,000 pounds. The Class C class, which is typically built on a truck frame or van frame, is comparable to driving a large truck that requires wide turns.
Towable RVs can be towed by an SUV, pickup truck or other vehicle. This means that you won’t have to sleep in the same spot as when you sell my motorhome. Towable RVs include fifth wheels, utility trailers, and toy haulers.
Popup or folding trailers can be towed with almost all cars, trucks, SUVs, and some cars. These trailers have canvas sides that open up, which gives you more space for sleeping, cooking, or just hanging out. Some have toilets and showers, while others don’t.
Fifth wheels must be attached to a special hitch, which can only attach to a pickup truck’s bed. Because they are heavier than other types of travel trailers they cannot be tow by any truck. They must be towable by a truck with a high towing capacity. Fifth wheels offer a split-level layout and a homelike feel. Fifth wheels often have large kitchens that can hold full-sized appliances and islands.
A travel trailer is similar to a fifth-wheel, but the key difference is how it must be hitched. You don’t need a hitch to pull it. It can be pulled by any vehicle, including minivans, SUVs and trucks. They are also smaller than fifth-wheels.
Truck campers can be great for those who want to “rough it” but don’t need to pitch a tent. You don’t need to attach a hitch as the camper is attached to the pickup. Many allow you to cook, eat and sleep.
These are the best places to rent a car
You have many options for renting an RV, just like you do when you book traditional accommodations. There are two options: you can rent through Avis or Enterprise RV rental companies or you can rent from peer-to-peer renting like on Airbnb.
Peer-to-peer rental sites
Outdoorsy and RV Share are the two most popular peer-to-peer RV rental websites. RV Share offers rentals in all 50 states while Outdoorsy has rentals in Canada and Australia. Outdoorsy was a great place to rent a vehicle for our three most recent RV trips. We have had wonderful experiences with Outdoorsy, which is often called the Airbnb of RVs. They rent motorhomes and towable RVs.
Although I haven’t tried RV Share yet, the model is identical to Outdoorsy. It’s popular for short-term rentals. This is a great option for non-loop road trips.
RV rental companies
If you’d rather rent from a company than a private owner, there are two options.
Cruise America: This company is very popular with 121 locations in the U.S. It only rents Class C RVs so there are not many options.
El Monte RV: This rental company offers both one-way and round-trip rentals in 27 states. Cruise America is similar, but the options are limited because it only rents Class A or Class C RVs.
Book a Relocation Rental if you don’t care about where your RV travel takes you. They cost only $1 and can help you save tons.
Here are some things you should know about camping
Although the RV is an important step in your journey, it is only one step. When you travel by RV, you will still need to book campsites rather than hotels. There are many different types of campsites. While the average RV camp costs between $35 and $50 per night, more luxurious options are available for a higher price. Camping sites can easily fetch over $100 per night, particularly right now when campsites are very popular.
Many sites offer discounts for guests who stay longer. You should also know that campsites are often booked well in advance, especially in popular areas like National Park, the Grand Canyon, and others.
Consider what you want from a campsite when looking at it. Do the campsite have drinking water, toilets, electricity, and cable? Do you need an RV that can hook up to either a 30 amp or 50amp power supply? Or do you have a converter that allows you to connect to both? This information is crucial when you reserve your spot. Pull-through spots are often more expensive. It’s much easier to park because you can pull into the spot, then drive forward to exit the RV instead of backing it into the spot.
How about the poop?
Everybody asks us the same question: “Is it unpleasant dealing with the toilet?” Is that a fair question? It is not difficult and it doesn’t take long. To protect the black tank hose, most RV rentals include gloves. Buy gloves if you don’t have them. You can dump your tank in about five minutes. Most RVers are friendly and will help you if needed. To see the entire process, you can also watch this YouTube Video.
Boondocking is a great way to save money on camping. If the campsite you are staying at does not have hookups, it means that you cannot connect to water, electricity or sewer.
Even though a campsite may not offer these amenities, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get water or electricity. You can fill your RV’s freshwater tank before you go boondocking to get water. If the RV has a propane tank you can also use the propane tank for electricity. These tanks won’t last forever. Most freshwater tanks can hold between 20 and 100 gallons of water, while a propane tank of 30 pounds usually provides 24 hours of generator usage.
Renting a house is more expensive than renting it.
What is the cost of renting a house?
Prices for RVs will vary depending on the time of year, where you live, how much the RV costs to rent, and how luxurious or basic the RV is. These average costs are a guideline. However, prices can vary depending on demand and how much the RV is worth.
- Class A $175 – $275 per Night
- Class B $100-$200 per night
- Class A: $150-200 per night
- Travel trailer: 50 to $125 per evening
- Fifth wheel: $60-$150 per night
- Pop up trailer: $50-100 per night
You may also have to consider a per mile charge. Some rentals come with unlimited mileage, while others may include a set number of miles.
RV Share comes with standard insurance, but you have the option to add additional coverage. According to the website, standard coverage provides up to $200,000 of comprehensive and collision coverage. This coverage is based on the RV’s value and includes free towing and tire services as well as 24/7 roadside assistance. provides more information about its policy.
Outdoorsy is a Liberty Mutual partner and offers three levels of insurance: Essential, Peace of Mind, or Risk Taker. You get 24/7 roadside assistance, customer support, and up to $1M in physical damage coverage.
Apps that can help you when you are traveling
Offers information about free RV camping locations and overnight parking. It also provides information about regular RV campgrounds. It also displays reviews and provides ratings about how crowded the campgrounds are, cell reception, safety, and ease of access.
The app displays the lowest gas prices for your area. You can search by brand or type of gas. It is a great tool for budgeting and planning.
RV Checklist: This checklist helps with packing and pre-road trip preparation. This checklist is great for RVers new to the hobby who don’t know where they should start.
Free Wi-Fi Zone: This app offers information about 5 million hotspots across the U.S.A, maps to help you get there, and notifications when you are within range of a signal.
Coverage It doesn’t matter where you go on your RV adventure, but you will quickly discover that not all roads lead to the same destination when it comes cell service. This app shows you the coverage maps for all major carriers in the United States.
RVing is an exciting adventure that everyone should experience at least once. Although RV sites and rental sites are very popular right now, it is a great time to explore this way of traveling across the country.