It’s really not that hard to find cheap RV rentals under $100 a night! And in this article, we will show you exactly how and where to find the most affordable RV rentals. I think you will be surprised how many you will have to choose from and also how new they are.
It can be annoying listening to your co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors constantly talking about their RV travels when you think it’s not the right time financially. Yet, as you watch the people down the street, who don’t comply with the HOA rules of the neighborhood drive away with a travel trailer, that becomes your breaking point. So, you finish mowing the lawn and begin your mission to find a cheap RV rental under $100 a night.
You may think that affordable RV rentals limit you to rust-covered smaller RVs that date back to the Vintage Era (1945-1970), but you’d be wrong. We’ll show you some great examples of modern motorhomes and travel trailers you can rent for under $100 a night so you can enjoy the great outdoors on a family vacation.
So read on to learn some excellent strategies to find the best deals on the type of RV you want and the best places to rent an RV for under $100.
What is the Cheapest Way to Rent an RV?
The cheapest way to rent an RV is to use the right rental RV strategy. Finding great deals on the motorhomes or travel trailers you’re looking for is possible. Here are 3 tips to help you save money on your RV rental.
1. Plan Your Book Your RV Rental as Early as Possible
Marketing and RV experts tell us that RV camping is more popular than ever. Popular camping destination RV parks have reservations as far as nine months out. BOOK YOUR CAMPING VACATION EARLY – including your RV Rental!
National parks and State parks are busting at the seams so booking early should be part of your strategy. By planning your trip early, you’ll have the greatest selection of RVs to choose from and you’ll find the best RV rental rates available.
2. Rent Your RV through a Peer to Peer Rental Platform
There are 3 main types of businesses that rent RVs.
- Big national chains that rent RVs like Cruise America and El Monte RV
- RV Dealerships
- Peer to peer RV Rental Platforms (This is the best way to find RV Rentals for under $100)
Peer-to-peer rentals are a great way to save money and find cheap RV rentals under $100 a night! A peer-to-peer RV rental is just like renting a vacation home on VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) except RV owners rent their RVs to you and me when they aren’t using them. And RV rentals from private RV owners are cheaper than renting from a nationwide RV rental chain or from an RV dealer.
3. Search All 3 Peer to Peer RV Rental Platforms to Find Your Best Deal
The 3 main peer-to-peer RV rental platforms are Outdoorsy, RVShare, and RVezy. We highly suggest you search all 3 to find your very best deal. It doesn’t cost you anything to search all 3 of these platforms so you can expand your search to find your very best deal.
4. Set Your Search Filter with a Maximum Price of $100
Once you are on the websites for Outdoorsy, RVShare, or RVezy be sure to set the search filter for a price of no more than $100. You will be amazed at how many RVs and campers show up in the search results!
Another big advantage of a peer-to-peer RV rental is that the RV usually comes stocked with all of the gear and accessories you need for an enjoyable camping trip. This is because the owner uses the RV when they go camping too! Many times the RV rental will include chairs, a grill, flashlights, paper products, kitchen utensils, and cookware, bedding, and so much more! This can literally save you hundreds of dollars!
What Types of RVs Can I Rent for Under $100 a Night?
The type of RVs you can rent for under $100 span most of the RV categories. You can find pop-up campers, travel trailers, 5th wheels, and driveable motorhome rentals all for under $100 a night!
The two categories you’ll have the hardest time finding at this price point are truck campers and Class B motorhomes. Truck campers and campervans are in high demand, so you’ll see base rates as high as $400 a night. Many truck campers come with the truck the owner uses, so it’s a package deal, even if the camper isn’t permanently attached.
On the other hand, you’ll find some real gems out there like this 2007 Airstream International Signature 23CB in Savannah, GA, on RVshare. The owner treated it well like all Airstreams should be, and unlike those AirBnBs, this one moves.
Best Times of Year to Find Cheap RV Rentals Under $100 a Night
The best time of year to find cheap RV rentals depends on where you’re renting. In general, the shoulder seasons are the best time to find cheap RV rentals. Shoulder seasons are typically early spring and late fall. The kids are all back in school during these times and there are many kids sporting activities that prevent families from renting RVs on the weekends.
