Class B RV parked at campsite could be a nice option for an RV rental

How Much Does It Cost to Rent an RV (+ How to Save)

If you’re thinking an RV trip is a great way to take a family vacation, you’d be right. But most likely your first question is…how much does it cost to rent an RV?

Let me start off by saying if you’re new to RVing and new to renting an RV, things can get a little confusing. We know because we’ve been at that confused state of mind.

But we’re here to break down RV rental prices for you step by step because we would love for everyone (who wants to that is) to experience this way of travel.

We did it for a year and a half and are so incredibly thankful for those memories. We have many more trips in our future and I can’t wait!

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Average per night rate by RV type (as of May 2024)

Average Price to Rent an RV in 2024

We researched hundreds of RV rental options using the RV rental marketplace, Outdoorsy. Of course these types of analysis include a caveat that the rates will vary by location, rental dates, and type of rig. That said, here is a quick summary of the average RV rental prices to give you an idea of what to expect.

Average RV Rental Rates by Type of RV

The rates listed below are an average based on a one week rental in northern California starting in early June 2024. We calculated the average rate for each category using 25 different listings available during that travel period.

  • Class A: $249
  • Class B: $233
  • Class C: $210
  • Fifth Wheel: $193
  • Travel Trailer: $135
  • Campervan: $232

As mentioned above, we based our research on the listings published on Outdoorsy. These are average rates. The low and high range is fairly broad.

For example, the least expensive Class A rental available based on our search criteria is $146 per night. The most expensive is $450 per night. The motorhome on the low end of that range is a 1999 Rambler. The higher end Class A is a 2022 Allegro.

Factors That Impact Rental Rates

There are a lot of factors that come into play when renting an RV which can make the price higher or lower.

The easy answer to this question is, it depends. Here are a few of the key factors to keep in mind when you’re reviewing the cost:

  • Type of RV you want (or need, depending on the size of your group)
  • Rental dates (peak travel season leads to higher rental rates)
  • How many miles you plan to drive during your road trip
  • Fuel costs
  • RV park and campground fees
  • If you plan to experience dry camping

I don’t want to overwhelm you. I just want you to be as educated as possible, so you’ll feel confident in renting an RV. By the time you finish reading this, you should feel comfortable you’re making an informed decision booking your next road trip!

Related Reading: What to Know About Renting an RV from Outdoorsy

Additional Fees and Costs

Renting the RV is your first expense, but there are additional fees and additional costs involved that you should be aware of. The last thing you want to happen is to be ill-prepared.

Rental Insurance

Unfortunately, things beyond your control can sometimes happen while traveling, and RV travel is no different. From traffic accidents to weather incidents, having good insurance to back you up is important.

Outdoorsy puts a big emphasis on protecting both the RV owner and RV renter. By renting through them, you know you’ll be protected.

One of the great things about renting an RV with Outdoorsy is they offer insurance for FREE when you rent through them. Just another one of the many advantages of renting an RV with Outdoorsy!

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Travel Insurance

Although travel insurance isn’t mandatory, it can protect you when unexpected things happen. Travel insurance covers things such as: Trip CancellationTrip Interruption, and Emergency Assistance and Transportation.

Visit the official Outdoorsy site for the most up-to-date information about available travel insurance.

Set-Up and Delivery Fee

Some RV owners will deliver your rental to the campground and even set it up for you. If you’re renting a towable RV and you don’t have a tow vehicle or are not comfortable towing, this small fee is well worth it.

Just imagine showing up to the campground and your home on wheels is set-up, ready and waiting for you.

Some RV owners only rent this way, so keep that in mind when searching for your perfect RV rental.

If you’re flying into a destination and renting a small drivable, some owners will deliver to the airport. (I noticed this in some of the Alaska RV rentals.) Just remember to read the fine print and ask the owner questions about delivery.


Taxes will be included in the total rent price, which you’ll see upfront.


Some rentals offer unlimited mileage, while others will charge. The ones that charge have different rules that apply. Meaning, one rental I checked on, 100 miles a day was included with a $0.55/per mile of additional mileage charge after 100 miles.

Always check on how many miles your route is, so you can get a good estimate on what your costs will be.


If you plan on doing some dry camping, aka boondocking, you’ll need a generator as a power source.

Just like the mileage, generator use charges vary by owner. Some may be unlimited use for no charge, while others offer 4 hours a day plus something like $3.00/per hour of additional usage.


If you are camping in cold weather, you might need propane as a heat source. Propane can also be used to heat the water, use the stove, etc. Look under ‘amenities’ to see if propane is included in the rental.

Cleaning and Dumping fees

Some owners will charge you a cleaning fee if you don’t bring the RV back cleaned inside.

