Our First Time Renting an RV within the US (with Outdoorsy)


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Have you ever ever rented an RV?

It’s recommendation that we’ve given to wannabe RVers earlier than:

hire an RV before you purchase so you possibly can see what sort of rig you need, expertise RVing if you happen to haven’t earlier than, and be taught just a little about how the hookups work.

And whereas Heath and I’ve rented loads of RVs over time, this previous weekend we rented an RV right here within the States for the primary time!


We rented a Reflection by Grand Design.

First impressions of tenting in a fiver:





This was our first time to ever camp in a non-motorized rig. We’ve at all times owned and rented motorhomes.

I now know why each full-time household you see on the street tows a large fifth wheel. We had two bedrooms on reverse sides of the RV and room for the youngsters to play.

We may even host our associates for dinner:

4 adults, three children, one (large) RV, half a dozen containers of Thai meals.

Our rental got here with every little thing from sheets and towels to espresso and shampoo. Extra importantly, it was delivered straight to our campsite and arrange for us, so we didn’t really should haul a fifth wheel wherever. We don’t personal a truck, so that may’ve been problematic!

The one con: the price.

We had a $500 credit score on to hire an RV that has been burning a gap in our pockets for years. We clearly didn’t want it once we have been full-timing, so we have now been saving it for a enjoyable weekend away.

Thank goodness for the credit score, as a result of a two-night rental for the rig + insurance coverage + taxes and charges was over $700! 😱😬

(That’s about the price of renting an RV for per week in Europe for comparability.)

Type of loopy.

It jogged my memory that after upon a time once we have been paying off our pupil loans, we rented out our Winnebago on Outdoorsy over the vacations and made a number of thousand {dollars}. I had completely forgotten about it!

Now that I’ve rented an RV myself, I’m reminded that it isn’t a nasty aspect hustle if you happen to’ve acquired an RV you’re not residing in full-time. 🤔💰

(You possibly can )

We spent Halloween weekend in our rented camper at Basecamp in Palisade, Colorado. We’ve camped there earlier than and it’s one among our favourite campgrounds:

  • huge campsites
  • on a river
  • surrounded by mountains
  • walkable and bikeable to a dozen wineries

And near among the finest pumpkin patches in Colorado the place the youngsters had a blast:

Heath and I haven’t RVed within the States in practically two years now (What can I say? The espresso is best in Europe ☕️🚐). It was so good to discover our personal yard once more and the right finish to tenting season!

The place are you tenting earlier than winter comes? Remark and tell us. We at all times want extra journey recommendations! 🙂


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