Rent an RV for summer travel, as extra housing for family and guests, or as a spare office for working from home or on the road. An RV lets you enjoy a much-needed vacation while avoiding crowds and public spaces.
Summer is coming! It’s time to leave the house you’ve been stuck in all year and venture out to the beach, the mountains or the parks. But how can you do that safely? Travel is full of cramped airplanes and crowded rest stops that you may not be ready to revisit.
Your solution: Rent an RV. This self-contained travel option eliminates the need for airplanes, hotels, restaurant dining and rest stops because your transportation is also your living quarters.
Pull up at a campsite in a national park, and tuck into comfy beds for the night. Park at the beach and cook dinner in your own kitchen. Drive across the country without ever stopping to use public restrooms.
Even better, renting an RV is an affordable vacation choice, with a range of options and price points to fit your budget and travel style.
Do you own an RV and would like information on how to make money renting it out? If so, scroll down to the bottom of this article and find out how easy it is.
RV rentals through RVshare
Purchasing an RV is not an affordable option for everyone. A travel trailer or motorhome can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $300,000 – and then you have to maintain it once you own it. A smarter option for the casual vacationer is to rent an RV.
Online services like RVshare make it easy to find rental RVs. Like the Airbnb of recreational vehicles, RVshare allows you to search for available vehicles and rent them directly from the owner. You can even get the RV delivered right to your door.
RVshare is the first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace. Founded in 2013, the company has more than 100,000 vehicles available – everything from affordable travel trailers to luxury motorhomes that can accommodate any adventure in comfort and style. You might technically be camping, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be roughing it.
In many ways, booking an RVshare RV rental is just like organizing a stay in a regular vacation home. Plug in your dates, price range and location, then filter results by the type of RV (drivable motorhomes vs. towable travel trailers and popups) or the amenities you need (number of beds, pet-friendly, specific kitchen amenities, etc.). The owner will make sure the RV is neat and clean before your stay.
Benefits of RV travel
RV travel has always been a convenient way to roll your vacation transportation and lodging into one. No need to bother with flight delays and lost luggage at the airport. No sweating over fiddly tent setups and primitive cooking conditions at a campground. You can skip the uncomfortable or noisy motels, bad or over-priced road food, and emergency bathroom breaks at dodgy gas stations in the middle of nowhere.
This year, the benefits are magnified for travelers who still aren’t comfortable in crowds and want to maintain social distancing practices – especially if they haven’t been vaccinated. Because of this, RV travel has been steadily rising in popularity since 2020. In fact, almost of 80% of renters in 2020 were new to the RVshare platform.
With an RV rental, you have your own self-contained unit for traveling, sleeping, eating and using the bathroom. That means you can avoid crowded rest stops on your road trips. You won’t need to wear a mask when you travel or worry about washing your hands all the time. You can bypass the hotels with their communal elevators and facilities, and pass up unmasked indoor restaurant dining for cooking with groceries you brought from home. (Or takeout at your comfortable dinette.) Plus, if money is tight this year, an RV rental is affordable. The average price of an RVshare rental is $150/night. Older motorhome rental prices start at $100 a night, travel trailers as low as $50 a night. (Newer RVs start at $200/night for motorhomes and $125 for trailers.)
Compare that to the cost of plane tickets plus hotel accommodations. Think about the money you’ll save cooking in your camper rather than dining out. The benefit to your bank account is obvious.
Where can you go this summer in an RV?
You can take your RV anywhere you’re willing to drive to from your home, so the options, both near and far, are abundant. You can choose to tow or drive your rental, or look for delivery and setup rental options near the campground or RV park of your choice.
National/State parks: National and state parks and other nature-based destinations are extremely popular this summer. Families want a 180-degree change from long school days spent distance learning in front of a computer. The great outdoors is the perfect place to social distance. The areas near national and state parks are typically flush with campgrounds that welcome RVs.
RVshare reports that the top national park destinations for RVers are Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, Great Smoky Mountains and Sequoia National Parks. Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park are all very popular RV camping spots.
Beach: The beach is always a top summer vacation destination, whether it’s on an ocean or a lake. You can find some RV-friendly campgrounds at or near the beach. RVshare maintains a list of some of the best waterfront RV campgrounds, or you can search for sites with hookups near your favorite beach town. A few local Myrtle Beach area RV camp grounds are: Ocean Lakes Campground, PirateLand Family Camping Resort, and Myrtle Beach Travel Park.
Family visits: If haven’t seen your family since last year, a visit to your relatives might be in the cards this summer. Bring your RV lodging with you so you can socialize outdoors and not have to crowd into spare bedrooms and sleep on floors.
Just be sure to check rules about acceptable places to park an RV in your relatives’ hometown. Some cities have restrictions on RV parking.
Road trip: Got lots of time? Plan an epic coast-to-coast road trip around the United States in a recreational vehicle from RVshare. Visit iconic attractions across the country or crazy ones, like the Biggest Ball of Twine or Carhenge.
