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RV rental companies are extremely optimistic about the outlook for motorhome and travel trailer rentals this summer and throughout 2004, according to a recent survey of members of RV Rental Association (RVRA), a division of the national Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
RV rental activity is expected to rise an average of 34% this year and RVRA Chairman Bert Alanko said, “This may be one of strongest seasons ever for RV rentals. RVRA members report strong advance booking for the summer as more families, couples, and seniors discover that RV rentals are an ideal way to visit North America’s greatest destinations.”
Class C are the most popular type of rental RV, followed by Class A motorhomes, and towable RVs (folding campings and travel trailers).
RV rental companies are adding capacity and report the average rental fleet size is expected to increase by 18%.
The survey also shows that more than 84% of RV rental companies rent for more than 10 months a year. RV rentals by foreign visitors are expected to make up 13% of all North American RV rentals in 2004.
The big demand for RV rentals makes it a good idea for prospective travelers to book as far in advance as possible, according to Alanko. “Although the survey shows that rental companies have added RVs to their fleet, people should make plans now for their RV vacation so they can get the type of RV they want, on the days they want it,” he said.
Consumers looking to take an RV vacation this year can visit www.rvra.org Web site to help them plan their trip. The online directory is a state-by-state listing of more than 300 rental companies across the U.S., and also includes listings from Canada. The site features consumer tips on renting — including advice on driving an RV, selecting the proper unit, and understanding rental agreements.
RV renters can also get a free CD-rom or video on RV travel by calling 888-GO-RVING or by visiting the www.gorving.com Web site.  The CD-rom/video contains useful introductory information on the type of RV units available.