This post is sponsored by RVshare. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Travel as we know it looks a bit different right now than it did a few months ago but that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. It only means that you may need to take a few precautions, and in some instances, modify the way you travel.
If my website search traffic is any indication of what is to come, I’d say more people will be road tripping, staying local (within their state), exploring small towns, and camping or RVing. One could even guess that this will be the year of the RV.
If that is the wave of the foreseeable future, it doesn’t look terribly different from the way I prefer to travel.
There’s nothing I enjoy more than a great road trip and in the past few years, my husband and I have combined our love of road tripping and camping with the purchase of our camper van.
Camping can be a ton of fun. Unfortunately, it can also be a ton of work and we’re not as young as we used to be. I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed sleeping on a thin mat on the ground but now that I’m nearing 50, the very thought makes my joints ache.
We spent years tent camping when our kids were young, and each experience always left us with new memories and stories that are sure to be shared with future generations.
As empty-nesters, my husband and I are not looking for that type of adventure. We are simply interested in two things; staying safe and traveling comfortably, two reasons we enjoy van camping.
Reasons to Rent a Camper Van or RV
- A Budget-Friendly Option to Purchasing an RV.
Owning an RV is wonderful but there are also a few drawbacks like maintenance and where to store the RV when it’s not in use. Renting allows you to access a trailer or motorhome when you need one without the added responsibility and payment when you don’t.
- Renting allows you to try before you buy.
When my husband and I were in the market for an RV nearly 10 years ago, we had no idea what type of RV would work best for our family. Class A, B, and C had little meaning to us.
Renting an RV would have allowed us the opportunity to spend some time experiencing the RV before making a large purchase.
If you’re looking to rent a van camper, you’ll find plenty of Class B rentals on RVshare. Options range from a Sprinter camper van rental all the way to hippie campers or VW campers.
- RV’s provide increased safety over tent camping.
I love tent camping and there are times that I welcome camping that way but camping in an RV gives me peace of mind. If my neighbors are jerks, I can go inside my RV, lock the doors, and go to sleep. If I feel I’m in danger, I can simply disconnect from the sewer and electric and drive away without the need to pack up an entire tent site.
- RVing may be more sanitary than hotel rooms.
I’m not saying that hotels aren’t clean, but chances are we’ve all had a less than stellar experience when it comes to the cleanliness of our hotel room. After spending years traveling with my husband’s job, I even learned to pack my own cleaning supplies just in case. I don’t want to think about the last time the blankets were washed or how many hands have touched the door handle. In an RV, I can pack my own bedding, and once sanitized, it’s done for the duration of the trip without housekeeping traipsing into my room daily.
- An RV provides freedom on road trips.
I don’t know about you but there have been times when my husband and I are road tripping that we’ve gotten really tired but have another couple of hours to go before reaching our destination. An RV allows you to pull over at a rest stop or gas station and rest for a few hours, ensuring you’re alert on the road.
- RVing can save you money.
Depending on the type of RV you select to rent, it may save you money based on who you are traveling with. My husband and I started to reserve two hotel rooms when our kids were teenagers because it was so hard to find rooms that slept 5 full-size humans that allowed us all our own space.
Preparing your own meals in the RV vs. dining out can also save a ton of money. I barely budget for food when my husband and I are van camping. After years of traveling with his job, it’s rare that he wants to eat out. Instead, I pack staples from home, and we try to stop at local stores and produce stands and buy food on the road. We typically spend the same or less on groceries than when we are home.
- RV Camping is great for multi-generational travel.
RVing is a great multi-generational activity. Who wouldn’t love to rent an RV and tour a national park or two with the grandparents? Or take a drive along North Carolina’s Outer Banks Scenic Byway on the way to one of several campgrounds on Hatteras Island? Or even park the RV at a local campground with the focus on creating memories with the family?
Benefits of Renting an RV through RVshare
When it comes to renting an RV one could say RVshare is the Airbnb of camper rentals, allowing RV owners to rent out their camper when they aren’t using it. This potentially saves you money off high rental costs found on other platforms and allows owners like you and me, an opportunity to make a bit of money.
Founded in 2013, RVshare and has grown to the largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace in the United States with over 100,000 vehicles available for your next weekend getaway or full-blown dream vacation. With RV rentals in all 50 states, you’ll find plenty of rentals near you to choose from. Plus, it’s fun to browse their site to see the different RV’s available, from budget options to luxury motorhomes.
Just look at these benefits:
- RVshare offers a safe and secure booking/payment platform
- You can book instantly so there is no waiting
- The average cost per night is $150
- If you have a valid driver’s license and are over the age of 25 you can rent and drive an RV
- Pet-friendly options are available for those of us who like to travel with our pets. Here are a few tips for those planning on taking a long road trip with your dog.
- One-way rentals are available
- RVshare offers 24/7 emergency roadside assistance so you don’t need to stress if something goes wrong
- If you own an RV, you can list your RV on RVshare and make money when you aren’t using it
Check out RVshare when you’re ready to plan your ideal RV getaway or give van life a try and ready to rent the camper van of your dreams. RVshare even offers a free trip planner to help you get started.
When was the last time you went camping? Was it in an RV?
Thursday 9th of July 2020
Camping seems to be the safest form of travel for this summer, and this is a great option for those of us who don't love the idea of tent camping. Thanks for sharing your insights on renting camper vans!
Thursday 9th of July 2020
Hi Erin! I agree that camping is the go-to option for traveling safely this summer. Van camping has become my absolute favorite way to travel. It's so affordable, you don't have to worry about the weather as much as tent camping and driving the van is a breeze compared to a big motorhome. Of course, if we were still traveling as a family it wouldn't work but it's perfect for two. :)