Hey there, its Mark Koep with RVnGO and CampgroundViews.com. Today Im going to talk to you a little bit about choosing the right RV rental for your first RV trip. So that’s the number one question we get at RVnGO is “what unit is right for me on my very first trip?” And the answer unfortunately is it depends. It depends on you. It depends on your trip. It depends on your experience. It depends on all these other factors. So let’s go through the key decision points you need to mark off to decide on which unit is right for you. So the first big decision you need to make is where are you going? What are you using this RV for? So are you going to a festival or are you going to some sort of concert or music event? Are you going to a family reunion or a public campground like a state park or national park?
Are you renting the RV to go on some big road trip across the country or are you taking the RV to go camping in an RV resort? And you want a whole bunch of amenities. There are a whole bunch of decisions that go into the type of unit you’re going to need based upon where you’re going to stay. So for example, if you are going to stay at a state park, a national park or forest service campground, generally speaking, you’re going to want an RV that is not super long in length. So for example, a class C, a class B, or even a van, a camper van, maybe a better choice. You can get these in 25 foot lengths, 24 foot lengths up till you notice this Forrester right here is 32 feet in length. That’s about the longest you’re gonna want to go if you’re staying at a public park, unless you know that the park has bigger sites available and you’re able to lock them in.
Usually those parks were built years ago before the advent of large RVs. And so therefore you want a smaller unit when you’re going to these public style parks. Now on the flip side, if you’re going to go to a park where you’re going to be in an RV resort and you want lots of space and you want lots of space internally, that’s where you can start looking at some of the larger fifth wheels in class a units. I’m looking at some fifth wheels. Now I’m, I’m in Arizona myself. We’re out of Scottsdale, Arizona. So when I click on these buttons, it’ll geo-locate to your area. So if you’re at RVnGO.com and you just click on these links, it’s going to find out where you’re at and show you units around you. I showed you fifth wheels, but I’m gonna go over to class A’s first – say you’re going to a big trip to an RV resort, maybe casinos in Las Vegas, and you’re renting the RV to go out there and hang out and gamble and have a good time while staying in an RV resort with a beautiful pool for a reasonable nightly rate. You can get something like this 45 foot Thor Motor coach. That’s a brand new unit. That’s beautiful. I mean, I know it’s $425 a night, but that’s a pretty cool unit. – 33 foot coach. What you’re going to get when you get into these class A’s, we’ll go in here and take a look at it is you’re going to find that inside of them. They are very fancy and really nice. This is the inside of this unit. You can easily see a rock band hanging out and here you can live a life of luxury inside this unit. It’s a really good unit for that type event that I’m talking about – a family event where you’re going out, you want to impress and you want to enjoy the comforts of home while you’re on the road. The nice thing about A Class a unit is that it’s a drivable, you know, it’s an RV that you drive down the road. In fact, you may even have a photo if you got a photo of the steering area, they’d don’t. But the, the driving areas right up here, it’s got a really big windshield. It’s really easy to see out of that windshield. This unit’s 45 feet long and due to its weight, depending upon the state you’re in, there may be special licensing requirements in order to drive the unit.
So one of the considerations you have to make is can I drive this unit? And do I have the proper licensing endorsements to do that. So you want to check your state and local laws regarding towing and you can do a quick search – you know, if you’re in California, licensing requirements to drive a 45 foot class a RV and you’ll quickly find some information on that. But assuming that you have everything good, you’ve driven one of these before, you’ve driven something large and you feel comfortable driving it, this would be a very luxurious way to roll and go to a RV resort.
But now jump back over to the fifth wheels. The thing about fifth wheels, here’s actually a really good one. That’s 38 foot Momentum. So the 2017 unit, and I’ll jump inside here on these photos and the reason I’m pulling it up, these photos aren’t, those photos aren’t showing it as effective it as well. Here’s a good one. So for looking at the inside of this unit, you see how fancy it is inside it. Fifth wheels actually have a little bit more space than a Class A RV would for the same length.
So if you had a 45 foot class a and a 45 foot fifth wheel, the fifth wheel is going to have more space. And the reason is pretty obvious. There’s no motor, there’s no drive train, there’s no steering area, so you don’t have the driving area, you don’t have the engine. When that goes away, you have that space open up for living space and storage space. So fifth wheels tend to have a lot more storage. In this case, this is actually a toy hauler, which means it’s got space in the back to load up motorcycles, side-by-sides and other vehicles like that. And also we had that picture a little earlier here. It also has this deck that opens up and you can put out these, these curtains here are these these rails to create a patio. And so these become a really good party event where you back this unit up over a grass area or I’ve actually seen these backed up over like a, a water feature or a lake or a river and you’ve got this deck where you can hang out, enjoy the outdoors and really have fun.
