In General, How Much Does It Cost to Rent An RV?

The average RV rental per day cost varies depending on the class and the age of the RV. Typically, you can expect to see prices like these:

  • Class A: $175-$275/night (10+ years or older); $350-$450/night (newer)
  • Class B: $100-$200/night (10+ years or older); $200-$350/night (newer)
  • Class C: $150-$200/night (10+ years or older); $225-$400/night (newer)
  • Travel Trailer: $50-$125/night (10+ years or older); $125-$200/night (newer)
  • Fifth Wheel: $60-$150/night (10+ years or older); $150-$300/night (newer)

Want more info on camper rental prices? We worked with Outdoorsy & RVezy to study thousands of RV rentals and find the typical price ranges. Let’s take a look.

What should I pack for my RV trip?

There’s a fine line between overpacking and not having what you need. Like any trip, you’ll want to pack the clothing and supplies necessary for the activities you have in mind. Buemi says to “pack thoughtfully,” noting that renters should “speak to the RV owner about what they keep on board for their renters, such as linens and cookware.” Bouma notes that it’s important to have a tool kit and first-aid kit on hand, in case of emergencies. If you’re traveling with kids, don’t forget games, craft supplies, movies, kitchen supplies, and of course, sticks, graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate for making s’mores.

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What is the Cheapest Way to Rent an RV?

There are two main ways to rent an RV.

The first way involves renting an RV from a peer-to-peer RV rental site, such as RVshare or Outdoorsy, which acts like Airbnb but for RVs.

By putting local people together that want to rent their RV and want to rent an RV.

The second way is by renting an RV from an RV rental agency such as Cruise America RV Rental, where you rent an RV directly from a company that rents out RVs nationally.  

And while each has its pros and cons.

The cheapest way to rent an RV is through a peer-to-peer RV rental site like RVshare or Outdoorsy.

As it’s usually anywhere from $50 to $100 a night cheaper to rent through a peer-to-peer RV rental website compared to renting an RV from a large national rental agency for a comparable RV.

In addition, there is usually a much larger selection to choose from, when renting from a peer-to-peer RV website compared to a large RV national rental agency.  

Cost to Rent an RV in Seattle

 

Seattle is another place where overall RV rental prices track higher than national averages. Seattle’s overall rate is $192 per night vs. the national average of $184. The best deal on RV rentals in Seattle has to be the Toy Hauler category. Great for large families, these big rigs can be rented for only $145 per night.

 

As you can see, depending on which class of RV and rental location, RV prices vary. Now let’s discuss other cost factors for figuring how much it is to rent an RV.

Can You Rent an RV with Unlimited Miles?

While some RV rentals charge on a per-mile basis, where each mile driven will cost a certain amount depending on the RV, there are RV rentals that offer unlimited miles and charge a flat daily rate instead.

If you’re looking for an RV rental that offers a flat rental rate and includes unlimited miles it’s best to stick with peer-to-peer RV rental sites such as RVshare and Outdoorsy as this is the common type of RV rental found on those sites.

Just be careful and make sure you read the fine print before renting anything.

As some RVs on those sites are rented using the hybrid rental model, which charges a flat daily rate that includes a certain number of miles and then charges a fee for each additional mile driven over the allotted miles allowed.   

Deals with Certain Companies

Now, here are some great tips. 

Cruise America lets out some coupon codes every now and again since they are a large corporation. Go to their “hot deals” to get some savings, and check back regularly. 

RVShare also has a great feature that can save you big bucks. Some renters will give a big discount if you rent their RV by the week. This of course takes some time to plan out ahead but is a great option. To find out more, click here. 

Trailers

Fifth wheel

Average fifth wheel rental costs

Average fifth wheel rental costs

Under 10 years old($161/night | $1,027/week | $4,018/month)Over 10 years old($126/night | $805/week | $3,126/month)

Fifth wheel overview

  • Length: 32-36 feet.
  • Sleeps: 4-8.
  • Minimum towing requirements: a large truck (1/2 ton and above).

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Travel trailer

Average travel trailer rental costs

Average travel trailer rental costs

Under 10 years old($126/night | $796/week | $3,115/month)Over 10 years old($113/night | $716/week | $2,791/month)

Travel trailer overview

  • Length: 20-30 feet.
  • Sleeps: 4-7.
  • Minimum towing requirements: mid-sized trucks and large SUVs.

