Because They’re Versatile!
If you’ve heard a friend or someone on television mentioning renting an RV, you’ve probably been filled with questions. What are the different kinds of RVs, and how do you know which one is right for you? Is it a good idea to rent one? You might try a class C RV if you are really interested!
There are three main classes of RV, Class A, B, and C. Class As are the big bus-style RVs that can take some practice to learn how to drive. The class Bs are the camper van style that is usually meant for one or two people on a shorter trip. If Goldilocks passed up the first two options for being too large or too small, she would choose the class C RV, which is a middle ground between the first two options.
Class C RVs have a van cab with a motorhome curled around it. They have smaller versions of the amenities of a large class A, like a bathroom, bedroom, and living area, and kitchen. They are also easier to drive and many of them can hold a family of five comfortably. This RV class is a great option for renting because they give you all the amenities you want for your trip while being less intimidating to learn to drive.
Benefits of Renting a Class C RV
There are many advantages to traveling in an RV instead of stopping for a new hotel every night. This unique form of travel gives you freedoms you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Go Places You Wouldn’t See Otherwise
When you’re traveling in an RV, you don’t have to worry about getting back to a hotel or a restaurant or even a bathroom at a certain time. This grants you a lot of freedom where you can roam. Driving deep into nature isn’t anything to worry about; you have your bed with you. Park up in the mountains and wake to watching the sun rise over the peaks. Drive out to the desert and eat dinner while you watch a desert sunset. Find a beautiful lake and spend the next two days lounging at its banks.
Connecting with nature is easy when you travel by RV. A great way to do that is at an RV park!
Test Out the RV Life Before You Buy
If you’re considering purchasing an RV, renting one before you buy is a great way to find out if this is the right choice for you.
You Have a Full Kitchen
When you travel any other way, you are forced to find restaurants and then go spend all your money eating in them. It becomes one of the main events of the trip. That’s great for some journeys, but on others, you get sick of fast food by day three. With an RV, you have a full kitchen ready for cooking whatever you want. This is much better than the microwave you might luck into finding in a hotel room.
RV Rental Can Be Cheaper Than Hotels
Staying in your RV can be cheaper than the cost of putting up your whole family in hotels or resorts for the night, especially when you factor in savings on things like airfare and food.
How Big is a Class C RV?
If you’ve ever rented a moving truck, you have some idea of the basic size and shape of a Class C RV.
The larger, bus-style Class A motorhomes can be 40 ft long. You aren’t likely to find a Class C of that size. A nice Class C RV is typically between 20 and 30 ft. Most of these motorhomes will top out at 28 or 29 ft. A 28 ft motorhome will be easy to park at most campgrounds.
While 30 ft class Cs aren’t common, they are out there. It’s worth noting that if you rent one you will have a harder time finding campground spots for it than you would for a 28 ft or even 29 ft option. You may think a foot or two doesn’t make a huge difference, but campsite sizes can be very specific. If you rent a 30 ft motorhome, you’ll need to make sure to be clear with the campground about size restrictions when you make your reservation. If you rent a 29 ft motorhome, you’ll likely be fine at most campgrounds.
Class C RVs will weigh, on average, 10,000 to 12,000 lbs. They have an exterior height of approximately 10 ft.
The Features Inside These Class C RV Rentals
Class C vehicles are built on powerful chassis. Like moving trucks, they can carry a heavy load. This means they have a lot of fantastic amenities for traveling comfortably with everything you could want. This is nothing like tent camping. It’s a huge step up from the space and features you’ll find in a Class B campervan.
You will have a kitchen that will include an RV-sized refrigerator, a microwave, a sink, and a small stove and possibly a small oven. You will have a living space that will likely have a dining table and possibly some chairs and/or a small sofa. In some roomier Class C RVs you will find a queen-sized bed, and a double bed in the smaller options.
These models are built with families and long-term campers in mind, so they come with a lot of storage. People who RV regularly pick up a lot of fun toys for camping and they need places to put them. This means you can keep your smaller space neatly organized and not use your sofa for putting your clothes or suitcase. There will also be small closets with hangers, cupboards, and drawers everywhere you turn. Underneath the dinette seats is usually a large storage space, as well as under the bed and sofa.
The Cost of RV Rentals
There are many factors that affect how much your RV rental will cost. How many RVs are available in your area, for example. For instance, if you live in Arizona there are a lot more motorhomes around than there are other places. The price will also be affected by the time of year you are renting. For example, if you want to go on a trip for July 4th weekend, it will be more expensive than renting an RV for a weekend in mid-September.
All of that being said, there are average costs out there to help you set your budget. On RVShare, you can find a Class C motorhome that is 10+ years old for $100 to $200 a night. And for a newer model, the averages range from $225 to $400 a night.
A search on Outdoorsy and Cruise America found similar price ranges, however you can find ones less than 10 years old for less than $200 a night that have far fewer reviews than the ones that fall into these ranges. These owners are renting out their RVs for lower prices presumably to get more reviews in the early days of their rental listing. It’s up to you whether fewer reviews matters to you or not.
You will also need to pay for insurance and deposits. There are two kinds of deposits likely to come up:
The first one is a deposit to hold the RV. This fee should go towards paying for the final cost of renting the motorhome in the end and is just to keep your reservation.
The other type of deposit is a security deposit and this should be refundable as long as you return the motorhome in good shape.
As for insurance, some rental companies will offer to sell this to you. If they don’t offer coverage, you will need to get it on your own. Remember, RV insurance is not optional so you will need to make sure you have this taken care of.
Tips for Driving Your Class C RV Rental
You have the RV in hand and you’re ready to drive off and find yourself a beautiful sunset to look at!
Have you driven a large van or a truck before? Driving a Class C motorhome is a similar experience. They are usually longer than a cargo van, so keep that in mind. The size changes a lot of the driving experience. Your RV is much wider than your normal vehicle so you need to keep that in mind when you’re driving down the highway and considering switching lanes.
Test Your Parking Skills Before You Leave
Before you leave for your trip, find an empty parking lot and practice. It will get you acquainted with being aware of your new size and give you the chance to learn how to back up in a no pressure environment. Watch your mirrors and ask someone to help direct you if you need to.
There will be a lot of places on your trip you just won’t be able to park. You will not be going through a drive-thru and you might not be able to park at some restaurants.
While in a car, you can slam on your brakes at the last second and expect to stop, that isn’t an option in an RV. You weigh too much and you’re too tall.
This means you should keep a wider gap between your vehicle and the one in front of you. It also means you should plan your stops earlier and slow down appropriately. You have your home with you; you are in no hurry.
You’ll also want to be more mindful when it’s windy. Have you driven down the highway and had gusts of wind pelting the sides of your car? This can be more intense when you’re driving a motorhome. Instead of feeling like your car is moving around a little on the road with the wind, your motorhome can feel like it’s about to slide off the road. To counter this, drive slower.
If you weren’t already slowing down, definitely be sure to keep a steady pace when you are taking turns. RVs will tip over if you take a turn too fast. If you just drive slowly, you’ll be safe!