Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to have a long term RV rental? Maybe your family wants to get away for the whole summer before school starts again.
Maybe you’re changing career paths, and you want to have an adventure before you buckle down and start your next job. Or maybe, you’ve arrived in a new city and are looking for accommodation alternatives.
Whatever the reason, a long term RV rental might be just what you need. Finding a long term rental will be slightly more challenging than finding your average week-long rental, but it’s not impossible.
You may be wondering, “Can you lease an RV like a car?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Unlike a car lease, which is typically for at least a year, a RV rental agreement is usually arranged by the week or by the month.
A Class B RV rental is great for couples and small families traveling on a budget. They are certainly less expensive than renting a Class A or C RV, and it also costs less to fill up the tank.
Another advantage of Class B rentals is their size. Because they are constructed from vans, you can drive around and park them just like you would a regular car. Even though they are very much like a car, they are stronger. This means that if you need to pull an additional small trailer, you can.
While you’re considering Class B RV rentals, keep in mind that there are different models. The biggest and most luxurious is the Mercedes Sprinter. This Class B RV rental can seat seven and sleep four and comes with features like fully enclosed showers and toilets, fridge, microwave, stove, furnace, external gas hookups, generator, and AC unit. Mercedes Sprinters also have four-wheel drive and run on diesel.
Another Class B rental model is the Dodge Ram Promaster. It’s a smaller and slightly less luxurious version of a Mercedes Sprinter, which means it costs less to rent. However, it still has all of the essentials you’d need for a great trip.
An additional model to consider is the Chevrolet Express. It does come with far fewer features than a Sprinter, but the plus side is that it comes with a lower price tag. It also runs on regular gas as opposed to diesel.
Thinking about the cost of a long term RV rental can be a bit scary. After all, some RVs' daily rates can be pretty expensive. The good thing about long term rentals, however, is you more than likely can get a discounted rate the longer you have it.
For an RV owner, finding someone that wants to rent their RV for a longer period of time has many benefits. Instead of working and scrambling to constantly find another renter, they can sit back knowing their RV is being used. And their RV being used means they’re making money. Because of these benefits, RV owners often offer incentivized prices.
So what are the best RV types for long term rental? Well, that really depends on your needs. If you’re traveling with your family, a Class A or fifth wheel travel trailer might be best. It will provide you with ample space so everyone is comfortable, and you have enough room to store everything you need for your vacation.
If you’re traveling on a strict budget and by yourself or as a couple, something like a campervan might be a better option. Their smaller size means you spend less on the rental itself and on gas. They are also easier to get down narrow roads, so you have more options for where to set up camp, especially if you want to boondock.
If you need an RV rental as a temporary home and aren’t really traveling, then a long term travel trailer rental might be perfect for you. It offers plenty of space, and many RV owners will deliver and set it up for you, that way when you arrive it’s ready for you to sit back and relax.
Some other things to consider when renting long term are additional costs. For example, there is an additional fee for one-way rentals if you’re traveling long term but aren’t planning on returning to where you started from. Or, if you’re having a trailer delivered and set up, there’s an additional fee for that.
Of course, you also want to make sure what basics are provided in your RV, like cookware and bedding. If they aren’t provided, some RV owners charge an additional fee for including them. Or you could go out and buy them yourself.
Now that you’ve decided that a long term RV rental is right for you, where is the best place to find one? Chain RV dealers rarely offer serious long term rentals, so peer-to-peer RV rental companies like Outdoorsy really are the best place to find them.
Using Outdoorsy’s RV search
, you can find local RV owners to rent from, and you can contact the owners directly to talk about extended rental periods. Simply enter a city and estimated dates into the search, and you’ll get dozens of reliable RVs to choose from.
So whether you’re looking for a 6-month RV rental while your new house is being built, or looking to spend 3 months exploring the west coast before school starts, a long term RV rental is a perfect solution.
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