Every year about this time, I think about renting a RV or borrowing a camper and heading south for the woods and mountains of middle Tennessee. There’s just something about the fall that makes me want to spend the weekend outdoors, bundled up in the cooler weather and hiking among the bright colors of the season. Growing up, our family would camp several times a year, often in the fall.
At some point, right around the time I left for college, the trips stopped and I haven’t been camping since. Sadly, that was nearly 15 years ago. Although I won’t have the opportunity to travel down I-75 this year, plans for a trip in 2014 are already underway and the search for the right RV has begun.
Are you also considering renting a RV for your next expedition? Writer Amy Bertrand of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has some information on RV rentals and tips for choosing the type that is right for you. According to Bertrand, most folks rent RVs to enjoy outdoor activities, spend more quality time with family, escape the daily grind, and take more mini-vacations. RV users also enjoy the flexibility of being able to travel with their pets as well as everything they need rather than unpacking at each destination. The kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and living areas are all right there which means travelers have a lot more freedoms and fewer potential headaches.
So what kind should you rent? Well, that depends on what you need. There are two options to consider, says Bertrand:
- Towable Trailer – Towable trailers come in all sizes and most have bathrooms, kitchens, and plenty of sleeping space. Although your family can’t move around in it while you’re on the road, you do have the mobility of an extra vehicle once you reach your destination, according to Bertrand.
- Motorized – These RVs are designed as temporary living quarters that are built on a motorized chassis. They provide extreme comfort while traveling but do make it difficult to get around once you reach your campsite. Remember: The smaller they are, the easier they are to drive.
Honestly, as long as you’re out on the open road, I don’t think you can make a bad choice.