An RV provides comfortable road trip transportation, but you’ll need to pay careful attention to testing and quarantine requirements for the states on your route. Map out acceptable overnight parking places before you go. (Did you know that Walmarts, truck stops and casinos are among the places that welcome RVs?) Consider making campground reservations in advance, in case some are limiting campers or selling out from high demand.
Alternative ways to use your rental from RVshare
RV rentals aren’t just for vacation travel. Consider these alternative ways an RVshare rental could improve your summer:
Guest housing: RVs make ideal temporary housing for friends and family who come to visit. They have their own motorhome for bedroom and bathroom use, so you don’t have to force people to wear masks indoors or take the risk of out-of-towners sleeping in your guest bedroom. (Plus, everyone has their own space when the together time gets to be too much!)
Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather to socialize and eat outdoors to minimize risk. Park the camper outside or at a nearby RV park.
Office space: An RV can provide temporary office space for those who need a quiet place to work and handle conference calls without interruption. If the kids are home this summer and making a ruckus, having a safe and clean work retreat can ensure you get that project done on time.
Business travel: If you must travel for work, you can take your office with you. Rent an RV from RVshare instead of booking that flight or staying in a hotel. Use that per diem on nice meals rather than on lodging costs.
What kind of RV can you rent?
RVshare has rentals available in every state of the U.S. What’s available will vary depending on the location you are searching, but the inventory nationwide includes pop-ups, camper vans, travel trailers and motorhomes.
Motorhomes are drivable RVs, and they come in three classes (A, B and C) based on size. Class A motorhomes are like large buses; they’re the biggest and most expensive. Class B is like an oversized van and Class C like a truck. Class C motorhomes tend to be the most popular with novice RVers.
If you’re looking for cheaper options, towable RVs are smaller than motorhomes and attach to your vehicle. Travel trailers and fifth wheels can only be towed by pickups or SUVs, whereas lightweight popups might be towable by your average sedan.
RV interiors can vary as widely as regular vacation homes, from décor style to amenities. Think flat-screen TVs and stainless steel appliances, kitchen backsplashes nicer than the one in your house, and even tucked-away outdoor wet bar areas. RVshare provides plenty of photos for each rental, so you can see exactly what you’re getting.
RVshare also lets you read reviews from past travelers. Most of RVshare’s owners (93%) receive five-star reviews from their renters.
RVshare’s search tool lets you get quite specific about what you’re looking for – number of people the RV can sleep, pet-friendly, distance from your home for pickup purposes, etc. If you only need an RV as housing and not for transportation (called a stationary rental), you can get one delivered and set up for you.
Finding an RV for summer travel
Demand for RVs has been high this year as travelers look for ways to get out and enjoy time together while avoiding crowds and enclosed environments. Renting an RV is the perfect solution, offering vacationers the ability to see the country while traveling safely.
You’ll want to make sure you’re renting from a reputable marketplace. Here are some benefits of renting with RVshare:
- Secure and instant booking/payment portal
- Worry-free rental guarantee that includes fraud protection
- Wide inventory of recreational vehicles, from affordable pop-ups to luxury motorhomes
- Largest RV rental marketplace with 60,000 five-star reviews from happy customers
- Safest and most trusted: 24/7 emergency roadside assistance on every booking
- Pet-friendly options
- Delivery and stationary options
- One-way rentals available
- RVshare rental insurance covers both domestic and international renters and provides collision and comprehensive coverage
Who can rent through RVshare?
You must be 25 or older to rent through RVshare, but anyone with a valid driver’s license can drive an RV.
They’re great for families, couples and even individuals who want to hit the road for an adventure and stay self-contained in a recreational vehicle.
If you plan to bring along your pet, make sure you choose a pet-friendly listing.
How much does it cost to rent through RVshare?
The average cost of a booking on RVshare is $150 per night. Most RVs in the inventory are offered on a per-night basis, although there may be special pricing for longer or extended rentals.
Rental rates are determined by each owner, and may vary depending on the size, age, style, type and location of the RV.
Delivery usually incurs an additional fee, which is set by each RV owner. It’s a popular option; one in five RVshare renters had their RVs delivered to their home or travel destination in 2020.
For owners: RVshare as a second income
If you already own an RV, you could turn it into a second income instead of letting it languish in your driveway. RVshare provides RV owners in North America the opportunity to turn their RV into a second income by connecting travelers looking for an RV rental with owners not actively using their motorhome.
Most RVs are used only two weeks out of the year; you could be using those other weeks to generate revenue on an otherwise unused vehicle.
Here are some benefits for owners participating in RVshare:
Make money when your vehicle would otherwise be sitting unused
List for free and earn up to $40,000 per year
Get maximum exposure with RVshare’s reach of millions of renters per year
Renter verification and insurance coverage included from the most trusted RV rental insurance company
RVshare rental insurance is offered at no cost and owners are provided $1,000,000 in liability coverage as well as comprehensive and collision coverage for the value of their RV up to $200,000
One-on-one support from rental coaches to set up your listing
Go here and click on “List Your RV” (it’s in the upper right corner) for more information on how to join the program and rent out your own RV.
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