This unit even has an awning on the top here, so you’d be out in the back of, you had opened this awning up and have a nice shade area for this back. So that’s a fifth wheel. Now the big thing about fifth wheels is the way in which they’re towed. They have a hitch that goes into the bed of your truck. This unit right here, you’re going to need a big truck like a 2,500 series or even a 3,500 series truck from any of the new makers. So the Chevy Ram or Ford pickup trucks will be able to handle this type of union. Now, if you’re looking at rent for the first time, you may not have that pickup available to tow this. If you don’t have that pickup available, some of the individual renters, and actually a lot of them will deliver them for you.
So if you reach out to them, and actually send an inquiry. So you’d go through this inquiry process with your dates and in that inquiry process you can request a delivery and just tell them where you want to go. And there’s a large number of folks on RVnGO with their units that are willing to deliver for you. Some of them actually prefer to deliver it to you because you, as you can understand, if somebody has never driven a unit this big, it does take some skills and they would be willing to deliver on your behalf to that place. Set it up, you show up and enjoy it – you leave, they pick it up and they take it back to their place. Really simple clean transaction. So that’s a fifth wheel.
On the flip side, say you do have maybe a 1500 series pickup truck and you have some experience towing RVs. You can look over in the travel trailer section. So if you’re looking for a travel trailer, this is actually a good example. This is a 21 foot Cruise Lite by Forest River. As you can see, this little hitch here goes on to the back bumper hitch of your pickup truck. As long as you’re wired with electric there, you can plug into the electric and you can readily tow this trailer with a 1500 series pickup truck. So it’d be like picking up a U-Haul trailer, something like that. Obviously a lot more fancier than a U-Haul trailer, but you can go RVing with this in tow on your trip.
You can see this overhead layout. It’s got a queen bed up in the front. The dinette that would turn into a bed. And then the kitchen area and restrooms on the back. This unit is designed for travel and here’s some interior shots. So you see this, this table drops down, sits here, that turns into a bed, and then you have this bed over here in the front of the unit, which we got the photo right here of the bed. These are really good units. If you’re going camping with friends and family just to go camping, you’re not looking for anything fancy, fancy. You just need something to stay and sleep in. And this unit I believe had an AC unit on the top – Yup. Has AC and heat. So that unit would have AC and it comes in at we’ve got some sample dates here. So this is a wow us seven night rental or six night rental or one week. One week rental is $600. Additional fees add up to $1,000 for that six day rental. And that’s with the roadside assistance, the required insurance for one week rental. So for seven nights, you’re paying just over a hundred bucks a night, about 150 bucks a night for the use of this RV, which is not a bad price at all when you’re going to go out and compare it to hotels and everything else. So that’s a travel trailer. So again, if you’re looking for an RV for your first RV rental, those are some considerations.
Now let’s flip over and look at the the difference for a Class B or, and we already took a look at Class C.
Llet’s look at the class B units. Class B units are like this Sprinter Van. These are the kind of the hottest thing in RV right now because it’s a very easy unit to, for somebody who doesn’t have a lot of experience driving RVs to be able to go RVing. So it’s based upon a Sprinter Van, a Mercedes Sprinter Van. So not only do you get a van, but you get the style of a Mercedes. The interior appointments are nice, just not roomy. It’s a van, right? So there’s only so much space. And this unit has some back seats with a seat belt. So if you have kids and you’re concerned about their safety rolling down the road, these have seat belts in, it would even have the, the lock-in positions for a baby car seat. There’s then a sleeping area in the back that folds down for a bed.
There’s little refrigerator and little cooking areas in the unit. You’ve got a sink on it. And then seeing this photo, they’ve even got their mountain bikes, the bed slides up and the mountain bikes are inside the unit. This is a really good RV if you’re going to go on the grand tour of the national parks out of the Scottsdale Phoenix area, this unit will get you there and it’ll keep your gear relatively hidden away. So really nice unit and the advantages other than your height, which you’ll have to be aware of, it’s like driving a nice vehicle down the road. So it’s very easy to maneuver. Actually the funny picture that they got posted there. So we, we’ve specifically don’t allow people to stand on the roof. It’s a cool photo but don’t ever stand on the roof on one of the rental units.
