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So, you’re thinking about renting a camper, huh? Good choice. Our family has been renting RVs for years, often going the “camper for rent by owner” route instead of using a large RV rental company.
Renting motorhomes and trailers from the owner not only saves you an enormous amount of money by skipping the premium rates and extra fees that traditional RV rental companies will add to your bill, it also expands the number of options you get to choose from when renting.
However, deciding on which camper to rent by owner can be difficult. You may feel lost at times and overwhelmed with the many options out there. Or not even know where to start.
Let us help you out! Below are the four surefire ways to find campers for rent by owner.
Our first pick is a motorhome, camper, RV, and travel trailer online rental platform that is still pretty new to the game. Outdoorsy was founded in 2015 and since then has truly made a name for itself due to its rockstar customer service team and top-notch rental options.
One cool feature I really like about Outdoorsy is the “Explore” option. If you have flexible dates and are feeling a bit of wanderlust, hop on to Outdoorsy to view different potential trips you may take in the feature.
When I clicked on Honolulu’s Rental options, I found these dreamy campervan rentals:
Have you ever wanted to travel to Hawaii, but the expensive accommodations have always made it seem out of reach? Sleep on the beach in this campervan for $88/night!
This campervan in Honolulu is a hippy haven loaded with all your necessities, for only $165/night!
RVShare is another fantastic, owner-to-customer platform that I can vouch for. A friend rented an RV from RVShare for Summer Camp Music Festival in 2019 after experiencing one too many music festivals tent camping.
Renting an RV from RVShare made her festival experience more comfortable because of luxuries like coming back to A/C after dancing up a sweat and having her own personal bathroom and shower (if you’ve ever been to a music festival- you know this is an absolute TREASURE!). The music got rained out one night, but it wasn’t a total bummer as my friend and her travel mates were still able to have a great time laughing, cooking, and hanging out in the dry and comfortable RV.
When the music stopped and it was time to return the RV, the process was simple and quick which she was grateful for after being tired from a long weekend. My friend says, “For a great price, informative renter and breezy experience, I will definitely be renting from RVShare again!”
If your emphasis is on staying in a camper and not necessarily driving one (although that is sometimes an option), AirBnB could be the best website for you to find campers for rent by owner. Airbnb is a classic platform that is user friendly and well-known for good customer service.
AirBnb’s campers and other tent camping alternative rentals (Teepee’s, Treehouses, etc.) can be found all over the country and even internationally. Simply download the app, choose your destination, and select “More Filters”. Scroll down to “Unique Stays” and pick the “Camper/RV options”.
Craigslist is another classic platform that has great deals if you are renting a camper on a budget. Craigslist rentals are based in a multitude of cities around the country, making for a very diverse pool of rental options to choose from. From motorhomes, travel trailers, campers and RV’s Craigslist has everything your heart could desire.
There isn’t a dedicated category for camper rentals on Craigslist, so you’ll need to do some searching. First, click under “For Sale”, click “rvs+camp”. Then type “rent” in the search bar. You should find a nice selection.
You might be able to find some more RV rentals under “Housing”, then “Vacation Rentals”. Search in that section by “RV”, “motorhome” or “trailer”
As a direct owner-to-renter platform, it’s important to be aware of scams or misleading posts on Craigslist. There are surely legitimate gems on Craigslist, but that doesn’t mean to let your guard down. Always be aware and take the common steps to keep your financial and personal identity safe.
Using one of these websites will help you easily (and economically) find a great RV for your road trip. Plus, by dealing with an RV owner instead of a company, you may form a relationship with another RVing enthusiast.
Tell me .. have you used any of these websites for finding a camper for rent by owner? Or do you know of any others?
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