Whether you are into nature, sports, or history, booking an RV rental near Gaylord KOA is a fantastic way to explore the north-central region of Michigan. At the KOA, there's plenty to keep you busy, including a seasonal swimming pool (open from the end of May to the beginning of September), a dog park, mini-golf course, playground, jump pad, ball pit, and volleyball and basketball courts. You can also stay connected with Wi-Fi service throughout the RV park, and cable TV is available. A general store can also keep you stocked with propane, firewood, and rental bikes for exploring the campground and surrounding areas.Your options are pretty open as far as motorhome rental sizes go, with sites able to accommodate RVs up to 120 feet long. There are a variety of hookup options too, ranging from water and electric only to full hookups with 30/50 amp service and cable. Hiking trails circle the perimeter of the campground, and you can access the on-site laundry and shower facilities to stay fresh in between your adventures.While in this scenic region of the state, you might want to venture away from the campground when you book an RV in Otsego County. You can head over to the Alpine Village to check out some unique shops and restaurants. Take an amazing cultural tour on Mackinac Island via Mackinaw City or head to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Michigan's Upper Peninsula region. Traverse City and the waters of Lake Michigan are just over an hour's drive away too; camping at Gaylord KOA is an easy way to a terrific vacation.

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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works


Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.


Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.


Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Nature lovers can find plenty to enjoy when it comes to hiking and exploring while motorhome camping at Gaylord KOA. Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve is one of the most interesting destinations around. Among other things, here you can see ancient shipwrecks. This marine sanctuary is located in “Shipwreck Alley” and is near the sites of nearly 100 wrecks. Visitors can kayak and snorkel around the area, and there are also some interesting exhibits to check out on the shore.If you want to stay on dry land during your RV camping trip, you can head over to Hartwick Pines State Park found in Grayling for some fun in the sun. You can find almost 10,000 acres to explore there, with activities like hiking, fishing, camping, snowshoeing, birding, and more. The area is pet-friendly, and there's some history to enjoy too. Stop by the logging museum in between trips into the wilderness for some variety during your visit.The explorations don’t have to stop, especially with the Gaylord State Forest Area nearby. At this rugged wilderness spot, you can do some epic hiking on the numerous trails. You can tackle these trails in numerous ways, depending on the season, including on foot, on a bike, or by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Lengths and difficulties vary, so there's something for everyone when you visit Gaylord State Forest Area with the campervan rental. There are more trails to hike and sights to see at Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve, and Pigeon River Country State Forest features old-growth pine forests, hardwood spreads, and even a cedar swamp.

Explore the City

While RV camping at Gaylord KOA, you'll be near the beautiful Otsego Lake. Along its shores, you'll find sprawling beaches, scenic driving opportunities, and even a couple of golf courses. There are lots of other ways to experience the area too, from the delicious takes on American cuisine to all of the interesting places that highlight the area's history and features. The Call of the Wild Museum in Gaylord houses around 60 displays featuring wildlife and other topics related to the region. If you want a different kind of interactive entertainment, you check out the go-karts and adventure golf offered here. Dennos Museum Center is in Traverse City and features some pretty intriguing exhibits. Here you can scope out a variety of unique artwork ranging from an outdoor sculpture garden to the Inuit Gallery and the interactive Discovery Gallery. If you prefer art to be a bit more natural, you can head over to The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. It's the perfect spot to slow things down a bit and take in the array of stunning and exquisitely arranged vegetation that you can find here.For some Michigan maritime history, pack up the Gaylord camper rental and take a day trip north to check out the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise. You can visit historical restorations of relics of the past like the Oil House, Alcohol House, Lookout Tower, Surfboat House, Lightkeepers Quarters, and more. Dive deep into the underwater research covering multiple shipwrecks, including the ill-fated S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald.History, culture, and a delightful atmosphere combine to make camping in an RV at Gaylord KOA a can’t-miss vacation.

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Find the perfect RV for Gaylord KOA

All towables


Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.


Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.


All other types of drivable vehicles.


Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.