RV rental companies typically offer short-term rentals, typically one month or less. These are ideal for those who want to use an RV as a seasonal residence with the convenience of a short drive to and from your destination but also want the opportunity to leave that RV in another location.
However, if you’re planning on buying an RV and keeping it as your primary residence while you’re living in it, this might not be the leasing option for you. Your RV could get trashed if you actually live in it for longer than one month.
RV rentals are typically advertised as a short-term rentals and only include the use of the interior of your RV, not including its use as a daily driver. It may be worth it to require that an RV be made available to you on a daily basis while you’re in residence. A trashy RVer is typically more trouble than they’re worth.
Factors to consider when looking for RV rental
Where will you be living? Anywhere in the US? If so, Craigslist and any of the local Class B RV websites may have rentals. Be aware that prices for these rentals are typically lower than for their full-time counterparts due to their shorter duration.
Will, your intended host, have an RV of your exact size, or will they rent a larger or smaller one? Bigger or smaller, the bigger/smaller it is, the more trouble it might be if you live there long enough to accumulate a lot of stuff. You want to make sure there will be storage space available if you need it while you’re staying there.
- Location of the RV rental
Some RVs are located in areas with fewer amenities for people living in them. You want to check into this as well, especially if you plan to use a lot of power.
This is why you’re renting the RV, right? You want it to be protected from the elements, safe and functional. Be sure that your host is insured adequately for your entire stay and that any damages are covered under their insurance policy. It’s also possible that there will be some maintenance needs while you’re in residence if it’s a more expensive model than your typical rental unit.
- Additional fees and costs
You should be aware that fees might apply in your host’s name or yours. You don’t know what they are until you get there, so you should inquire about them before booking and paying for the rental. Some short-term renters will have special hourly or mileage fees for their vehicles, so avoid those if possible.
- Parking considerations
Figure out how much parking space is available in the RV rental facility and whether there are any restrictions on parking (such as a maximum number of vehicles). If these restrictions exist, then consider how far away from the RV you’ll want to park, taking into account your driving habits and those of your hosts.
RV rentals are ideal for those who don’t intend to stay at the RV site for too long. However, the advantages of a short-term rental over a typical long-term rental should be weighed carefully.