Last Updated on July 3, 2022 by Jessica Lauren Vine
If you’re considering renting an RV, you may wonder if there are hidden costs when renting an RV.
For those of you that have rented an RV before, you know about the extra costs that add on. It’s not as simple as renting an RV for $100 for the day and leaving it at that. There are other costs that increase the price of the RV rental.
Costs to Consider
You are likely to run into some unexpected costs that you feel are “hidden” costs. However, you’ll find pretty quickly that they’re pretty standard when it comes to renting out an RV. Whether you like it or not, you’ll probably have to pay for some of these to some extent.
Let’s look at the costs outside of the rental price with taxes.
No, the cleaning of the RV you used is not included. The wild thing is that cleaning fees may vary wildly when it comes to the listing. One listing may only charge $40 while another listing might charge $250. It also does not depend on the size of the RV. It depends on how much the RV host decides they want to charge.
Before you book, make sure to pay close attention to how much of a cleaning fee you’ll pay when you book the RV rental. Most of the time there isn’t any room for negotiation.
It’s always a good idea to have the best insurance possible when going on your RV trip. It can get a little pricey when you look at the different insurance levels though, so make sure you factor that into your trip.
Keep in mind that you can usually purchase insurance through the platform on which your rent. However, you can usually purchase temporary rental insurance through your current insurance company or even through a third party.
If you don’t want to drive the RV you’re renting, they will charge a delivery fee to bring it to where you want it to go. This makes sense but if you don’t think about it, you might think of it as a hidden fee on your RV rental.
If you’re going on a long road trip, another thing you need to think about is how many miles you’ll drive. Almost all driveable RVs have a mileage limit for how many miles you can drive the RV for free. Check to see how many miles it is per day and times the number of days by the number of miles per day to see how many free miles you have.
Once you know that, whatever other miles you drive will be priced at the rate it says on the RV rental listing.
Now you know some of the hidden RV rental fees. You can either avoid them or just know about them so you can prepare. Some of the fees make sense but if they put you over your budget, that might not work for you. Whatever the case, be aware of what you might have to pay and then go have an amazing time.
Before you head off to rent your RV, make sure to read over some of these other great RV-related articles.