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How Much Does RV Rental Cost?

 
low costPop-Up Camping Trailer: $50-$90 Per Nightaverage costClass C Motorhome: $70-$150+ Per Nighthigh costClass A Motorhome: $150-$350 Per Night
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Renting a recreational vehicle allows for a relatively low-cost and flexible vacation with family or friends, and can be a good way to experience an RV before buying one. Motorized RVs (motorhomes) typically rent for a per-night fee plus mileage charges. Non-motorized RVs rent for a flat per-night fee with no mileage charges. Longer rentals usually have a slightly lower per-night fee and there's often a minimum rental of 3-7 days.

Typical costs:

  • The most common rental is a Class C motorhome, also called a mini-motorhome. These are typically 20'-30' long, with a sleeping area over the driver's cab, and rent for $70-$150 or more a night, depending on size, season, location and amenities. Mileage fees add 25 cents to 40 cents a mile. With taxes plus fees for any extra equipment, supplies or services provided by the rental company, a Class C rental typically costs $1,000-$2,500 for seven nights and up to 700 miles. For example, CruiseAmerica.com[1] offers a 25'-27' Class C for a 700-mile, 7-night July trip out of San Francisco for $1,600-$2,100 (plus a refundable $500 damage deposit); AccessRVRental.com estimates it costs $2,360 for a 1,200-mile, 7-night June rental of a 32' Class C with two sliders from Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • A larger, more luxurious Class A motorhome typically rents for $150-$350 a night, plus 35 cents to 60 cents a mile. Class As are 21'-40' long, with all the comforts of home. Total costs can be $1,400-$3,500 or more for a week-long trip. ElMonteRV.com[2] estimates $2,200-$2,300 for a 7-night, 700-mile trip in a 34'-35' Class A in August out of Orlando, FL; and AccessRVRental.com charges slightly less than $3,000 for a 33' Class A motorhome with a slide-out for 7 nights and 700 miles in August from Jackson Hole, WY.
  • Travel trailers, which require a suitable tow vehicle, typically rent for $50-$175 a night, or $350-$1,225 weekly. RV Northwest[3] in Oregon offers a 19-foot lightweight travel trailer for $525-$745 a week and a toy hauler for $749-$896 a week.
  • Renting a pop-up camping trailer that can typically be towed behind an average family vehicle costs $50-$90 a night, or $350-$600 weekly. This is a small, box-like trailer that folds out to create a tent-like living space that can be 15'-30' long. Camper & Trailer Outlet in California charges $375-$450 a week for a 17'-25' camper trailer.
Related articles: Class A Motorhome, Class C Motorhome, Motorhome RV, RV

What should be included:
  • In most cases, driving a motorhome requires only a standard license. NewRVer.com posts RV driving tips[4] .
  • The rental is usually picked up and returned at the same place; one-way rentals require special arrangements.
  • When picking up the RV, check that it is clean, in good condition and that all equipment and appliances work properly. RoadTripAmerica explains how to examine an RV rental[5] .
Additional costs:
  • Expect to fill out a rental application and pay a deposit of $200-$600 or more, with the full amount due when picking up the motorhome. Some rental companies charge an additional $50-$100 if the RV is picked up on a weekend during peak season.
  • Class As average about 8-10 miles per gallon, with a typical fuel tank holding 100-150 gallons. At $2.50-$4 a gallon, a fill-up could cost $250-$600 and last 800-1,500 miles. Class C motorhomes average 10 mpg with fuel tanks holding 25-55 gallons; at $2.50-$4 a gallon a fill-up could cost $60-$220 and last for 250-550 miles.
  • Renters usually supply their own linens, kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies and other items. If included with the RV, it can cost $50-$100 for a basic kitchen kit, or $15-$80 or more per person for a more complete package. Some companies charge an extra $5-$50 a day for items such as a TV-DVD player, portable generator, bicycle rack, camp chairs or other extras.
  • Check whether the rented motorhome is covered under by existing automobile insurance; if not, additional insurance from the rental company can cost $15-$75 a day.
  • Campgrounds or RV parks typically cost $10-$50 a night. When making reservations, check the maximum RV size allowed.
  • If the RV is returned with the fuel tank empty, most companies charge a high price per gallon for refueling. Renters are expected to return the motorhome in clean condition and with the waste system emptied; cleaning fees can add $40-$150 or more.
Discounts:
  • Rental rates are lower in the winter months. .
Shopping for rv rental:
  • Ask for written documentation of rental rates, mileage rates and miscellaneous fees, plus details about any required security deposit and the cancellation policies. LoveTheOutdoors.com provides an overview of RV rentals[6] .
  • Two major national rental companies are CruiseAmerica[7] and ElMonteRV[8] . Search for local companies through the Recreational Vehicle Rental Association[9] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.cruiseamerica.com/rent/
  2.  www.elmonterv.com/
  3.  rv-northwest.com/content/rental-rates.php
  4.  www.newrver.com/howto/drive_rv.shtml
  5.  www.roadtripamerica.com/rv/Check-Out-Your-Rental-RV.htm
  6.  www.lovetheoutdoors.com/camping/rv/rv_rental.htm
  7.  www.cruiseamerica.com/rent/
  8.  www.elmonterv.com/
  9.  www.rvra.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=LocateDealer
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