Updated March 3, 2022 . AmFam Team
When it’s time for your next vacation, you may be thinking about switching things up and renting an RV. Wondering how you can rent an RV? It’s really pretty simple and, in some ways, it works much the same as renting a car. You’ll first fill out an application, either online or at an RV dealer, and they’ll probably need a credit card for a deposit to secure your reservation.
And much like a car rental, you’ll probably need to meet the minimum age requirement to qualify. But because RVs are more complicated and much larger than a car, you may want to find an RV rental group that offers RV training to new customers before you drive off the lot. Try Googling “where to rent an RV” — you’ll likely find a long list of options and rental groups — then, reach out to those that best meet your needs.
Not only can renting an RV save you money, but it offers a whole new perspective on vacation travel. Not sure how to get started? That’s why we’re here! Check out our tips on how to rent an RV, so your first RV adventure goes off without a hitch!
Be sure to head out for a practice run before you book your RV. See what it’s like to drive on the highway, side roads and in parking lots. If this is your first time with an RV, ask for a training session so the experts can teach you the basics. Or better yet, sign up for a class, get certified and then save on your insurance when you become an RV owner yourself one day.
In addition to having a valid driver’s license, there are usually some other things that RV rental groups are going to need. Here are the key things to keep in mind when you rent your RV:
Much like renting a car, a certain amount of money on your credit card will be placed on hold as a deposit. In the event that the RV is damaged, these funds will be used to make repairs.
Most RV rental companies require the RV driver to be at least 25 years old.
While most age-related terms and conditions for renting an RV are similar, some RV rental groups will allow young adults aged 21-24 to rent an RV. Younger renters may be required to pay a higher deposit amount, and the daily rates for this group can be more expensive. There may also be limits on the size of RVs available for rent to this age group.
Yes, when renting an RV you should make sure you’re protected throughout your trip with insurance. You may be able to purchase insurance for the RV you’re renting directly through the RV dealer or rental business, but chances are you’re able to insure the RV through your normal home and auto insurance company instead.
Renting an RV is a wonderful way to explore the country. Following these tips will help ensure you have everything you need for a safe and fun adventure, whether you’re on the road seeing the sights or kicking back and relaxing at an evening campfire.
American Family Insurance offers rental motorhome and camper coverage to provide protection for a rental motorhome or camper unit. This provides comprehensive and collision coverage to the rented motorhome or camper and is available for up to 30 days. Connect with your local agent (Opens in a new tab) to learn more about this coverage and how you can protect your rental RV.
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