Renting an RV for an awesome trip requires some thoughtful planning, and it all starts with figuring out exactly which RV to rent. This is tricky, and comes with a lot of questions: How much RV do you need? How much is too much? What amenities can you, or can’t you, live without? What do you feel comfortable driving? What can you afford? Answering all of these questions can go a long way towards helping you pick the right RV rental for you. As you do, here are some qualities to consider:
RVs are divided into several classes, each with its own characteristics. When narrowing down your RV options, figuring out what class you’d like to look at is your first, best option. There are several classes to choose from:
When people think of RVs, they typically think of Class As. These are the huge road whales that you can find cruising down the highway. They are huge (anywhere from 21-45 feet in length) because, to an extent, a class A is sort of like bringing your entire house on vacation with you. These spacious vehicles provide a maximum amount of living space for a large number of people (up to eight, in some cases) and also give your passengers a comparably luxurious driving experience. If you can think of an amenity, a class A probably has it, and with a multitude of pull-out sections, most class As become even more spacious once the driving is over and the camping begins. It’s important to remember that a Class A is best for staying in one place, as it’s a lot to pack up each time you move!
In contrast to class As, class B RVs are much smaller. These much more manageable vehicles typically don’t accommodate more than about four people, which gives you an idea of just how much smaller these can be. These RVs usually come between 17 and 19 feet, which doesn’t make them too much larger than your average conversion van. Don’t let that diminutive size fool you, though, as class Bs can come with a wide variety of amenities as well, even including such things as a kitchen and working toilets! As you can guess, these smaller RVs are also much lighter on the wallet when it comes to rental fees and gas consumption, as well.
Class C RVs offer the best of both worlds. They are larger than a class B, and come with more amenities, but they do not dominate the highway like a standard class A would. The interior space, especially while on the road, is a little more cramped, and some clever design hacks, such as bunk space over the driver’s seat, let you fit more in this RV than you would think, based on its size. You will find some Class Cs come with a slideout to give you little more space.
The final RV class, towables, are exactly that: camping spaces that are towed behind a vehicle. They come in a wide variety, from pop-up campers to huge fifth wheels, and the space and amenities vary with these options. These give you the freedom to drive away from your campground without packing up your RV every time, and are best if you’re picking up locally and can use your own car.
While choosing from a specific class will help to narrow down your options, it won’t tell you everything you need to know. Another factor to consider is overall length. Even within a particular class you can find a wide range of lengths. Class A, for example, can be anywhere from 21 – 45 feet in length, which is a huge difference. So, once you’ve decided on your class type, you also need to look at length. Length is going to affect several things, including how many people can comfortably fit into the RV.
You should also know that, depending on the size of the RV, there are some states that might require a special driver’s license. For example, California requires a class B license for RVs over 40 feet, which means that you might want to avoid the longest RVs. Other states require special licenses depending on weight (Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming, for example, require a special license if the RV is over 26,000 pounds). So, depending on where you are headed, you might need to keep this is in mind, as well.
Even if your license is fine, you need to pay attention to your gut. If you don’t feel like you can safely handle an RV of a certain size, it’s best to voice your concerns and look for a smaller RV that better suits you.
A third thing to consider is amenities. RVs can come with just about anything you might want — refrigerators, TVs, working showers . . . so the question at this point is what works best for you? Do you and your family feel like they can “rough it” without all of the modern comforts? Is there something you just have to have or else your vacation will be ruined? Make a list of the creature comforts you can’t do without, and then shop around to find the one that best fits your needs.
You can find all of these options of RV rentals on Mighway.com, so it’s easy to find the right RV rental for you. Simply filter the results by what you need!