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Tent trailers

Average tent trailer rental costs

Average tent trailer rental costs

Under 10 years old($86/night | $542/week | $2,143/month)Over 10 years old($80/night | $504/week | $1,963/month)

Tent trailer overview

  • Length: 20-30 feet.
  • Sleeps: 4-7.
  • Minimum towing requirements: mid-sized trucks and large SUVs.

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Toy Haulers

Average toy hauler rental costs

Average toy hauler rental costs

Under 10 years old($147/night | $925/week | $3,580/month)Over 10 years old($132/night | $829/week | $3,213/month)

Toy hauler overview

  • Length: 20-30 feet.
  • Sleeps: 4-7.
  • Minimum towing requirements: mid-sized trucks and large SUVs.

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Pop up trailers and micro campers

Average pop up trailers and micro campers rental c

Average pop up trailers and micro campers rental costs

Under 10 years old($91/night | $573/week | $2,220/month)Over 10 years old($84/night | $535/week | $2,093/month)

Pop up trailers and micro campers overview

  • Length: 10-20 feet.
  • Sleeps: 2-3.
  • Minimum towing requirements: small to midsize cars.

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Are Weekly Rates the Cheapest When Renting an RV?

Like many accommodations, longevity gets you the best rates, so weekly or monthly rates are usually cheaper than nightly. For RV owners and rental companies, weekly renters mean lower turnover, which equates to lower overhead costs. 

To encourage longer rental terms, many will offer discounts on weekly rates. Sometimes, this means you can rent six nights and get the seventh free. Other times you might get a percentage off once you reach a week. 

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Whether you’re testing out RV life or planning a fun vacation, renting an RV gives you the freedom of RV life without a long term commitment.

Generator Use

 

If you plan on camping out in the boondocks, that is in an area that does not have any type of hookups for electrical power and you want to use electronics you are going to have to use an electrical generator. Unlike a travel trailer that typically utilizes an external generator most motorhomes have an onboard generator. If you are in popular RV campgrounds this may never be a problem. However, be aware some campsites do not have any electrical hookups. Some owners include unlimited generator use or charge a flat daily rental fee and others offer an allowance of so many hours per day. In this case, you will be charged an hourly rate for your generator usage over the allowance.

How to Save Money on Your Rental RV Trip

There are plenty of ways to save money on your RV rental and RV trip. Here are a few of them:

Look for coupon codes

When planning a vacation, you want the best deals you can find and using coupon codes can help.

And we just so happen to have a $40 coupon code for your RV rental with Outdoorsy. 😉

Use coupon code TREKKN at checkout or just click this link and it will automatically apply your code.

Rent for longer & ask for a discount

When you’re shopping around for rentals, you’ll notice that the longer you rent, the cheaper it is. You’ll get a better deal for a week rental, rather than just a few days.

Also, if you’re wanting to do a long-term rental for a month, ask the owner directly if they’ll give you an even better discount. It doesn’t hurt to ask! This guarantees them rental money for the month, so some may be open to giving you a nice discount, as opposed to their RV sitting there making $0.

Consider Boondocking

Campground fees can definitely add up, which is one thing that makes boondocking so appealing. If you’re not familiar with the term and you want to know more about this way of RVing, check out our in-depth post here.

Use Campground Memberships

Campground memberships are more for campers who RV quite a bit or are planning a long excursion. We saved a TON of money using campground memberships and discount clubs like Good Sam, Passport America, Thousand Trails, Harvest Hosts and more.

Todd wrote up an excellent post here all about saving money with campground memberships.

Gas Discounts

Whether you’re towing a trailer/fifth wheel or renting a driveable, you’ll most likely have significant gas costs. Our Good Sam membership not only gave us discounts at some campgrounds but also on gas at Pilot and Flying J stations.

Another option for savings is a fuel credit card.

This post on cutting costs while full-time RVing also has some applicable tips for an RV trip. And you can take a peek at Todd’s top 21 tips for living in an RV without going broke right here.

Bring Your Own Stuff

Some of the RV owners will rent you things like bedding, camping chairs, a grill, ice chest, etc for an extra fee. But if you have your own, bring them and save some money!