But, this is a good demonstration of the type of RV and places you can get into. Here’s two travel trailers right here. So one and two they’d be towed by this SUV, right? Very capable to tow that. And then that camper van is there. So a good example of the type of camping and experiences you can have. I’m really, really a fan of the photos that this this person has submitted of their RV and the units here in Gilbert, Arizona. And you can see the night rate is very reasonable. Even the weekly rate is very reasonable for this unit to be able to hit the road. So that’s a Class B.
The other type of unit that you’ll see a lot of if you’re running an RV, again as the class C, we mentioned this one earlier, we’ll go to this 24 foot four ones unit a class C RV is a drivable unit where the front half of it, the nose part that you drive in is a is a van front end.
So it’s you know, like a, an like a van, right? So you’re just driving with the van and the entire box is built on the frame and the box is an RV, you know, all the living spaces of an RV. The thing about a Class C is that they are going to be bigger, especially width wise cause the unit goes out, you know, a foot on the side of foot on that side. So it’s eight feet wide so it’s going to be wider going down the road. These units tend to be longer and they have this overhang off the back. So you have to use caution when turning cause you have this, this rear end that swings out. These units are very popular for rentals because it gives you the space of an RV with kind of the comfort of driving a more standard style vehicle.
They have a good windshield that you can see out of. And the nose hanging out over here with this sleeping area is over. The windshield actually provides a natural shade barrier when you’re rolling down the road. So it keeps the glare down when you’re driving in the middle of day. With these units you can generally get into most parking lots. So if you’re going shopping, if you don’t want to have another vehicle with you, they can work well for your RV rental trip. This owner has submitted some good photos of the unit to show all of the the doors. This unit does not have any slides on it so it doesn’t pop out. So it’s a simpler unit, something you don’t have to worry about a lot about functionally, and it’s just a nice unit that you can take on your next RV rental trip or in your case, your first RV rental trip.
So when you’re looking for an RV, you want, again, ask, what location am I going to, what is the use of that RV, how am I going to be using it and what am I comfortable driving and experiencing? A lot of folks will actually rent the RV that they’re considering eventually buying, or at least a unit like it so they can get a good feel of do they like driving it? Is it comfortable to drive? Do they like the living space that’s in it and do they overall enjoy the RV travel lifestyle? This unit’s really nice and we have some good photos of the inside. So as you can see, there’s a bed back here. The restroom is, there’s a door right here, so you’ve got a restroom here and then your cook area. And then right here on the right is the stove or the stove, the refrigerator.
And again, we have some good photos of the interior of this unit, so you can easily see that this is a very nice unit to go cruising down the road. If you have family, there will be seat belts in here, tucked underneath these cushions that they can seat belt and when they’re rolling down the road and they’re driving in the back of that unit. So a really good overview on the different types of units you have available to you.
And last but certainly not least, are pop-up style campers and we don’t have a lot in the Arizona area for obvious reasons. And the obvious reasons are that a popup folds down. So this whole roof structure drops down and you’ll notice that we’re missing an AC unit on it and it’s just like a canvas tent on wheels. So these units are really susceptible to the environment. So if you’re in a super hot environment, like in Arizona, you’re going to have a lot, this is not going to necessarily be a very comfortable sleeping unit, but if you’re going up to the mountains, you be going into an area where it’s gonna be cool at night. It can be very comfortable and very compact.
Here’s an example of it collapsing down a for towing down the road. Let’s see if the guy, yep, there’s a photo of the unit as you tow it. So it’s a bumper pole. It’s a low profile and it’s not overly heavy. So you can tow this behind most vehicles that have a, a bumper hitch on it. So these pop up style campers are very useful, especially if you’re just going to a location where you simply don’t want to sleep in a tent on the ground and you want to have a little bit more comfort in your accommodations. Pop Up Camper will do the trick.
So I hope you found this video useful. I hope we’re giving you some ideas on what you can do to pick the right RV for your first RV trip. We’re here at RVnGO and you saw this little chat pop up. If at anytime you ever have a question or comment, hop on there and hit one of us up here at RVnGO to walk you through it and we hope you find the perfect RV for your next RV rental trip. I’m Mark Koep with RVnGO and campground views.com. I wish you good day.