Interested in renting an RV this summer? If it’s your first time, you may not know where to start your search or how to find a good deal. This guide from goRVrentals.com, an online RV rental tool, is sure to help. It includes definitions of Class A, Class B and Class C motorhomes (to help you know what you need) and takes potential renters point by point through 28 items to know and think about before you put down a deposit. Among them:
- Make Sure You Understand the Policies/Your Responsibilities
“To ease your mind during the trip, make sure to ask the rental owner exactly what you are responsible for in regards to the RV and its maintenance. What happens if you have a tire blowout? Ask about the return policy (i.e., can you return the RV on Sunday afternoon or early?), insurance requirements and cleaning responsibilities. Also find out if they offer roadside assistance. What is their pet policy and is there a separate pet deposit? Who can drive the RV?”
- Ask the Rental Provider How Often They Service Their Vehicles
“Before even deciding on a rental, make sure to question the provider about the frequency of their RV maintenance. You will want to make sure that tires are in good shape and everything is in proper working condition before trusting the RV to keep you and your family safe.”
- Generator Use
“If you plan on staying in an area that does not have any type of hookups to use for electrical power and you want to use electronics you are going to have to use an electrical generator. Unlike a travel trailer that typically utilizes an external generator most motorhomes have an onboard generator. If you are in popular RV campgrounds this may never be a problem, but be aware some campsites do not have any electrical hookups. Some providers include unlimited generator use or charge a flat daily rental fee and others offer an allowance of so many hours per day. In this case, you will be charged an hourly rate for your generator usage over the allowance.”
The full guide isn’t aesthetically pleasing but it is insightful. If you’re looking for confidence before renting an RV, it’s worth reading through.
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