How will I learn to drive the RV?
When you pick up your rental RV, most likely you will have an orientation session with your RV dealer. During this session you'll become familiar with the RV's electrical, fresh water, plumbing and propane systems. Your rental dealer will show you how to hook up the RV at campsites and empty the water holding tank. With a little learning, you'll quickly see how easy it is to drive and handle an RV — small wonder they're so popular!
What comes with the RV, and what do I need to bring?
Depending on the model, most rental RVs have a small kitchen with a tiny sink, refrigerator, stove, microwave, beds and a bathroom. You need to bring kitchen equipment (pots, pans, plates, silverware), bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets) and towels. When planning meals, think simple and easy. Most campsites will have barbecue grills you can use to supplement your RV's kitchen, but you provide the charcoal. Some rental agencies offer kitchen sets (with plates, pots, pans, cooking utensils and broom) and even bedding for an additional fee. This is a good deal if you are flying in to pick up your RV rental and don't want your housewares to take up your precious checked baggage space.
Can I park my car at the rental agency?
A parking space for your car is another perk you should always ask for when renting campers. Inquire about daily parking fees and lot security. Never leave valuables stowed in your vehicle.
What will campgrounds provide?
The styles and types of campgrounds vary widely from site to site, ranging from primitive to resort-like. Depending on the campground, you can have a bare-bones site with no water or sewer hookups (with composting toilet facilities) or full electricity, water, sewer and cable hookups plus Wi-Fi, swimming pools, hot tubs, spas and children's playgrounds at a high-end RV resort. Get a comprehensive campground directory to find out which campgrounds provide the type of services you want. Try Woodall's or the Trailer Life RV Parks & Campgrounds Directory.
Also of interest: America's favorite campsites.