Plan a Memorable Family RV Trip This Holiday Season (I Used This Rental Service & Loved It!)

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Hit the road and gift yourself (and the fam) a fun RV rental for the holidays! 

With the holidays approaching, consider gifting an experience your family will always remember by planning an RV weekend getaway all will love. Traveling and spending time outdoors is so good for the soul, and exploring new places in an RV from RVshare is a fantastic way to gift experiences and create lasting memories.

RVShare Airstream Trailer and truck at sunset

From ice skating to sipping hot cocoa by the fire to taking in all the fall and winter foliage, this is truly one of the best times of the year to hit the road and see all that nature has to offer.

National Parks are where it’s at this time of year!

Yellowstone National Park

During the summer and early fall months, National Parks are packed with families on vacation, but, as long as you’re prepared for the colder weather, it’s a great time to grab an RV from RVshare and plan a weekend or winter break visit.

This is an incredible, out-of-the-box gift for your loved ones during the holidays. With smaller crowds, there are so many fun activities your family can enjoy, and those once overly crowded destinations turn into peaceful winter wonderlands.

There are over 60 national parks spread across the country, so the possibilities are endless for your next winter family adventure. I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon in the winter; it’s known as the “Secret Season” to visit, and I hear it’s truly breathtaking this time of year with the clearest skies, coolest temperatures, and lowest crowd levels!

relaxing in a hammock outdoors

This past summer we rented an RV from RVshare and we had the most amazing time on our fun 3-day family getaway in beautiful southern Utah! There was so much to see and do there, but we enjoyed the quality time spent together and managed to get in some relaxation while camping too.

woman coming out of an RV

Ever been curious about traveling in an RV without the commitment of buying one? Or, do you own an RV that sits unused 90% of the year? RVshare, the Airbnb for RV’s, may just be the perfect solution for you as they connect RV renters AND RV owners one road trip at a time!

inside of RV kitchen from RvShare

I’m here to confirm that staying in a rented RV is the most hassle-free way to camp… EVER!

We found amazing RV owners on RVshare who were willing to deliver an awesome RV to the Zion Canyon RV Park which made things so much easier when planning our Zion National Park adventure in Utah. They set it up and took the time to show us everything we needed to know inside. It had a kitchen with a stove, oven, dishes, pots, pans, and everything else needed to cook.

RV bathroom with shower

Plus, I was so impressed at how everything was so clean inside including a larger than expected bathroom, which is always so convenient to have for a family stay. Staying in an RV with nice bedding, plush towels, and a fully-stocked kitchen is the BEST.

woman in an RV from RVShare

I’ll admit that renting an RV was the easiest camping I have ever experienced because we had electricity, comfy beds, and hot showers in a nice bathroom. Best of all, after three nights, we walked away and let them do the deep cleaning afterward- so awesome!

zion national park sign

Zion National Park is so incredibly beautiful, and those Red Rock canyons views are AMAZING!

Visiting national parks is our favorite way to spend time together outside. Zion is our 5th family getaway to a national park, and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend visiting as southern Utah is a beautiful part of the country and not too far from where we live in Arizona.

campfire next to an RV

This was a much-needed break from electronic devices and a fun way to reconnect as a family.

Taking advantage of any upcoming winter breaks may be the perfect time for a fun family trip with the kids to disconnect and enjoy all the benefits of the great outdoors together! Even my sometimes hard-to-please teenagers had a great time with our RVshare experience and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

This is a great option too if you’re wanting to travel but still social distance.

picture of Rv from Vsshare

Want to see what RVs are available near you?

Just check out the RVshare website to see all of the available inventory and sort by what you’re looking for. I spotted listings as low as $48 per night in my area!

Traveling with pets? Approximately 30% of RV owners allow pets! In the drop-down box, just filter by rentals that allow pets.

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

As far as our almost brand new rental, we could have probably stayed in a local hotel for a similar cost, but it wouldn’t have been the same outdoor camping experience, so I thought it was well worth it!

inside of RVshare camper

Want to rent an RV from RVshare? Here’s how RV rentals work:

  • Discover the perfect RV for your trip by using RVshare’s detailed search settings.
    • You can filter by location, features, and RV type to find exactly what you’re looking for!
  • 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!

rv in zion national park

RVshare brings RV owners and interested renters together, so owners can start a side hustle and renters enjoy a unique vacation. It’s a win-win situation for both parties!

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!

I had such a nice time talking with the owners of the RV we rented and it seems like a nice revenue stream if you don’t mind deep cleaning and maintaining your RV after having visitors. They actually have theirs rented out so often now that they rarely have it open to use anymore themselves, but that seems okay by them. 😉

RV-ing has become so popular lately with families and individuals wanting to vacation while social distancing. I personally enjoyed reading the sign-in book the RV had and reading about everyone else’s adventures and travels who had also previously stayed.

rv next to an RV park

Want to rent your RV and make some extra money? RVshare makes it so easy!

