Now that summer has officially kicked-off, it’s the perfect time to plan a family RV adventure. RVing is a great way to explore the beautiful national parks and other top destinations in the U.S. If you’re new to RVs, you might want to start by renting one. Here are five key things to consider before you pack up the family and take to the road.


Draft A Plan

Before you begin to peruse the top RV rental sites, map out a general plan for your trip. How many people are going? How many days will you be on the road? Who are the designated drivers, and for how many hours each day? What destinations do you want to see during your trip? Knowing the basics will make it easier for you to compare costs among rental companies. 


Understand RV Class Types

RVs, or motorhomes that are both driven and slept in, come in three classes: A, B and C. If you’re new to the RV scene, you might want to start with a Class C because they’re easy to drive, but will still give you ample space for the family. Be sure to ask to take it for a test drive before finalizing your rental, in order to familiarize yourself with the vehicle. 

The smallest ones are Class B, and are primarily good for a couple as they have the least amount of interior space and often less amenities. The largest RVs are Class A, and while they’ll obviously give you the most amount of interior space and amenities, think full kitchen and bathroom—they’re often difficult to park and can even require a special license.  


Review Campsite Availability 

As campsite availability is in high demand, it’s important to carefully research available campground dates and fees. Do your research first before heading out on your excursion or you could be disappointed when you arrive.


Consider Insurance 

Most RV rental companies offer basic insurance, but you might want to consider adding on extra coverage. Also make sure the plan offers 24-hour roadside assistance, including customer support and towing. 


Compare RV Rental Websites

There are many RV rentals websites to choose from. Carefully review mileage policies, as they can vary greatly from one company to another, and from one RV owner to another. 


If owning an RV sounds exciting to you, visit our website or call a Member Specialist at 800-422-5852 to learn how we can help get you into the RV of your dreams.