RV Rentals That Will Upgrade Your Summer Road Trips (Video)
Prepare for your best road trip yet.
There's nothing like a good road trip. Whether you're planning to drive across the country or just explore your home state, road trips offer the opportunity to see cities, towns, and everything in between through a unique perspective.
And since it might be a while before we can jet off to our favorite destinations across the globe, road trips also provide a convenient way to get away while avoiding much of the hassle (and safety risks) of other forms of travel. You can certainly set out on a journey in your own car, but an RV or motorhome allows you go wherever you like without having to plan your itinerary around hotels. If you don't have an RV of your own, don't fret, as there are plenty of options for renting an RV.
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Keep reading for three RV rental companies that travelers swear by.
RVshare allows vehicle owners to rent to customers directly. The site provides information about the owner, as well as customer reviews, so you're able to get a clear picture of the vehicle, which is especially important when renting directly. You can also search for RVs that are available for both pickup and delivery. A wide variety of vehicles across the country and affordable nightly rates make RVshare stand out. Plus, a trip planner tool will help you find the right RV for your specific trip.
The company even lets customers search for vehicles near a number of national parks, and the site offers RV guides for each park. An RV located near the Grand Canyon National Park averages about $130 per night, for example.
To rent: rvshare.com
Another peer-to-peer service, Outdoorsy not only offers RV rentals, but also travel trailers, camper vans, pop-up trailers, and fifth-wheel campers. You can also search through a variety of categories to find the option that best suits your trip, from family- and pet-friendly RVs to vintage vehicles. Simply enter your trip dates, number of guests, and price range, then use the map function to find RVs in your area. Owners are required to follow safety and cleanliness protocols, including cleaning vehicles with disinfectant and antibacterial cleaners before and after each rental.
You can also search for vehicles near national parks — and there are plenty of options. For example, Outdoorsy has over 1,300 rentals near Joshua Tree National Park.
To rent: outdoorsy.com
Cruise America offers RVs at 128 rental centers in the U.S. and Canada, with vehicles that are meticulously inspected and cleaned following a protocol that exceeds CDC guidelines. You can choose from four categories: Large RV, Standard RV, Compact RV, and Truck Camper. When looking at prices, it's important to note that Cruise America charges $0.35 per mile in addition to a nightly rate. A tool on the company's website allows you to compare the vehicles to make sure you choose the right one for your trip. There's also an extensive renter's guide and the option to add on Renter's Kits with necessities like cookware and bed linens for an extra charge.
To rent: cruiseamerica.com
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