  • 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.

RVshare campsite with camper

On the fence about RVshare? Here’s why this Hip2Save reader thinks this service is great!

“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

RVshare utah

They offer a Worry-Free Rental Guarantee so you can feel confident about your rental and enjoy your vacation.

The RVshare Worry-Free Rental Guarantee provides the following benefits:

  • Payment protection that protects rental payments against listing fraud.
  • The dedicated Customer Solutions Team will answer your questions before or after your reservation.
  • Rental assistance if the RV is significantly misrepresented or you are denied access.
  • Rebooking assistance is provided by their Booking Services Team to assist in finding you another RV should your booking be canceled by an owner last minute.
  • Security deposit protection to assist you in disputing a charge wrongfully withheld after your reservation.

family in front of an RV

This could be 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, but 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. 😂

I can honestly say this adventure was one of the most fun little getaways I have ever done, and can’t wait until our next RV rental adventure.

I highly recommend disconnecting a bit from real life and planning a last-minute RV trip for winter break if it’s in your budget!

Be sure to check out all of our easy camping and grilling recipes to take along!

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 79

  1. johnson16

    Anyone used this before? Good experience?

    • Rebecca

      We have used it before. It was a great first experience with an rv before deciding to purchase our own. It is a little stressful taking someone else’s camper with 5 kids and hoping they won’t break anything, especially with how some of them are cheaply made. But all in all, it was an easy and smooth experience. We picked our camper up from the owner and they showed us how everything worked. That took some time so make sure you plan for that.

    • Connie

      We rented a 30 foot motorhome a couple summers ago from RV Share. Rented it in South Dakota and traveled to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Rocky Mtn Nat’l 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 Cruise America or another company. The owner was good to work with.

      • Sarah Bill

        Connie, I would love to do that! How did it work with the RV and your car? Im curious how it gets dropped off and where you stay to see the sights.

  2. Hsharpie14

    I have wanted to try this before buying but the cost is a bit expensive. For the cost of renting a RV I can get a 3 bedroom condo cheaper at the beach 🙁

    • Cat

      I agree very $$$ but totally different experience between RV & Condo.

  3. pokz007

    So you plan a an rv….drive to park/sleep…need another transpo once u parked ur rv to explore around…pay for cleanup…uhhmmm what else?…im sure this the “the thing” for some families…i have tried it and i have 2 toddlers…im sure its fun..convince me more?

    • Sophie

      What’s there to convince? You tried it and didn’t like it.

      • Mary

        LOL 🙂

    • nicole-14

      There are ones to rent that are set up or delivered to the location you want so you can do it and avoid most of those cons on your list.

    • julie

      You can stay on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land for free.

      • IB

        Thanks for clarifying acronym…lol

      • Susie

        How do you look into this?! Sounds very interesting!

  4. Jan

    We actually rent our camper out through RV share and it has been one way to add a little income to our family.

    • Ann Marie

      Hi Jan,
      I want to give you the heads up to make sure you notify your insurance company for the camper that you are doing this……….if anything happens and you don’t you won’t be covered.

  5. MarMar

    What a beautiful family! You and your family look like you all had a wonderful time at such a breath taking location. The RV looks modern and comfortable for a family of 4. Thank you for sharing your experience and including your personal pictures (:

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Mar Mar!

  6. Julia

    Looks like an incredible family trip! Love all the great photos!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Julia!

  7. Tracy

    I’m in KY and many campgrounds here are booked for the next 4-5 months.

  8. everybodyluvsmonkeys

    I so want to try this. We want to go to Destin beach this July. The question is will we save money renting an RV vs renting a condo or hotel for 5 days. Last time I checked RVshare it was pretty pricy to rent an RV for a family of 5. I’ll check it out again and see but most camp sites are probably already booked up for the summer.

    • Rebeccaperson

      We rented a house in Shalimar via AirBNB and it was great. Tons of space and great location to jump off to other attractions nearby.

