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If you're dreaming about the RV lifestyle but haven't yet taken the plunge into ownership, you're likely wondering whether you should rent an RV or go all in and buy one. While renting has its advantages, ultimately purchasing an RV is a more cost-effective and convenient option.

Renting an RV

Renting an RV can be beneficial in a short-term way. It allows you to spend some time in an RV without a commitment and be sure you want to buy an RV. However, it's usually the case that people who are ready to invest in the RV lifestyle wish to own an RV. But if you genuinely aren't sure about RV-ing, renting one for a short time can help the decision-making process.

While it is true that renting an RV means that you aren't responsible for upkeep or storage, renting is still quite expensive. In addition to regular rental fees, there are sometimes other hidden fees, especially for extra amenities such as air conditioning, self-retracting awnings, microwaves, televisions, etc. Some rentals do not even include the basics, such as bedding, cutlery, or toilet paper!
 
Buying an RV is the Superior Option

Buying an RV is the most cost-effective choice for anyone who plans to use their RV more than once per season. When you choose to purchase an RV, you can customize it to your unique needs and enjoy the convenience of being able to travel when you want, where you want. And, you put the money you'll save on rental fees toward your next great travel adventure.
 
Cost Efficiency

Buying an RV seems expensive upfront. However, almost all RV vendors offer affordable payment plans to offset the initial expense of an RV purchase. In most cases, the payment plan is more affordable than a rental fee.

If you plan to use your RV often, rental fees can get very expensive. The more you use the RV, the more cost-effective purchasing your own will become, as although you are paying toward your purchases, you are not paying to rent every time you wish to do some travelling.
 
Customization

When you rent an RV, you get what you get and have very little ability to choose different features or accessories. Usually, extra amenities (such as additional appliances, air conditioning, or cable/satellite receivers) or fully loaded RV models cost a lot more to rent. But, when you purchase an RV, you get to buy the RV that's right for you. Meaning you get to choose which customizations, add-ons, amenities, and accessories suit your unique needs. When you buy an RV, you're getting good value for your investment and getting what you want.
 
Convenience

When you own an RV, you can go where you want, when you want. If you rent, be prepared for the inconvenience of having to contact a few rental companies and hope they have something available (and in good repair). Owning an RV allows for spontaneity, adventure, and convenience.

Renting an RV removes some of the spontaneity of the lifestyle, which is a big part of the RV'ing experience. Renting takes planning ahead, and you have to hope that the renter has something available for the time you want to travel.

Owning an RV is also a convenient option because it means that it is always packed and ready to go. If you like to hit the open road without much planning, consider keeping your RV stocked with some clothing, non-perishable food, and toiletries. That way, you're always ready for whatever adventure awaits you. You can't do that with a rented RV. You have to ensure that you pack everything, from sheets to toilet paper, plus clothing and food. And when your trip's over, you have to empty the RV before returning it. Buying an RV eliminates the tedious need to pack and unpack the RV continually.
 
Renting vs. Buying: a Breakdown
Renting Pros:

  • Cost-effective.
  • Helpful when deciding whether to buy an RV
  • Maintenance-free
 
Renting Cons:
  • Costly if you plan to do more than a few trips
  • Add-ons and amenities can drive costs up exponentially
  • Potential for hidden costs
  • Limited Model selection
  • Must abide by rental rules and regulations; the RV is not yours
 
Buying Pros:
  • It is YOUR RV
  • Convenient payment plans
  • The RV is customized for your lifestyle
  • Your RV can stay packed and ready to go
  • Limitless potential for adventure
  • Resale values traditionally remain high
 
Buying an RV is the best option for anyone who wants to get into the RV lifestyle. For the most part, the biggest con to ownership is the cost, but there are ways to keep the price manageable, such as:
 
  • Consider a Pre-Owned
  • Review available financing options
  • Storing your RV on your property

 
At Hiemstra, we want to help you purchase the RV that fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget. We understand that when you buy an RV, you're also investing in lifelong memories. We can help you choose the right RV, one that you'll be able to enjoy for many years. We know that you'll want to own your RV so that you're road-ready and prepared to welcome your next great adventure. If you're still unsure that buying an RV is right for you, come on by and chat with one of our Hiemstra team RV specialists. We'll be happy to discuss the pros and cons of RV ownership and look at your options. Contact us today or visit us online
 
If you're dreaming about the RV lifestyle but haven't yet taken the plunge into ownership, you're likely wondering whether you should rent an RV or go all in and buy one. While renting has its advantages, ultimately purchasing an RV is a more cost-effective and convenient option.