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The Perfect Guide for your First RV Rental

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

The motorhome road trip is experiencing a bit of a renaissance – and for good reason.  Whether you own an RV or are utilizing an RV rental service, there are few better ways to see the country, spend quality time with people you care about, and enjoy maximum comfort and freedom while on vacation.  There is something special about sitting behind the wheel of an RV and either following an itinerary you built yourself or shooting from the hip and building an adventure as you go.  Either way, the world is your oyster and an RV rental can be the perfect pearl.  If you have never rented a motorhome before, however, it can seem daunting.  What follows are a handful of tips that we have picked up over the years to help make your first RV rental experience go as enjoyably as it should.   

Plan!

Before walking into Expedition Motorhomes to ask for an RV, put in some solid groundwork planning.  Researching the type of RV that is best for your needs and your group size will help you make the most of your trip.  Additionally, take some time to map out an itinerary – either a rough draft or fully complete – so you are not totally overwhelmed with options when you hit the road.

Build a Budget

For those who haven’t traveled via RV before, building a budget can go a long way.  Motorhomes do not get great gas mileage, but what you spend in fuel you can make up in lodging fees and cooking meals for yourself.  As you develop your road trip budget, don’t forget campground expenses (and extra RV fees), park passes, activities, and meals.  You can manage all of these easily, but having something to aim for going into your road trip will help you formulate an itinerary that meets all of your needs.

Research Destinations and Campgrounds

Everyone is looking for something a little different out of their vacation, and RVs provide the perfect vehicle to accommodate for these varying needs.  From all-encompassing RV parks with swimming pools, activity halls, and full hook-ups to more rustic campgrounds with the bare minimum, there is something for everyone.  As you build your itinerary or start your road trip, be sure to communicate with your travel companions about expectations and desires!

RVs are not Cars!

While this may seem obvious, it takes a little bit of time to get used to driving an RV.  Parking, backing up, a wide turning radius and getting blown around by the wind are just some motorhome variables that you won’t experience in your sedan.   Before taking off on an ambitious road trip, you should take the time to get comfortable behind the wheel of a big RV.  Test driving at a dealership or rental outfit is a great way to feel it out. 

Simply put, RV rental road trips are some of the best vacations one can take in North America.  Nothing quite beats seeing the country from the highway, pulling over when you feel like it to explore something a little bit closer, and enjoying home cooked meals and a comfortable bed at the end of a long day.  While it may seem intimidating to the first time renter, it shouldn’t be.  With the proper preparation and a little bit of help from the pros at 1st Choice RV you, too, will soon find out why the RV road trip can be the vacation of a lifetime!  

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