8 Absolutely Great Types of RVs to Rent (and my favorite).

Sounds like you’re looking for all the different types of RVs to rent. Well, there’s plenty, but to be honest, finding the right type for you isn’t all that hard.

Using my personal experience, lots of research, and public opinions around the topic, I built a list of 8 categories for you to choose from.

I also spent time gathering data from rental sites, looking for things like length, delivery fees, and sleeping room.

Below you’ll find my list of 8 types of RVs or towables to rent, travel trailers being my personal favorite.

Now let’s get to it and continue your search below!

Class A RV

If you’re looking for a luxurious, spacious, 5-star hotel on wheels then this is the RV for you. These motorhomes are very popular in places like Florida, the Great Lakes area, Southern California, and Las Vegas. They are also more expensive to rent in these areas).

A class A RV driving through the desert with a jeep being towed behind.
A Class A RV can even tow your own personal vehicle!

Class A RV’s are known for their size and space, with large interiors and kitchens that rival those of most homes. You can expect full amenities on these rigs. I’m talking laundry machines, ice makers, full bathrooms, fireplaces, even “basement” storage units.

You don’t need any special license to drive these homes on wheels, your standard driver’s license will do as long as the RV you’re renting is under 40 feet. But just because you’re allowed behind the wheel does not mean you should be driving offroad in these bad boys. Yep, things could turn ugly when you sink to the axles in soft ground.

In addition to high rental costs, these big guys also suck up a lot of fuel. I found them to be far less fuel efficient than Class B and C RVs.

Typical Price: $200-$400 a night

Sleeps: 6-10 passengers

Pros:

  • Plenty of space
  • Full amenities (and then some)
  • Very luxurious

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to drive
  • Lacks the fuel efficiency of smaller models
  • Can’t take offroad

Class B RVs

If you’re hoping for a campervan-like experience, but with slightly more space and the possibility of a bathroom on board, a Class-B is your go-to. They not only look like a van, but typically are one! Built on van chassis, these RV’s have lower floors and raised ceilings to provide ample standing room.

A class B RV with a bathroom and the exterior door open.
Notice the door to the wet bath in this Class B RV.

The living space in these vehicles is smaller than both Class A and C RV’s. I like to compare it to a standard bedroom, and with a cockpit, sofa, kitchen, and wet bath, things can start to feel tight, and with kids, a little too tight. In addition, the typical floor plan is very open, meaning there’s not much privacy if you’re traveling with anyone else.

But despite that, Class B RVs pack a surprising amount of amenities, are far easier to drive, and are more fuel efficient than a lot of their counterparts. Which is great for two reasons. One, it makes it much easier to explore in your van during the day since you won’t be exploring the great outdoors in a behemoth. And two, the lower fuel costs help offset higher rental prices since this type of van serves a very specific niche and are rarer to find on rental sites.

Typical Price: $100-$300 a night

Sleeps: 2 passengers (4 if you’re willing to get cozy)

Pros:

  • Easy to drive
  • Can use as vehicle for day trips from camp
  • Lower fuel costs

Cons:

  • Smaller space
  • Expensive for size
  • Less availability

Class C RVs

By far the most popular model of RV to rent, Class C’s are the smaller counterpart of class A’s. The demand of most rental services’ is dominated by these motorhomes because they offer an ideal blend of affordability, drivability, and amenities.

A brown, tan, and white Class C RV sitting in a picnic spot in the woods. Looks like it has a hookup.
This Class C has a slide-out that adds extra space to the interior.

While the floorplans of these vehicles are smaller than Class A’s, I’ve found that most do have slide outs that open up the interior and add more space. And no, you’re not left without anything just because of the size difference. You’ll still have a kitchen, a living space, sleeping areas, and a wet or dry bath depending on the length of the motorhome.

I did notice that a Class C RV is easier to drive than a Class A, with the majority of these vehicles ranging anywhere from 20-30 feet long.

However, while the price of these rentals do tend to be cheaper than a Class B, the price of fuel and maintenance typically tends to outpace your savings.