  9. Michelle

    OUTDOORSY.COM is a great option for RV rentals 🙂

  10. Juliee

    Lina, did you take a turn to drive it? Wondering how long it takes to get comfortable driving with no previous experience?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Juliee! I did not drive it. We drove our own car to Utah and the owners live there and set it up for us. Then we camped in it for three days, then left. But they have had people drive it to other states and back. Seemed manageable since it wasn’t a huge one. 🙂

      • Juliee

        Ooooh! I get it!! Ready, set, camp WITHOUT the driving headache!!! Thanks for explaining. My driving skills for anything bigger than my minivan are questionable at best 😂

  11. katiem

    Thank you for this great post! I have been wanting to try an RV with our family but we have never driven one and do not know how to do the hookups etc.. Can anyone let us know how RVing is for a family that has never done it before? Thanks 🙂

    • Sophie

      We’ve had 1st time rv-ers, say it was easy to drive our 30ft class a. We go through how everything works and the hook ups, as all owners should. You have to be an outdoor person to enjoy the rv experience.

  12. pokz007

    Anyone used this from nj?..thanks

  13. Betsy

    We went to Zion in January. It’s SO beautiful! We stayed in a hotel in Springdale, but I’d enjoy trying something different like this next time.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks for sharing Betsy! Yes, it’s a fun experience!

  14. becca

    Thank you for sharing Lina. I love that you have shared an alternative to camping for people who do not want to rough it but want the beauty of being so close to nature. And too that you did it in a way you didn’t have to drive the RV – so you then didn’t have to worry about that and had your personal vehicle to use. Such a great idea. It looks like your family had an amazing time and good memories were made.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      YES! Thanks so much Becca – it was a fantastic time <3

  15. Lulu

    We had a great experience renting an 25′ RV through Cruise America for our family of 5 a few years ago. We flew across the country to Las Vegas and rented from there (and had placed several pickup orders ahead of time from Walmart & Sam’s Club to quickly stock the RV) and took it for a 3 weeks route through many of the National Parks (Bryce, Zion, Yellowstone, Badlands, Sand Dunes, Grand Canyon, etc.). Neither my husband nor I had driven or lived out of an RV before, but it was very easy and straight-forward and the perfect vehicle to accomplish the trip. I booked campgrounds directly in the National Parks, and ALL meals were home-based to save time and money. It took a LOT of advance planning for the trip to go as smoothly as it did, but it was a wonderful experience my family all values and are grateful to have done. Kids were just the right ages too (16, 14, 11) – young enough to not have summer jobs/commitments yet, but old enough to keep up on all our physically demanding adventures as well as help with RV/campground tasks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow that is AMAZING! I agree- those are awesome ages. Thanks so much for sharing about your epic trip. 🙂

    • Mamamia

      My friends and I Label those ages as the sweet spot as a parent.

  16. Sharon

    We borrowed an RV 20 years ago and bought a 5th wheel the following year. We camp most every weekend. Two weeks ago we traveled to the U.P. Of Michigan and a fabulous time. So glad you enjoyed the time away.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow that sounds awesome! Thanks Sharon!

  17. Lissa C

    It’s a hotel on wheels and camping without roughing it too much~what’s not to love? I would think you save by not eating out or paying for airfare to get to where you’re going. Additionally, you can bring your pets- a huge plus for us animal lovers. Thanks for sharing your adventure! It gives me fun vacation vibes!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay so fun! You’re correct on the pets. Some owners let you bring pets, which is awesome. 👏

  18. Tamara

    Just beware for those of you who like to plan ahead. I booked a trailer last July (2020) for our annual camping trip this July (2021) and I got a notice Memorial Day weekend that the owner is moving across the country so he cancelled my reservation. I never thought this would be a possibility and it was devastating for our family since there is NOTHING available for July 4th week this late in the game. Just an FYI.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that happened. 🙁

  19. NubianGoddess

    You have such a nice family!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thank you so much 😍

  20. xkitkatzx

    Thank you for suggesting this kind of trip! It sounds amazing and great to hear you had a good experience!! It might be the kind of thing for my family’s nxt adventure!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! And yes it was a fun adventure -try it! 🙌😍

  21. Sue

    What a beautiful looking park, my husband and I will have to go there. I didn’t know that you could rent an RV and that is really great. I don’t like sleeping in tents anymore too scary now at least that’s how I feel about tents. Thanks for the information.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! It was a fun time Sue!

  22. Becky

    I really wanted to try this RV-sharing thing until I see the deposit fee. How does that make it a good deal?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes there is a deposit just like AirBNB and renting a house/condo. I got mine back pretty quick after the trip though.

  23. pattydunton

    The best family time is while camping.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      YES! Agree.

  24. dee

    My family loved doing this..We used outdorsy which is similar to rv share. Our kids meet some terrific friends camping. I am cinsidering purchasing a rv since we feel confident that we are able to navigate using an rv.this is a good first step before deciding if it is for you. If not let rv share/ outdoorsy set up and take care of the maintence

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      How awesome, I agree! Thanks for sharing!

