Before you purchase an RV, try renting different sizes of RVs on your next family trips first. This will help you determine which RV is best suited for your lifestyle and needs. Renting an RV gives you the ability to spend an extended period of time with an RV while offering unlimited trip possibilities.
Not interested in purchasing an RV? Renting one gives you flexibility in travel plans while also offering a self-contained living and sleeping area. It’s especially perfect if you’re still wary around others.
Different RV Types
There are three main types of RVs: travel trailers, motorhomes, and park models. For the purpose of this blog, we will focus on motorhomes. (However, it is worth mentioning that renting a travel trailer allows you to use your own vehicle while enjoying the space of the trailer for your belongings.)
Class A motorhomes are the largest and most expensive motorhomes on the market. They’re built on a bus frame and offering all the amenities you’re used to at home.
The Class B motorhome is built more for economy and manoeuvrability. It is the smallest of the three motorhomes. It’s a great starting point for those new to RVing.
Finally, there is Class C, which is arguably the most popular and recognizable, with its big, boxy shape and a bed over the cab of the van. It can sleep up to eight people, and it can come equipped with a bathroom.
Cost of RV Rentals
The cost of an RV rental is calculated on a per night or weekly basis, with prices dependent on the age and class of the RV. A Class A motorhome for one week will cost on average $2,450-$3,150 CAD. Renting a Class B motorhome is slightly cheaper at $1,400-$2,450 for a week. The popular Class C costs $1,575-$2,800 for one week.
RV Rental Checklist
- Insurance – Some RV rentals will come with insurance, but reach out to your insurance provider to clarify if your own policy will cover the rental.
- Age – For the most part RV rental dealers will only rent to someone who is over the age of 25 and has a valid G class driver’s licence.
- Deposit – Just like all car rental companies require a deposit, be ready to leave a deposit before you drive off the lot in a $100,000 machine.
- Reservations – RVs can get booked up fast, so it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Booking late fall for next summer is not a bad idea.
- Cancellation Policies – Due to high demand, there may be a cost associated with cancelling a reservation. Be sure to ask the dealer before making a reservation.
- Mileage – Usually each rental will come with an allotment of kilometres you can drive during your rental period. Make sure to confirm what that amount is, as well as what the charge is if you drive more.
- Driving – It’s a good idea to get adjusted to the RV before you set out on your journey. By renting it one extra day at the beginning, you’ll have time to adjust to driving such a big vehicle.
Enjoy the Freedom and Privacy
Renting an RV is the best way for you and your family to get outside and enjoy nature. With rates that are close to a hotel stay for a week, you can have personal freedom with your RV, the privacy of living in your own home, and the flexibility to travel where you want.