Choosing an RV Rental

The next section of this guide will cover how to find and rent the right RV for you and your travel party. Whether you’re a solo RVer looking to escape off the grid, a family with kids heading to a local campground, or a group of friends planning an epic cross-country road trip, there is an RV rental out there for you, and we can help you find it.

Types of RVs

Understanding the different RV classes and what each one offers will help you get a feel for which type of RV rental will work best for you. This helps narrow down the pool of possibilities, making the rental process a little less overwhelming.

Here’s a brief overview of the different RV classes:

Pop-Up or A-Frame Travel Trailer — Very lightweight pull-behind RVs that pop up to create more space

  • Easy to tow and set up
  • Ideal for singles and couples
  • Suitable for boondocking and dry camping

Travel Trailer — Hard-sided pull-behind trailers

  • Available in a wide range of floor plans, shapes, and sizes from tiny teardrop campers to large models with multiple slide outs 
  • An affordable option with homelike amenities
  • Ideal for families of all sizes

Fifth Wheel Trailer — Hard-sided trailers that hitch in the bed of a truck and tend to be on the large side

  • Easier and more stable to tow than other pull-behind trailers
  • Open-concept living space
  • Equipped with luxurious amenities 

Toy Haulers — Available as motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth wheel models, and equipped with a rear garage to haul “toys” like kayaks or dirt bikes

  • Garage doubles as extra living space
  • Rugged and durable, making them suitable for off-grid adventures
  • Some models include open-air patios to contain pets or enjoy time outside

Class C Motorhome — A mid-size motorhome that usually includes an over-the-cab bunk or storage space

  • Best of both worlds: slightly lower costs and smaller sizes with many of the same luxuries and amenities that their Class A cousins provide
  • Ability to tow a small vehicle for sightseeing or errands 
  • Offer multiple sleeping options
  • Great option for families traveling with children

Class B Motorhome — The smallest-sized motorhome, also referred to as a campervan

  • Ensures your basic needs are met no matter where the road winds
  • Ability to go pretty much anywhere, making them usable as an everyday vehicle
  • Best gas mileage of all RV types 
  • Perfect for the rugged outdoors lovers who don’t really care so much about interior living space and are planning on spending the majority of their time adventuring

Class A Motorhome — The biggest of the motorhomes, these look like buses and are often called coaches

  • A true home on wheels with optimal living, dining, storage, and sleeping space
  • Ideal for retirees or large families 
  • Spacious and suitable for long-term stays

To learn more about the various types of RVs, make sure to check out our article on the subject.

Choosing the Right RV Rental

Now that you know a bit about the different types of RVs, you need to decide which one is best for you and what you wish to get out of your RV rental. 

Try asking yourself the questions below and use your answers to narrow your options:

  • What kind of camper am I? Do you like to rough it, or do you prefer to camp in style? Are you traveling to see sights or enjoy nature? Read this article to help you figure it out.
  • How many people will I be traveling with? A couple can be happy in a tiny camper. Meanwhile, a large family will need something bigger.
  • What is my budget? Obviously, you will need to find a rig in your budget.
  • How often will I be moving? If you’ll be moving often, a motorhome is much more convenient than a trailer.
  • Am I comfortable driving an RV? If the answer is no, an RV rental that can be delivered is a must.

Read this piece to learn more about what you should be looking for to ensure the rental RV you pick is the perfect one for you.