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Travelling Tips: How to Rent an RV

"Winter is coming", but it hasn't arrived yet. Why not rent an RV and stretch the camping season further into fall? 

Renting is a great way to try out an RV without a major investment - and fall is the perfect season because rental rates usually drop mid-September. Most people find that driving an RV is easier than they thought, so give it a try!

Here are our tips and suggestions for first-time RV renters:

1. Choose a reputable dealer and pick a location that works with your other travel plans (flights, etc.). Click here and scroll down for our list of RV dealers in BC.

2. Make sure you have a valid driver's license, proof of age and a secondary form of ID (health card, passport, etc.).

3. Consider the size of vehicle you want and need. The typical size is 20 - 30 feet (6 m - 9.1 m) in length.

4. Cost will depend on vehicle size, distance you want to travel, and the season. Budget between $100 - $250 per day for rental fees.

5. Don't count on unlimited mileage - the total allowance is usually 200 km per day. Ask about additional km charges.

6. Ask about insurance requirements and costs.

7. Be prepared to pay a damage/security deposit in the range of $500-$1500. This is refunded when you bring back the RV in good condition.

8. Ask what's provided with the vehicle. Do they also rent linens, sleeping bags, cutlery, and dishes?

9. Plan your trip based on daily km travel, fuel availability, and the number of stops you want to make. Consider a circle tour and travel to a few spots in one region, or pick the campsite of your dreams and stay put.

10. Make notes on what you do, and don't enjoy, about the particular model you're renting. This will help you for future rentals or for an RV purchase down the line.

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