Thursday, March 3, 2016

5 Tips for Renting an RV in Florida

Welcome to Florida, where endless summer gives us endless opportunities for RV camping. Sunny days and breezy nights create the perfect scene for your best camping memories yet. But wait! You don't have an RV! Great news, there are many reputable RV rental services in Florida, but here's what you need to know before signing on the dotted line. 

1 – KNOW YOUR OPTIONS 
Do your research so you get the best deal! 
Knowing all of your options is the best way to successfully rent an RV in Florida. Check out all the local RV rentals companies and see what's available. 

Next, examine the types of RVs for rent.  For comfort, as well as safety, rent a motor home that is able to accommodate you and your traveling party.  For example, a group of six travelers should not try and squeeze into a motor home built for five.  Also examine features, such as number of electrical outlets, onboard television, movie players, and so forth.

2 –COMPARE RENTAL PRICES 
This might look nice, but is it worth the price? 
Once you've scouted your options, it's time to compare prices. Be sure you take into account any additional costs like mileage, non-refundable fees, etc. You can also save money by additional features and ensuring you return the RV in great condition. 


3 – READ THE FINE PRINT 
It won't be fun, but you'll be better off when you read the fine print!
When renting an RV, you will be required to sign a contract.  This contract is similar to one that you would sign if you were renting a car.  With that being said, never assume that all rental contracts are the same.  Always fully read an RV rental contract, including the fine print.  Never sign anything that looks too suspicious.  When in doubt, ask to take the contract home and review it first.

In keeping with reading all fine print, it is important to know all RV rental rules and restrictions upfront.  Many times, these rules and restrictions are highlighted on a rental contract, but there is no harm in asking for additional information.  Be on the lookout for any rules that may limit the number of guests allowed on board, age requirements for children, and so froth.

4 – BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR RENTAL
It had this scratch before, right?
Being cautious is an important component of renting an RV.  If you are not careful, you may be financially responsible for any damage that occurs.  Many times, RV renters are inexperienced at driving rigs, so always  use extreme caution on the roads.  Some tips involve keeping all food and drinks properly covered or put up while on the road, don’t prepare foods while driving that can cause harmful stains, and so forth.  Also, if you have children, be sure to set some ground rules.

5 – RETURN YOUR RV RENTAL ON TIME
Better late than never won't apply here! 
Returning your RV rental on time is important for keeping your rental costs low and affordable.  Late rentals may incur late fees.  These late fees, should they exist, should be outlined on the RV rental contract.  If you know you are running behind schedule and will be late, be sure to contact your RV rental company to inform them of your delay as soon as possible.

As a recap, RV renters are encouraged to examine all of their rental options, compare prices, thoroughly read through rental contracts, use caution, and return their RV rentals on time.  These steps, when properly implemented, can not only help to improve the overall quality of your next RV trip, but they can also help to keep the costs associated with that trip reasonable.

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