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RV Reservation Tips


There’s more to RV rental than there is to renting a car. Here are some tips to help you have a great experience and avoid disappointment when renting a Motorhome or Campervan.

Book early to get your first choice of vehicle
In peak times of year, there simply aren’t enough RVs to go around. Anyone who rents RVs regularly (such as many Dutch, German and English tourists visiting the US and Canada) will know how important it is to book six months or more in advance.

If you are looking to travel in shoulder seasons (May – early June,  August – early October) and especially peak season (June – July), your chances of securing your first choice vehicle, dates and locations are greatly diminished the closer you get to your travel dates. Even if you are booking for peak season 4- 6 months prior to your travel dates there is a chance your first choice may not be available. You have very little chance of getting your first choice if you are booking an RV within 4 – 6 weeks of your travel date for peak season. So plan ahead, book early, and get the pick of the fleet.

Book early to get the best specials
Many of the larger RV or Motorhome rental companies in Canada have very generous “Early Bird Specials”.  These reward people who book (and in some cases pay) early.  Specials can include a 10 – 20% off the normal base rental costs, and this is often combined with one or more additional elements of the rental at greatly discounted rates.  These other elements can include free additional miles, half price unlimited miles upgrades, no one way fees, free convenience kits, or other standard fees reduced or removed.  To qualify, bookings for the coming Summer season must be received by either the end of December  or  January preceding.  Some early bird specials may continue into February but they will be of a lesser value than the offers that are in place for bookings received by December or January.  You will not find better value for a spring/summer rental than what you will get if you place your reservation in December–February.

Many RV rental companies increase the standard pricing on their vehicles as vehicle availability for shoulder and peak seasons decreases.  Make no mistake, the best RV rental companies will rent a very high percentage of their fleet across peak and shoulder seasons, so their prices are far more likely to increase than decrease as these seasons get closer.

Book your RV before your flights
Do not book your flights first, especially if you are travelling inside of 2 months. There are far less RVs available in Canada than there are seats on planes coming into and out of the country! By all means investigate flights before booking your RV, but make sure you have secured a Motorhome or Campervan before confirming your flights. You may find that your first choice RV rental is not available but your agent has come back to you with alternative suggestions that may have variation in the pick up or drop off dates or even locations. If you have booked your flights first you may now find it hard or expensive to change these to enable you to take the alternative RV rental suggested. Many people make this mistake and end up having flights booked but never secure an RV.

Further to above, do not wait for cheap last minute deals on flights before booking an RV. Your chances of securing an RV that fits between your return flight dates and locations is greatly diminished the closer you get to your RV travel dates. And what money you save on a cheaper last minute flight will be more than swallowed up by a more expensive rental price on the RV which typically increases as your travel dates get closer to booking dates.

Secure your Motorhome or Campervan rental ahead to guarantee availability for the best RV available and also enjoy the early bird rental discounts available.

 

                                 

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