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RVshare Review — How Good Is This RV Rental Service?

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RVshare Review

Embarking on an RV adventure and searching for the perfect rental platform? Look no further! In our RVshare review, we’ll explore the ins and outs of this popular company. From their vast array of rentals and insurance policies to costs, customer reviews, and more – we’ve got you covered. Buckle up, and let’s hit the road on this exciting journey through RVshare’s offerings!

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About the Company

In 2012, co-founder Mark and his wife, Rachel, decided to RV across the country for their honeymoon.

They fell in love with the freedom and wanted to share this feeling with others. After their honeymoon, they decided to rent their RV to couples who were interested in the lifestyle but weren’t sure if it was right for them.

That’s when Mark realized there wasn’t an ideal platform to support the idea of renting RVs (at the time).

RVShare Home Page

RVshare became the first peer-to-peer RV rental company and is currently one of the largest rental companies there is.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about RVshare:

Note: Mark has since stepped down as CEO of RVshare and now resides in the background as a board member.

What Is RVshare? What Do They Offer?

RVshare is an online peer-to-peer RV rental company. It’s like the Airbnb of the RV world. Anyone who owns an RV can list their RV for rent on RVshare and make some extra money from their rentals.

Whether you’re an RV owner or a renter, the site can work for you.  RVshare provides a platform for owners to list their RVs for rent and for prospective renters to browse listings. Owners and renters both have profiles complete with reviews written by people they’ve rented to or from.

However, unlike other peer-to-peer rental companies like Outdoorsy, there is little emphasis on these profiles. Many users neglect to fill them out, and finding them is a bit difficult. I had to scroll all the way down the page to find the RV owner, and the only thing I could do was contact them (not see their information).

RVshare RV Owner Profile

They do, however, offer a private chat to contact the owner and a secure payment system so you’re not handing cash or credit card details to strangers.

For RV owners, listing with RVshare is akin to a landlord hiring a property manager. Owners set their rates and availability, then communicate with interested renters, but RVshare handles the screening and payment collection, for a fee.

Renting an RV From RVshare

RVshare Rental Options

RVshare offers everything from Class A, B, and C RV rentals, as well as toy haulers, fifth wheels, pop-up campers, travel trailers, and more. Click here to figure out which RV rental is perfect for you!

If you want to rent an RV from RVshare’s thousands of listings, first you need to create a renter’s profile.

Some requirements include being at least 25 years old, having a valid driver’s license, having at least 3 years of driving history, and passing a DMV check.

The DMV check is quick and automated. As long as your record doesn’t reveal the following red flags, you’ll pass:

  • A suspended license
  • A recent DUI
  • Two 20 mph speeding tickets in the past 12 months
  • Two negligent collisions in the past 12 months

You can browse RV listings through the RVshare platform by date and location. You’ll only see cities and states, not street addresses. When you find an RV you like, contact the owner through the built-in messaging system if you have questions. If you’re good to go, just click “Request to Book” and wait for the owner to approve your request (or not, it’s their call).

*Note that some owners enable a feature called Instant Book, which means your reservation request will be booked instantly.

However, because the RVs are for rent by the owner (RVshare doesn’t own the RVs themselves), some rural areas may be lacking in available rigs.

Rent an RV with RVshare – Ready to hit the road in an RV? Grab an RV rental from RVshare! Find RV listings here.

RVshare’s Rental Insurance Reviews

If you ask me, rental insurance is just as important as the RV you pick (if not more important).

When you rent an RV through RVshare, the renter’s insurance price is included. However, it differs depending on what type of RV you choose…

RV Share Insurance

It’s important to note that those prices are without sales tax and that all RVs that are 36’ in length or longer will include a $5.99 upcharge.

The rental insurance covers pretty much everything, though. Take a look at the image below for a handful of things that it covers (that you might not even be thinking of):

RVShare Insurance Coverage

In my opinion, RVshare’s rental insurance is great! 

I do, however, feel uncomfortable that they don’t share which RV insurance company they’ve partnered with.  

They simply say “We’ve partnered exclusively with the most experienced RV rental insurance company in the world and an A-rated underwriter to provide world-class rental insurance to both domestic and international travelers.”

