By: Julie Loffredi, National Lifestyle Content Desk
In this week’s Q&A, Jon Gray, the CEO of RVshare, answers questions about the booming RV industry and tips for families looking to hit the road.
Q: Why are so many families attracted to RVing again?
Jon: RVing has been a growing segment in travel for the past few years due to sites like RVshare which make it easy to book RV rentals. Since the pandemic, families are looking for ways to escape their homes while still remaining in control of their surroundings. A lot of people have turned toward RV travel as a way to continue social distancing practices in a self-contained unit with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen all on-board. Overall, I think families are attracted to RV travel since it allows endless flexibility and it is a unique way to get outside and connect with nature.
Q: What destinations are most popular right now?
Ron: Yellowstone National Park is by far the most popular destination for RVers. Travelers are looking to check off this road trip bucket list destination especially when domestic travel is the only option at this time. We are also seeing renters stay close to home to explore state parks like Garner State Park in Texas and Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina.
Q: How does RVshare work?
Ron: RVshare is a marketplace that connects RV owners to renters. Similar to Vrbo or Airbnb, renters can rent a variety of makes and models from owners all across the US looking to make a second income and share the experience of RVing. Travelers can visit RVshare.com to search more than 100,000 listings. The site is the easiest and most secure way to book an RV rental. It offers a worry-free rental guarantee, comprehensive insurance, owner/renter verification, and has 24-hour customer service and roadside assistance.
Q: What do you recommend for first-timers interested in renting a recreational vehicle?
- Have a plan before booking. Have an idea of where you plan to take your vehicle. Make a reservation to reserve a spot at the campground before or soon after booking an RV. Consider boondocking or staying on private land which can be found through apps like Hipcamp and the Dyrt.
- Budget more than you think you need. Renting an RV isn’t a fixed price; there are a lot of financial puzzle pieces that fit together. Fees for insurance, campgrounds, gas, dining, and entertainment, mileage, and generators are all things you need to consider.
- Use a trusted site. Use a trusted site like RVshare.com where your payment is protected, and the owner of the vehicle is verified. RVshare also offers roadside assistance, 24/7 customer service, insurance, and other perks to protect your trip and payment.
- Review the full listing. The listing is full of information including pricing, fees, rental rules, and reviews. Make sure to read the details before booking so there are no surprises along the way.
- Find the right RV for your needs. Each class of RV differs in size, layout, and driving expertise. Renters should figure out which one will be the most comfortable to live in and to drive before committing.
- Speak with the owner. The best resource is the owner of the vehicle. The owner will be able to answer any questions or concerns, give you a run through of the vehicle before hitting the road, and even offer a test drive to make sure you are comfortable to drive.
- Know what you’re doing before you drive off. One of the biggest pieces of RV rental advice is to familiarize yourself with the RV before they hit the road. RVshare renters have the option to test drive with the owner and get more comfortable with the vehicle.
Q: What’s the different types of RVs available on RVshare? Can you explain the differences?
Jon: The beauty of RV travel is there is truly a great fit for everyone! Something larger like a Class A or travel trailer offers plenty of space and sleeping options for a family or group of friends. A smaller option like a pop-up camper is suitable for a couple or a solo traveler. A Class C is the most popular choice and can accommodate families or smaller groups.
The two biggest things to consider when choosing an RV is whether you want to tow or drive it and how many people will be sleeping inside. If you prefer to drive it, you need to decide your comfort level, we compare mid-sized options to driving a truck, and large options to driving a bus. If you want to tow, you need to make sure your tow vehicle can accommodate the trailer. Finally, consider the amenities that are important to you. You can find full functioning kitchens and bathrooms, a fun outdoor space, or a unit that allows pets.
One other thing that can help you decide which RV you would like is if you want to have it delivered. If the idea of driving a big rig or towing a large trailer behind you puts you off to the idea, many RV owners will offer to deliver straight to your campground. You do not need a special driver’s license to drive an RV.