If you’re thinking about getting away for a vacation road trip to do some camping and enjoy the great outdoors, have you considered leaving the car parked and renting a recreational vehicle (RV)? One place that makes it easy to rent an RV online is Outdoorsy.
Here’s what to know before you rent an RV from Outdoorsy
Outdoorsy bills itself as “the largest and most trusted RV rental marketplace on the planet.” Those are big words, so we gave the site a test run to see what the experience is like.
1. Choosing your RV
The first thing you’ll want to do is put the dates of your trip into the search bar on the home page. This will immediately give you results from scores of available RVs close to your area.
You can narrow down your search for an RV based on a number of criteria, including price, entertainment, kitchen and other amenities.
Once you’ve let Outdoorsy know what you’re looking for, it will be time to pick your RV from the available options that suit your needs.
You’ll find out quickly that there are several types of RVs you can choose from. There are camper vans, trailers and different classes of motor homes to mull over.
2. Each RV has its own listing page
For that reason, it’s great that once you click on a picture of one of the available RVs, it takes you to a listing page where you can see everything you want to know about the RV as well as the owner. Much like Airbnb, Outdoorsy does not own the RVs it rents it — it just facilitates the rental between you and the RV owner.
There are usually multiple pictures to help you see the vehicle in full. And the price per night is featured in a green bar, so you can’t miss it.
3. Learn more about the RV and its owner
If you’re hesitant or have a question about an RV owner, there are two ways you can do some vetting:
On the listing page, you’ll see a rating system by the owner’s name. The more stars you see, the better reviews the RV has.
For another view, check out Outdoorsy.com/Reviews to see what others who have rented from the RV owner may have experienced.
4. How to book your RV
Click the green “Request Booking” button when you’re ready to pull the trigger — but you won’t be booking just yet. You’ll need to log in and go through a multi-step process to complete the transaction.
Once you log into the site, it’s time to make a formal introduction to the RV owner. In a message box, you’ll be prompted to describe your trip and use of the RV.
Here are other questions that you’ll typically need to answer in the booking process:
- Whether you need add-ons like additional chairs and blankets.
- Whether you have auto insurance (if not, you can apply for it on the site).
- Whether you’ll need additional protection, like trip insurance, damage protection and Outdoorsy Roadside Assistance,
You’ll also need to choose whether you want your vehicle delivered (for the particular one that I was booking, there was a minimum $200 fee for delivery).
Once you complete all the queries you’ll get an email telling you that your request has been sent to the RV owner. If he or she approves it, you’re almost to happy trails!
5. How to pay for your RV
To secure the RV, you’ll have to pay via credit card. In many cases, you won’t have to pay the full amount, but you do have to put some money down to reserve.
You’ll also need to fork over a security deposit, which is typically returned to you days after the trip — but not always.
As you can see, Outdoorsy also accepts discount codes, which you can find by doing a search for “Outdoorsy discount code” on a search engine like Google.
So is renting an RV on Outdoorsy for you? The process is super-quick and once you inquire about an RV, most owners get back to you within 24 hours.
If you decide to give Outdoorsy a go, remember this: If there are ever any questions you have about the rental agreement, you should always make sure to ask until you get answers that you’re satisfied with.
That’s the only way to really make sure you’ll be a happy camper.