Maybe it’s because I’m anal about these things, but I want to know which company is providing the insurance when I rent an RV (I’d especially want to know before listing an RV, too).

On the plus side, standard coverage of motorhome rentals includes:

  • Up to $200,000 in comprehensive and collision coverage based on the value of the RV
  • Free 24/7 roadside assistance and free towing and tire service
  • State statutory limits of liability

Standard coverage of trailer rentals includes: 

  • Up to $200,000 in comprehensive and collision coverage based on the value of the RV
  • Free 24/7 roadside assistance and free towing and tire service

Important: RVshare’s lack of transparency with their insurance is one reason we prefer Outdoorsy over RVshare. Learn more here.

RVshare’s Roadside Assistance

Each and every RV rental from RVshare comes with 24/7 roadside assistance.

Here’s what you get:

RVShare Roadside Assistance

Towing and tire service is super important, of course, but the emergency supply delivery? 

That’s freaking awesome! Imagine being stuck on the side of the road with no gas, water, oil, or food but knowing that help was on the way… with everything!

The lockout service is great, too! Bill and I have locked ourselves out of our home, car, and RV more times than we care to recall!

RVshare Rental Rates

Like all RV companies, the rates will change depending on which RV you choose to rent. Click here to see the average RV rental prices across the board.

Here’s a quick list of things that contribute to the prices:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Whether you want pets to come
  • How long do you plan on renting for
  • Whether you’re picking up the RV or having it delivered

There are plenty of things that go into the cost of renting an RV – and each company differs.

You’ll likely find an RV rental on RVshare for ~$50+ per night.

Pros and Cons of Using RVshare

Before we dive into this section, I want to clearly state that these are my opinions – you may have a different viewpoint than I do, and that’s perfectly okay!

With that out of the way, let’s dive into the pros and cons of using RVshare!

Pros of RVshare

  • RVshare customers get a 5% cash back on future trips
  • RV owners using RVshare receive up to $1 million for protection and insurance purposes
  • Up to $200,000 in comprehensive and collision coverage based on the value of the RV
  • Renters can opt for extra setup and delivery for a fee
  • Free 24/7 roadside assistance
  • No membership fees and free to join for RV owners

Cons of RVshare

  • Not a lot of options in less populated areas
  • Doesn’t require renters to have yearly DMV checkups for their RV
  • Doesn’t list which insurance company they’re partnered with
  • Insurance fees can range anywhere from $10-$40
  • BBB Rating: A+, however, the negative reviews reflect the company and not the renting process itself

​Listing an RV on RVshare

Matorhome RV Class C Sprinter Ford Chassis

If you own an RV, listing your RV on RVshare can be a great way to make some extra money. 

Don’t limit yourself — You can list your RV for rent on Outdoorsy in addition to RVshare to get more bookings! Learn more here.

Getting started is easy. Just write up the details of your listing, upload pictures, and name your price. You’ll also need to decide if (and how much) you want to charge as a security deposit.

The security deposit covers damages that wouldn’t be covered by insurance (like damage to the interior). You’d also use it to cover mileage overages, if applicable. As long as your RV is returned in the same condition it left in, the renter gets their security deposit back seven days after the booking ends.

You and the renter will communicate directly to go over ground rules, add-ons, and to arrange pickup. When they show up, you’ll both have to go through the RV Departure Form so you both agree on the condition of the vehicle. (It’s similar to going through damages when you rent a car.) You’ll go through the RV Return Form again when they bring your rig back.

RVshare handles the transactions, so all you have to do is wait for the money to hit your bank account. Once the renter picks up your RV, the money is released within 24 hours.

Check out our complete guide to starting an RV rental business for more info.

RVshare Review: Wrapping It Up

RVshare has its perks and its downfalls like many rental companies.

If I were looking into renting an RV and had never looked at a peer-to-peer rental company before, I’d consider RVshare – however, we prefer Outdoorsy when it comes to RV rentals (see our Outdoorsy review here).

Who’s Best? – Wondering why we prefer Outdoorsy? Click here to read our Outdoorsy vs RVshare overview.

There’s a new contender in the camper rental space as well: RVezy! Check out our RVezy reviews here.

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