Woohoo! You just rented your first RV and you’re ready to hit the open road. Your bags are packed, food is stocked and reservations are made. But before you leave, it’s a good idea to take a few moments to look over these 5 tips for renting an RV.
1. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
We all know how easy it is make decisions on a whim. After all, when you walk in to rent an RV and a sales person pitches you all the great features of an RV for a low cost it can be easy to rent the first one you see. But shopping around can definitely pay off in the end.
Once you’ve found a few places to go, check out the type of RVs they have for rent. For both comfort and safety, make sure to choose a home that will accommodate your entire traveling party. Even though it may be cheaper, a party of six would not want to squeeze into a home meant for five.
Check out the motor homes for features as well. For example, if you’re traveling with small children it might be nice to have an on-board television and movie player. If you have appliances or electronics with cords, check for a good number of outlets. Try to picture yourself and everyone who’s coming with you in the RV and make sure it will be a comfortable and fun trip for everyone.
2. COMPARE RENTAL PRICES
Once you have a list of options, it’s time to compare prices. Narrow down the type and size of RV you want and then compare prices based on size, availability and amenities. Lists will be your friend when doing price comparisons. Make columns and write down the following: Rental Store, RV Type, RV Size, Amenities, Price & Rental Terms. Fill out the columns for each of the RVs you love and pick the one that will make your vacation the best it can be! Doing this will give you a side-by-side comparison so you can make the best decision possible.
3. READ ALL THE FINE PRINT
We’re all guilty of signing contacts or clicking agree without ever reading a word. Many RV rental contracts are similar to that of a car. Still, you never want to assume contracts are the same. Read first, ask questions, get clarifications and then sign. If something looks suspicious, don’t sign. When in doubt, ask to take the contract home so you can review it first. Better safe than sorry! It won’t be a fun read, but it will be worth it.
4. BE CAREFUL WITH USE
Like with any rental, you want to use with caution. You should still have a fun, laid back and relaxing vacation, but don’t take any unnecessary risks. Make sure to be cautious when preparing food and when coming in from outside. If you have young children with you, make sure to set some ground rules. Over all, have fun and use common sense!
5. RETURN YOUR RENTAL ON TIME
This is an important one! Returning your RV rental on time will save you money. Late fees are an expensive cost. If there are any late fees, it will be outlined in your RV rental contract. If you’re running late, be sure to call your RV rental company to inform them of your delay as soon as possible.
Last but not least, have a great time! The open road is calling and renting an RV is an awesome way to see if you’re ready for ownership, or to have a fun vacation without the commitment of purchasing an RV. What are your rental tips?