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Traveling In a Rental RV Like a Pro

March 17, 2020

How to Rent an RV Like a pro - Unique Camping + Marine

Key Points:

  • The first step in rental RVing is choosing the right RV! There are several “classes” of RV, including Class A, Class B, Class C, Fifth wheels, and Travel Trailers. Different benefits and drawbacks come with each respective RV class. Please see below for more information. 
  • The cost of renting an RV depends upon the type of RV you choose. Class A RVs tend to be the most expensive, whereas fifth wheels and travel trailers are the cheapest. Please see below for specific information. 
  • RV living traditionally consists of camping in the Great Outdoors! There are a few options when considering how and where to camp: RV parks, RV campgrounds, and dry camping.
  • The RV lifestyle is about having a spirit of discovery and building great memories! There are many RVing activities to choose from. See below for specifics.

If you are considering joining the ranks of RVers around the country, a rental RV might be a great way to get started. However, we understand that first time RVers can feel a little overwhelmed! But with some simple pointers, you’ll soon be traveling in a rental RV like a seasoned pro! This article will cover the basics of renting an RV as well as some practical tips and fun first time RVing activities.

Let’s jump in! 

The Basics - Types of RV Rentals

Before you can travel in your rental RV, you’ll first need to choose the right one! Rental RVs come in several “classes,” including class A, class B, class C, fifth wheel, and travel trailer. In general, however, RV rentals are separated into two basic types: towable and motorcoach. You’ll need a separate vehicle (a truck) to pull a towable trailer, but a motorcoach is a self-powered vehicle with its own engine and driving chassis. This difference is huge. If, for instance, you want to access your RV space while you’re driving, you’ll want a motorcoach, since you’ll need to park and set up a towable trailer before you can use the amenities. On the other hand, you likely be able to go to more remote places in a towable trailer (depending on what type of truck you have to pull the trailer). All in all, your goals for your trip will dictate what kind of trailer you need.

Class A RVs are bus-like and quite large. All the same, they often boast the most attractive amenities! Class B RVs are often called sleeper vans or camper vans. Because they’re built onto the chassis of a van, they’re a lot smaller than the previous class but still have many amenities. Class C RVs are often a little bigger than Class B RVs. They are more fuel efficient, because they are built onto the chassis of a truck. However, they tend to be less luxurious. Fifth wheels (while they are generally larger) will need to be pulled by a separate vehicle and can be found in many different sizes and floor-plans. Similarly, travel trailers need to be pulled and can be found in many lengths and different levels of luxury.

Cost of Rental RVs

One of the most fundamental things you need to know if you are considering an RV rental is the cost! As of 2020, you should expect to find roughly the following prices:

  • Class A: (older) $150-$300 per night; (newer) $350-$450 per night
  • Class B: (older) $100-$200 per night; (newer) $200-$350 per night
  • Class C: (older) $150-$200 per night; (newer) $200-$400 per night
  • Fifth Wheel: (older) $50-$150 per night; (newer) $150-$300 per night
  • Travel Trailer: (older) $50-$150 per night; (newer) $150-$200 per night

RV Living

With the basics of RV renting out of the way, we can now jump into some practical tips about RV living. In general, RVing is a way for people to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is a way for people to experience the Great Outdoors, see new places, and have a ton of fun! RVing generally consists of traveling to a certain locality, camping, and enjoying the fun activities in the area. With that in mind, there are a few different camping options for you to choose from.

RV Parks or RV Campgrounds

Perhaps the easiest way to camp is at a campground or RV park. These localities typically require a fee, but they will often provide you with easy hookups for fresh water and a place to dump your gray and black water tanks. In addition, RV parks and campgrounds will often have a place to plug in electrical. While campgrounds and RV parks are a great first RVing destination, they can limit you to less remote and less adventurous locales.

Dry Camping

If you want to travel to a more adventurous location, dry camping (or boondocking) might be right for you. When dry camping, you’re not confined to a particular campground or park. Instead, you’re out in the wild! Dry camping is allowed for free on certain public lands including National Forest. Since you’re out in the wild, dry camping (while often very rewarding!) has some challenges. For one, you won’t have an electrical connection, so a generator will become necessary. Second, having enough water is important when dry camping. Be sure to fill up your fresh water tank before you leave. It may also be a great idea to bring extra water with you. You can purchase portable water storage containers at any RV retailer. If you’re up for the challenge, dry camping can certainly be an adventure!

Caring for Your RV’s Water Systems

Speaking of water, one important aspect of RV living is properly caring for and maintaining the water systems in your rental RV. We have already written a comprehensive guide for Using the Water Systems in Your Rental RV. Please refer to this article for everything you need to know about your rental RV’s water systems!

RV Lifestyle

The RV lifestyle entails much more than simply living in an RV. As we mentioned above, RVing is first and foremost about having a great experience! The RV lifestyle is about having a spirit of discovery—a thirst to see new places and have new, exciting experiences. RVers not only want to travel the world; they want to experience the world! Here are some fun activities that will take your RVing lifestyle to the next level:

  • Biking and Hiking. Very often, there are many biking and/or hiking trails near where you camp. Many RVers travel for the express purpose of hiking or biking! You may choose to bring your own bicycles or hiking gear or rent them. All in all, hiking and biking can be excellent memory builders! 
  • Canoeing and Kayaking. If water-sports are more your forte, then canoeing and kayaking might also be a great activity! Many lakes, streams, and rivers are open for canoeing and kayaking, and rentals are relatively cheap. 
  • Golfing. Some RVers love to travel around the country and visit beautiful golf courses. If golfing is your sport, an RV might be a perfect means to get there!
  • Playing Games. As simple as it sounds, a few great board games can be an awesome way to build relationships and have a great time while RVing! Some of the most popular RVing games include Cards, Monopoly, Scrabble, Cornhole, and Ladder Golf. 

One of the great things about the RV lifestyle is that the options are almost limitless! Depending on where the road takes you, the fun activities can take a million different forms, giving you countless years of relationship building experiences and bucket loads of laughs.  


We hope that this article has boosted your confidence to hit the road with your rental RV! While it can seem overwhelming at first, RVing ultimately builds lasting, rewarding memories. If you have any questions or concerns about this article—or even if you just have a fun RVing story—we’d love to hear it! Contact us here. We’re always there for you!

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