Fall Camping Made Easy: My RV Rental Experience – Try It Out!

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Planning a fall vacation? For an unforgettable trip, consider glamping in an RV rental.

Fall is here and it’s the season for fun activities like apple picking, tailgates, and browsing the pumpkin patches. It’s also the perfect time to gather up the family for an autumn vacation! 🍂

Have you started planning your fall travel? If you’re looking for a family trip to kick off the season, consider exploring new places in an RV rental from RVshare! One reason I wanted to try it out is that not only can you travel as a family, but an RV provides camping in style. 🙌

An RV in fall fron RVShare

It’s the ideal way to see the changing fall colors by day and enjoy a family campfire at night. 🎃 Travel to New England and take a spooky trip to Salem or head to Gatlinburg, TN to explore the mountains. The possibilities are endless and where you go is up to you!

If you’re not familiar with RVshare, I’ll share a little about my experience renting an RV! Plus, I have recommendations for some prime fall destinations if you’d like to take a fall trip of your own!

pink, teal and white rv camper

Earlier this year, I used RVshare to spoil my family with an affordable getaway.

I recently rented an RV to go glamping with my family and doing so was incredibly simple. I didn’t even need to drive it to the campground, because RVshare’s rental allowed the camper to be delivered and set up for me! We just picked a time, place, and exchanged contact information with the owners. Easy peasy!

Spending time traveling & being in nature is so good for the soul, and an RV rental is such a unique way to see the country. Plus, it offers a lot of freedom that other accommodations don’t. Whether you want to drive a recreational vehicle across the country or just go camping in one spot, RVshare makes renting an RV easy! And, it makes an incredible gift since the memories made will last a lifetime!

Know someone who already loves RVing? Check out RVshare’s gift guide for your friends, or for yourself!

Camping in an RV rental was SO much fun, and best of all, it was easy!

The modern inside of an RVShare RV Rental

For our vacation, my family decided to try camping, or rather, “glamping.” Instead of pitching tents and blowing up air mattresses, we booked an RV rental instead! We didn’t have to worry about driving the RV since we had it delivered right to our campground, the KOA Holiday in North Jacksonville. 🙌

This inexpensive trip was such a cool experience for my entire family, that I feel I have to tell you all about it! Autumn is a popular time for short family vacations and I’d highly recommend using RVShare for a fall camping trip with your own family.

A sofa and dinette set inside an RVshare rental that was used for glamping

First, renting the RV was super easy. We used RVshare, a popular platform and community for RV owners and renters. Once my husband and I signed up for an account and picked the RV we wanted to rent, we were able to communicate with the owners of the RV to set up the trip.

If we had intended to drive the RV, the owners would have given us a lesson, but we decided to just have the RV delivered to our campsite instead. This was ideal because we didn’t have to spend any money on fueling the RV and kept the RV stationary all weekend. When we showed up at the campground, our RV was there waiting for us! It was a smooth and seamless experience.

Master Bed in an RVshare RV Rental

The inside of the RV was super cute, modern, and cozy. Though it was a small space, it came with a kitchenette, a table, a love seat, a little fireplace, a bathroom, a large bed for the adults, and even three twin beds for my kiddos.

It was made in 2013, but the owners recently redid the entire inside and it looked great! They even had music playing when we arrived which was awesome since I had forgotten my own radio.

The outdoor space that came with an RV rental

There was also ample outdoor space with plenty of sitting areas for my family to enjoy. We had purchased some firewood and the owners had that waiting outside for us too!

Being outside together was so much fun! I think you’ll love it too and I bet it would be amazing to go in autumn where you can relax beside a toasty campfire and enjoy all the beautiful colors of the trees!

Camping in an RVshare rental was the perfect trip to do with my children. 

A family posing in front of a KOA sign

I was initially worried that my kids might be bored on this trip. Boy, was I wrong! The KOA we stayed at was built with families in mind! It had this really neat jump pad that the kids absolutely loved, from my 10-year-old down to my 2-year-old. It was the perfect spot for all the kids at the campground to gather and socialize.

