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Average RV Cost for Rentals and Purchases

Average RV Cost for Rentals and Purchases

The average RV cost is an important question for many friends or families planning adventures that involve living on the road. Many dream of taking an adventure in a recreational vehicle across the country, but without experience it’s difficult to know what expenses to expect. For a shorter journey, many will opt to limit their commitment and expenses by renting as opposed to owning. Of course, before you can consider whether renting or buying is the best option, you must consider which form of RV fits you best.

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Understanding the Different Types of RVs

There are five basic classes of RVs available to rent or own. Consider the amount of passengers and cargo as well as the distance and terrain to which you’ll travel. Once you have a general idea of your travel goals, you can consider which class of RV is best for you.

Class A

Class A Recreational Vehicles are the most traditional motorhome. They are the highest-end models with maximum storage and amenities. The largest Class A motorhome can average 25 to 40 feet in length, which can cause issues with storage. Naturally, they’re also the most expensive.

Class B

Class B vehicles are smaller vehicles that offer less space, but they tend to be more drivable and less expensive. Though the decreased storage space can make packing and storage a challenge, the smaller size makes for a better fit in compact camping areas. They’re usually 21 to 24 feet and most often sleep only two.

Class C

These RVs are basically a middle ground between Classes A and B in size, space, drivability, and price. The general size range is 23 to just over 36 feet in length. Many can comfortably accommodate a small family.

Average RV cost can vary by type

Travel Trailer (Mobile Habitats)

Travel trailers, similar to TAXA Outdoors mobile habitats, aren’t towed using and external vehicle using a traditional ball hitch. This makes them more varied and versatile than other styles of RV. Travel trailers have a wide range of styles and sizes to fit various passenger and terrain requirements.

While it’s crucial to find a towing vehicle with the correct requirements, their ability to detach allows them to be more easily stored when not in used. They’re also lower priced than most typical RV models.

Fifth Wheel

Similar to travel trailers, fifth wheelers are towed behind external vehicles. However they require a special hitch, typical of 18-wheelers. While this hitch requirement can be more difficult to acquire, it can bear more weight. The towed aspect of fifth wheelers is also an advantage because the portion of the unit that resides over the bed affords extra storage space.

Average RV Cost When Purchasing

For longer term RV ambitions, it will usually be wisest to purchase an RV. Purchasing requires more maintenance and potentially storage costs, but it obviously helps you avoid the high nightly fees or renting. Refer to the breakdown of average RV cost for different RV classes below:

ClassEstimated Price
Class A$50,000-$150,00+
Class B$40,000-$150,000
Class C$50,000-$150,000
Travel Trailer$10,000-$60,000
Fifth Wheel$15,000-$50,000

Estimates according to RoverPass

Average RV Cost When Renting

Renting an RV incurs a nightly fee as the base charge, in addition to potential costs for mileage, generators, or other accessories needed. It’s also important to consider the potential costs for bedding or other items needed for RV travel.

ClassCost, 10+years oldCost, Newer
Class A$175-$275/night$350-$450/night
Class B$100-$200/night$200-$350/night
Class C$150-$200/night$225-$400/night
Travel Trailer$50-$125/night$125-$200/night
Fifth Wheel$60-$150/night$150-$300/night

Estimates according to The Wandering RV and Outdoorsy

For average RV cost, consider additional equipment needed

Additional Costs of RV’ing

Beyond the cost of obtaining the vehicle itself, there are additional costs that come along with traveling in an RV. It’s best to contact the RV dealer or rental company to ask about any possible fees you might incur. When renting, there are often potential fees for pets, cancellations, or mileage.

Whether you’re looking to rent or own, there are fees you’ll want to consider for gasoline, campsite rental, propane, electricity, or internet hotspots. It may be preferable to utilize mobile home resorts of parks that combine these fees into one nightly price, also offering shower, laundry, and sewage. Especially when you purchase and own an RV, there may be significant costs to service, store, and customize your vehicle.

It can be tempting to save money by purchasing a used RV, but older RVs will almost certainly come with more replacements and repairs. Either way, an extend warranty can be a good investment to combat these expenses.

Finding a Vehicle for Your Adventures

Whether you’re looking to rent for a week or purchase for the long haul, TAXA Outdoors partners with an extensive network of high quality RV dealers across the country. To connect with a dealer that can help find the perfect vehicle for you, use our Find a Dealer tool. Or, to find the right TAXA habitat for your journey, check out Choose My TAXA.