It’s common to rent an RV or motor home for summer travel. But fall travel and winter vacations also offer many great reasons for renting an RV – weekend getaways, ski trips, holiday travel, or just some extra space at home.
In many parts of the Pacific Northwest, fall is the perfect time to get outdoors. Our temperate weather makes getaways possible through fall and winter months. Campgrounds are less crowded and scenic drives explode with gorgeous fall color. Shellfish seasons become delicious adventures to Washington State coastal waters for razor clams, clams, mussels, oysters, crab, and shrimp! Later in the season after snow begins to fall in the mountains, ski vacations and winter getaways also beckon us to the great outdoors.
But even if you aren’t the cool-weather-outdoorsy type you may be in need of some extra “distance” this year that a rental RV can provide – for holiday travel with private accommodations, as a guest room for family who comes to visit you, or a secluded office space when you’re working from home. An RV also adds a second kitchen for those big holiday meals, as well as crafts and gift making.
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RV rentals through RVshare
But if you don’t already own an RV, you do not need to purchase one (if you can even find one for sale). RV sales skyrocketed in 2020, driving up prices and shrinking your choices of what’s available. However, 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 directly from the owner.
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, whether it’s a weekend of camping close to home or a cross-country drive to visit the relatives.
You may even want to consider a rental RV rental the next time you need temporary lodgings for family coming into town or for short-term business stays.
How You Can Use Your Rental from RVshare:
Vacations and Off-Season Camping These days, people are trying to find alternatives to the traditional vacations that involve flying and staying in hotels (or squeezing all the uncles and aunts and nephews and nieces into a relative’s house for the holidays). Rather than flying to Florida for the winter, take the family on a cross-country trip and bring your ‘hotel’ with you.
Guest Housing More and more people are opting to use their RVs as temporary housing for guests. (Hey, the cousins from Holiday Vacation were onto something!) It allows family to be close – but not too close. And you actually gain an extra kitchen (or a kitchenette) for your holiday cooking. Park it outside or at a nearby RV park and gain lots of extra space for visiting relatives.
Transportation and Lodging And for travel, the benefits are obvious: rather than flying to your destination and spending hours in a mask, you hit the open road with everything you need, including the kitchen sink, and no more lost luggage. Both your transportation and housing are taken care of for the duration of your trip.
Office Space or Conference Housing An RV can even provide temporary office space for those who need a quiet place to work and handle conference calls without interruption. And if you must travel for work, you can take your office with you.
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, motorhomes, and so on.
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 options and features and sort by relevance, distance, or price.
This lets you get quite specific about what you’re looking for – number of people it can sleep, pet-friendly, pull-behind or drivable, and so on. And if you only need an RV as housing and not for transportation, you can get one delivered and set up for you. Choose your RV rental at RVshare.com
Finding an RV for fall and holiday travel
Demand for RVs has been high during the 2020 season, when people want to get out and enjoy time together without a lot of contact with crowds or being in enclosed environments. Renting an RV is the perfect solution, offering vacationers the ability to see the country while traveling safely.
Put your RV to work for you by listing it on RVshare and helping to ensure that families, medical professionals and others have a welcoming home away from home this season.
You’ll want to make sure you’re renting from a reputable marketplace though. 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, style, type and location of the RV.
Delivery usually incurs an additional fee, which is 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 or RV park of your choice.
While you could travel from coast to coast in the United States in a recreational vehicle from RVshare, with the current situation you’ll want to research which campgrounds and overnight options are open and pay attention to local requirements at your destination and along your route.
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 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 RV into a second income by bringing RV renters and RV 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 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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