Why renting an RV can be a smart option

Many Americans across the country own their own RVs, and it's not uncommon to see RV campgrounds packed to the brim with motorhomes during the summer time. For those who don't own RVs, it can be tempting to think about making the leap and purchasing one yourself. However, those with an interest in RVs may want to rent one first in order to see if its the right fit for their family.

Some people may not even be aware that renting is a viable option, but it can actually save quite a bit of money for those planning a vacation. Think of it as your transportation and lodging costs all in one package. According to a recent study by PKF consulting, renting an RV can be a very good economical decision for a family vacation. The study found the typical RV vacation to be anywhere from 26 to 74 percent less expensive than other types of vacations.

There's a lot to think about before renting an RV, and that may be why many people shy away from doing so. It's easy to be overwhelmed by everything that comes along with operating an RV. Fortunately, the internet has a vast archive of resources for first-time RVers. In addition, you might be surprised by how friendly your neighbors at the campgrounds will be when it comes to answering any questions you might have about the motorhome.

Companies that rent RVs are also prepared for first-timers, and will typically walk you through everything you need to know. Be sure to write the important information down so you can have a list of everything you need to do to operate the RV safely. The great thing about renting a motorhome is that you won't have to deal with the long-term RV maintenance that full-time owners do – you'll get the RV in vacation-ready condition and drop it off for the company to deal with when you're through.

You should try to get some time behind the wheel of an RV before you go, however. Driving an RV is different from driving a car, and you need to be aware of just how much room the vehicle takes up. Ask the company if you can take the vehicle for a test drive, or even take it home a few days before your vacation begins. This will give you the chance to get a feel for the RV ahead of your vacation.