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Where and How to Rent an RV
Where to Rent an RV
Renting is always a good option particularly if you are new to RV’ing. Make sure you download our FREE eBook entitled RV Basics 101 for a lot of good information on types of RV’s and the many considerations when choosing a type of RV.
There are national chains that rent RV’s, dealers that rent, owners who rent their RV’s either through dealers or a service and there are many regional companies that rent. Depending where you want to RV, one-way rentals are available. For the best look at inventory and pricing, check multiple sites.
Link Below to Check Out RV Rentals
Quik Tip – Arvie the Travel Dog
If you are planning to cross any borders from US to Canada or Mexico…make sure you bring your passport and check insurance requirements.
How to Decide Which RV is
Right for You?
There are a lot of considerations when renting an RV.
- How long is my trip or vacation.
- Where do I want to go. If you are on the east coast and want to see the Pacific Northwest, you may wish to fly there, rent an RV and fly home rather than drive across country.
- You may wish to drive across country or to your destination, RV awhile, drop off and fly home. Thus a one-way rental may be what you want.
- How many people will be with you. You want an RV so that everyone has a place to sleep.
- Are you bringing ATV’s, motorcycles or other toys needing a toy hauler? MANY RENTALS DO NOT ALLOW YOU TO TOW CARS OR TRAILERS.
- What is your level of RV driving skill? Class C motorhomes are the most prevalent RV in the rental community as they are relatively easy to drive.
How much does it cost to rent an RV? What is your budget?
Your rental will have a “Daily Rate” to rent it. Do not base your entire budget on that. There are a few other costs to build in so that you can enjoy your trip worry free. It is always best to check these costs up front.
Mileage Fees- Although most rentals give you some “Free Miles” it is rarely the entire trip and will be used up fast. “Per Mile” charges kick in and can limit your range and add substantial cost to your closing bill.
Generator Fees- Check the fine print on your Rental Agreement. Many rentals offer some free generator time. However, this can run out quickly if you are camping in the desert, boondocking or camping where there are limited hookup services and you will be relying heavily on the generator for power.
Convenience Kits- Many rentals offer “Convenience Kits” and “Kitchen Kits” for a fee. The fees can be anywhere from $50 to $150 or more. A convenience kit generally has bath towels, sheets, blankets, plates and silverware. Kitchen kits usually have pots, pans, coffee pot, can opener, corkscrew and related kitchen stuff, all the stuff you use and have at home. The flip side is that “Convenience Kits” are aptly named.
Gas- Spend extra time on this one. A 29 foot Class C RV will probably get 9-12 miles per gallon. With a full load it may be less. Gasoline prices vary widely from county to county and state to state because of taxes in different localities. We recommend you budget for more miles than you plan to travel. Remember too, your generator will need fuel as well. Most rentals require that you return the RV with a full tank of fuel. If you don’t they will charge you and the rate is generally almost twice the actual price of a gallon of fuel.
What does it cost to rent an RV? Here are some other costs.
Campground Fees- Campgrounds charge a fee for camping. Fees for private campgrounds are generally a little higher than national parks. Fees can also vary with the amenities the campground provides. The more amenities the higher the nightly fee. Some charge additional for more people and many charge extra for pets. Many campgrounds also have a minimum number of days you must pay for.
Insurance- You will be required to have insurance on the RV. Check with your provider first. They may be able to bind you on your policy. If not, the rental can provide it but be prepared to pay $15-$22 PER DAY for this coverage.
Food- Plan well for food and other consumables. Longer trips will require trips into town to resupply.
Firewood- Don’t forget to budget for firewood. If you are buying it, expect to pay anywhere from $5-$15 for a small bundle. If you run your campfire all day, this could add up quickly.
See our budgeting checklist in the “Checklists” section of this site.
Campground Rules & Regulations
Although some rules may seem onerous or outright ridiculous, there is good reason for Rules & Regulations at a campground or park.
The campground is for the shared enjoyment of everyone… but not everyone shares the same enjoyment !
Thus some of the more obvious R & R’s, are well…. obvious.
- No generators after a certain hour. – Imagine if everyone ran their generators all night. You may as well be back in the city. It is always best to use electrical hookups when available.
- Pets must be kept on a leash. – I think there is a good movie here… where all the dogs in the campground form a pack and run around stealing everyone’s steaks and burgers off the grills.
- No walking through other campers sites. Respect the privacy of other campers.
- Leave your campsite better than you found it. Clean up and dispose of any trash you generated or that which has blown over from other areas.
- Restrooms and showers are for the benefit of everyone. Take short showers and leave the showers and restrooms clean.
- Use common courtesy at all times. Campers are friendly folks.
