The world of RV rental rates can be a confusing one. There are a number of things to keep in mind when searching out RV rental prices, and we will outline the main points you need to know when trying to nail down the final cost of an RV rental. Everyone desires to economize as much as possible, and in the world of RV rental rates, that can be done by staying aware of a few essential key points.

One of the biggest impacts on RV rental prices is the time of year that you will be renting the recreational vehicle. Summer is the most expensive time to rent as would be expected. Spring and Fall rates are about equal in most cases. Winter comes in substantially lower across the board, and if you are heading for the Southern states during the Winter season, it can be a very pleasant time to travel weather wise should you want to escape the icy blast of winter up North.

RV Rental Rates-Size Matters!

The second biggest factor impacting the total cost of RV rental rates, will of course be the rig that you will be renting. Tent trailer rentals are the cheapest, then travel trailers,toy haulers, followed by the motorhomes which will range in price depending on size. Class C motorhomes are the cheapest followed by the Class A’s with large luxury diesel pushers coming in at the high end of the spectrum. Keep in mind that travel trailers will also often incur fees for miles traveled as well as generator usage fee’s as we will discuss next.

Another key factor to keep in mind when determining your final RV rental rates would be how far and how many miles you will be traveling. Not including the cost of fuel, most RV rental companies have a per mile figure you will have to pay in addition to the base rental rate. If you look around you can find a certain number of miles per day included in the rental cost, and any additional miles can typically be $.25-$.35 a mile. This is common among the larger rigs like Class A motorhomes, though of course the rental rate is substantially higher than other rigs. You will be billed for the mileage when you return the coach to the rental company.

Generator Usage Influences RV Rental Prices

An often overlooked influence in determining total RV rental prices, is the use of the generator. As with mileage, generator rates are determined by use. There will be a meter that adds up the number of hours you use the unit. Some RV rental rates will include a pre-determined number of hours of generator use per day as with mileage allowance, usually 2-3 hours per day. For those rentals that do not include generator usage, the normal rate is around $3 per hour. Upon return of your rental you will be billed for the number of hours of generator usage as recorded on the meter.

Lastly, there are a large number of smaller items to keep in mind that can add up and impact your final rental fee. Believe it or not, there is even a Burning Man fee for those into that sort of event of some $500 for taking the rental there. RV insurance rates and whether or not they are included in your RV rental prices, is something to be aware of, though with most outfits this will be included in the daily rate, for up to $1,000,000 in coverage. Other small items adding to the cost are options such as including linens, kitchen gear and so on. Go over the listings and see whether these are necessary or are of interest to you. Sometimes these add-ons can make the trip preparation easier.

Adding It All Up For Fun!

All in all there is a lot to add up and keep track of when renting an RV. Don’t let the details spoil the trip though, as the key is to get out and enjoy yourself. With a little bit of research you can keep your RV rental rates down.


Tips for Renters

Below are some tips to help you manage a motorhome rental to ensure you have an enjoyable trip.

Treat the motorhome as if you are renting a vacation home from a friend. Take care of it and return it clean.The owner will review the operation of the motorhome. Be sure you understand how to operate the following:

  • Refrigerator
  • Heater/Air Conditioner
  • Water Heater
  • Filling Fresh Water Tank
  • Using Water Connection or Water Pump
  • Draining Black & Gray Water Tanks
  • Detectors (propane, smoke, carbon monoxide)
  • Propane System
  • Generator
  • Leveling Jacks
  • Slides

Ask Questions To Clarify Any Procedure.                                                                                                                                                            During the walk through, the owner will point out any existing damages. Be sure to note any additional items that you find. This includes both damage/broken items on the outside as well as inside the motorhome.

When driving the motorhome, stay aware of your length, height, and clearance underneath. Be alert to low hanging tree branches, and low clearances on bridges and buildings, such as gas stations. Pay special attention when making right turns. You will need extra space and watch for objects you might hit when the rear end swings around. When backing up, have someone outside to give directions.

