What you need to know before renting a Motor Home
Here are some Motor Home Rental facts you will need to know before you actually go to an agency and rent one.
This section will give you an overview of what is required to rent a Motor Home, as well as letting you know what extra costs you might incur above and beyond the "normal" rental fee.
These are generic guidelines and will vary by the agencies you choose to rent from.
Pets: Some, not all rental agencies allow pets, but you will have to pay an additional non-refundable fee (So, you may want to leave your pet orangutan at home).
Smoking: Most if not all RV rental agencies do not allow smoking in their rentals. If you do choose to smoke in the RV you could be charged a large sum for deodorizing the Motor Home.
Towing a vehicle or trailer behind the rental RV: Some RV rental agencies rent RVs that are setup for towing, but they normally charge an additional fee for the privilege.
Fuel: You are responsible for paying for the gas or diesel during your travels. Good rule of thumb here, is if they gave it to you with a full tank, bring it back with a full tank (or pay an additional fee).
Mileage fees: Some, not all agencies allow you 100 miles per day. Anything above that and you will be charged for the additional miles.
Generator usage: If the Motorhome you rent has a generator, you can use it, but you will be charged a fee for each hour you use it (there is an hour meter on the dash of all RVs).
Grey water and black water holding tanks: Make sure that these are empty when you return it. If you don't they will charge you a "Dumping Fee".
You damage it, you pay for it: If you have damaged the RV in any way, the rental agency will deduct the cost of the damages from your deposit.
Bring it back clean: When you return the Motor Home, it should be as clean or cleaner than when you picked it up (if not more fees will be levied).
I know that after reading the above information, some of you are thinking "why would I want to rent an RV after seeing all of these regulations and fees?".
This Motor Home Rental information was not provided to scare you. Quite a bit of the information above is also required when you rent a car.
Once you have rented the RV and had a chance to experience RVing, it will all be worth it. Renting an RV will definitely help you decide what type of RV is right for you and if the RV lifestyle is for you.
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