Planning Your Big RV Trip
Each year, we answer a lot of questions about RV rentals from first-timers and RV veteran’s alike. Here are five of the most frequently asked questions:
- What type of RV should I take?
- When should I rent an RV?
- How long can we take an RV without hookups?
- Do we need to bring our houseware?
- How much will it cost?
We have your answers! We are going to break down each question into a five blog-post series. We have a lot of information to cover! Let’s get started with #1
What type of RV should I rent?
“What RV Should I Take?” This is the first question we get almost every day. To decide, you’ll have to look at a few things.
The debate between a motorhome or a travel trailer is years-long, let’s go over the pros and cons together!
A motorhome is meant to be your all-in-one solution. A child dreams of driving an RV down the road, listening to Disney music hits, and cooking Hot Pockets in the microwave all at the same time. There is little need to make pit stops for food or bathroom breaks because it’s all in there. Motorhomes are incredible machines!
Travel trailers are packed with value for any camping trip! When you take a trailer, you take the freedom of being able to leave camp without shutting it down. A trailer becomes your home base for all the travel adventures; they have almost all the same benefits as a motorhome.
If you want to take a trailer, you’ll need to make sure you have enough power for your needs. Check out this video if you have questions on how power works in an RV.
If you decide on a motorhome, you’re ready to move on. If you want to tow a trailer, there are a few more things to cover.
Disclaimer: There is a lot more to this conversation than is listed here. Here is a fairly comprehensive guide to towing
Standard travel trailers can range in weight from 2,500 to 7,000 lbs depending on the size (there are quite a few outliers, but not in our rentals)! A truck’s ability to tow is indicated by its GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). Each towing vehicle and trailer have a GVWR given to show how much weight a vehicle is capable to tow.
Most cars have their GVWR printed on a label on the doorframe of the driver-side door. IIn example, if your car GVWR reads 7,500 lbs, it should match a trailer’s rating at 7,500 pounds at the most. Think of it as a balancing act.
Our rule of thumb is to tow at 80% or *less* of your car’s GVWR. This ensures that your vehicle is well within the range, and can easily control whatever it is pulling.
If your GVWR matches up well, then you’ll want to check for a few extra items to make sure you’re ready to hit the road. Our trailers require an electronic trailer brake controller, a Class III receiver, and a 7-point trailer connector. Once you know you can tow, you’re ready to rent a trailer!
So, there you have it! What kind of RV do you want to take? Make sure to let us know!