Typical Price: $150-$250 a night

Sleeps: 5-9 passengers

Pros:

  • Ideal blend of drivability and space
  • Tends to rent out cheaper than other RV types
  • Popular and trusted

Cons:

  • Higher fuel cost that typically eat up savings
  • Not ideal for taking on rough roads (or offroad for that matter)

Camper Vans

They’re cool, they’re in style, it’s what all the popular kids are posting about on Instagram. Yep, it’s Camper Vans. These little guys offer you and your significant other a lot of mobility while zipping around the countryside.

The back of an open campervan with storage underneath, a bed, and a girl laying in the bed.
This camper van has a small storage space underneath the bed.

I found that due to a van’s small size, you can typically go, well, anywhere you want to go. You can reach isolated spots, you can fit into almost any camp spot, and you’ll even squeeze into standard parking at the grocery store. Plus, due to their smaller size, you’ll get great fuel economy. The Ram Promaster I have experience with gets around 20 MPG, and you can expect similar numbers across the industry.

But even though camper vans are all the rage nowadays, I did find that their small size on the road made for really tight quarters inside. You’ll have to watch the amount of items you bring inside due to limited space, and most of the time you’ll end up stuck with a minifridge, no oven, and no microwave. Which in turn means you’ll have to get creative with some of those favorite recipes.

Figuring out the bathroom situation can also be a little tricky. These little guys don’t come with showers or sinks, and most of them don’t include a toilet either.

Typical Price: $150-$300 a night

Sleeps: 1-2 passengers

Pros:

  • Great fuel economy
  • Can go pretty much anywhere you want to go
  • In style

Cons:

  • Lacks amenities (bathroom, kitchen)
  • Very tight quarters

Travel Trailers (my favorite)

If you have an SUV or pickup with some pulling power, travel trailers are one of my favorite ways to get around. With the rising popularity of teardrop models and other little trailers, you can even use smaller vehicles to tow these around the country.

A travel trailer on the road being pulled by what looks like an SUV.
This travel trailer is being pulled behind a large SUV.

I personally have friends that pull one behind their Subaru.

And with these guys being the most abundant model available on rental sites, you’ll have no problem finding one that will fit your vehicle. Oh, and you’re budget!

These towables latch on to a ball hitch attached to the back of your vehicle and are very easy to unhook so you can use your vehicle to explore. On top of that, travel trailers include most if not all the amenities you’ll need during your trip. The majority will provide you with sleeping arrangements, a kitchen, and a bathroom on bigger models.

Learning to pull a trailer can be tricky. Tail swing, or the tendency for the back of the trailer to swing in the opposite direction of your turning, can become an issue with bigger models. Backing up can also be a little confusing (don’t worry, it took me a while to figure out how to do this and I’m still not an expert).

And although you may be able to sleep several people in the camper you decide to rent, it is illegal for anyone to be riding inside while in motion. This means you’ll need to take into consideration the capacity of your towing vehicle.

Typical Price: $75-$150 a night

Sleeps: 4-8 passengers

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easily unhitched so you can use your vehicle during the day
  • Full amenities
  • Wide variety on rental sites

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to pull (especially larger models)
  • Cannot ride in the trailer while in motion

5th Wheels

Consider 5th wheels as the towable Class A RV. Yes they’re spacious, they’re luxurious, and they contain a wealth of amenities. Full bathrooms, large kitchens, couches in front of a TV and fireplace, and even upstairs because of the lack of a cockpit.

A 5th wheel trailer in a camping spot in the mountains of MT or Canada
This 5th Wheel has slide-outs for extra space as well as an overhead sleeping area near the front (where the cockpit would typically sit).

And I’ve seen several 5th wheels with separate, closed off master bedrooms which can add a nice amount of privacy to the experience.

One of the benefits of these rentals is that they’re a lot cheaper than Class A RV’s while sleeping around the same amount of people, offering the same amount of space, and are still plenty luxurious.

While these are towables, and you can unhook your own vehicle to spend the day exploring, they attach differently, and can only be pulled by a truck with a “5th wheel hitch”. These sit in the bed of the truck and typically cost $1,000 or more to install. I know, pricey.

