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5 Great Reasons To Rent An RV

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Rental RVs are a great way to take a different kind of vacation. Image source: Unsplash

5 Great Reasons To Rent An RV

The sharing economy has gotten extremely big in the past decade or so. We now have the option to hitch a ride, rent a car, borrow a house, or have our food delivered by peers.

This is awesome, as it encourages sharing rather than owning one of everything—something that is great for our wallets as well as the environment. We also love that the sharing economy gives individuals the opportunity to make money off of their investments, whether that be a car, a house, or something else entirely.

One example of this is RV-sharing sites like Outdoorsy. This is one of the biggest peer-to-peer RV rental sites out there, and boy, are they awesome. These types of sites are growing by leaps and bounds, and when you consider what they’re doing for people, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that this is the case.

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A while back, we discussed the reasons why you might want to rent out your RV to others. In this article, we will look at this option from the other side and talk about why you might want to rent an RV and take it out for a spin.

1. Take a different kind of vacation

The most obvious reason to rent an RV is to change up the way you vacation. If you don’t already own an RV, a rental unit gives you a chance to take the sort of relaxing road trip that RV owners everywhere enjoy on a regular basis.

It makes traveling from one place to another a breeze, can save you money on lodging, and ensures you have a kitchen and bathroom wherever you may roam. It also encourages spending time outside, something not enough people do on vacation these days.

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A Cruise America RV Rental. Photo by Bradley Gordon (via Flickr Creative Commons)
Cruise America RV Rental by Bradley Gordon is licensed under CC BY 2.0

2. Host company

In some cases, you might rent an RV for someone other than yourself. Motorhomes and travel trailers make excellent guest quarters, especially if you will be having company for many nights at a time. It gives your guests privacy and comfort while still keeping them close.

Clearly, you could use your own RV for this if you have one, but if not, a rental RV parked in your driveway (make sure this is legal where you live!) does the trick just fine.

3. Test drive a rig change

Let’s say you do already have an RV. Why would you want to rent an RV in this case? Well, one great reason to do so would be to test drive a different kind of rig.

If you’re considering switching from a travel trailer to a motorhome or vice versa, or even if you think you might make the switch from a bumper pull to a fifth wheel, or Class C to Class A, a rental unit will give you a chance to try before you buy.

It allows you to actually get behind the wheel of that different type of motorhome and get a feel for how it drives. It also gives you a chance to truly live in that floorplan that looks so awesome on the page, to see if it will actually work as well as you’re imagining.

4. Get in tight spaces

Perhaps you own a big rig, but you really want to camp in one of the national parks that only allows smaller RVs. Or maybe you’re looking to do some boondocking up in the mountains and your enormous fifth wheel just isn’t going to be nimble enough. There are a number of situations that might call for a smaller RV than what you already have.

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Looking for a smaller RV? You may want to rent a camper van. Image source: Pixabay

In these cases, a rental Class B RV or campervan could be just the solution. Fortunately, RV rental companies have an enormous amount of smaller rigs to choose from, so you can pick one that is perfect for your adventure.

5. Spread out a bit

On the other end of the spectrum, there is the possibility that your current RV is too small for a particular trip. Maybe you’ve got a sibling who wants to travel with you, or perhaps you live in a smaller RV and just want a week for your family to spread out a bit more.

Renting a big rig from Outdoorsy is also very feasible and a great way to give yourself some extra space for a trip here and there when needed, all without investing in and owning a gigantic rig.


As you can see, there are a number of reasons you might want to rent an RV, and some of them apply even if you already have your own RV.

See also: Check Out These 5 Awesome RVs You Can Rent For Your Next Vacation