Also, if you don’t want to mess with dumping the tanks, some will also take care of this for you, for a small fee. Look under ‘Add-ons’ for this information.

Security Deposit

You may have to pay a refundable security deposit (up to $500). Be sure to check with the RV owner upfront about this.


Don’t forget to calculate gas costs into your RV trip.

Campground Fees

We’ll get into campground fees and how to save more in a bit, but just know you’ll need to calculate this into your costs.

RV Rental Cost Examples

We thought it would be helpful to give you a real-world rental example with a few different RV options. We live in the Austin, TX area and one of the popular RV camping locations is Inks Lake.

From our location to Inks Lake, it’s about 47 miles one-way.

Here are three different rental examples, which include just the basics: rental x 6 nights, taxes & fees, delivery (if applicable), mileage, clean-up (if applicable) and any extras we want.

Austin to Inks Lake: June 30th – July 6th

2018 Grand Design

RV Rental price example

How much it cost to rent a 2018 Grand Design Travel Trailer:

  • Nightly rate: $129
  • Delivery/Set-Up fee: $50
  • Mileage Fee: $0 (100 miles a day + it’s being delivered)
  • Taxes & Fees: $77.40

Total cost for 6 nights: $901.40

Things to note:

  • Opting to have it delivered is an extra $50 for a 3+ day rental and $100 for a 2-day rental
  • Since we’re having it delivered and because our trip is under the 100 miles a day limit, there are no mileage fees
  • Since we know how to dump the tanks, we don’t need them to do it, which is an extra $50 fee
  • We factored in that we would not need the generator, which is an extra $20 a day fee

2015 Thor Motor Coach Chateau

RV Rental Prices Example

How much it cost to rent a 2015 Thor Motor Coach Chateau:

  • Nightly rate: $223
  • Delivery/Set-up Fee: $0 (We’ll drive & pick up)
  • Mileage fee: $0 (Unlimited miles included)
  • Taxes and fees: $133.80
  • Bedding: $100

Total cost for 6 nights: $1571.80

Things to note:

  • There is no delivery/set-up fee because we’ll pick up and drive it ourselves
  • This rental includes unlimited miles & unlimited generator hours
  • We’ll clean it/dump tanks ourselves, so no fee
  • We opted to add-on bedding for $100 which includes linens and pillows (no blankets included)

2018 Custom Campervan

Campervan rental prices

How much it cost to rent a 2018 Campervan:

  • Nightly rate: $150
  • Delivery/set-up fee: $0 (we’ll drive and pick up)
  • Mileage fee: $0 (100 miles a day included)
  • Taxes and fees: $330.00

Total cost for 6 nights: $1230.00

Things to note:

  • The taxes and fees include $50 required pet cleaning, $90 tax and $190 service fee
  • We don’t own any pets, so this is something I would ask the owner about
  • I put $0 for the mileage because 100 miles a day is included and we wouldn’t go over that

I hope those RV rental price examples give you a good snapshot of what it might cost to rent an RV through Outdoorsy.

Related Reading: Learn More about Renting an RV

Is it Cheaper to Rent an RV or a Hotel Room?

The quick answer to this question is…it definitely can be. But, there are different factors to consider. Here is how Outdoorsy breaks it down.

cost of renting an RV

The average price for a hotel these days is around $134 a night for the basics. If you want a luxury hotel, a condo or a house, the price goes up from there.

How to Save Money on RV Rental Trip

There are plenty of ways to save money on your RV rental and RV trip. Here are a few of them:

Look for Coupon Codes

When planning a vacation, you want the best deals you can find and using coupon codes can help. If you can plan ahead, definitely check Outdoorsy, RVezy, and other rental marketplaces during the holidays for end of year promotions.

It’s a good idea to register your email address with each of the rental companies. That way you will receive any one-time offers throughout the year.

Rent for Longer and Ask for a Discount

When you’re shopping around for rentals, you’ll notice that the longer you rent, the cheaper it is. You’ll get a better deal for a week rental, rather than just a few days.

Also, if you’re wanting to do a long-term rental for a month, ask the owner directly if they’ll give you an even better discount. It doesn’t hurt to ask! This guarantees them rental money for the month, so some may be open to giving you a nice discount, as opposed to their RV sitting there making $0.

Consider Boondocking

Campground fees can definitely add up. That’s one of the factors that makes boondocking so appealing. The other probably more important factor is that boondocking is an amazing experience.

What is boondocking? A simple answer is that it’s camping off-grid on federal public lands. Note the off-grid part. You need to ensure you have the right rig and supplies. When you’re RV camping off-grid you will not have access to water, electricity, or sewer facilities. Be prepared.

