Transportation

How Much Does an RV Cost

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recreational vehicles (RVs)

cost-of-RVThere are many options when it comes to travelling, as countless numbers of people find out for themselves every summer. Sometimes travelling in the old family car just won’t work, and so people look for bigger and better options. The good news is that there are many options out there for someone who knows what to look for.

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Typical RV Options

  • “Class A” recreational vehicles refer to vehicles meant to carry six passengers.
  • “Class B” recreational vehicles refer to vehicles meant to carry four passengers.
  • “Class C” recreational vehicles refer to vehicles meant to carry eight passengers.
  • “Toy haulers” refer to very large recreational vehicles of up to 40 feet in length. These were initially designed to carry “toys” such as off road vehicles or motorcycles inside the vehicle itself, rather than be towed or strapped to the outside. However, many “toy haulers” are fully designed to carry people, with minimal space for larger objects.
  • A “travel trailer” is not a self propelled vehicle, but is instead towed to the back of another vehicle, usually a truck. It is taken to a campsite where it is parked, and will then be used as living and sleeping space. They have an indoor toilet and electrical fixtures
  • A “pop up trailer” is also towed to the back of another vehicle. They are often not as fully elaborate as a “travel trailer”, with a tent-like fabric opening that serves as a roof.

Expected Costs

The components of a motorized recreational vehicle rental are nightly rental rate and mileage fees. Nightly rental rates often vary throughout the year, often from one week to the next and depending on the demand for a particular period of time during the summer, with costs often increasing around Independence Day weekend. Costs focus around the RV itself, and then mileage and fuel costs. Here are some examples of realistic pricing:

  • A Standard Size 25 foot Class-C motor home may be $120/night for the week for a non holiday week during the summer.  Depending on local demand, it can then go up to $128/night the following week and then $176/night for the week after that. By planning your vacation around the peak travel and rate periods the careful shopper can easily save hundreds of dollars on a typical rental.
  • Mileage fees are the other main component of a motorized RV rental. Typical fees for mileage are 32¢ for each mile traveled. For larger Class-A units, the fee is usually 49¢ per mile. Fuel consumption is the main other factor to consider when determining the price of an RV rental. Typical fuel economy in a Class-C motor home is 10 miles per gallon (regular unleaded gas) on the highway. For a five hundred mile trip a person can figure approximately 50 gallons of gas. At $3.80/gallon that’s $190 in fuel costs. There are also taxes n many states on RV rentals of somewhere between 5-10% on the total rental cost.