Cook Your Own Meals

One of the best things about RVing, is it truly is a house on wheels. If you rent something that includes a refrigerator, stove, and oven, you can save loads of money by hitting up the grocery store and cooking your own meals on the road.

One thing to check and ask the RV owner about is what cooking items they provide.

Do All The Free Activities You Can

From hiking, exploring and enjoying the campground amenities, there are plenty of free activities to keep you and the kids busy.

One of our favorite campgrounds in Florida had everything we needed right there. We didn’t even have to leave! They had a pool, hot tub, the ocean, a restaurant, a bar, walking trails, and a marina.

Some of our most favorite stays in National Parks included tons of hiking. We would hike all morning, come home for lunch, eat, then nap and then wrap up our day by the campfire.

A couple of times while staying outside of Washington D.C., we rode the subway in and visited all of their free museums we could fit into our schedule.

So what I’m saying is, there are loads and loads of free things to do.

Tips to Lower the Cost of Renting an RV

1. Rent an RV for a Week or More

It may seem strange, but you can often save money by extending the length of your trip! Remember that it takes the same amount of work for an RV owner to rent their RV for a weekend as it does for them to rent it for a week or more. Check the rental listing to see if the owner offers a discount on longer-term rentals. If a discount is not listed, send the owner a message and ask. They may be willing to give you a discount on the nightly rate for a longer-term rental.

2. Book Online and use a Peer to Peer Rental Service

There are many nationwide and local companies that you can choose for your RV rental. We love the service provided by Outdoorsy and the fact that you rent directly from the RV owner. 

Renting directly from the owner is great because they love and care for their rig, which means you will get a higher quality product. The prices are usually much lower than corporate rental agencies as well. 

If you are worried about problems or issues when renting directly from an individual, Outdoorsy has you covered. Outdoorsy offers insurance as well as 24/7 customer support to help you work through any problems that may arise during your trip.

3. Book in the Off-Season for Lower Rates

If you have a flexible schedule, you can save a lot of money on your RV adventure by taking your trip during the off-season. Depending on your rental location, the off-season may be during the winter (especially true for northern areas of the US and Canada) or summer (rates are cheaper in places such as Florida during the summer months). Determine the off-season for where you want to go and take a look at how much less expensive your rental will be! 

4. Negotiate the Price With the RV Owner 

One of the perks of booking directly with the RV owner is that you can negotiate some of the terms of your rental. If there is a mileage limit or additional charge for generator use, ask about a discount or price break on these items. You may be surprised at the willingness of RV owners to work with you, especially if you are renting for a week or more.

5. Use a Campground Membership For Lower Campground Rates

If you plan to camp in private campgrounds during your trip, consider a campground membership. A low-cost campground membership such as Passport America can save you a bundle, even on a short vacation. For only $44 per year, you can save up to 50% on nightly campground fees!

6. Pack Your Own Meals

One of the best parts of RV camping is that you have access to your kitchen wherever you go! Save money on your trip by eating in, cooking over a campfire, and having snacks for the road. Food is often one of the most significant expenses on vacation, and putting your RV kitchen to use will save you a bundle! 

7. Bring Your Own Linens

While basics such as dishes, pots, pans, and silverware are typically included in an RV rental with Outdoorsy, linens can be an extra cost. To save some cash, bring your own bedding and towels.

8. Drive Slow to Increase Your MPG

Since gas is one of the highest additional costs you will face during your RV vacation, it makes sense to slow down to save money. Driving slowly can save you several dollars a day on gas, and those dollars add up!

Check out our article What Is the Average Gas Mileage for a Class C RV? to learn how to get the best possible gas mileage in any type of RV.

9. Bring Your Own Bikes

Another great way to reduce your cost is to bring your own bikes. Many national and state parks have great biking trails that allow you to explore the park on two wheels. Bringing your own bike is a double cost saving as you will save gas by not using your vehicle, and you will not have to pay the additional cost of a bike rental. 

10. Book Early to Save Money Renting an RV

Book your RV before everyone else so you have less competition for the RV of your choice! For example, very few RV rentals occur from October through January. If you can plan your trip way ahead of time and book your RV when no one else is renting RVs there will be less competition and you will have more choices too! So, book as far in advance as possible to find your best deal!

For even more info about renting an RV check out our article The Ultimate Guide to Renting an RV.

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