Tips for Renting an RV – Part 1
The cusp of fall is the perfect time to take your family on a road trip. Whether you prefer to catch vibrant foliage on the East Coast, West coast, or someplace in the middle, why not consider renting an RV for the occasion? It’s an affordable housing option for families when the cost of a hotel room is out of the budget. It also offers a bit more freedom to cater your stops according to your family’s interests and needs.
Before you rent the first RV you set eyes on, though, it’s important to follow some basic guidelines. Here are some basic tips for picking the right one and starting to plan for the actual journey.
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Set a budget
Before you start shopping around for the best rental deal, make sure to establish a budget and stick to it. Unless your family is large and you need more space, don’t fall into the trap of renting a big RV that’s out of your price range. Instead, opt for an RV that has just enough space for your family’s needs, so that you can budget for fun activities on your getaway and important trip necessities like gas.
Know the RV categories
The smallest sized RVs fall into Class B. Class C models are a bit bigger, tending to measure about 33 feet long. The largest RV models fall into Class A; these can extend 45 feet.
Secure the rental early
Try to book an RV as well in advance as you can, especially if your trip dates coincide with a holiday. Similarly to how hotel bookings surge around peak times during the year, so do RV rentals.
Map out the route
It’s a good idea to plan out the trip ahead of time, before embarking on the road. Map out the entire route and decide on overnight stops. You’ll also want to check with RV parks to make sure the RV you’re renting falls within their size restrictions. Another thing to check is highway bridges and narrow roads that have weight restrictions. Knowing these stipulations in advance will help you avoid long detours that will add more travel time to your trip.
One of the major benefits of renting an RV is saving on food costs and eating more healthily when away from home. Make sure to stock the RV’s fridge and cupboards with snacks, as well as all the ingredients and cooking tools you’ll need to prepare tasty dishes for your family. Don’t forget to pack plates, utensils, and cups.
Stay tuned for more tips to make your first time RV-ing a success.