Learn More: What You Need to Know About Boondocking

Use Campground Memberships

Campground memberships are more for campers who RV quite a bit or are planning a long excursion. We saved a TON of money using campground memberships and discount clubs like Good Sam, Passport America, Thousand Trails, Harvest Hosts and more.

Learn More: Campground Memberships You Will Actually Use

Gas Discounts

Whether you’re towing a trailer/fifth wheel or renting a driveable, you’ll most likely have significant gas costs. Our Good Sam membership not only gave us discounts at some campgrounds but also on gas at Pilot and Flying J stations.

Another option for savings is a fuel credit card.

Learn More: Living in an RV Without Going Broke

RV Rental Prices

Bring Your Own Stuff

Some of the RV owners will rent you things like bedding, camping chairs, a grill, ice chest, etc for an extra fee. But if you have your own, bring them and save some money!

Cook Your Own Meals

One of the best things about RVing, is it truly is a house on wheels. If you rent something that includes a refrigerator, stove, and oven, you can save loads of money by hitting up the grocery store and cooking your own meals on the road.

One thing to check and ask the RV owner about is what cooking items they provide.

Find Free Activities

From hiking, exploring and enjoying the campground amenities, there are plenty of free activities to keep you and the kids busy.

One of our favorite campgrounds in Florida had everything we needed right there. We didn’t even have to leave! They had a pool, hot tub, the ocean, a restaurant, a bar, walking trails, and a marina.

Some of our most favorite stays in National Parks included tons of hiking. We would hike all morning, come home for lunch, eat, then nap and then wrap up our day by the campfire.

A couple of times while staying outside of Washington D.C., we rode the subway in and visited all of their free museums we could fit into our schedule.

What I’m saying is, there are loads and loads of things you can do without breaking the bank.


Find simple ways to reduce costs. For example, look for campgrounds that charge a flat fee for power to help manage the cost of running the air conditioner.

Tips for Making Sure You Have a Great Rental Experience

We want you to have the best RV rental experience you can. Here are a few important factors to consider:

Rent the Right RV for Your Situation

What I mean by this is two-fold: make sure it’s something you’re comfortable driving and also that it has enough room for everyone.

If you’ve never driven a large vehicle before, renting a large Class A for your first RV rental experience may not be the best choice. Talk about stressful! The last thing you want is to be stressed on your vacation.

Read the Rental Reviews

Reviews are there for a reason. Make sure you glance through them for any red flags, like last minute cancellations or an owner that was hard to communicate with. Unfortunately, bad experiences like that can happen.

Read the Fine Print

Make sure you read through the entire listing so you know what the owners provide, what extra fees there are, if the rig is pet-friendly, etc.

Ask the Owner Questions

If you have a question, ask! It’s better to know everything you want to know up-front so there are no surprises.

In addition, asking a few questions gives you a chance to get a better feel for the owner’s demeanor, willingness to help, and overall responsiveness. If it’s obvious to you that a few questions are annoying to the owner and you are getting short, unhelpful responses, it may just be time to move on and keep searching.

The owner has just as much of an impact (if not more) on your RV rental experience as the RV itself!

Educate Yourself

Some of the RV owners provide a manual or even YouTube videos for you to watch so you can educate yourself on RV basics like set-up and tear-down. A little education can go a long way, making sure you have the best RV trip possible.

Book Your Campground In Advance

If you’re RVing during high season, you don’t want to leave it to chance that the RV parks will have room. RVing is more popular than ever and those campgrounds fill up fast!

An RVer’s Guide: How to Find the Best RV Campsites

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

Check out your route and make sure you know what roads you’re taking. This is helpful for a number of reasons:

  • On the east coast, there are some roads RVs aren’t allowed on because of very low bridges
  • Some routes might be better for RV travel than others
  • If you’re traveling a long distance, it’s good to know how many hours a day you’ll be traveling and where you’re stopping
  • Being prepared and in the know is less stressful on everyone

One good resource is RV Trip Wizard. It’s an all-encompassing RV trip planner. There is a fee, but if you’re satisfied, I believe they offer a money-back guarantee within 30-days of purchase.

Bring Some Comfort Items from Home

RV travel is amazing for so many reasons, but one of those is you can have a few comforts from home with you. Whether that’s your favorite blanket, pillow or whatever else to help you get a good night’s sleep, you can bring it along. Remember, it’s a home on wheels.

Are You Ready to Rent an RV?

Alright, are you ready to rent that RV now?! We truly hope this article helped clear up any confusion you have about how much it costs to rent an RV, plus all of the other little things there is to know about this form of travel. RV rental is becoming popular and for good reason!

So get out there and do some adventuring by RV!

Let us know if you have any questions. We’re here to help.

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