According to a recent study, RV trips remain the least expensive type of vacation when comparing vacation costs for travel and accommodations. PKF Consulting, an internationally recognized consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, recently found that “typical RV family vacations are on average 26 to 74 percent less expensive than other types of vacations studied.”
“Affordability is a key reason why RV travel appeals so much to families,” says David Humphreys, president of RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association). Humphreys also suggests that, “there are other key reasons to travel by RV. RVs are a comfortable, convenient, stress-free way to travel, enjoy the great outdoors, and spend quality time with family.”
Many people rent before buying to see if RVing is right for them before making a purchase. Also, since many only want to use an RV once or twice a year they do not see the need to invest their money for purchase, insurance, and maintenance of an RV. Vacation seekers who live far from their destination and have limited time find it worthwhile to fly to for example to Seattle from California and rent an RV for a vacation on the coast of Washington or a visit to beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
Before renting an RV, consider that there are a number of different types of RVs to rent each with pros and cons depending on preferences and your specific travel needs. When most people of RVs they often think of Class A Motorhomes because they are the top dogs on the road. They are big and have just about every creature comfort for that home away from home feeling. Think big screen HD TVs, inside-outside stereo systems, stainless steel appliances and even jetted bathtubs for relaxing after a hard day on the road. Some models are up to 40 feet in length and can sleep up to eight people. Of course, as you can imagine, one of the cons of renting this class of RVs is the cost. But if luxury on the road is what you seek then make sure to check out what’s available for rent from your local RV Rental company for Class A Motorhomes.
Class C Motorhomes are smaller, scaled down versions of Class A RVs with just as much sleeping room but range in size from 20 to 30 feet. In order to fit the kitchen, living room, bathroom and sleeping areas into this size motorhome the space is used much more wisely and consequently less luxury and more practicality. In this RV Class, you may have do without the master bathroom with the jetted tub.
For those looking more for a camping experience consider the rental of Travel and Folding Camper Trailers. Travel trailers may be as small as 10-feet long or as big as 35-feet long. Many feature a slide out to quickly extend the unit’s living space. Travel trailers must be pulled by a separate tow vehicle. Although tow vehicles will need a load distributing hitch and sway control, most full-size sedans, vans, SUVs, and pickup trucks are capable of towing even the biggest trailers. Folding Camping Trailers are the least expensive type of RV. Commonly referred to as tent trailers or pop-up trailers, folding camping trailers are designed to be lightweight with many of the comforts found in a basic travel trailer. Folding camping trailers can easily be towed by mid-sized car and even compact cars except for maybe Yugos and Geos. Basically a folding camping trailer is a large, expandable tent on wheels.
A nice compromise between the motorhome and the camping trailer is the Fifth Wheel. Many RV renters like this type of RV because you can disconnect the trailer from your truck or towing vehicle and use the car for day trips without having to haul the RV during your excursion and still have the amenities and space of an RV as your living space. Fifth wheels can sleep up to five or six and range in size from 20 to 40 feet. Make sure to check with the campground you plan on staying at because some restrict the size of RVs to 35 feet. Fifth wheels usually come with cooking appliances, refrigerator, heating, air conditioning, shower, and water tanks. In addition with side outs Fifth Wheels can have just as much or if not more living space as their Motorhome counterparts.
Whatever the occasion or destination, consider renting an RV to get you to your next vacation adventure.