Quik Tip – Arvie the Travel Dog
Firewood can be an unanticipated or unbudgeted surprise. Remember the concept of “Supply & Demand”? Everyone in a campground wants firewood. We bring much of our own from home. We collect firewood all year long from construction sites, felled trees that have been cut up, and other sources. Make sure that your wood is “seasoned” and free of any insects or fungus.
RV Water Filtration
by Stuart W. Price
When you are camped at an RV park, the water for your coach, fifth wheel or travel trailer comes from a hose bib. Because you don’t know whether the water is clean and sanitary (or whether the last user was clean and sanitary), you want to filter your water every time.
The same holds true if you are filling your potable water tank. For clean, great tasting water, you also want to filter the water you put in your fresh water tank.
Common contaminants include silt and sediment, chemicals, petrochemicals, pesticides, viruses, bacteria, and cysts.
You want a filter system that will remove as much of that stuff as possible. You also want a system that will work well even a challenging environment, and heavy or prolonged use.
Water filters work by passing the water through a medium. The medium has pores large enough for water molecules to pass, but small enough to block contaminants.
Contaminants range in size. Silt and sediment range in size from 50 to 150 microns. Other contaminants are much smaller. Bacteria range in size from 2 to 10 microns. Cysts like giardia can be as small as .5 micron.
Filters are rated by the size of their pores. A filter with a rating of 100 microns might reduce the sediment in your water, but it will leave in harmful chemicals, bacteria and cysts. Many small in-line filters, typically blue and about the size of a cucumber, are rated at 100 microns – or not at all.
Better filters are rated at 5 microns. The best filters are rated at .5 micron, but are prone to clogging unless paired with a sediment filter in a two-canister setup.
In a two-canister system, the first canister has a filter element specifically designed to reduce silt and sediment. A 5 micron rating is perfect for this task.
The second element is rated to reduce chemicals, bacteria, viruses, cysts, and other smaller contaminants. A .5 micron (one-half micron) is best for this purpose.
When you buy a filter, check out its micron rating. If its rated at 50 or 100 microns, consider buying something that will filter out even smaller contaminants. If the manufacturer doesn’t state a rating, you might want to pass.
NSF is the gold standard rating agency when to comes to water filters. When you buy an NSF rated filter element, you know an independent agency has tested it, and found it met the claimed specifications.
To ensure you are getting safe, clean, great tasting water each time you hook up, buy a water filter system made for RV use with quality components, and a micron rating small enough to filter your water properly.
Stuart is the President of Clearsource, a manufacturer of premium RV water filters.
Clearsource products are available at www.clearsourcerv.com, or on Amazon, by searching for “Clearsource RV water filters.”
Family and Family Camping in Sippewissett
I am always looking for fun things to do, places to eat, great campgrounds and a wide range of fun things to do when RV’ing. Sadly, I just returned September 11 from a trip to Cape Cod.
I flew in from Los Angeles to attend the funeral of my Mom who passed last week. My Mom was a class lady. As my brother said at her memorial, she gave much more than she received in life. She was always willing to help anyone, whether she knew them or not. Rest in peace Ma, we will all be together again some day.
My cousin said that with every dark cloud there is a silver lining, and that was the case with this dark cloud. I was able to spend some very high quality time with four of my Uncle’s nine children who were able to attend their Auntie’s memorial as well as a lot of time with my 85 year old Uncle Lou who lives in Falmouth, MA. Uncle Lou and I share a very unique and special bond together. Of all of his nine children, and my seven siblings, Lou and I are the only two who have ever had the privilege of serving as officers aboard ocean going ships.
Uncle Lou was a Commander in the United States Navy serving aboard both the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga and as a deck officer aboard carrier resupply ships. I served as an officer aboard cargo ships to South America in the merchant marine. We spent a lot of time both alone and with family. It is always a good time when framed around the important life’s question… “What is the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story?” Of course the answer is… “A fairy tale begins… ‘Once upon a time’… and a sea story begins ‘This ain’t no sh-t’ !!”
I was also able to visit an amazing campground in Falmouth, MA. Nestled in the beautiful woods of Falmouth, a mere mile or so off of Route 28 is Sippewissett Campground & Cabins. This wonderfully peaceful and serene campground has an unusual mix of beautiful cabins and cottages, tent sites, RV sites and believe it or not, authentic Indian teepees, that at 18 feet in diameter at the base, can sleep an entire family. So beautifully designed and managed, this park does not appear or even feel like a campground. It is the perfect mix of campers of all types. If you are considering a seasonal, weekly or even weekend campsite, Sippewissett Campground & Cabins is strategically located such that Boston, New Bedford, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Woods Hole are all great day trip destinations. The campground is beautiful, serene and magnificently peaceful.
Quality family time is important to all of us, and this is the perfect family campground.
836 Palmer Avenue
Falmouth, MA 02540