First Time Renting an RV? Why Anyone Can Do It

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Just as it is the case that anyone can learn to drive an RV, anyone can also handle renting an RV for a road trip. While driving a rig can take some getting used to, if you've ever rented a car or a moving truck, then you're already experienced enough to get through the process of renting an RV.

If you're still intimidated as a first-time RV renter, not to worry: We got you covered. It's a lot easier to rent an RV and take it on the road than you might think.

FAQs About Your First Time Renting an RV

You probably have some burning questions about your first time renting an RV; here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the experience.

Do you need prior experience driving an RV to rent one?

You don't actually need to have experience driving an RV before you rent one. Many first-time RV renters like you have never driven one in their lives — in fact, that may be one reason they're renting an RV for the first get experience in one!

Do you need a special license to drive an RV?

You don't usually need a special license to drive an RV; generally, the one you have already will do just fine.

It's true that some states have special requirements requiring a certain class of license to drive vehicles over a certain weight or length, but your average RV rental won't likely fall under that, and most states (34, to be exact) have no special requirements whatsoever.

What size RV will I need for my trip?

What size RV will you need for your trip? Well, that depends on how long you're planning on traveling for and how many people will be traveling with you! Obviously, an RV with one or two beds won't cut it for a travel party of 5 or more. However, you also don't need a huge rig if it's just you and your spouse heading out on a post-retirement celebratory journey.

Are RVs hard to handle?

Once you get the hang of it, no. You should be aware that as they are larger and longer vehicles at high speeds, it takes longer for them to slow down. It's also important to know that you'll have to pay special attention when making wide turns at sharp street corners. Even so, with a little practice beforehand, you can easily get the hang of driving an RV.

Are there any limitations when renting an RV?

In all likelihood, the only limitation you'll face your first time renting an RV is what vehicles are in stock. If you're planning on renting an RV in peak season, you won't likely have the pick of the litter. However, if you plan ahead, you can reserve a great RV that's perfect for your travel needs well before anyone else grabs it.

Can I rent an RV for a one-way trip?

Yes, you can rent an RV for a one-way trip. Sometimes, that's simply the best option — if you're driving all the way across the country, and aren't so confident about driving all the way back, its actually an ideal way to do it. Cruise America can help you figure out how to make it happen.

Do I need to book a campsite before I rent an RV?

No, you won't need to book an RV campsite before you rent an RV. In fact, doing so may be unwise since you can't be sure what size of an RV you'll have or if the hookups at your campground will work with the RV you rented.

It's better to wait until you have an idea of what kind of RV you'll be renting before booking your RV — but don't wait too long since campsites can fill up quickly!

How easy is it to rent an RV?

How easy can it be when it's your first time renting an RV? You'd be surprised. Lest you think — or start to overthink -— the process, Cruise America has a helpful Renter's Orientation video for first-time RV renters. It can help you figure out all of the ins and outs of RV renting and how your first-time RV rental and road trip can be a success.

Think about it: If it's easy enough to explain in a 22-minute-long video, how hard can your first time renting an RV really be?

And, more help is never far away. Cruise America provides numerous renter resources that will ease you into the RV renter's life. In so much less time than you think, you'll have mastered the RV rental and road trip process.

Soon enough, your first time renting an RV will be a distant memory — you'll be an expert, and you'll have Cruise America to thank for helping you figure it all out.

Anyone Can Rent an RV With the Help of Cruise America

Your first time renting an RV can be overwhelming — but only if you let it be. The fact is that it is quite easy to rent an RV for the first time. Anyone can become a seasoned RV traveler, and while the first step is always the hardest, Cruise America can make it a lot easier for you.

With the help of Cruise America, your first time renting an RV will be a breeze. Don't wait to see all of the vehicles and advice for first-time RV renters Cruise has. Get in touch with Cruise America today to start your new adventures on the road in an RV!