Published on June 6th, 2019
Travelling by motorhome is a great way to see the world, build strong family relationships and enjoy your freedom! Motorhome owners can take all their belongings with them, they don’t need to think about accommodation and plane tickets, and most importantly, they are not in a hurry.
The motorhome is not just a vehicle, it is a lifestyle. If you want to know what it feels like, consider renting second-hand motorhomes at first. Once you survive a weekend trip and like it, you can invest in buying your own RV.
There are different things to consider before renting your first motorhome. It will take some time to choose the right type of RV, get insurance, get used to driving it and plan your trip. Check out this ultimate guide before you hit the road with your loved ones:
1. Calculate Everything
If you plan to travel during high season, book your motorhome several months in advance. First of all, you will be able to choose the one you want instead of renting ‘leftovers’. Secondly, some motorhome companies give discounts to people who book in advance. Also, plan how many people will be travelling with you. There is not that much space in the motorhome, so you’d better like your travel buddies. A standard RV can hold a family or group of friends up to 5 people. The number of passengers can not exceed the number of seat belts.
2. Choose The Right One
If you are not aware of all the risks that are related to RV, it is better to rent a newer motorhome, so that you can be sure that everything is up to standards. Sometimes companies offer discounts for renting old motorhomes because these units usually have issues that aren’t easy to spot. Also, you need to learn about the different types of RVs to choose the best one. The main types of motorhomes are Class A, Class B, Class C, and travel trailers.
Class A motorhomes usually come fully equipped with a bathroom, eating and sleeping quarters, and the kitchen. Also, they have water, gas, and electricity. Needless to say, they are the most expensive ones to rent. Newer models cost up to $450 per night.
Class B motorhomes are smaller and more economic compared to Class A. Also, it gets better gas mileage than other types of motorhomes. In Class B, you will find a stove, sink, refrigerator, shower, and toilet. It is a perfect option for two people.
Class C motorhome is a miniature version of Class A, and Class B. RV owners say that Class C is easier to drive and that it is more economical.
You can also rent a travel trailer. As you can guess, you need a car to pull this trailer behind. This type of motorhome is perfect for the weekend – it allows you to take everything you need for camping. From another side, pulling it everywhere you go might be stressful.
3. Get Insurance
Owning a motorhome can be fun, however, you should be prepared for different situations that might occur on the way. Getting insurance is the right way to do so. If you don’t want to waste your time on this, ask the local RV rental company to help you find insurance within your budget.
4. Practice Driving
You can drive rented motorhome without a special license. However, it is better to practice driving it in the parking or abandoned lot before hitting the road. You need to pay attention to turns and get used to the size of your motorhome. Also, use your mirrors continuously and be careful when you park – you will not always be able to see people behind your RV.
5. Plan Your Trip
Motorhome can give you freedom of movement, but it doesn’t mean you can hit the road without any plan. You need to create your timeline and build a budget. It will help you prevent unexpected situations and manage to do everything you want. When you plan your trip, set up a daily budget that includes meals, gas and entertainment. Keep in mind that cooking in your motorhome will be cheaper than buying snacks at the gas station. Also, read reviews and find RV parks and campgrounds so that you will not get stuck on the highway in the middle of the night.
Also, plan your luggage. It should include first aid kit, trail shoes, headlamp, rain-resistant layers of clothing and cooking items. Don’t forget to take something that will help you kill time on a road trip.
6. Be Aware
You will find a lot of motorhome owners who love their vehicles and can’t imagine travelling differently. However, you should be aware that an RV requires a lot of work. First of all, you will need to clean, dump and maintain your sewer tanks if you plan on doing some long-distance driving. Also, it is better to have the spare driver; not everyone can stand the monotony of driving mile after mile.
If you are in the middle of nowhere, you will have to deal with mechanical problems on your own, so ask different questions about the motorhome before your rent one.