After just two days, my kids were exchanging contact information with the other children in hopes of becoming pen pals. 🤗 There was truly no shortage of affordable and free things to do both in and outside the campground!

In addition to the KOA’s amenities, we brought along a few activities to do together. I packed up a bag of games, some coloring books, glowsticks, and sidewalk chalk for a little inexpensive fun. Our RV rental from RVshare also included several games for us to play. Currently, my kids cannot get enough of Old Maid, Go Fish, and Uno. Oh, we also are really loving Skyjo and Skip-bo right now, too! Needless to say, we played a lot of cards!

It was easy to eat for cheap while staying in our RV rental.

a pot boiling on the stove of an rv rental

One of the best parts about camping is that it can be inexpensive. I was really pleased with how easy it was to save some money on dining. On our first night at the campground, we had a picnic dinner. I packed lunches for everyone and we had “lunch for dinner” in a nearby park. It was actually one of my favorite nights of the trip!

The second night I made dinner in the RV using ingredients I brought from home. We had some mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, and a tomato and cucumber salad. 😋

campfire cones on the grill

To wind down each night, we’d sit around the campfire and enjoy the peace and quiet. We even made my coworker, Lina’s, delicious campfire cones recipe. These tasty treats would be the perfect addition to a fall campout, too!

RV share photo of trees in autumn

If you plan to take a glamping trip this fall, there are tons of free or inexpensive activities to do! You can hike through the forest, look for different colored leaves, go canoeing, do some apple picking, carve pumpkins, make s’mores, and even play football – all for fairly cheap!

Lyle Lyle Crocodile playing on an outdoor movie projector that came with an RV rental from RVShare

One of the coolest perks of RVshare is that several of the RV rentals have these add-ons.

We decided to get a breakfast nook and the movie projector as extras on this trip. They were both worth the extra cost! My family absolutely LOVED the movie projector! We watched Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, roasted marshmallows, and after the film, we had fun making shadow puppets for each other using the light of the projector.

We also had some affordable fun exploring nearby attractions.

Woman standing on a Florida pier in Amelia Island

One day we decided to head over to Amelia Island, one of Florida’s best kept secrets! This charming and peaceful island was just about 30 minutes from our KOA and super easy to access. We walked around the pretty town which had some older buildings, cute little shops, and a bustling pier where you can see a ton of boats, fishing charters, and ferries.

Kids doing a scavenger hunt while camping

Another day we visited Crooked River State Park in St. Mary’s, Georgia. This park was so amazing. We just went for the day, but it’s another campground that has either cabins or campsites for an RV rental. The park has a ton of trails, huge pine trees, a gorgeous playground, and lots of bathrooms (a definite plus). We enjoyed flying a kite for a bit, and then for some cheap fun, I decided to put together a scavenger hunt packet for my kids.

Wherever you end up on your RV adventure, be sure to take advantage of local attractions – especially the free ones!

My family loved the RV rental from RVshare and would absolutely do it again.

Girl playing outside an RV rental from RVshare

Overall, this was a really, really fun trip. Aside from the expense of the RV rental, most of our activities were cheap or free, and there was certainly no shortage of activities to do! My family made a bunch of great memories that I know we will cherish forever. This RV rental was truly a great way for us to spend quality time together and I’m so glad we did it!

If you’re hoping to whisk your family away on an affordable fall vacation, check out RVshare!

an RV in the fall from RVshare

Hip2Save’s Lina, has also tried RVshare and found an RV rental to be a great way to see the country.

family with rv

My coworker, Lina, has also used RVshare to secure an RV rental. Lina found great owners on RVshare who were willing to deliver their recreational vehicle to the Zion Canyon RV Park (another great park to visit in autumn).

