Last updated: 30 Apr 2023
- First the logistics. Then the Adventure
Renting an RV for the first time can be overwhelming, and there are many factors to consider before making a decision. RV rental companies are always happy to discuss your travel plans, preferences, and needs to ensure that you have the perfect vehicle for your trip. However, here are some initial things to start thinking about before you hit the road:
- Consider Where You’re Staying
Your destination affects certain aspects of choosing an appropriate RV rental. For instance, each Florida State Park has a different limitation on maximum RV length; see some examples on our page of 10 Great Florida State Park RV Campgrounds. Also, while all those grounds provide full facilities, more sparsely equipped camps may necessitate a more fully equipped recreational vehicle with features like extra-large water tanks or generators.
- Consider Number of Travelers
Obviously, the more people going on your adventure, the larger the RV and the more beds you’ll need. Class A motorhomes are larger, fully equipped models with relatively spacious common living areas and multiple bedrooms, typically accommodating 6 to 8 people. Class C motorhomes are smaller versions for up to 4 people. Class B motorhomes, also known as camper vans, are the smallest and least equipped; while many accommodate up to 4 people, they’re generally preferred for fewer.
- Consider the Driving-to-Living Ratio
Smaller, less equipped RVs offer considerably better gas mileage than large, heavily loaded alternatives, so fuel costs may be a consideration for long road trips. Also, smaller recreational vehicles are less intimidating to new drivers. However, if you’ll be spending much more time living at a site than driving, it’s sensible to trade some road friendliness for roomier accommodations and more accessories.
- Consider the Options that Fit Your Budget
It’s no surprise that choosing an RV with more space and features typically results in a higher rental cost. As you browse through listings of RV rentals, be sure to pay attention to the prices. With a variety of options available, you can find the perfect balance of amenities and cost for your trip.