But there are some other times that have less demand too. In the sunbelt states, the high demand times are the winter months when people vacation to escape the freezing temperatures. However, during the RV season in the northern states, weekdays and non-holiday dates offer the best rates on round trip and one-way rentals. You’ll also find the widest selections of small to the largest RVs within your price range.
How to Find Cheap RV Rentals with Unlimited Miles
Finding cheap RV rentals with unlimited miles on the largest peer-to-peer RV rental websites is simple. You’ll see an icon or phrase “unlimited miles” listed explicitly on the RV company’s listing for the coach you want. Generally, towables don’t have mileage restrictions. The newest models may have mileage restrictions, but owners keep the distance reasonable. Those with limits will show a free limit of daily miles and additional miles pricing.
If you’re camping locally, the limited miles may not be an issue for you. For example, a 2021 Dutchmen Aspen Trail listing from Outdoorsy, has a daily rate of $85, and the owner allows 50 miles per day. It’s an extra fee of a dollar for every mile above the daily limit collectively. If the campground you choose is 100 miles away from where you pick up the travel trailer, but you’re using it for five days, you’re allowed 250 miles, yet you’re using 200 miles (100 there and 100 back). That means you have 50 free miles before the fee starts.
The 2019 Heartland Mallard M185 listing has a rental rate of $95 with unlimited mileage. If you stay five days, 100 miles away, and you’re only camping in one location, you’re essentially paying an extra $50 for unlimited miles ($10 a day for five days) you’re not using. In this scenario, the more affordable option would be the Dutchmen over the Heartland. Use that $50 for some vacation fun.
How to Find Cheap RV Rentals with Delivery and Set-Up
Finding cheap RV rentals with delivery and set up features is a popular add-on many RV owners offer. Some offer a flat rate where they’ll drive up to a certain distance, pull the RV into your reserved campsite, set it up, and pick it up after your RV trip. Others offer different levels with different pricing.
For example, a 2002 Coleman Cottonwood Pop-Up Camper found on RVezy (pronounced R-vEEzy) has a delivery and set up option for $175. The owner is willing to deliver it within 60 miles of his location. Coleman Pop-Ups are legendary in the RV World for durability, spacious floorplans, and ease of use.
If you haven’t set up a softshell pop-up camper before, it can be a little intimidating. Owners include their fuel costs, time, dump station services, and other issues into the delivery fee. This feature also lets you avoid having the right tow vehicle and knowing how to drive with an RV on the open road or surface streets, and no one has the “honor” of emptying the wastewater holding tanks. All you have to do is enjoy your RV vacation.
No one’s going to buy a new SUV because they’re renting an RV for the first time. But, after a few rentals, if they decide the RV life is for them, that’s a different story. So the question is, what are your other RV rental options when you want to tow a recreational vehicle yourself, but it’s heavier than what your SUV can tow? Learn more through our Best SUVs to tow a travel trailer and other articles that discuss the matter.
Within the RV rental marketplace, some RV rental company owners have tow vehicle rental opportunities. If you need to rent a passenger vehicle anyway, it’s an affordable way to get an SUV or pickup truck you need and the RV you want all in one place. Be aware that car rental companies like Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz have rules that prevent you from towing anything with their vehicles. RV rental companies that offer vehicle rentals pick you up from the airport as an additional feature. Save yourself the headache and get everything you need in a one-stop shop.
You Can Negotiate the RV Rental Price and Save Even More Money
If the rental price of an RV you are interested in is a little more than $100 a night then negotiating the RV rental price down to under $100 a night is as simple as asking. Remember, the answer is always no unless you make an attempt. Here’s a situation that may feel familiar.
The night you decide to start shopping for the cheapest RV, you choose to connect your laptop to your living room TV, so you can make this a family decision. You narrow the search to the RV rentals near me and limit the price filter to $130 for the base rate. Fearing the worst, you added $30 on the nightly rate, praying you’ll find something that can sleep four semi-comfortably.
The results astound you. Of course, you see the two-person teardrop campers, but you also see great options like 30-foot travel trailers, full-size fifth wheels, and even a Class A motorhome. You planned to use the delivery and set up option on an affordable travel trailer with a rental rate of under $100 and factored that cost into your planned budget.
