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Going into a vacation mode with the use of an RV has been gaining popularity throughout the United States. There are never-ending benefits when it comes to using an RV, whether you are traveling solo, with your family, friends, and relatives, or a fairly large group of people. The flexibility and the adventures that have been given to you with an RV are endless.

Renting an RV is all about caution, you need to know if the person or the company you’re renting an RV from can be trusted. Usually, the price of a rental RV is less than the price of an average hotel room but the RV will make it a lot more enticing to get into because you will find more amenities than you would find in a budget hotel room. You will find yourself with a full kitchen, a basic toilet room, and a bed that fits more or less than eight people.

Having an RV offers a very affordable and low-cost way of traveling. However, there is no need for you to buy an RV especially if you don’t plan on using it daily. If you have friends who own an RV, or you know someone who can hook you up to an owner of an RV where you can just rent it.

Here are some of my blogs that will give you helpful tips when renting an RV:

Average Costs on Renting an RV

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The cost to rent an RV varies widely depending on which RV rental company you’re renting from, what RV type you’re renting, the rental location, the age of the RV, and more. However, to give you a general idea of pricing, here are the average rental prices across the United States for RV rentals.

RV TypeAverage Rent Cost Per Night
Pop Up Camper$50 to $100 per night
Travel Trailer$50 to $125 per night
Campervan $75 to $150 per night
Fifth Wheel $60 to $150 per night
Toy Hauler $100 to $200 per night
Class A $175 to $275 per night
Class B $100 to $200 per night
Class C$150 to $200 per night

How to Avoid Rental Schemes/Fraud

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Prevention is the best remedy, and not every rental owner will be looking out for your best interest, so how do you take care of yourself to avoid being scammed? The best way is to look at peer-to-peer marketplaces like RVshare, RVezy, Yescapa, and Outdoorsy.

These kinds of marketplaces are reviewed by other users and can give you an objective view of how the owner treats renters and if there are any additional positive experiences or even the odd negative experience.

Trusted RV Rental Websites, Peer- to- Peer RV Rental MarketPlace

With the advent of peer-to-peer websites like Airbnb and Uber coming almost to every possible marketplace, it was only a matter of time before the service would arrive in the RV space. The main selling point of using these services versus renting from private owners is the review system. It is built to provide genuine reviews of previous customers’ experiences which enable future ones to make the best possible choice when looking where and who to rent from. Here are some examples of Trusted RV Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces:

Is there an AirBNB for RVs?  

If you’ve ever tried an Airbnb before, you know that it’s one of the best ways to travel as it removes the anxiety of having to book hotels in advance or risking if there are any available rooms with walk-ins. In comparison to traditional hotels where you will inevitably end up with other guests by nature, getting an Airbnb gives you an extra sense of privacy! Besides, nothing beats paying less for a rental and having the whole place to yourself!

As Airbnb took the country by storm, there’s now a peer-to-peer website for nearly everything, even for RVs. If you’ve been dreaming of an RV trip but have been turned off by bad reviews or high prices of chain rentals, RV rentals by private owners are your answer. In this article, we’ll take a look at how it works, and why it might be your best option.

One might say that VRBO started the whole peer-to-peer vacation rental trend. Now, it’s the most popular vacation rental site in the United States. Its success has given rise to other sites, like Airbnb, which let property owners rent out their homes and make some extra cash.

RVshare embraces the peer-to-peer model as well and works just like a VRBO RV rental would. RVshare is one of these marketplaces that work with RV owners throughout the nation and helps them connect with potential renters. Here’s how it works:

  • RV owners can list their RV on the website for free. They are able to put all the necessary information such as pictures of the motorhome, their rates, and extra fees, as well as their own rules for renting it.
  • As a renter, you can look through their nationwide inventory of RVs. Simply put in your location and travel dates to pull up a list of available rentals in your area.
  • As you browse through listings, you’ll see different types of RVs at a number of different price points. You’ll be able to filter the search results by price, RV type, and other criteria.
  • Once you’ve found an RV you like, be sure to read the ad for rates and rules. Remember that the owners set the rates themselves, so there’s going to be a lot of differences between rentals.
  • You’ll need to pay a security deposit to hold your reservation. When you make a reservation request, the owner has a day or two to run a background check before approving your rental.
  • When you pick up the RV, the owner will give you a walkthrough and show you how to use everything, so don’t worry if you’ve never used an RV before!
  • Liability coverage and roadside assistance are included with your rental. You may need to get separate auto insurance, either from the RV owner (if they offer it) or from a third-party provider.
  • If there was a damage deposit, you’ll get it back within a week after returning the RV, provided you didn’t cause damage or break any rules.

Benefits of going with an AirBnB Camper Rental

For a trip to happen successfully a multitude of worries and planning has to go with it, that’s why a lot of people don’t go through with camping, more so camping via an RV. Buying an RV is usually too expensive for other people thus renting one is the more viable option. The only problem that remains is; where to rent one, will it be from a company or from a private owner? One extremely safe and convenient option would be going with an Airbnb-style peer-to-peer marketplace like Outdoorsy or RVshare.

Here are some benefits of going with this kind of service over everything else in the market:

  • Being able to easily find the RV fit for you and your budget. No matter what your budget is from sub 200 dollars all the way to the high thousands, you’ll be able to find an RV that will fit your needs.
  • Aside from the price and make of the RV, most RV owners will have their own rules regarding the rental of their motorhome. Some examples of rules that would be in place are No smoking inside the RV or No Pets Allowed. This further helps in planning especially if those rules apply to your situation.
  • Some of these marketplaces like RVshare provide insurance to protect both owners and would-be renters. RVshare also provides 24/7 emergency roadside assistance and customer service available for every booking. Their service also provides additional guidance with helpful planning features with maps and itineraries integrated.
  • You can have the RV itself delivered to your location if you don’t feel like traveling all the way to the meet-up point for the ultimate level of convenience.
  • The vetting process is rigorous for RV drivers. For example, Outdoorsy, a large and well-trusted peer-to-peer RV rental company, performs a DMV check on all drivers to protect hosts and provide insurance coverage (up to $1 million).
  • Some owners provide the RV fully stocked with the basic necessities, reducing some load on your budget.
  • Being able to communicate fully with the owner on what is included in the rental is also a big bonus with using one of these marketplaces as you’ll also be able to see which owners are good at communicating with would-be renters so that you can understand what supplies they do and do not include in their rental price.
  • For frequent campers, some services like RVShare for example provide loyalty programs that reward their frequent customers with cashback to use for their next trip and referral rewards such as discount coupons.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a new experience by renting out an RV for your trip but are hesitant on pulling the trigger due to your circumstances whether it be lack of experience, knowledge, or funds; Renting one from a private owner through an Airbnb style peer-to-peer marketplace is as convenient and safe as it can get.

With the added security and ease of mind from being able to pick from endless options to suit your every need, you’ll be able to enjoy that trip you’ve been dreaming of for so long without much worry. Being able to choose the perfect location, a camper the right size for your needs, and saving money over hotel rates are fantastic reasons to try it for your next vacation.

To help you plan out your next trip, at my Etsy store I have planners and journals such as the RV Camper Trailer Preparation Journal that you might find useful for daily checks and out for your rented RV. Go ahead and get yours today.

If you’re looking for your next RV destination, here are some helpful blogs for you:

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