They set it up and took the time to show her family everything they needed to know inside. Lina was super impressed by how clean the RV was upon delivery. Her RV rental included a kitchen with a stove, oven, dishes, pots, pans, and everything else needed to cook. It was the perfect vehicle for her to use to explore the national parks nearby.

woman in an RV from RVShare

It’s such a great perk to have the owner show you everything you need for a successful trip, whether it’s glamping with the girls or having more upscale camping accommodations for hard-to-please teens. 😉 Plus, having the delivery option makes RVshare just as easy (if not easier) than sticking with hotels because it’s exactly right where you want to be!

And with fuel costs so high, Lina loved that she didn’t have to fill up the RV’s tank or even attach it to her car. Note that there’s no set RVshare delivery price. It will vary per owner of the RV, but rest assured there are no hidden fees for delivery. The price you see listed on RVshare.com is the actual price!

Lina thought renting an RV was a great opportunity to gift experiences instead of things!

“As my kids get older, I’m really finding myself craving more quality time and unique experiences with my family. Was this the most frugal option? Maybe not as we could have probably stayed in a local hotel for a similar cost as our cozy RV, but it wouldn’t have been the same outdoor camping experience, so I thought it was well worth it!

I was grateful to spend time with my family focusing on what’s really important – making memories with each other. That’s why renting an RV is a great idea for holiday and summer travel!

I guarantee these kids will never forget the vacation when we rented an RV, were all stuck together for 3 days, and in an area with limited WiFi. 🤣 – Lina, Hip2Save team

Looking for travel inspiration? Browse RVshare’s blog!

RVshare has a blog with tons of useful tips like where to see the best fall foliage. You’ll also find other autumn-themed posts like The Top 5 Destinations RVshare Renters are Visiting this Fall,  Family Friendly Places To Visit For Halloween, 7 Ideas for Spooky Camping Fun. These posts will help maximize your vacation budget while providing some helpful information! 🙌

No matter where your RV travels take you, they even have insight on travel impacts and how rising gas prices won’t severely impact your trip.

RV Share - Fall Foliage Autumn Vacation

Consider visiting one of these National Parks to see the leaves changing colors – they’re popular RV destinations!

  • Yosemite National Park: Does this one need an introduction? 😆 Not only can you experience thousands of square miles of beautiful wilderness, but Yosemite also hosts popular sporting events, galleries, conservancies, and more. Visit Lower Yosemite Falls, the bottommost part of America’s largest waterfall.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: For a breathtaking view of the autumn colors, head to Great Smoky National Park. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails to explore and over 2,100 miles of streams and rivers. The weather will be much more mild in fall and you’ll see striking autumn colors all the way up the mountains. To see these sweeping views, head to Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: This infamous park offers 415 square miles of stunning mountain landscapes. In fall, the mountains are covered in patches of orange and gold from the turning leaves of the aspen trees. From glistening alpine lakes to towering mountain peaks, this park has so much to see and do! Head to Bear Lake or Sprague Lake and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife!
  • Grand Teton National Park: If you love seeing jaw-dropping scenery and magnificent wild animals, pack up and head for Grand Teton National Park. From hiking to backcountry camping, there is no shortage of great activities for you to do! Just remember to dress in layers as the temperature can fluctuate throughout the day.

  • Acadia National Park: If you’re willing to bundle up when out and about, consider Acadia National Park. Early fall is actually one of the best times to visit the park and you can expect to see a symphony of fall colors as the leaves begin to change! The park has plenty of hiking trails accessible to beginners. Don’t forget to stop at Jordan Pond House (open through late October) for tea and pop-overs.
  • Shenandoah National Park: Ready for an adventure? Plan a trip to Shenandoah National Park and soak in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These mountains made RVshare’s list of the best places to see fall foliage. From biking to horseback riding, there is no shortage of ways to take in the stunning scenery. For a view you won’t forget, take a cruise down Skyline Drive, a scenic route that runs along the crest of the park’s mountains.
  • Voyageurs National Park: Planning an early fall trip? Consider Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota which is open year-round. The fall colors begin to pop starting in mid-September. Enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors as you explore some 30 lakes and 27 miles of hiking trails. This park is a wonderland for water lovers and stargazers!

rvshare website on computer

Wanna get started? Check out which RVs are available for rent near you.

