Our First Time Renting an RV in 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 may see what sort of rig you need, expertise RVing for those who haven’t earlier than, and study just a little about how the hookups work.

And whereas Heath and I’ve rented loads of RVs through the years, 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 all the time 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 children 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 all the pieces 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 fee.

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 after 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 every week in Europe for comparability.)

Type of loopy.

It jogged my memory that when upon a time after 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’s not a foul facet hustle for those who’ve acquired an RV you’re not residing 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 considered one of our favourite campgrounds:

  • massive 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 children had a blast:

Heath and I haven’t RVed within the States in almost 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 right finish to tenting season!

The place are you tenting earlier than winter comes? Remark and tell us. We all the time want extra journey options! 🙂

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