So, since you probably won’t be towing one of these around (if you are, bravo! You probably know what you’re doing) you’ll be asking the rental’s owner to deliver the trailer for you. Most will charge you in one of two ways. First, a flat rate for delivery within 50-100 miles of about $150-$300. Second, a mileage charge of anywhere from $1.50 to $4 per mile.

Most owners also set a max trip distance, and here in Utah I typically see around 200 to 600 miles roundtrip.

Typical Price: $150-$300 a night

Sleeps: 6-10 passengers

Pros:

  • Luxurious
  • Tons of space
  • Can use your personal vehicle to explore during the day
  • Private master bedroom

Cons:

  • Expensive delivery fees
  • Can’t drive the trailer unless you have the appropriate hitch and truck

Toy Haulers

If you love RZR’s, 4-wheelers, or dirt bikes, then you’ll probably be interested in Toy Haulers. Because, like the name says, you can use these campers to haul around you, the kids, and your grown-up toys. These trailers have space in the back where you can load up your vehicles, but you can also convert them to sleeping or living areas at night. You’ll have plenty of space to relax in the evening, and with full amenities, you can cook, shower, and sleep all in the same space.

A toy hauler with what looks like a dog kennel or cage of some sort out front.
A toy hauler with a 5th wheel hitch. In order to unload your bikes, ATVs, or RZRs you lower the back and pull them out!

Now since these are typically trailers you’ll be able to also unhook your own vehicle. This makes it easy to make a quick run into town or simply take off for the day.

You will need to be familiar with the basics of driving a trailer, and since these are typically around 30-40 feet long you will want to be watching for tail swing. And trust me, backing one of these up at the gas station when you don’t have much experience can be a feat of its own.

Like any other trailer, it is illegal for people to ride inside while in motion, meaning you’re limited to the capacity of your towing vehicle.

Toy haulers are a relative newcomer to the RV marketplace, and because of that I have heard they can be tricky to find in certain markets. However, here in Utah I haven’t had any trouble finding one to rent, and at a great price)!

Typical Price: $75-$150 a night

Sleeps: 6-8 passengers

Pros:

  • Able to haul RZR, ATVs, or bikes
  • Can be really spacious
  • Really affordable for their size and what they offer

Cons:

  • Can difficult to tow if you’re inexperienced
  • Can’t haul passengers inside while moving
  • Tricky to find in certain markets (or so I’ve heard)

Pop-Up Campers

Pop-up campers are, in my opinion, some of the most versatile, easy to use towables on the market. They fold down into a small package, as little as 10 feet, and can be easily pulled by smaller vehicles like, you guessed, a minivan. I have personally watched videos of guys pulling these down offroad trails (granted that model was probably made for that, but you get the point).

A decently sized pop-up camper in a campground somewhere in the forest. The sun is setting.
A large pop-up camper. Some of your smallest versions are made of almost entirely cloth, whereas this is only its extensions.

These campers unfold into larger living spaces that can contain a surprising amount of amenities! Kitchens, sleeping areas, small living spaces, some even contain bathrooms. And because you can unhook your own vehicle these make a perfect little basecamp while you get out and adventure.

However, these guys offer minimal storage while on the move, meaning you’ll need to pack light this go around.

Unfolded, these trailers are soft sided. And that can be a good and bad thing. Great if you don’t mind a little adventure, enjoy feeling a breeze, and listening to the crickets at night. I personally love that feel, but these campers do not offer a lot of protection from extreme elements.

You’ll also want to check to ensure that the campground you’re visiting does allow these. I’ve found that it’s typically rare they’re banned but certain National Park campgrounds, like Fishing Bridge RV Park, don’t because of bears. Others simply don’t because they associate pop-up campers with lower income individuals.

Typical Price: $50-$100 a night

Sleeps: 4-8 passengers

Pros:

  • Easy to tow
  • Very affordable
  • Outdoor camping feel to them

Cons:

  • Minimal storage
  • Limited protection from the elements
  • Can be restricted in certain campgrounds

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