This year, many families are opting for a nature vacation or a road trip, instead of flying off to resorts or hotels.
And why not? Getting outdoors and “roughing” it a bit has a lot to offer: relaxing around a campfire, enjoying a summer read punctuated with a fishing trip or hike, and other languid pursuits. Lazy, hazy days and starry nights.
There are many styles of camping: pitching a tent in a campground, renting a cabin at the shore, or taking some creature comforts on the road with you in an RV or camper.
We’ve some tent camping over the years, plus rented an RV or a cabin from time to time. They’re all fun ways to get outdoors and away from your normal routine.
It’s a good idea to rent camping gear or an RV before you decide to buy. It can take several trips to figure out what camping style suits you best, as well as the destinations you have in mind.
Plus, owning an RV requires a commitment of time, money, storage space, and a vehicle capable of towing it. A better answer – at least until you’re sure RV ownership is for you – is to rent a camper or trailer.
These days, online services like RVshare make it easy to find rental RVs.
RV rentals through RVshare
RVshare is the Airbnb of recreational vehicles. The service allows you to search for available vehicles and rent directly from the owner. It’s the first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace.
Founded in 2013, RVshare company now has more than 100,000 vehicles available. The selection is great, from affordable travel trailers to luxury motorhomes.
Using RVshare will let you plan any kind of outdoor adventure, whether it’s a weekend of camping close to home or a cross-country tour of national parks with the whole family in tow.
And they’re not just for vacation rental, either. You may want to consider an RV rental the next time you need temporary lodging for family coming into town.
What Kind of RV Can You Rent?
You can get quite specific about what you’re looking for, whether you need something that’s pet-friendly, can be delivered and set up for you, or is a full-scale luxury “glamper.” You might be surprised to learn that some RVs are as luxurious as any hotel room–and can come with a custom view!
RVshare.com lets you search by location, dates, and number of sleepers you need to accommodate. Then you can filter the results on a variety of features, price, and other options.
Nationwide, the selection includes pop-ups, camper vans, travel trailers, and motorhomes. What’s available will vary depending on the location and dates for your trip. But there are rentals available in every state across the country.
Finding an RV for summer travel
Demand for RVs has been high during the 2020 season. People want to get out and enjoy summer without a lot of contact with crowds or time spent in enclosed environments.
Renting an RV is the perfect solution, offering vacationers the ability to see the country while traveling safely.
With RVshare, you can be sure you’re renting from a reputable marketplace. Here are some of the benefits:
- Wide inventory of recreational vehicles, from affordable pop-ups to luxury motorhomes
- Secure and instant booking/payment portal
- 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
- Worry-free rental guarantee that includes fraud protection
Who can rent through RVshare?
You must be 25 or older to rent through RVshare, but anyone with a valid drivers license can drive an RV.
RVshare is 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?
Most RVs in the inventory are offered on a per-night basis. The average cost of a booking on RVshare is $150 per night. There may be special pricing for longer or extended rentals.
Rental rates are determined by each owner and can vary depending on the size, style, type, and location of the RV.
Delivery and/or setup can incur an additional fee, which is also set by each RV owner.
Where can you go in an RV?
With RVshare, you can stay close to home or travel farther afield. In either case, you could choose to tow or drive your rental, or look for delivery and setup rental options near the campground of your choice.
Delivery and setup is an option I wish we’d had years ago–it takes a lot of time to stock an empty RV before your trip!
While you could travel from coast to coast in the United States in a recreational vehicle from RVshare, in 2020 it’s advisable to thoroughly research which campgrounds and overnight options are open. Also be sure to pay attention to local requirements along your route and at your destination.
Traveling by RV can offer less contact along the route, as long as the vehicle is self-contained. This means you can pull over for a picnic lunch in your rental RV and even use the vehicle’s facilities when you need to.
RVshare as a second income
If you already own an RV, you could turn it into a second income. RVshare provides RV owners in North America the opportunity to turn their vehicle into a second income by bringing RV renters and owners together.
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 who participate in RVshare:
- Make money when your vehicle would otherwise be sitting unused
- List for free and earn up to $40,000 per year
- One-on-one support from rental coaches to set up your listing
- 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 offered at no cost
- Insurance coverage includes $1,000,000 in liability, plus collision and comprehensive coverage for the value of the RV up to $200,000
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