Can I Rent an RV?

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Yes, you can rent an RV! And there’s every reason to do so!

The Pros

No, it’s not a five-star hotel, but do you want it to be? There is no maid service here – just you and your choice to make your bed (or not). So it’s not a spa resort, but it is your home away from home. It’s relaxation at its finest, with all of the smells and fireside tastes that go along with it.

If you are the outdoorsy type, you will be in heaven in an RV. Think about it: you’re not on a bus or on anyone else’s schedule. You stop where and when you want to stop. You can roast marshmallows and make s’mores over an open flame and then go to bed and listen to the crickets chirping and the frogs singing. 

Take along your guitar and sing under the stars. Watch the kids catching fireflies. There’s no doubt about it: RV camping is a memory-maker. 

Then, wake up to coffee and scrambled eggs over the fire. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?

The Cons

You are using someone else’s property. Not only are you obligated to take care of rental property with meticulous care, but you also promise to return it in as good of if not better shape than you received it. 

So Is a Rental Right for You?

As always, there are things to think about before you rent.  

  • What’s an RV? We’re keeping it simple and defining “RV” (recreational vehicle) as a home on wheels. Depending on your vehicle, you can tow anything from a small trailer you can attach to your bumper to a 45-foot motorhome. 
  • How do you rent one? There are many options and you can rent an RV right here in Tyler, Texas – check the internet or the Woodland Creek RV website for recommendations. You can rent from private owners on websites or from large companies.
  • How many people are in your group? Please remember that “sleeps six” is a very vague term. Some “beds” will only fit children under ten; unless you plan on sleeping with the kids, you’d best get some clarification!
  • There will probably be only one tiny bathroom, so plan accordingly!
  • How much will renting your dream RV cost? That depends on where you are, what you want to do, and when you want to go. 
  • You may as well get out that calculator and budget for a reservation deposit, a security deposit, and insurance (which won’t be optional). 
  • You’ll pay a daily rate and may have to pay for miles. 
  • You’ll pay more for a fully outfitted RV that contains bed linens, towels, kitchen utensils, and small appliances. 
  • And fuel! If you rent a motorhome, you’ll use either gas or diesel fuel, and mileage will be horrible compared to your car. Even if you plan to pull a trailer with your vehicle, your mileage will drop. 

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Can My Vehicle Tow a Trailer? 

It’s often more economical to tow a trailer to your campsite than rent a motorhome. 

Parking, setting up, and using your vehicle while touring the area is also a great convenience. However – and this is critical – make sure your vehicle can tow the trailer you want to rent. Please pay attention as this is lifesaving information, and you cannot count on dealers or rental companies to give you correct information. 

  •  In your glove box, you’ll find the best place to begin your search for the right trailer. You can find the manufacturer’s specification of the vehicle’s towing capacity in the owner’s manual. The engine, transmission, and brakes will be overworked if you select a trailer that exceeds the towing capacity of your vehicle.
  •  When reading the owner’s manual, pay attention to the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). A car’s or truck’s actual weight is its GVW. The next thing to check is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. A vehicle’s GVWR is the sum of its weight and the maximum load it can safely carry. Cars that are smaller, lighter, and have less horsepower will not be able to tow, and the owner’s manual will state that.

Do You Know How to Drive a Motorhome? 

  • If your choice is a motorhome, make sure you’re comfortable driving a large vehicle. 
  • Try to make sure another adult knows how to operate the motorhome, as no person is safe 100% of the time against sickness or injury.
  • Remember that once you set up your motorhome, you won’t have a vehicle to tour the area, shop for groceries, and visit friends. Your vacation is not the time to learn; stress is a killjoy.  

And the Final Question: How Flexible Are You? 

  • Are you open to new experiences? 
  • Can you give up some creature comforts for the outdoor wilderness experience of RV camping?
  •  Can you handle the not-so-fun task of emptying your black tank? 
  • Are you ready to learn, learn, learn? Because learning is an essential part of RV camping and crucial to renting someone else’s property. If so, rent an RV and enter the world of camping.  

Where can you park that RV rental? You’re in luck! Woodland Creek RV Park has the adventure you’re looking for and more. Tyler, Texas, is calling your name! Give us a call today! 

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