What Type of RV Should You Rent?
RV Rental Guide
Generally speaking, the larger the unit, the more space, privacy and comfort it will afford its guest. Also, the larger the unit, the more costly it will be to rent and operate. So, it's important to fit the unit to your needs and desires, especially the level of privacy when sleeping.
Be careful of small units which claim to sleep 5,6 or more. Check the size of the beds-adults need a full 6' length for comfort. (Note to overseas guests: America is one of the few places in the world which hasn't adopted the Metric System, so be prepared to convert feet, miles, gallons, quarts, acres, etc., to metric units you can comprehend.
The basic types of units offered for rent in North America:
Motorhome - A camping and travel vehicle, from 24 to 40 feet in length, built on a self-propelled vehicle chassis. Contains kitchen, sleeping, bathroom and dining facilities, accessible to driver's area. Living systems include electricity, heating, air conditioning, water and propane gas. Sleeps 2 to 7 people. Living systems are self-contained, but when staying at camping grounds, most users hook up to electricity, water, sewer drain, and cable television.
Mini Motorhome - Scaled down version of Motorhome, from 20 to 28 feet in length, built on truck chassis, usually with sleeping bunks atop cab. Living area accessible to driver's area. Sleeps 2 to 6, if you include children. Has fewer features, less space and privacy than larger units, but is more economical to operate and is easier to drive and park.
Van Conversion - A regular van with a raised roof, from 16 to 21 feet in length, customized to include side windows, carpeting, custom seats and ac- cessories. Can sleep from 2 to 4 people, but has minimal kitchen or toilet facilities.
Travel Trailers - Not practical for overseas guests, or Americans who fly to a pick-up point, since they require a heavy-duty vehicle to pull them. Towable units, 13 to 33 feet in length, have full living facilities, but it's illegal to use them while underway. Best when parked at a campground for extended periods, while you use the towing vehicle for local transportation and sightseeing. Check with your rental dealer to make sure your tow vehicle, hitch and wiring are adequate.
Truck Campers - Camping unit mounted on bed of a pickup truck, 18 to 21 feet in length, including the truck. May have kitchen and toilet facilities, plus bunks to sleep 2 to 6 people. Especially popular as rental units in Canada, for wilderness use.
Folding Camping Trailer
Folding Camping Trailer - A lightweight, towable unit with collapsible sides, about 10 feet in length when closed, and 15 to 23 feet when opened. When set up, they provide kitchen, dining and sleeping facilities for up to 8 people. Check with your rental dealer to make sure your tow vehicle, hitch and wiring are adequate. This unit is an option if you want to spend part of a motoring trip camping out, using toilet facilities provided at campgrounds.