The sun is out, the weather is warm and it’s road trip season again. This timeless pastime is a great way to have your own adventure across America’s roads. Take your expedition to the next level by making it an RV road trip.
Why an RV Road Trip?
If you’re planning on a road trip for your next vacation, an RV is the best type of vehicle to take along with you. Taking an RV road trip is almost completely different to taking one in your car.
First of all, you and your family will probably have a lot more room to spread out in an RV, alleviating the stresses of being in the same car with each other for hours on end. You don’t have to worry about scoping out hotels and motels along your route in advance – you already have a clean and safe space to sleep in your RV. You also don’t have to rely on rest stop food if you have your own little kitchen on wheels.
If you had already been planning on camping, RVs can make the experience a lot easier. You get to visit scenic sites across the country without the hassle of putting up a tent and taking it down when you’re finished.
There’s also a lot of camaraderie that comes with traveling in an RV. You’re bound to meet other road-trippers at RV parks, campsites and roadside attractions, and you can swap tips and tricks for how to make your trip one to remember. You can also find RV communities online if you want to connect after your road trip is over (or before your road trip to get some insider information).
AAA RV road trip planner – get directions and travel guides.
Should You Rent an RV for a Road Trip?
Have you decided you want to go RVing? Great! The second choice you need to make is whether you should rent an RV for a road trip, or buy one to keep. RVs are a hot commodity – shipments of RVs were up by 40% in January 2021, with no sign that they’ll slow down anytime soon. 11.2 million households own an RV, with more planning on getting an RV in the future.
Before you rent or buy an RV, you should learn about the different styles and sizes that might fit you and your family best. There are many types of RVs, but here are the three that you’re most likely to encounter. They also don’t require the addition of a pickup truck.
- Class A: At 26-45 feet, it’s the biggest motorized RV, with top-shelf amenities like a bathroom, a kitchen, and lots of sleep and storage space. They’re limited on where they can drive due to their large size, and they have low fuel efficiency.
- Class B: Also called “camper vans,” Class B can be 17-23 feet. It’s the smallest of the three, with good fuel economy. It’s also easier for drivers who don’t have much experience with RVs, though it’s a little cramped inside.
- Class C: The mid-sized Class C is 20-30 feet, making it smaller than a Class A, but bigger than a Class B. It’s the best of both worlds, and usually comes with a bathroom, kitchenette and sleeping areas.
If you’re planning on taking frequent road trips, buying an RV might be the move for you. Most owners use their RV around 20 days out of every year. If you’re thinking on road-tripping a similar amount, it will be more cost-effective in the long run to buy your own RV.
A great way to find the RV for you is through the AAA Powersports, RV and Boat Buying Program powered by Rollick. AAA Powersports can connect you with a certified dealer network of new and used outdoor vehicles to choose from. AAA members can take advantage of special member pricing and up to $1,350 in bonus savings on new and used RVs, boats, motorcycles and more.
Want to rent an RV instead? There’s a variety of RV rental companies who are ready to put you behind the wheel and on the road. In addition to showing you RVs for sale, AAA Powersports can connect you with RV rentals in your area.
Another great way to find RV rentals is by using Outdoorsy. You can an RV, motorhome, trailer or campervan from Outdoorsy, which connects users with RV owners who are looking to rent their rig for a specific amount of time. Plus, AAA members can get $40 off their first night.
There are RV parks and campsites all across America – the trick is finding them. And what you find them, you need to know if they have the amenities you need – like clean bathrooms. A great way to access information on camps along your route is by downloading The Dyrt, an app that lists 1 million+ campsites, reviews, and tips. It’s the largest source of camping information in the US. AAA members can save 40% on a year of PRO membership in The Dyrt, which unlocks savings at select campgrounds and camping gear from select brands.
Have you ever taken an RV road trip? What was it like? Would you do it again? Tell us your story in the comments below!