Rental Company vs Private RV Rental



Are you craving adventures, but unsure whether to turn to a professional RV rental company or a private individual? At AVIS explore, we weigh the pros and cons to help you make the best choice of RV rental!



Renting from a professional RV rental company

Let's start with the advantages and disadvantages of a professional RV rental company.

Advantages of professional RV rental

Opting for a professional RV or van rental promises you a vacation with peace of mind:

  1. All vehicles adhere to high standards of reliability and safety, as they are regularly maintained.
  2. The company offers a wide range of additional services, such as road insurance or equipment rental.
  3. A professional renter is surrounded by real travel experts who can share unforgettable route inspirations.
  4. Booking is simple and convenient (availability, time slots, and numerous pick-up points).

Disadvantages of professional rental

Every coin has two sides, let's now look at the disadvantages of a professional RV rental company:

  1. Sometimes higher costs due to VAT included in the rates.
  2. Less flexible rental conditions.

That being said, at AVIS explore, we've noticed a significant number of last-minute cancellations and thus a lack of reliability with some private RV or van renters.

An unexpected cancellation, of course, can be quite disheartening just days – or even hours – before the big departure.

Private RV Rental

Now, let's move on to the advantages and disadvantages of renting from a private RV owner.

Advantages of private rental

Exploring Europe's roads in a privately rented RV or converted van has its perks:

  1. More attractive rental prices.
  2. Customized rental experiences for personalized service.
  3. Meaningful encounters with experienced owners ready to share their wisdom and memories.

Disadvantages of private rental

Of course, a lower cost also comes with some drawbacks:

  1. Often older vehicles;
  2. Varying quality and maintenance since vehicles are not subject to the same standards as professionals.
  3. Less comprehensive and/or clear insurance and guarantees.

Criteria for choosing your RV rental

To assist you in renting an RV, AVIS explore shares its advice for making the best choice.

Define your needs and expectations

First and foremost, it's important to define your needs for the journey you're about to embark on.

This includes:

  • The size, age, and type of vehicle based on the number of people, desired comfort level, or need for additional equipment;
  • The available budget, which should be planned along with an estimated budget for your entire trip;
  • The duration and destination, which should be thought out at least minimally in advance!

Understand the terms of the rental contract

Of course, whether with a professional or private renter, it implies understanding the terms of the rental contract:

  • Insurance and coverage;
  • Mileage and additional fees;
  • Breakdown assistance.

Tips for a successful rental experience

To set off on adventures in France or Europe behind the wheel of your RV with peace of mind, here are some additional tips for a successful rental:

  1. Check reviews and recommendations from past customers to ensure the quality of the vehicle.
  2. Thoroughly inspect the RV or converted van before signing the contract.
  3. Ask all your questions about this vehicle.

In summary, if you seek reliability and safety or are a novice in this type of travel, we recommend the support of a professional renter.

In any case, don't forget to conduct thorough research before making a decision!