Since COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in many people’s travel plans, many Canadians are looking into an RV rental for summer travel. Even celebrities are excited about RVing in 2021.
We understand: With so many gorgeous destinations to visit, the hardest part about renting an RV is deciding where to go first. From BC to New Brunswick, the camping options are endless.
In other good news, RVing is a smart way to travel right now. Staying in your own home on wheels makes it easy to practice social distancing, minimize exposure and stay safe, while still enjoying the sights and experiences that are only found on the wide open road.
But for those new to the RV lifestyle, the thought of renting an RV is daunting. Fortunately, a bit of research will demystify the RV rental experience. Read on to learn the basics of renting an RV in 2021.
Create Your RV Adventure Plan
While an RV makes spontaneous travel easy, a bit of planning is essential when you’re first starting out. Of course, you may not know all the details quite yet. But sit down and take a few minutes to note:
- The area you’d like to visit
- How many people will be in your travel group
- Budget parameters
- What you’d like to do on the trip
- Which RV features are must-haves and which are want-to-haves
- Do you prefer to drive an RV (motorized) or tow an RV (trailer)
These general details will guide the rest of the planning process.
Consider Different RV Types
Now that you have a general idea of your trip parameters, consider the types of RVs available to rent. Just like other vehicles, RVs come in many sizes and shapes, with a wide range of features.
Common RV types include:
- Class C Motorhome: This motorized RV is among the easiest to drive, as it’s essentially the cab of a van with a living space attached. Most Class C Cabovers include a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen; many offer convertible options that turn into additional sleeping areas. This is a small class of RV and usually sleeps up to five.
- Class B Motorhome: Known as camper cans, Class B RVs are smaller and easier to drive. They usually sleep one to four people, have a cooking area, and sometimes a bathroom.
- Class A Motorhome: Also motorized, Class A RVs are larger than Class C and often resemble a bus. They offer more interior space and, often, a more luxurious camping experience. Just remember that Class A RVs are large, so driving them takes some getting used to.
- Truck Camper/Slide-In: This type of RV fits into the bed, and usually overhangs the cab, of a truck. Often, they have slide outs or pop-up features to add more space. Truck campers sleep from two to four people, include a kitchen, and often have a bathroom with a toilet and shower.
- Fifth Wheel: This type of trailer RV uses a hitch that’s mounted on a truck bed. Usually, fifth wheels have two beds or bunks, a kitchen, a bathroom and an eating area that may convert into more sleeping quarters.
- Travel Trailer: Travel trailers come in a range of sizes and are towed behind a vehicle. Most sleep four to five and have sleeping and cooking areas; some include bathrooms.
- Pop-Up/Tent Trailer: These small travel trailers have hard tops connected to canvas that literally pops up to form walls. Think of the pop-up trailer as a more comfortable tent on wheels. These compact, lightweight options are towed behind a vehicle, sleep up to five, include cooking and dining areas, and sometimes feature a bathroom.
RV Rental Details
When deciding on RV type, consider how many people will need to sleep, cook, eat and relax. Pro-tip: Just because an RV description says it sleeps a certain number of people, that doesn’t necessarily mean they can sleep comfortably. Touring an RV before signing a rental contract is always a good idea.
Think about which size of RV you feel comfortable driving or towing. Keep fuel consumption in mind as you decide which type of RV you want to rent and what your budget can handle.
Consider RV rental insurance, too. Check with your broker to make sure that you’re properly covered, so you can have peace of mind both while you’re on the road and parked at the campsite.
Summer 2021 is an ideal time to experience the RV lifestyle. These simple tips will help you navigate the RV rental process, so you can get your next adventure started.