If you will be driving in the mountains, pay attention to the engine temperature. If the engine overheats, pull off the road and let the engine cool. Manually shift to a lower gear (that also increases the RPM's) for both going uphill to prevent engine overheating and going downhill to prevent overheating the brakes.

If traffic is backing up behind you, pull off the road as soon as safe to let them pass.

Cleaning tips on returning the motorhome:

Clean spills on stove, oven and refrigerator. Vacuum carpets and spot clean stains on carpet or upholstery. Clean mirrors, sinks, toilet and shower. Make sure your personal items are out of all cabinets and underneath storage. Clean all storage areas. Also wash the exterior to remove dirt and bugs.


The first option is to provide a binder of insurance from your personal auto insurance carrier. The binder must list you (the renter) and the rented vehicle as "additionally insured". In this case, each individual planning to drive the vehicle must provide a separate binder from his/her personal auto insurance carrier. Be aware that not all auto insurance companies will provide a binder so be sure to check with your individual company for specific information and details.

The second option allows you (the renter) to purchase coverage directly from the owner/dealer or their commercial rental insurance provider. This type of insurance is usually charged on a per day basis and provides for specific coverage levels and types as well as varying deductibles. Be sure to check with the owner/dealer directly or inquire with their rental insurance provider for specific information relating to your rental. Not all owners provide commercial insurance, in which case you would need to provide a binder from your insurance company.

You can be added to the Dealer's Rental Insurance policy provided by MBA Insurance for the sum of $15 to $25 per day (based on the value of the coach) plus an admin fee, with Supplemental Liability Insurance available for an additional $9.95 per day.

Coaches valued over $125,000 may have an additional administration fee.

Coaches over 10 years of age must have a binder from the renters insurance company.

You will need your Dealers Name and Policy Number (four digit number.)

Then follow the link to: INSURANCE FEE.

Frequently Asked Insurance Questions:

How much third party liability do I get?                                                                                                                                                                                                                         State Statutory Limits. The statutory limit in the state where the accident occurs will apply.
What does it mean when I see liability limits such as 20/40/10?                                                                                                                                                                                        The maximum that the insurance company will pay as the result of a third part liability claim.
  • 20,000/for any one individual
  • 40,000/for the total accident, regardless of the number of persons
  • 10,000/for property damage
Can I purchase higher limits than statutory?                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Yes. You will be given the option to purchase Supplemental Liability Insurance during the purchase of your MBA Choice insurance. You may also purchase Supplemental Liability Insurance at
What are Medical Payments and or Personal Injury Protection, (Med Pay and PIP)?                                                                                                                                         Amount paid per person for injuries sustained by persons who are occupants of your vehicle.*
What are Uninsured Motorist (UM) and Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverages?                                                                                                                                              Amount paid to you and your passengers that are injured in an accident that was caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist driving the other vehicle.*
What is collision?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   An accident that is caused by our vehicle colliding with, (running into) another vehicle or object.
What is comprehensive?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Other than collision, such as damage caused by wind, fire, hail, theft and vandalism.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What are the deductibles on comprehensive and collision?                                                                                                                                                                                          The deductibles vary from dealer to dealer. Consult with your dealer.
What if I extend my time period with the vehicle?                                                                                                                                                                                                           First you will need to obtain permission from the rental dealer. Then you may contact and purchase additional days. Or you can FAX, MBAchoice , at 1-480-946-0288, provide us with a copy of your "proof of coverage", which is the form you will receive from MBAchoice when you purchase your original coverage, and just let us know how many additional days you will require. We will bill your credit card for the additional days at the original rate of your purchase.
What about additional drivers?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They will be covered. All additional drivers must be listed on your rental contract with the rental dealer in order to be covered by the insurance.
What do I do if I am involved in an accident?
  1. You should exchange driver license and insurance verification information with the other party involved in the accident.
  2. You should get a police report if at all possible.
  3. Fill out as completely as possible the accident report form that is provided to you by the rental dealer. A form is also available here, click the above.
  4. Report the claim to the rental dealer as soon as possible.

State Statutory Limits. The statutory limit in the state where the accident occurs will apply.


An accident that is caused by our vehicle colliding with, (running into) another vehicle or object.



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