Want to Try Something Different? Why Not a Hotel on Wheels?

Want to Try Something Different? Why Not a Hotel on Wheels?

Everyone understands the joy of staying in a hotel. The fresh, turned-down sheets, the views, the comforts of home all around you, the luxurious amenities – talk about relaxing! But there is one thing missing from hotel life that’s readily abundant in RV life, and that’s mobility. Sure, RVs may not have all the bells and whistles of a high-end hotel, but they do offer the freedom to pick up and go wherever you want, whenever you want. And that certainly speaks to the traveler in everyone.

If you’re feeling sick of crowded hotels or you just want to try something new and pioneer your own path, RVing might be the perfect answer. Don’t worry if you’ve never been RVing before – I’ll give you the rundown of what you need to know.

What’s in an RV?

RVs are hotels on wheels. Depending on what type of RV you get, it can have anything from the amenities of a basic hotel to more amenities than a five-star suite! First things first, though, you should know a little more about the most common types of RVs before you rent one. You do want to be an informed consumer, right? Here are just a few of the types of RVs you’ll find when you rent from a peer-to-peer site like rvshare.com:

Class A Motorhomes. These are the classic, bus-shaped RVs we’ve all seen at one point or another. Imposing in size, they can be anywhere from 26 feet short to a whopping 45 feet long! The big diesel behemoths are top of the line RVs and have luxury amenities like leather seating, large entertainment centers, and even fireplaces and washer/dryers! Be aware, though; Class A’s can be tricky to drive, especially if it’s one of the larger variety.

Class B Vans. Conversion vans are becoming more popular by the minute, it seems. Advances in RV technology allow Class B vans to be fully self-contained while staying compact. Ranging from 16 to 25 feet, these RVs are inconspicuous and easy to drive. Larger sizes usually have a bathroom, and some models have outdoor showers. Class B’s are best suited to a traveling individual or a couple.

Class C Motorhomes. These pack the greatest number of beds into a limited amount of space. With a bunk over the driving cab, a bedroom in the back, and convertible furniture throughout the living area, Class C’s can sleep up to 10 people! They range in size from 26 to 35 feet in length and have all the basic amenities of a hotel room, sometimes more. Best of all, they’re built on truck chassis’, which makes them easier and more natural to drive than a Class A.

Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels. Towable RVs are great if you have an appropriate tow vehicle. They come in a wide range of sizes. Travel trailers can be as short as 9 feet long, and fifth wheels can be as big as 45 feet! Since there’s no need for a driving area, they make better use of space as well. One of the best things about towable RV’s is that you can unhitch them and take just your tow vehicle into town to pick up groceries or run errands.

Why Choose an RV Over a Hotel?

If you’re a big fan of hotel travel, it probably seems crazy to rent an RV, right? While it is a bit of a lifestyle change, it’s actually not as different as you’d think. Plus, there are some extra benefits you get from staying in an RV that you can’t get from staying in a hotel room:

● The first and most obvious benefit is freedom. When you stay at a hotel, you’re tied to that one location for the length of your stay. Sure, you can catch an Uber to the other side of town or take a walk around the grounds, but your ability to explore is limited. In an RV, you can go anywhere those four wheels will take you. No check-out times, no crowded lobbies; just the wind in your hair and the road ahead of you.

● Speaking of crowded lobbies, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to deal with them? When you rent an RV, you have your own little hotel room, your own little bubble everywhere you go. You can set up shop in the woods, by the seaside, or anywhere else and just relax and enjoy the sounds of nature.

● Another big selling point is affordability. Let’s face it: even the most basic of hotels can be expensive. Add nightly hotel rates to the cost of airplane travel, dining out, and visiting attractions, and we’re talking big spending for a traditional vacation. Renting an RV from a site like RVshare can potentially save you hundreds of dollars a day. Some rentals are as little as $30 per night! And, if you cook your meals and spend an occasional night dry camping, you’ll save even more money!

● The RV lifestyle is a benefit in and of itself. RVing is a laid-back way of traveling, focused more on exploring at your own pace and really getting to know an area. This stands in stark contrast to flying and staying in hotels, which can sometimes feel like you never get a chance to take a breath. You’ll notice that when you’re not busy trying to catch flights, meeting check-in times, and accomplishing everything on your itinerary, you’ll have more time to truly enjoy your vacation.

Rent an RV and Take Your Hotel With You

RVing won’t always be right for everyone. Many people love the conveniences and luxury amenities of a hotel, like room service and spas – some of the things that RVs can’t offer. But, if you’re looking for a relaxed, affordable, and flexible way of traveling, RVing might be your answer. Have you vacationed in an RV before? What’d you think? Share your experience in the comments!

This article was written by one of our contributing writers.


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