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4 Must-Know Facts About RVs

RVs are designed with safety and convenience in mind. Here’s what you need to know before you go.
 

Learning Benefits

1. They're simpler to drive than you think. Driving an RV is different from a car, but not difficult, and you don’t need a special license. Before handing over the keys, the rental agent will orient you and provide safety instructions to give you peace of mind.

 

2. They're budget-friendly. Renting an RV for vacation can be more affordable than flying to a destination and staying in a hotel. You’ll have a small kitchen, so you can stock your food. While you will have to pay for campground hookups, food, supplies, and of course gas, you’ll have room to bring along a grill, cooler, folding chairs, and bikes, to avoid rental fees. Depending on your family size and the time of year, plan on $80 to $200 per night.

 

3. There are models for every family. (Hint: You can carve out more space from each model by letting older kids tent-camp outside!)

 

• “Type-A” motor homes sleep up to six, which make them ideal for families of four or more. They have all the conveniences of home, including a kitchen, dining area, bathroom, entertainment center, and storage space.

 

“Type-B” models, though smaller, have similar conveniences as type-A and sleep up to four. Some models have built-in bunks or trundle beds.

 

“Type-C” models have an over-the-cab bed for sleeping or storage.

 

Towable trailers may offer more room, may get better gas mileage, and will allow you to detach your car.

 

 
4. They book up. If you’re planning to travel between late spring and early fall, you won’t be alone. Campgrounds and RV parks near popular attractions sell out months ahead, so chart your route carefully and make overnight reservations as far in advance as possible (up to six months for famous spots).

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