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:

lease an RV before you purchase so you’ll be able to see what sort of rig you need, expertise RVing in the event you haven’t earlier than, and be taught slightly 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:

SO.

MUCH.

SPACE.

 

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 highway tows a large fifth wheel. We had two bedrooms on reverse sides of the RV and room for the children to play.

We may even host our associates for dinner:

4 adults, three youngsters, 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 must 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 lease 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 now have 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 costs was over $700! 😱😬

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

Form of loopy.

It jogged my memory that after upon a time once we have been paying off our scholar 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 foul aspect hustle in the event you’ve bought an RV you’re not dwelling in full-time. 🤔💰

(You may )

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

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

And near top-of-the-line pumpkin patches in Colorado the place the children had a blast:

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

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

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