Try Out An RV This Weekend!

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Looking to go on a road trip this summer, but not sure you can afford a month of hotels? Tired of sleeping in a tent on the ground? As more and more adventurers are captivated by “Van Life”, you might be wanting to try it. But what if you’re not quite ready to take that plunge just yet? Here’s how you can try out an RV this weekend to see if a house on wheels is right for you.

 AirBnB an RV 

You can stay on private property in a self-contained RV using Airbnb. The owners will generally provide all the comforts you need, including bedding. One RV on offer in the Shenandoah Mountains even offers a ‘smores kit for guests! Staying in an RV is a great way to get out of the routine of a hotel room and not have to set a camp- especially if you don’t already own a lot of the “camping essentials”.  Many RVs on AirBnB come with guides to nearby trails, ponds, and hikes, and tons of them offer fire pits, outdoor seating, and picnic tables as well.

Test Drive an RV using

If you’re thinking of buying a recreational vehicle but aren’t sure what size and configuration would fit your needs, try someone else’s first! The website has thousands of RV rentals ranging from tiny tow-behind pop ups to 34-footers that sleep six. Starting as low as $25 a night, you can reserve an RV for a weekend or a couple of weeks and find the one you like best before shelling out the money to purchase one.

Try a Tiny House 

A new website lets city dwellers get out into nature and explore the delights of a tiny home, without having to sell all your household items! Getaway.House currently offers tiny houses in the woods outside Boston, New York, and DC.  You specify how far you’re willing to drive, and they pick the cabin for you. Shortly before your arrival, they will disclose the exact location to you. You can just relax, knowing all the details are handled for you. Be spontaneous! In the past few years, Getaway has expanded from 5 cities in the northeast United States to more than 20 areas, including 3 in Texas and 3 in the Pacific Northwest.

exterior view of getaway house
Enjoy your view!
interior view of a tiny home getaway
This tiny home has it all for a weekend away. Photos from Getaway website.

Try Before You Buy

If you’re serious about purchasing an RV, many dealers have a “try before you buy” program. You can work with All Star Coaches to find a dealer near you and try out one of their inventory. You choose the amenities you want, and All Star will find the right motor home for you. The best part is, if you purchase the RV at the end of your trial week, the cost of the rental is deducted from your sales price! So you got an extra vacation for free!

Drive into the sunset with a rental before you buy.
Photo credit: Flickr user Kevin Dooley

Don’t worry if you don’t have your own home on the road yet. Now you can camp in an RV in a scenic location without having to worry about driving and parking, or you can try a tiny home for a weekend in the woods! If you’re ready to motor, you can share someone else’s RV for a week, or try one out before you buy your own. The options are unlimited, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to hit the road!

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11 thoughts on “Try Out An RV This Weekend!

  1. This is so good to know!! I want to be a tiny houser or vanlifer sooo bad but my boyfriend is not onboard haha I think I can slowly convince him via great weekend rentals! 🙂


  2. This is something we’ve been seriously considering. There are a few RV share sites out there, but the AirBnB option is cool! We love the idea of renting a tiny house, too, but they are harder to find. Thanks for sharing on #Weekendwanderlust – very helpful!


    1. I’m really hoping the Getaway model expands to other markets soon. I bet they’re doing great business outside Boston, New York, and DC.


  3. Wow, thanks for the interesting ideas. Using AirBnB for an RV will get you out of the RV parks. The RVshare site sounds great for figuring out what kind of camper you might like to own.


  4. Love this idea. It would be great for people who are looking into RV living as it gives one a chance to try RV life out without committing to buying. It would also just be fun in a more natural environment as it feels more in tune with nature than staying a hotel


    1. Yes! I love how some are located in the mountains, near lakes, etc. Who wants to be in a hotel when you can sleep in an RV and grill over a fire for dinner? Win/win!


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