Planning your trip
Rental costs will vary greatly depending on what you choose and how far you drive, ranging anywhere from $50 to $500 per day.
When renting a rig, get detailed instructions from the owner or rental company on how to use the RV’s systems, including the generator, air-conditioning, leveling, slide outs, electric and entertainment, as well as how to empty waste tanks and refill fresh water.
You should also know that because of COVID-19, most RV rental companies are vigilant about cleaning and disinfecting their units. But if you want to be extra safe, the CDC offers tips at CDC.gov/COVID19 — type “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home” in the search bar.
It’s always wise to map out your trip route and reserve your campgrounds in advance, especially now during the pandemic, because some campgrounds and RV parks, as well as local, state and national public parks, may be closed or operating with restrictions.
A free tool that can help you plan your trip is Roadtrippers. com, which lets you plot out routes, calculate mileage and travel time, and will identify RV campgrounds, points of interest and restaurants along the way.
You should also consider becoming a member of the Good Sam Club (GoodSam.com/club, $29/year), which provides access to its web-based trip planner, camping and fuel discounts, and a copy of the Good Sam Guide Series that features detailed information on more than 12,000 private RV parks and public campgrounds.
Most RV parks rent spaces on a nightly or weekly basis with rates typically ranging from $30 to $50 per night; however, some in city and country parks may be $10 or even free.
RV parks can also range from rustic facilities with limited or no utility hookups, as are more often found in state and national parks, to luxury resorts with amenities that rival fine hotels.
For first-time RV renters, staying at a fully loaded RV park or campground with full hookups, a dump station and staff on site is highly recommended. Look at Kampgrounds of America (KOA. com) or ReserveAmerica.com to browse the accommodations.
And for more safe travel tips this summer, visit Coronavirus. gov — click on “specific resources for travelers.”
When renting a rig,
get detailed instructions from the owner or rental company on how to use the RV’s systems.