  25. ziggy10

    We have been debating on doing this for quite a while now. As avid travelers all over the country for many years now, we know a great deal when we see it. And I agree, the deposit is steep and honestly the nightly fee is too. Unless you live near some awesome park or something and the owners just drop it off for you to stay in, it doesn’t seem like a good deal at all. And Hip2Save ladies seem to be pushing this not so great deal pretty hard. Must be getting some serious kickback lol

  26. Tara T

    We did this to experience Yellowstone! We used but have heard great things most rv share sites. Sure camping is not for everyone but we had an absolute blast! There is something to be said for camping right in Yellowstone with elk munching grass 15 yards from your camper. I recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure!

  27. Talinardh8172

    We’ve owned a camper for almost 8 years and go every month from March to November and absolutely love it!! Our family bonds and it’s an awesome experience. My daughter was 18 mths old when we started and she’s almost 9 now. I recommend camping for everyone. It is hard work setting up and tearing down but it’s worth it!! 💜

  28. burksaving

    We just ordered one for next weekend as a last hurrah before school with all the teens and my parents! Easy transaction and the rental will be dropped off and picked up by a local guy!! Cannot wait for our short trip!

  29. dee

    Thank you for the reminder! Will be using outdoorsy to book my trip to Lancaster PA this camping

  30. Evie

    Humm, I think the price of rentals and housing is going up so fast, all of us may be living in one of these.

  31. Mari

    I LOVE that adventure framed map!!! Where is it from??

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      It’s cute i agree! This was a rental RV for us so unsure the origin of that map. Sorry!

    • Tammy

      I own an RV and keep seeing similar maps while looking for decorations on Amazon. They have a ton of different styles, framed and unframed. Or you can buy a map (or print one), get a frame and add adventure in vinyl in any color. I think I will do that with a map from our town.

  32. Sushi

    We rented through a business vs RV share. They delivered the RV to our site, set all up & cleaned up after. It was such a unique experience to stay in one.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice! Yes, I love this as a unique travel experience <3

  33. Mary

    Parents of 4th graders! If you google 4th grade national park pass every year, beginning Sept 1 all 4th graders and their families in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kids Outdoors pass. (www.every kid This pass provides free access to national parks across the country. You must print the pass to be able to use it.

  34. Laura Cook

    Yes just this last weekend we had booked one because it was recommended by H2S. They cancelled on us a week before. Too late to find another one for our sized family. We were refunded but we’re still out the fees at the campground and it was an autism fundraiser we were a Platinum sponsor for. We’re out a couple thousand dollars and it made our business look bad because we weren’t able to show. I would use extreme caution if your dates are set in stone.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      We’re so very sorry to hear about this, Laura. Do you have a good email address that we can share for customer service to reach out to you?

      • RVshare

        We were so sorry to hear about Laura’s experience. This was an unfortunate situation, and we wanted to make it up to her. We have been in touch and are working to compensate her and her family. – The RVshare Team

  35. Pat Goff

    We love traveling. We load up the car and head out on 3-4 day trips every month and then a week in Iowa with family and the yearly two weeks in Europe. Haven’t done it since last year. Really miss it. We go to visit Family in LA, AR, MO, OK, TN, IA, and KY. Everybody gets at least one visit a year and we all have a blast. Love my army family too.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow yes that sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing Pat!

  36. Tori

    We had family book through RVShare for a vacation with us in July. Owner cancelled the day they were to pick up the RV, due to previous renters trashing the motorhome. They could not get another rental that last minute, it was a nightmare!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      DARN! So sorry to hear about your experience, Tori. Do you have a good email we could pass along to customer service for you?

  37. becca

    Great post – thank you for sharing. Any chance you could do a post soon about more trip ideas for over the holidays and winter break? Maybe weekend ideas and week-long trip ideas. We are looking for different ideas for this upcoming December/early January. Coming from the cold Midwest, a big plus for ideas of where to go where we might enjoy warm weather. (PS not looking for Disney or Disneyland – we have been and at the holidays so looking for something completely different). Thanks so much for any ideas you or any readers might be able to provide.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Becca! Our midwest family enjoys coming to see us for the holidays as I live in sunny Arizona and it’s perfect weather here as an idea! There’s also lots to see at Grand Canyon, Sedona, Saguaro National Park to name a few <3.

      • becca

        thank you Lina…Arizona is a great idea. I appreciate your quick response today.

  38. Sol

    We bought a pop-up camper early on in the pandemic, and it has just been the best thing for our family. We were able to camp on the beach for 4th of July, with A/C, a stove, and real mattresses. Way better than tent camping! We’re huge fans of Air Bnbs, when we travel, but this has opened up a whole new world of opportunities to explore. I would suggest that a anyone try it at least once!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Sol! What a great way to travel!

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