John Flynn and his family won’t check into a hotel on their next vacation. Instead, they’ll roll to their destination in a Fleetwood Jamboree, a 31-foot recreational vehicle that sleeps six.
And not just any RV. The Washington Post reported that Flynn won’t own this motorhome, and neither will a traditional rental company. They’ll RV share through a site called Mighway.com, a peer-to-peer service that brokers rentals between RV owners and travelers.
“My wife and I love RVs,” says Flynn, who lives in Moraga, Calif., and works for a food-services company. “We’ve considered buying an RV. The problems with owning one include storage, depreciation, maintenance, and insurance. It’s a lot cheaper and more convenient to rent when we need one.”
Until now, if you wanted to hit the open road behind the wheel of an RV, buying was your best — and sometimes your only — option. But now there are new ways to get into an RV. The question is, does an RV share make sense for you?
RVs are not for the faint of wallet. The average motorhome costs $127,514, according to the RV Industry Association (RVIA), a trade group. The actual cost of ownership is higher once you factor in fuel, insurance, maintenance and campground fees. Unless you’re recently retired and living in a motorhome full-time, ownership might be a little pricey.
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