RV for Rent by Owner Near Me?
OUTDOORSY vs. RVSHARE
Rent an RV Near Me?
What’s the best choice?
For first-time RV renters renting an RV might seem complicated. If you think VRBO or Airbnb when you rent a vacation house then think Outdoorsy or RVShare when you rent a motorhome. It’s a peer to peer way model of renting RV’s. Renting an RV is a great idea especially if you’ve never camped in an RV before. Here’s what’s so exciting about it there are a couple of new websites online changing the landscape of the RV rental industry. One of them is called Outdoorsy.com and the other one is called RVshare.com. They’re all going to be better than the old alternative way of renting from an RV rental company. So traditional RV rental companies buy the absolute cheapest class C’s and Class A’s. And buy the cheapest versions and rent them out for the absolute most money possible. You really only have two choices a Class C or Class A.
That’s all changed. RVshare and Outdoorsy.com are people who own RVs and rent them out to you. There are different levels and different qualities of RVs. Class A’s B’s C’s you can rent any style so if you’re looking at a diesel Motorhome you don’t need to rent a Class A, you can actually rent a diesel-powered rig. If you’re looking for a Class B Motorhome on a Mercedes chassis there are no rental companies that I’m aware of that even rents those out, So if somebody owns a Class B on the Mercedes you can rent that out.
With Outdoorsy your search starts with your start location then enter your dates and results show a variety of RVs available. You can also search for a particular FV style like a motor home, camp trailers, Campers vans, and just about everything you can think of. Clicking on one show photos and descriptions, size, features, rules, rates, and options followed by an availability picker. You’ll find reviews of the unit, a list of campgrounds, and other information. You’ll find travel adventure ideas along with National Parks.
Searchable RVs include:
You can filter your search results for:
- Dining Table
- Air Conditioner
- Inside Shower
- Backup Camera
- Pet friendly
- Tailgate friendly
- Festival friendly
- Smoking friendly
Like with Outdoorsy you can start your search with location and dates
If you like the idea of an RV but you don’t want that long-term commitment I really want you to check out RVshare. The cost of the rental is really very reasonable especially if you compare it with the cost of ownership, you know a loan payment, insurance, maintenance costs, it all adds up. Or do what we do, we own a teardrop and once in a while rent a large RV for special trips
Searchabile RVs include:
- Class A
- Class B
- Class C
- 5th Wheel
- Travel Trailer
- Toy Hauler
You can filter your search results for:
- Offers DeliverOffers
- Stationary Rental
- Allows Pets
- Allows Smoking
- Kitchen Sink
- Slide Out
- Bathroom Sink
- CD Player
- ipod docking station
- DVD player
- AM/FM radio
- Hot & Cold Water Supply
- In-Dash Air Conditioning
- Electric Generator
- Seat Belts
- Rear Vision Camera
Booking and Payment
To make a reservation you pick your RV and dates then hit Request to Book then fill out the form. Tell the owner about your self, trip information, about your trip and select any upgrades available. For insurance, you must select between standard, enhanced, premier, then confirm and pay
Payment Protection Book & Pay on RVshare and get:
- Comprehensive Payment Protection
- 24/7 Roadside Assistance
- Emergency Rebooking Service
Compare Booking and Payment
The booking process is very similar. Once you pick you RV and submit your request to the RVs owner you’ll complete the request. You then complete the payment and security deposit.
- With RVshare you must book 30 days in advance.
- With Outdoorsy you can book 14 days in advance.
- With both companies, if you book earlier you can pay in two installments.
Here we give the advantage to Outdoorsy with it’s 14-day advanced booking. Sometimes the need for quick trips out-weights the 30-day bookings in advance, allowing more spur of the moment camping.
Renters Insurance Compared
Insurance is included with both Outdoorsy and RVshare with valid insurance in the United States and Canada.
- With RVshare the deductible is $1500 per-occurrence. The renter can choose to upgrade the coverage to Enhanced of Premier at checkout.
- With Outdoorsy the deductible varies from $1500 – $3000 per-occurrence.
