You’re not ready to buy your Winnebago just yet but you do want to travel around the country during your time off. What can you do? Why not rent a motorhome from someone else? This way, you can still get to see the places you want to see, without making the big investment…just yet.

There are many people offering their RVs at good rental prices, so you don’t have to worry about investing in your future Winnebago yet. You may have friends that own motorhomes or you may know of someone who has been advertising theirs for rent.

Whether you rent an RV from a friend or you look online to see who is offering theirs, renting a motorhome is a great way to travel around the country before you have the chance to buy your own. Just be aware that there are some things to consider before you rent from a private owner. Take a look at these helpful tips so you can start renting a motorhome prepared:

  • Make sure to take pictures of the state of the RV when you first rent it. That means both inside and outside. The last thing that you want to do is be accused of something that wasn’t your fault at all. Taking pictures at the time of renting the vehicle will help you to have proof that you didn’t cause the damage, so that you can’t be accused of damages at the end of your trip. A picture is worth a thousand words, so be sure you take them before you leave.
  • Consider renting from a site that connects private owners with potential renters. This type of thing helps make it possible for both you and the owner to stay protected during the experience. There are many reasons for doing this. For example, just as with sites like Airbnb, it helps there to be some kind of responsibility on the part of the owners and renters to do good by each other. What if you rented a motorhome and found a hidden camera somewhere or you saw beautiful pictures of the RV online but in person, it was a mess? An RV share website can help to keep you safe and also have someone to “report” to, should the need arise.  
  • Make sure that there is some type of insurance on the vehicle. Just imagine getting into an accident with the motorhome. While you will hope that this won’t happen, one can never foresee the future and you want to be protected should this event take place. The owner needs to have some type of insurance on the vehicle and you’ll want to at least have liability coverage for the duration of your time using the motorhome. You probably don’t have the extra cash to pay repairs out of pocket, right? So, avoid a challenging situation by checking out the insurance before you set out on the road.
  • If you’re renting from a private owner that has rented their vehicle previously, find out if they have any reviews. This is usually possible to do when renting an RV from a private owner on an RV share website. You can typically read up on any experiences people may have had previously with the owners, so that you can avoid any less-than-pleasant people to rent from. It can also help you to know whether the previous renters had any issues with the vehicle, so that you don’t end up with the same problems as they had.
  • Look around. Don’t just rent the first motorhome you see available. Take some time. You may just be renting it but that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to have a great experience. Some owners put a lot into making the experience a pleasant one for renters and those kind of motorhome owners are the best ones to rent from.
  • Try to rent from a friend. You may not know of anyone with an RV, but if you do, reach out to them and see if they’d be willing to rent their vehicle to you, if they aren’t going to be using it. They may appreciate the extra money while you get to rent from a friend who you can trust.

In Conclusion

Do you want to rent from a dealership or a private owner? It is somewhat easier to rent from dealerships as you have certain things in place to keep you protected as a renter. But, renting from a private owner could actually be cheaper for you, so sometimes it’s best to go that route, depending on what you’re looking for.

From that beautiful Winnebago you’ve been hoping to drive to a small campervan with room for two, there are plenty of options to choose from when shopping around with private owners. Just make sure to keep yourself protected from any mishaps.