Before you can say or do anything, the kids lock in on a 2012 Coachmen Freelander Class C in Spring Vally, California, nearby. Looking to your spouse for support, you find that the loyalty vow that comes with your wedding rings is conditional yet again. The kids get desperate by making promises like keeping their room clean, doing their chores, and other things you know they won’t keep so that you’ll acquiesce. As a final tactic, they even pull that big-eyed, pouty look that melts your heart and takes all your willpower to resist.
Disconnecting from the TV, you go to your desk and get to work. The owner of the Class C motorhome has a base rate of $130 per day and offers the following additional features:
- Bedding and linens: $10
- Portable BBQ: $10
- Fuel refill prepayment: $100
- Propane refill prepayment: $50
- Emptying holding tanks prepayment: $25
- Delivery/Pickup up to 35 miles: $80
- 10% discount for a weekly rate
- 10% discount for a monthly rate
The owner doesn’t have any reviews, but the motorcoach looks like it’s in great shape. The listing says the Class C is pet-friendly, so Goliath, your French Bulldog, can come with you on the trip. You and your spouse agree to adjust your travel dates during the upcoming summer months turning a two-week vacation into a 10-day road trip visiting all the summer festivals in the area. Bringing the RV with you to the events will save you travel time and hassle instead of driving back-and-forth to a centralized campground with a fully-loaded SUV of people and things from the festivals.
During the rental process, you communicate with the RV owner about your RV vacation plans and choose all of their add-on features. Since the total bill with tax boils over your limit, you ask the owner if they could do anything about adjusting the base rate. Next, you talk about how their Class C is the perfect RV rental for your trip and how it’s a great way to make the most of your vacation. After more discussion, the two of you settle on a total price that fits your budget and meets the RV owner’s needs.
A scenario like this happens often, but not all the time. It all depends on the willingness of the RV owner. Renters who have the best chance to negotiate the base rate are those looking to:
- Rent longer than a weekend
- Outside the high demand periods (like weekends and holidays)
- Choose the additional features
- Return renters with good reviews
- The older the RV, the less demand; therefore, a stronger negotiation possibility
- RVs that haven’t rented in a while could have some base rate “wiggle” room
If you’re a first-time renter, that doesn’t prevent you from trying to negotiate.
Have two or three RVs on your shortlist if things don’t work out with your first choice. If the negotiation falls through or there’s a reservation already booked, you have others on the hook. Until you place your deposit, everything is tentative.
The 3 Best Places to Find RV Rentals for Under $100 a Night
If you want to find the best deals on RV rentals, we recommend these peer-to-peer RV rental websites:
In 2015, Outdoorsy’s founders saw over 17 million RVs sat unused 350 days a year in North America. Their solution was to tap into this anonymous fleet of RVs owned by real people rather than create an inventory of overused RVs like Cruise America or El Monte RV. This peer-to-peer marketplace would benefit RV owners with extra income and allow renters a chance to explore the world around them.
RVshare began in 2012 after co-founders Mark and Rachel returned from their RV vacation honeymoon. They realized that the coach would sit useless for months, but the upkeep expenses would continue. Mark couldn’t find a platform to rent their RV out, so the two of them created one. Almost 10 years later, with 60,000 listings, RVshare is one of the largest RV rental sites in the United States.
RVezy is one of the newest peer-to-peer rental companies but it has grown by leaps and bounds, offering renters a safe, trustworthy, and affordable peer-to-peer RV rental experience. RV owners and entrepreneurs find the owner-first platform empowering to earn extra income with RVezy due to their user-friendly service and overall protection features offered to their renters.
Preparing For Your RV Vacation
Now that you’ve used the strategy above to find the perfect RV rental at the lowest price, you should have plenty of time to prepare for your RV vacation. Make sure you log on to the RVBlogger Website and read up on:
- RV gas mileage comparison
- How do you drive an RV for the first time?
- The best RV trip planner app and GPS
- RV essential accessories
- What is a good tow vehicle?
- What’s the best vehicle to tow behind a motorhome?
We have hundreds of articles written by experts in the RV world that will answer your questions and give you veteran advice, making your trip error-free. You can also check out our RVBlogger Instagram Page to see us in action with our Class C motorhome for ideas. If you want to hear from new or seasoned RVers, post a question on our Facebook Group RV Camping for Newbies. We’re sure you’ll learn a lot from our supportive friends.
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