6 Things That May Surprise You About Renting an RV

by Jaymie DeGaetano

6 Things That May Surprise You About Renting an RV

by Jaymie DeGaetano

This summer, RVshare, a peer-to-peer RV rental market place — basically, the Airbnb of RVs — hosted my husband, our miniature schnauzer, and me for a weekend trip to Nashville. As first-time RVers, a gamut of questions ran through our minds: how much driving would we have to do and would we need special drivers licenses? Would our RV be comfortable and spacious? Is there wifi? In short, the experience was an incredibly easy, straightforward good time. Here are 6 things we learned from our trip that may surprise you about renting an RV.

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RVshare promotional RV in Elm Hill RV Resort, Nashville / Jaymie DeGaetano
Class C RV parked lakeside
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You don't have to drive an RV to enjoy one.

The idea of driving an RV on the open road may sound both exhilarating and intimidating. Luckily, if you lean more towards the intimidating side, you can skip driving altogether. Many of RVshare’s listings are available for delivery to your home or vacation destination. Some offer on-site getaways as well. In our case, our RV was set up at at the scenic Elm Hill RV Resort. We simply took a Lyft from the airport straight to the RV.

The idea of driving an RV on the open road may sound both exhilarating and intimidating. Luckily, if you lean more towards the intimidating side, you can skip driving altogether. Many of RVshare’s listings are available for delivery to your home or vacation destination. Some offer on-site getaways as well. In our case, our RV was set up at at the scenic Elm Hill RV Resort. We simply took a Lyft from the airport straight to the RV.

Modern camper interior
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Expect your RV to be fully serviced like a vacation rental or hotel room.

Upon arrival to Elm Hill RV Resort, our RV was spick and span and gloriously air-conditioned — a welcome respite in the middle of a hot Tennessee July. Of course, amenities vary by rental, but ours had modern comforts like wifi, a Netflix-loaded Smart TV, beds made with fresh linens, and stocked essential toiletries and cleaning items. A handy guide laid out all key operational functions, wifi password, resort amenities, a local guide, and check-out protocols.

Upon arrival to Elm Hill RV Resort, our RV was spick and span and gloriously air-conditioned — a welcome respite in the middle of a hot Tennessee July. Of course, amenities vary by rental, but ours had modern comforts like wifi, a Netflix-loaded Smart TV, beds made with fresh linens, and stocked essential toiletries and cleaning items. A handy guide laid out all key operational functions, wifi password, resort amenities, a local guide, and check-out protocols.

Class A RV on the road
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RVshare can arrange one-way rentals.

For those ready to get behind the wheel, RVs are a comfortable, convenient option for long-haul road trips. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about backtracking to your pick-up locale. RVshare offers one-way rentals for dozens of popular routes, including New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Seattle, Chicago to Phoenix, and more.

For those ready to get behind the wheel, RVs are a comfortable, convenient option for long-haul road trips. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about backtracking to your pick-up locale. RVshare offers one-way rentals for dozens of popular routes, including New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Seattle, Chicago to Phoenix, and more.

Class A RV driving through the woods
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For non-campers, RVs offer the best value for national park exploration.

Around most of America’s incredible national parks, accommodation options fall into three buckets: basic run-of-the-mill hotels, over-priced old lodges, and true camping. RVing is the perfect middle-of-the-road alternative (no pun intended). Five national parks have in-park campsites with full RV hookups: Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Big Bend, and Yellowstone. The rest either have partial hookups in the park, or you can find private campsites near the border of the park.

Around most of America’s incredible national parks, accommodation options fall into three buckets: basic run-of-the-mill hotels, over-priced old lodges, and true camping. RVing is the perfect middle-of-the-road alternative (no pun intended). Five national parks have in-park campsites with full RV hookups: Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Big Bend, and Yellowstone. The rest either have partial hookups in the park, or you can find private campsites near the border of the park.

Reggie admiring the view from the RV in Nashville
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Many RVs are pet friendly.

What is more fun than enjoying a nature-filled vacation with your best furry friend? RVshare has dozens, even hundreds, of pet-friendly rental options in every major metro region. Your pup will appreciate the extra room to sprawl out compared to a cramped car backseat.

What is more fun than enjoying a nature-filled vacation with your best furry friend? RVshare has dozens, even hundreds, of pet-friendly rental options in every major metro region. Your pup will appreciate the extra room to sprawl out compared to a cramped car backseat.

Airstream in the desert
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There's an RV for every type of traveler, from budget to luxe.

From trendy Airstreams and rockstar-style Class A motorhomes to budget-friendly, towable trailers, RV rentals come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. In searching available rentals from major markets like Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco, nightly rates range from as little as $45 to as much as $1,000. 

Read more: Everything You Should Know About Renting an RV

From trendy Airstreams and rockstar-style Class A motorhomes to budget-friendly, towable trailers, RV rentals come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. In searching available rentals from major markets like Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco, nightly rates range from as little as $45 to as much as $1,000. 

Read more: Everything You Should Know About Renting an RV

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