Are You Considering a Class A RV Rental?
Are you dreaming of taking the great American road trip? Or spending a weekend up north by the lake? Maybe you want to escape into nature for a while and find some peace. All of these are great reasons to rent an RV and drive off into the sunset.
Of course, there are practicalities to take care of before you can do that, like getting the RV. Luckily, we live in a time where the internet has given us more options and information for making our dreams come true. You can find RV rentals online in a similar fashion to how you would book a hotel for the weekend or a rental car. There are a few more considerations to make before you can get things ready to go. The first decision is what kind of RV is right for you.
There are three main models of motorhomes. The Class C is your middle ground RV. It has a truck cab and the RV seems to curl around it. The Class B is the smallest option. These are campervans that are easy to drive and park. Then you have your Class A RVs.
If I asked you to draw an RV, you’d probably draw a Class A. These are usually the largest motorhomes. They have the long boxy shape and flat nose of a city bus. They are the more expensive class of RVs, though their prices range wildly. If you wanted to find a luxurious motorhome, the Class A models would have the best options by far.
The Class A RVs are a great option for rentals when you want all the big amenities and comforts of home as you gaze out large windows to the countryside. Find motorhome rental options on RVshare!
The Pros and Cons of a Class A
Advantages of a Class A RV Rental
While any motorhome can be a fun time, there are some distinct advantages that make these RVs special. These are some of the best reasons to choose this model for your rental. More amenities! You’ll have more storage space, a larger kitchen, a bigger seating area, a larger bed. The inside of these motorhomes are downright roomy and those big, beautiful window shields give panoramic views like nothing else.
If you wanted to find a luxury motorhome, this class has a lot of options out there. The range of amenities is impressive. For instance, this might sound like a crazy question, but do you want a fireplace in your RV? If you answered yes, you’ll want to look at Class A models.
If gas mileage and clean energy are concerns for you, there are both diesel and gas Class As so you can choose what fuel type you’d prefer. If you are looking at a more green option, go with gas. But if you want more bang for your buck and better gas mileage, go for the diesel option. Check out this article for more on diesel vs. gas engines!
Class As have a ton of storage both outside and inside the vehicle. Though campers always want to be aware that more weight will raise your gas mileage, you can bring along a lot of home in a Class A.
Disadvantages to the Class A RV Rental
Every decision has both positives and negatives. Making the right decision is about weighing the benefits and downsides against what your individual needs are. These are some of the possible downsides to a Class A model for your RV rental.
They can be more intimidating to drive. Being larger comes with a price, and that comes into play when you’re driving a larger Class A versus something like a Class B campervan. You have to think more about how you drive and that can be too intimidating for some drivers.
When you’re 30+ feet long there are fewer campsite options for you. You’ll have to be very clear with the campground personnel when you make your reservations so you find a space you’ll fit in.
Because of the size, this size of a motorhome is difficult to park when you want to go out to eat or to a lot of other locations. Leaving the campground for a short trip is difficult in these motorhomes. If you want to make short trips away from the motorhome, you’d need to tow a small car behind the RV. Many campers rent golf carts for short trips around the campground.
Class A RVs have a wide range of prices, but they are still the more expensive option on the market.
Your gas mileage will be rough. The heavier you are the worse your gas mileage will be. It’s common to get single-digit miles per gallon. Be sure you thoroughly research the gas mileage of the RV make and model you choose. The fewer the surprises at the gas pump, the better off you’ll be!
How Big Are They Really?
Size is at the center of every conversation about the Class As. It’s both a positive and a negative. The size of a Class A is what takes up most of the conversation. And that’s for a good reason.
These motorhomes are longer than other models. They’re taller. They can weigh a lot more. And they can even be wider, especially with the many slide-out features on some more luxurious models.
You can find a Class A that’s 21 ft long. You can also find a Class A RV that is 50 ft long. Most commonly, you’ll find Class A rentals between 30 and 40 feet. This will always be a concern while you’re driving and especially when you’re parking. But it’s definitely something you’ll need to mention when you make your campground reservation as spots for RVs over 30 ft – or over 40 ft – are considered large and most campgrounds have limited availability for these.
Of course, the trade-off is how much space you’ll have available to you and your family. In fact, a lot of these RVs can fit up to 12-15 people. Travel to your destination in comfort with a drivable RV!
The Amenities You Can Find in Class A RVs
Really, the question is what features do you want? Because there is likely a Class A RV out there that has it covered.
Some of the more common and more luxurious features are things like king-sized beds, an extraordinary amount of storage, full size bathrooms, entertainment systems, large seating areas, dining room tables (yes, actual tables instead of just dinettes), kitchens with plenty of counter space–even islands–and even full-sized fridges.
Just like with anything, the more features you take advantage of the higher your cost will be! That brings us to the next section…
Pricing Considerations with Class A RV Rentals
The average cost of a Class A RV rental on RV share is $150 to $250 a night for a motorhome is over 10 years old. For a newer model, the average cost is $350 to $450 a night. However, you can find options that cost both more or less than those ranges. The location where you pick up your rental will heavily affect your price. You will also have to consider what features are important to you.
The base rental price is just a jumping off point. There are a few additional considerations you’ll want to budget for.
- Make sure to plan for insurance. You may be able to get this through where you rent the RV but if not you will need to find some on your own.
- There is usually a refundable security deposit to cover any damages.
- There is sometimes a deposit to hold your reservation, which will usually go toward your final bill.
Check out our article on the true costs of renting an RV for more info!
Tips For Driving Your Class A RV
Class A RVs are not like driving a car. It’s healthy for this to make you a little nervous. Just don’t let it make you too nervous. You want to be calm and confident that you can handle it, but never arrogant. You don’t know everything! So, drive carefully and give yourself room to be cautious.
Braking in an RV
Class A RVs usually have air brakes. If you were driving any other vehicle with air brakes, you would be required to pass a written and practical exam to prove that you understand how to use them. Motorhomes are exempt from this law in most jurisdictions.
The biggest thing to keep in mind with air brakes or with driving a larger motorhome in general is that you need to drive slower than you normally would. Keep a healthy distance between your nose and the car in front of you. In a car, you expect to slam on the brakes and stop immediately. It takes longer for the vehicle to stop when you are this heavy and when you are using air brakes.
When you are driving a typical car, 2 to 3 seconds following distance is plenty of time. With a heavy vehicle, you want to extend that to 1 second for every 10 feet of length. For a 45 foot motorhome, you should round up to a 5 second distance and also add 1 second for speeds over 40 mph.
Remember to take turns slowly. Brake before you start the turn!
RVs are Taller Than Normal Vehicles
How tall is your RV? You need to be very clear on this before you hit the road. Some class A motorhomes can be as tall as 13 feet and 6 inches high. Many are smaller, but the air conditioning units on top can add some height. You may be taller than some of the bridges out there. You’ll typically be safe on the highway, but city streets are another matter. Plan your trip accordingly! You’ll find that most pro RVers tow a smaller vehicle behind them to navigate the busier roads.
Maneuvering Your Campsite
When you’re driving around the campground or trying to park, do not be shy about asking for help. If no one else is around to help you, you are allowed to get out and look at the situation for yourself. You are also allowed to find an empty parking lot and practice parking before you hit the road.
Be patient with yourself and drive slow. Remember, you aren’t in a hurry; you have your bed and TV with you already. You are free to drive a little slower, get there safely, and enjoy the view along the way!
We hope our tips help you make the right decision! While class A RVs are amazing, they have their drawbacks. It’s all about what works best for you! Whatever you do, you’re sure to have a great trip! Find motorhome rental options on RVshare.