RV rental companies are extremely optimistic, forecasting a 37% increase in motorhome and towable RV rentals this year, according to a survey of RV Rental Association (RVRA) members.

To keep pace with the growing number of people renting RVs this summer, the RV rental fleet size is forecast to increase 10%.

Class C motorhomes are the most popular type of rental RV, followed by towable RVs and Class B motorhomes.

“The results of the RVRA rental survey confirm that the RV rental business is one of the most vibrant sectors of the RV industry,” said Bert Alanko, chairman of RVRA. “The RV rental season is getting longer as more people enjoy RV travel virtually all year.”

The total number of days that rented RVs are on the road is projected to increase by 17%.

Some other findings of note are that nearly three-quarters of RV rental companies rent for more than 10 months a year and RV rentals by foreign visitors are expected to make up 9% of all North American RV rentals in 2001.

RVRA is a division of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), the national association representing RV retailers.