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RV Rental 101: Tips for First-Time Renters

North America Travel Tips USA

September 15, 2020 by Andrea Szyper

In the era of COVID-19, many of us are returning to road trips. For those who want the ultimate control over where they stay, their exposure, and their safety from place to place, an RV is a compelling option.

More and more RVs are on the road, and a whole new market is discovering the security and flexibility they offer. Here at UnTours, we were so intrigued, we researched the possibilities and have found suitable partners to help us offer RV rentals to Untourists!

If you are new to the game, you are in good company. Here are a few things to consider if you are renting an RV for the first time.

Size Matters
Pick the right size for you! You have options from simple campers that fit over a pickup truck all the way up to large RVs that offer living space and comfort. Consider your party size, comfort needs, trip plans, and comfort driving. Also, consider what you are comfortable driving, of course. Once you get out on the road, beware of clearances. Memorize the dimensions of your RV so you don’t get yourself into a tight spot.

Budget Properly
RV rentals are a choice that may or may not save you money. It is important to set the right expectations, factoring in the cost of the rental itself, plus parking/campground fees, hookups and dumps, and of course tolls and gas. There is a wide range of gas mileage, but our partners estimate that their RVs get about 6-10 miles per gallon depending on the model. Also, watch for fees for mileage and cleaning. These extras can add up quickly!

Plan and Book Ahead
There are more RVs on the road than ever before! Though flexibility and freedom were always two of the biggest selling points of RV travel, it is more important than ever to plan and book your reservations ahead of time. Some of the best known national parks are already sold out to RVs for the year. Use websites and apps like RV Parky and Rover Pass for planning your adventures, or work with seasoned professionals who can help you set an itinerary.

Practice Makes Perfect
To enjoy an RV vacation, you must be a confident driver and be comfortable driving a big vehicle. In general, there is no special license required to drive an RV, but that doesn’t mean RVs are a good fit for all drivers. Think about who will be driving, and upon pickup, practice with the vehicle in an empty parking lot before heading out on the open road. Take time to familiarize yourself with all of the controls and be sure to practice your turns and reverse too!

Use Your Resources
RVing is a world, and there are lots of resources available to help you. Look for apps like RV Dump Sites to help you on the road. Get comfortable with your navigation tools. Ask as many questions as possible when you rent. And if you find yourself in a tough spot, don’t hesitate to ask other RVers or park staff for help, whether you need assistance getting into your parking spot, hookup guidance, or travel suggestions. RVers are generally a friendly, helpful bunch.

If you think RV travel is right for you, check out our RV offerings and get planning for fall!

Do you have your own RV tips to share? Or your own questions? Please share them in the comments.