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RV Rentals an Alternative to Airline Add-On Fees

Primary Contact:
Kevin Broom
703-620-6003, ext. 304
  Secondary Contact:
Fran Connors
Barton Gilanelli & Associates

With the summer vacation season approaching and airlines announcing additional passenger fees, RV rentals are looking more attractive than ever.


RVs eliminate airline passenger fees for luggage, fuel surcharges, meals and in-flight entertainment, while helping travelers avoid interminable flight delays and airport gridlock.


With an RV, travelers don’t have to pay for in-flight meals, snacks, baggage or extra legroom. They can bring whatever they want onboard an RV, from champagne to shampoo, to their own movies and favorite pet. And there’s plenty of storage space for hauling souvenirs and toys.


“Travelers leave all the hassles behind when they go by RV,” says Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. “What they don’t leave behind are all the comforts of home.”


With fully equipped kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and baths, RV travelers enjoy all the familiar amenities while on the road. They can bring their own sheets, pillows and even cook a gourmet meal onboard.

Affordability is another big advantage of RV rentals. Costs vary depending on the season and size of the unit, and range from $100-$250 per day. RV rentals can sleep as many as six people comfortably.


Even in a down economy, RV rentals remain popular. For example, El Monte RV and Cruise America, two of the world’s largest RV rental agencies, are reporting strong bookings throughout the summer. 


“In this economy, the affordability of RV vacations is especially attractive whether you rent or own,” says. Coon. “And there’s never been a better time to buy.”

Renting an RV is a popular way to try before you buy. There are more than 460 RV rental outlets nationwide and 16,000 public and privately owned campgrounds.

The largest rental companies, Cruise America ( and El Monte RV (, have outlets throughout the United States. In addition, many local RV dealers ( maintain rental fleets.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association is the national association representing approximately 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.

Visit for more information about RVing and to watch a video on how to get started RVing.

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