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Renting an RV? Top things to consider

You might be considering an RV vacation in order these days as it offers a type of freedom you don't get when you stay in a hotel or at a resort. After all, what could be better than a road trip where you take your lodging with you so you can stay wherever you like?

However, renting an RV is a bit more complicated than renting a car. Here are some things to consider before committing:

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  • Type of RV: There are many different types of RVs, and some may be more suitable for you than others. For example, you can rent a travel trailer, which you tow behind your vehicle — but you can also rent a class A motorhome, which you drive. The General RV Blog has more information on the various types of RVs. To choose the right kind of RV for you, consider factors such as your budget, the length of the trip, the number of people coming with you, and your destination.
  • Driver's license: If you rent an RV under 26,000 lbs., you don't need a special driver's license. If the RV weighs more, check with your local DMV whether or not you need a special license.
  • Costs: In general, renting an RV costs around $150 per night, and you'll most likely have to put down a deposit, according to TripSavvy. You should also add your additional costs like insurance premiums, campground fees and gas. Keep in mind that the gas mileage on an RV can be much lower than for a regular vehicle because it's heavier. Some RV rental companies offer extra amenities such as kitchenware, linens, propane, generators and more — so figure out what you need and factor those costs in.
  • Set up and breakdown: Setting up an RV when you arrive at the campground can be a daunting task if you've never done it before. You'll need to know how to operate the wastewater and electrical hookups. Be sure to ask the rental company what you need to know about safely setting up and breaking down.
  • Type of park or campground: Private campgrounds and parks are often more costly than discount communities, but they may have more amenities. Research the type of campground or park that best matches the experience you want.

Renting an RV requires a considerable amount of research and preparation. However, it's well worth it to get away from the stress of everyday life and experience a different type of vacation.

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