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5 Reasons Why You Should Rent an RV and Not Buy

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

Five Reasons to Rent an RV

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Ever wonder what it’s like to RV camp? Wanting to try it out, but buying isn’t in the plans this year? Maybe you don’t think you could drive - or tow. While all of these are things to consider, here’s food for thought: why buy when you can rent? Whether a short-term experiment or a long-term option, renting an RV can be the best choice. Let’s look at a few reasons why you should consider renting an RV instead of buying.

Reason #1: It doesn’t cost as much! Not even close! This one sounds obvious, but in case you need to see some numbers, consider this: a new travel trailer (one of the more cost-effective RV purchases) can set you back. Considering the price range of can easily be $15,000 to $30,000, depending on size, construction and features, that would mean a down payment of at least a couple thousand, plus monthly payments of a couple hundred. Add on things like sales tax, insurance, registration/title, supplies, and storage - especially storage - and it starts to geting expensive, especially if you’re not sure you’ll like it or use it. Oh, and one more thing: if you’re going to get a towable - like a travel trailer or fifth-wheel - you’re going to need something to tow it with...

Reason #2: Don’t have to drive or tow it. If you’re intimidated by the idea of driving a motorhome, or pulling a trailer, there are companies (like Sweet Dreams RV Rentals!) that will deliver a fully-outfitted, late-model RV to the campsite of your choice. All you have to do is show up with your food and personal items, and you’re set for a

camping experience like no other. All of the joys of being outdoors - campfire, grill, trees, water, fresh air - combined with the comforts of home: kitchen, bathroom, bed… and when you’re done, there’s no tedious breaking of camp. Just pack your things back into your car, and the rental company does the rest. Sweet Dreams cleans the rig, dumps the tanks, and tows it away, leaving you to have a much more stress-free end to your stay.

Reason #3: Learn how things work/try before you buy. If you’re considering buying, but want to get the hang of traveling and staying in an RV, renting is the ideal way to tame the learning curve. Spend a few days, or a few weeks, getting familiar with the features. Appliances operate a little differently in RVs, and it’s definitely a plus to have some time to get used to their differences. You can also check out different models, and decide what features you want if you do decide to buy.

Reason #4: Somebody else is responsible for the maintenance and cleaning. RV’s of any kind require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Tires, bearings, jacks and more need regular inspection and servicing, as do more specialized features like slide-outs, appliances, etc. All of those involve time and money to take care of. And then there’s cleaning...just a basic wash means either a lot of hose and ladders, or finding a commercial operation that will clean your rig. Renting means someone else gets to deal with that!

Reason #5: Don’t think you’ll use it often enough to make it worthwhile. This is an important consideration. If you ever peruse the “RVs for Sale” section of your local newspaper, or look on Craigslist for the same, you’ll see dozens and dozens of newer used RVs looking for new homes. Countless people buy beautiful swank RVs, thinking they’ll go out camping every weekend...and then they realize don’t have time to get out as much as they thought they would, or as much as they love it, it’s costing them more than they had planned for, or maybe the RV they bought wasn’t the right

model for them. Whatever the case may be, renting could be the ideal solution.

Whether you want to experience the RV lifestyle before committing to it, hope to save some money but still enjoy the RV experience or just want to camp in comfort, renting an RV is the

perfect way to go. Give the team at Sweet Dreams RV Rentals a call, or visit us for a quote and more info at, and let us share the joys of RVing with you!

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