We like RVshare in this comparison
Owners Insurance Compared
Without good insurance for all involved, this whole peer to peer way of doing business wouldn’t exist. For RV owners booth RVshare and Outdoorsy offer competitive insurance and are offered to owners for free.
- RVshare owners are provided up to $1,000,000 in liability coverage for both RVshare Rental Insurance and Liability only insurance.
- Outdoorsy owners are protected with $1 million in liability coverage and $1 million in comprehensive and collision coverage.
These are both relatively equal but you should check the specifics for each company to give you that added security.
When planning any trip cancellations can occur. What happens than should be thought out in advance. Being familiar with the cancellation policy of both RVshare and Outdoorsy is an important consideration. What you’ll want to know is what are the costs of cancellation and what’s the timeframe you’ll have to make your decision. This is just an outline of their return policies and you should read them completely.
With RVshare the renter is entitled to a full refund for all cancellations at least 30 days before the rental start date. You will be charged an RVShare service fee. If cancellation is made inside of 30 days the booking is non-refundable.
With Outdoorsy its more of a sliding scale and allows the owners to choose the cancellation policy. The cancellation policy determines the amount of the renter’s reservation deposit. The scale consists of Flexible, Moderate, and Strict, so depending on how strong you feel about your trip will help you choose an RV with a cancellation policy that suits you.
With this added flexibility the advantage goes to Outdoorsy.
RV Roadside Assistance
Like anything, mechanical wear and tear and everyday use can cause problems. With RVs that are rented, they are used even more than normal so added Roadside protection offers peace of mind should something happen. Let’s say you run out of gas or blow a tire both services offer roadside assistance help.
RVshare offers 24-7 roadside assistance through Nation Safe Drivers. Nation Safe Drivers will provide the following services:
- Towing Service: NSD will dispatch a provider to tow the RV to the nearest service location or owner’s home within 100 miles
- Tire Service: NSD will dispatch a provider to change the inflated spare from mount to wheel
- Battery Service: NSD will dispatch a provider equipped to boost batteries and perform minor repairs
- Lockout Service
- Extraction and Winching
- Delivery of Supplies: NSD will dispatch a provider to deliver supplies (gasoline, oil, water, or other necessary supplies)
- Travel, Theme Parks, and Automotive Discounts
Cost of roadside assistance is included with the service for the total rental
Outdoorsy offers 24-7 roadside assistance
- Jump starts
- Mobile tire assistance
- Locksmith and lockout service
- Delivery of fuel and emergency fluids
- Mobile mechanic service Cost for Outdoorsy
Roadside assistance is $15 per day
The advantage goes to RVshare
RV Rental Commission
If you have an RV that you want to earn some extra money with one of these services is just right for you. The amount of rent you get to keep is one of the main factors in your decision.
RVshare will keep 15%-25% of the rental unless you have three or more RVs listed with them in which case you will get 85% of the reservation. They pay compensation for missing and broken items as well.
Outdoorsy will keep 20%-25% of the rental with extra compensation for Generators and other upgrades to the reservation.
We like RVshare in this case with a slight advantage in fees
Both these services are pretty comparable. Is one really that much better than the other? The differences are slight with each company working hard to improve their standings all the time.
The BBB is showing an “A” rating Outdoorsy while RVshare is showing an “A+”. Can’t get much closer than that. I would say for owners RVshare has a slight edge while Outdoorsy holds a slight edge for renters.
Airbnb of RVs
“When I checked out RV share for the first time. I found some really great clean new spacious campers they were in our price range and just perfect for our needs.”
“We ended up reserving a 23-foot travel trailer and the owner reached out to confirm the reservation and to just ask a few questions about our vehicle make sure we had sufficient towing capacity and everything. The owner was so kind and walked us through every step of how to pull the trailer, how to set it up, how to do the clean-out at the end, and gave him a good 45-minute lesson since we had never pulled a travel trailer before.”
“We were surprised by how easily it handled and had it parked into our camping site within a matter of minutes. What really shocked me is how quickly we had that thing set up and started having fun, probably within 30 minutes of getting there. The unit came stocked with all the kitchen supplies we needed so we ended up just bringing our clothes our toiletries, food, and bedding.”