Perhaps one of
the hardest questions to answer when planning an RV trip is whether to
rent or buy.
Of course, everyone’s
circumstances are different. If you make the decision to rent an RV,
make sure you don’t just get a fair deal, but, instead, a great deal.
Most people are familiar with the
stereotypical RV rental dynamic. You'll go to a dealership, agree on a
fixed rate, and then hustle to get the RV back in one piece. It’s a
tried-and-true system, and has its advantages . . . but is it the best
Let’s first consider some typical rental
Paying Short-Term Rent on an RV
This is a fantastic idea for those of you
who just want to get away for the weekend. You can rent out an RV for
less than $10 a day. That means you could have your weekend travel and
accommodation sorted for less than 20 bucks. That’s less money than some
hotels’ continental breakfasts! It’s also a great way to get into RVing
if you’re green and looking to get some experience.
The fact is, not everyone who wants to
rent an RV has the time or money to rent one for months at a time. By
using a site like
have several great options to ensure that you don’t wind up in debt!
Buying an RV and renting it out is also a good idea for those who can
pony up the cash. But if you just want to enjoy the comfort and mobility
that an RV provides (while not worrying about the up-front costs),
renting an RV might be the best approach for you.
Additionally, RVshare offers a 'One-Way
Trip' option for some RVs. This is especially useful if you plan on
RVing somewhere and flying back, for instance. With millions of RV
renters worldwide, there’s a good chance you can plot a journey that
will give you the freedom to go from point A to point B without the
inconvenience of having to go back to point A again. Better yet, if you
decide to rent out your own RV (because, let’s face it, not everyone
uses as RV as their full-time domicile), then why not consider leasing
out your RV to other people? It really is a win–win for both parties,
because instead of letting your RV accumulate dust in your driveway, you
could instead have it accumulate Benjamins as it is enjoyed by others
far and wide. Plus, just like when you’re renting an RV on RVshare, you
don’t need to collect it each time a renter is finished using it, since
the next occupants can pick up the RV from a new location each time it
changes hands; you don’t have to bring it back to where it started.
Paying Long-Term Rent on an RV
As you might imagine, if you hire an RV
for an extended duration, you can expect to receive a discounted rate.
There is also a key advantage of long-term rentals: you don’t need to
pay all at once. This affords you even greater flexibility in your
travel plans and budget! Many renters on peer-to-peer RV rental
marketplaces like RVshare love this idea because of the discounts they
Another key thing to remember about
renting on a long-term basis is that you should make sure that you have
abundant supplies. Long-life food is the obvious thought, but don’t
forget about a backup gas supply, matches, toiletries, batteries, and
other important amenities.
Naturally, resupplies will be necessary
for long-haul trips, but you can expect to be paying premium prices for
the bare essentials if you have to stock up everything at a gas station.
It is also important to have a fully stocked first-aid kit, since being
injured a long way from medical aid can be a frightening proposition.