You can browse the nearby vehicles on RVshare, and even filter by whether or not they accept pets (around 30% of them do).

Here’s how to find a great RV on RVshare plus some helpful booking tips:

  • Find the perfect RV for your trip by using RVshare’s detailed search settings to filter by location, features, RV type, etc. to find exactly what you’re looking for! If you want to get one delivered like me, just remember to filter by “Offers Delivery”.
  • Talk directly with the RV owner to arrange your trip. When they deliver the RV, they’ll also show you how all the systems work so you’ll feel right at home.
  • Check the fine print of your rental since you may have to empty water tanks or fill gas tanks before it’s picked up.
  • Take advantage of your hassle-free trip and let the owner take away the RV when it’s time to head home!
  • If you plan to stay at a campsite, it’s best to book in advance or else you risk the chance that the campground is sold out.
  • Make sure the campground knows your RV dimensions so there are no hiccups with your campsite upon arrival!

Note: You’ll notice that RVshare rental prices will vary a great deal by location and vehicle. There is usually a cleaning fee involved and a deposit. You’ll definitely want to factor all that in for your vacation budget.

rvshare rv in forest

Looking to rent out your RV instead? RVshare makes it so easy!

With the RVshare platform, owners can easily list their RVs for renters to find – and it gives RV owners the opportunity to earn a little money while they’re not using their RV.

Here’s how listing an RV on RVshare works:

  • List your RV on their site by adding photos and a detailed description. Manage exactly what potential renters see when they search.
  • Review reservation requests and work directly with renters to agree on terms. You’re in complete control.
  • Meet the renter, give them a quick demo, and send them on their way!
  • Reap the benefits of listing on the largest rental network in the world. The renter will return your RV at the end of their trip.

There are several reasons owners don’t rent out their RVs, but here are some reasons to reconsider!

rvshare rv driving through trees

Still have concerns about using RVshare?

You’ll be happy to know they have a Worry-Free Rental Agreement featuring payment protection, rental & rebooking assistance, 24/7 customer support, security deposit protection, and more. Check out the full Rental Agreement to see all the perks & rules.

Check out these RVshare reviews from Hip2Save readers & customers:

“We rented a 30-foot motorhome a couple of summers ago from RVshare. We rented it in South Dakota and traveled to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a blast and our family loved that way to see the country vs. being stuck in a van. We figured we saved money this way instead of renting from another company. The owner was good to work with too.” – Connie, Hip2Save reader

“First time using RV share and of course we were a little hesitant, but took a chance. RV share helped us find a rental with an awesome owner. Every question was answered with little to no wait time. We had a blast on our vacation. We would recommend RV share to all that ask us for our opinion.” – Cheryl, RVshare customer

the Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn

Honestly, both Lina and I can say that our RV adventures were some of the most fun little getaways our families have ever done, and we can’t wait until our next RV rental adventure. For summer travel, I highly recommend getting an RV delivered from RVshare if it’s within your budget!

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About the writer:

Erica has over 6 years of experience as a content manager, editor, and copywriter. She lives credit card free and hasn't paid full-price for anything since becoming a mom! Connect with Erica on LinkedIn

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Comments 5

  1. EricaA

    My sister and family are doing this. They are driving from Houston to Toledo instead of flying. Way cheaper and they are having an adventure

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that is fun! I agree it’s a great adventure.

  2. siena95

    Not seeing the cost. How much was the rv share for the Jacksonville weekend?

    • Erica (Silly Sidekick)

      Hey Siena! I booked this RV rental and it was $150 per night. We stayed 3 nights for a long weekend! Note that if you plan to stay on a campground site, you will also have a fee there too.

  3. VickiT

    Cool idea, but it is still so expensive overall, I’d rather be in an Airbnb.

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