$1 a day? That’s not right is it? Well, yes, it is. Sometimes.
We’ve been looking at how we can save money on the most expensive things whilst we are travelling, so we can spend our money on the fun and exciting stuff and we stumbled over this little beauty.
The RV rental industry has a problem and you can solve it.
People who hire RV’s for a one way trip, leave the vehicle at another rental location, hundreds, if not thousands of miles from the original rental location.
The rental company need that RV back where it belongs or there’s a seasonal demand at one location and need more vehicles there and will incentivise you to make that happen for them.
The incentives vary depending on the company you use and how urgent the relocation is. Most will reduce the daily rental rate, many to as low as $1 a night. Some will also offer a fuel allowance, on production of receipts and even a ‘travel’ allowance. Each company’s terms vary and it’s always best to check and double check before you rent.
The downsides are that they dictate where the RV is collected and where it is dropped off. They’ll also give you a time limit. You’ll get the RV for the reduced rate for a set time, if you take longer, the extra night’s rent is normally at full price. You’ve got to be able to deliver the RV within the timeframe as there is normally someone due to collect the RV on that day or the next from the final destination.
Sometimes the relocations are last minute too. You’ll need to check availability when you’re on the road to get the best deals. Some websites offer a waiting list for certain locations or dates, which normally require signing up, for free of course.
There’s many websites that act as a go between for the rental company to reach you, but offer that service to you for free. These websites give you more availability, as they’re searching a number of rental companies at once. If you look carefully, you’ll also see areas on the actual rental company’s website for relocations. Don’t be afraid to call the reservations line and ask about relocations if you can’t find it on their website.
We’d love to hear about your experiences of relocating, drop us a line!
Ryan and Lois