Thinking of Renting an RV? Here’s How Much it Costs on Average


If you’ve been eyeing travel trailers for sale and are considering a purchase, first-timers might give hard consideration to renting an RV first as a test drive. Costs will vary widely across the board for rentals, so here are some estimates to give you an idea of a realistic budget.

Average RV and Travel Trailer Rental Prices for 2020

How big and fancy will your travel trailer rental be? Where will you rent it and from whom? How old is the rental? These are key determining factors when estimating pricing. 2020 averages from both peer-to-peer and dedicated RV rental companies are as follows.

  • Class A—$175 to $275 per night
  • Class B—$100 to $200 per night
  • Class C—$150 to $200 per night
  • Travel Trailer—$50 to $125 per night
  • Fifth Wheel—$60 to $150 per night
  • Pop Up Camper—$50 to $100 per night
  • Toy Hauler—$100 to $200 per night
  • Campervan—$75 to $150 per night

Older models and smaller units cost less, but more modern and spacious ones can cost $100+ more per night. Long term rentals can often be found much cheaper, especially amid full-time RV parks. Some RV retailers offer rentals at great discounts—especially to potential buyers.

Additional RV Rental Costs to Consider

Beyond the daily, weekly or monthly rate agreed upon and any required security deposit, prepare to have cash stashed to cover other essentials.

Campground Rates—Unless you’re planning to boondock for free, plan to pay a fee to rent a slot between $40-$100 per night.

Cleaning Fees—Some renters can ask cleaning fees up to $100.

Setup/Delivery Fees—Unless you are familiar with setting up an RV, there might be charges between $100-$200 for setup and delivering your RV.

Gas—Motorhomes and campervans require gas, and pricing will vary depending on distance, weight of the vehicle, local pricing and even the season of travel.

Taxes—Prepare to pay your share to the government when renting depending on the state you pick up the vehicle.

Mileage Fees—Some companies offer unlimited miles, but many charge fees between .25—.75 cents per mile beyond allowed limitations.

Rental Insurance & Trip Protection—Most companies offer a base level of insurance coverage, but trip protection can be invaluable should your plans change unexpectedly.

Consider Travel Trailers for Sale After Renting

Renting and RV is a great way to get familiar with the lifestyle before getting too committed to solely hunting for travel trailers for sale.