5 Tips to Ensure a Successful RV Rental Experience

Have you ever wanted to take a vacation where you could fly by the seat of your pants? Go where the wind takes you? Stop and smell the flowers? How about renting an RV and taking the road less traveled? With an RV you can have your bathroom, your kitchen, and your living room right along with you so you can stop wherever you like and take time out. Here are 5 great tips to remember when renting an RV.

1: Size – When choosing which size RV to rent you will need to take into account not only the people traveling with you, but the luggage and activities that you have planned. While the world is definitely your playground, remember that you will still need enough space for everyone to sleep comfortably or to be inside during extended inclement weather. While no one plans for rain or snow during their perfect vacation, take into account that it probably will happen and you may be stuck inside for a period of time. How many comfortable seats are there and does that leave room for playing board games or putting together puzzles? RV’s come in many sizes from towable pop-up campers to full sized motorhomes, take a look at the different sizes at local RV stores or shows to determine what will best fit your needs.

2: Cooking – Determine what type of cooking you generally do on vacation and be sure that your RV has that capability. If you plan on making a casserole for 5 people, is the oven big enough for a casserole dish? If you usually like hot side dishes, how many stove top burners are there? Does the RV come with pots, pans, and utensils or do you have to pack them along? Also, what are the sink capabilities? Will you be able to wash your dishes or will everything need to go on paper plates? If so, this may limit the items you will want to cook. What size is the fridge? Will you need to stop every day to reload or is there extra storage for canned beverages that can be put into the fridge as needed? Making your own meals and buying in bulk can save you a lot on a trip if you have the storage capacity in your RV.


Used Caravans, A Buyers Checklist

For those new to the world of caravanning used caravans are often the best choices as the initial outlay will be less and if you do change your mind depreciation will not be a large factor. Dealers are probably the best place to start when looking for used caravans, do not expect to find pristine models however, many dealerships do not in fact have clean models, the majority of maintenance work does not begin until a sale has been made. You can however spot a good used caravan from a bad one at this stage, here are some helpful pointers.

So starting with ways to find quality used caravans.

First and foremost you need to see whether the used caravan has a full service history, much like buying a car, having a record of work undertaken on the caravan can be extremely useful. In addition, it is also important for all used caravans to have full documentation such as the handbook and literature associated with any of the equipment.