The USA is often referred to the capital of world camping.
With its varied terrain, large open roads and low fuel prices (in comparison to the rest of the world), camping in the States has never been more popular. For people just starting out in camping, it can be quite daunting. These monster RVs do look very scary at first, after all they are effectively big coaches with up to 4 slideouts. While they generate a lot of living space, driving one for the first time is sometimes a nervy experience; especially as you don’t need anything more than a regular drivers license. So it might be prudent to take it one step at a time and look for a campervan hire USA service.
By renting, you are taking many things out of the equation. Firstly, the capital expenditure of the unit itself. You can perhaps get a good used one for around $40,000, but if you haven’t the cash in your account, then a loan will be the way to go. A loan is ok in this economy, interest rates are reasonably low depending on your credit rating and the length of loan can be as long as 20 years. But… do you want to really be locked into it for the long term? The unit will depreciate each year while your loan payments remain the same until you finally pay it off and it’s worth $5,000. Pretty depressing.
Then you have the maintenance costs. This isn’t just another engine to maintain, but also a house. Hot water heaters, furnaces, slideouts, air conditioners, electrical systems, and so on all add to the costs. While RV insurance isn’t too bad (typically less than $1,000 full covered), it still adds up along with registrations, and other costs.
Therefore, it might be more prudent for you to rent. Renting an RV or campervan is much cheaper. You can choose the unit you want for your needs for your upcoming holiday based on where you’re going and how many you need to sleep. This gives you great flexibility. Secondly, you don’t have to worry about the extra costs of running an RV. All you need to do is pay the rental fees, insurance coverage (if not included in the rental price), and of course the fuel and away you go. Any potential breakdowns are handled by the hire company, so you’ll never fear being stranded at a repair shop waiting for it to be fixed.
Renting is certainly the best way to go if you’ve never been camping before. It will give you a taste as to whether you will like it or not. If you do, and you expect to camp a lot, then buying one may be a good idea. If you may only go once a year, then renting is certainly the best way to go. If you have a big crowd of you going, why not hire two units and split the costs between you? Could make for a cheap and fun holiday. Just search for your nearest campervan hire USA place and book now.