Rent an RV for summer travel, as extra housing for family and guests, or as a spare office for working from home or on the road. An RV lets you enjoy a much-needed vacation while avoiding crowds and public spaces. You can travel from Florida to visit places that are cooler, or take advantage of smaller summer crowds within the state.
Summer is coming! It’s time to leave the house you’ve been stuck in all year and venture out to the beach, the mountains or the parks. But how can you do that safely? Travel is full of cramped airplanes and crowded rest stops that you may not be ready to revisit.
Your solution: Rent an RV. This self-contained travel option eliminates the need for airplanes, hotels, restaurant dining and rest stops because your transportation is also your living quarters.
Pull up at a campsite in a national park, and tuck into comfy beds for the night. Park at the beach and cook dinner in your own kitchen. Drive across the country without ever stopping to use public restrooms.
Even better, renting an RV is an affordable vacation choice, with a range of options and price points to fit your budget and travel style.
RV rentals through RVshare
Purchasing an RV is not an affordable option for everyone. A travel trailer or motorhome can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $300,000 – and then you have to maintain it once you own it. A smarter option for the casual vacationer is to rent an RV.
Online services like RVshare make it easy to find rental RVs. Like the Airbnb of recreational vehicles, RVshare allows you to search for available vehicles and rent them directly from the owner. You can even get the RV delivered right to your door.
RVshare is the first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace. Founded in 2013, the company has more than 100,000 vehicles available – everything from affordable travel trailers to luxury motorhomes that can accommodate any adventure in comfort and style. You might technically be camping, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be roughing it.
In many ways, booking an RVshare RV rental is just like organizing a stay in a regular vacation home. Plug in your dates, price range and location, then filter results by the type of RV (drivable motorhomes vs. towable travel trailers and popups) or the amenities you need (number of beds, pet-friendly, specific kitchen amenities, etc.). The owner will make sure the RV is neat and clean before your stay.
Benefits of RV travel
RV travel has always been a convenient way to roll your vacation transportation and lodging into one. No need to bother with flight delays and lost luggage at the airport. No sweating over fiddly tent setups and primitive cooking conditions at a campground. You can skip the uncomfortable or noisy motels, bad or over-priced road food, and emergency bathroom breaks at dodgy gas stations in the middle of nowhere.
This year, the benefits are magnified for travelers who still aren’t comfortable in crowds and want to maintain social distancing practices – especially if they haven’t been vaccinated. Because of this, RV travel has been steadily rising in popularity since 2020. In fact, almost of 80% of renters in 2020 were new to the RVshare platform.
With an RV rental, you have your own self-contained unit for traveling, sleeping, eating and using the bathroom. That means you can avoid crowded rest stops on your road trips. You won’t need to wear a mask when you travel or worry about washing your hands all the time. You can bypass the hotels with their communal elevators and facilities, and pass up unmasked indoor restaurant dining for cooking with groceries you brought from home. (Or takeout at your comfortable dinette.)
Plus, if money is tight this year, an RV rental is affordable. The average price of an RVshare rental is $150/night. Older motorhome rental prices start at $100 a night, travel trailers as low as $50 a night. (Newer RVs start at $200/night for motorhomes and $125 for trailers.)
Compare that to the cost of plane tickets plus hotel accommodations. Think about the money you’ll save cooking in your camper rather than dining out. The benefit to your bank account is obvious.
Where can you go this summer in an RV?
You can take your RV anywhere you’re willing to drive to from your home, so the options, both near and far, are abundant. You can choose to tow or drive your rental, or look for delivery and setup rental options near the campground or RV park of your choice.
National parks: National parks and other nature-based destinations are extremely popular this summer. Families want a 180-degree change from long school days spent distance learning in front of a computer. The great outdoors is the perfect place to social distance. The areas near national and state parks are typically flush with campgrounds that welcome RVs.
RVshare reports that the top national park destinations for RVers are Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, Great Smoky Mountains and Sequoia National Parks.
Beach: The beach is always a top summer vacation destination, whether it’s on an ocean or a lake. You can find some RV-friendly campgrounds at or near the beach. RVshare maintains a list of some of the best waterfront RV campgrounds, or you can search for sites with hookups near your favorite beach town.
Family visits: If haven’t seen your family since last year, a visit to your relatives might be in the cards this summer. Bring your RV lodging with you so you can socialize outdoors and not have to crowd into spare bedrooms and sleep on floors. Just be sure to check rules about acceptable places to park an RV in your relatives’ hometown. Some cities have restrictions on RV parking.
Road trip: Got lots of time? Plan an epic coast-to-coast road trip around the United States in a recreational vehicle from RVshare. Visit iconic attractions across the country or crazy ones, like the Biggest Ball of Twine or Carhenge.
An RV provides comfortable road trip transportation, but you’ll need to pay careful attention to testing and quarantine requirements for the states on your route. Map out acceptable overnight parking places before you go. (Did you know that Walmarts, truck stops and casinos are among the places that welcome RVs?) Consider making campground reservations in advance, in case some are limiting campers or selling out from high demand.