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Old 06-19-2019, 05:21 AM   #1
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Default Is it cheaper to rent or own your own Class B?

Someone I know posed the question of whether it's actually less expensive to just rent an RV whenever you need one vs. buying one and paying for the insurance, maintenance, financing and depreciation.....

I guess it really depends on how much you actually use the RV and whether you want immediate access to the unit and want to personalize your vehicle...

I haven't been able to figure out the break even point on this, but, it's an interesting question....

Your thoughts?
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:03 PM   #2
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You do realize you're posting this to a forum of mostly owners, right?

You're right, the frequency of use is key. Between the purchase price, the carrying costs and time time investment in upkeep, they ain't cheap.

If you're only going to use it for a 2-3-4 week road trip every year and you know the dates months in advance, rent. Ownership is expensive and maintenance is not very sexy.

If you want to spontaneously take off for a weekend in July though, good luck finding one.

Once you believe you'll use it enough to justify the buy-in, you also end up using it for things like:
A cabana on beach days
A waiting area in between your kids' dance recitals.
Driveway surfing at a friends house instead of using their pullout couch
A warming shack on ski days

Some also have to use them as:
Mobile kitchens for those with special dietary needs
A dark place to go hide while your migraine meds kick in.
An ever-present toilet
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:10 PM   #3
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Define "need one." I think that the answer lies in that.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:32 PM   #4
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You do realize you're posting this to a forum of mostly owners, right?

You're right, the frequency of use is key. Between the purchase price, the carrying costs and time time investment in upkeep, they ain't cheap.

If you're only going to use it for a 2-3-4 week road trip every year and you know the dates months in advance, rent. Ownership is expensive and maintenance is not very sexy.

If you want to spontaneously take off for a weekend in July though, good luck finding one.

Once you believe you'll use it enough to justify the buy-in, you also end up using it for things like:
A cabana on beach days
A waiting area in between your kids' dance recitals.
Driveway surfing at a friends house instead of using their pullout couch
A warming shack on ski days

Some also have to use them as:
Mobile kitchens for those with special dietary needs
A dark place to go hide while your migraine meds kick in.
An ever-present toilet
Add... extra bedroom for guests, bug-out shelter for evacuations, shelter-in-place for power or water outage, hideaway office....

Still, many of those needs can be met in other ways much more cheaply.

The only way to justify the high cost of owning a class B is to travel and camp... a lot, as in more than 30-45 nights and/or 10-15K miles a year. Otherwise, you could rent and/or stay in some pretty nice hotels for what you’re giving up in depreciation and other fixed costs.
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If you rent at least you don't have the angst of constant and unexpected repairs, that some folks don't seem to handle well.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:35 PM   #6
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It is a want and not a need. Same with fancy expensive cars, boats, vacation homes and on and on.
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Old 06-23-2019, 02:14 AM   #7
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You do realize you're posting this to a forum of mostly owners, right?

You're right, the frequency of use is key. Between the purchase price, the carrying costs and time time investment in upkeep, they ain't cheap.

If you're only going to use it for a 2-3-4 week road trip every year and you know the dates months in advance, rent. Ownership is expensive and maintenance is not very sexy.

If you want to spontaneously take off for a weekend in July though, good luck finding one.

Once you believe you'll use it enough to justify the buy-in, you also end up using it for things like:
A cabana on beach days
A waiting area in between your kids' dance recitals.
Driveway surfing at a friends house instead of using their pullout couch
A warming shack on ski days

Some also have to use them as:
Mobile kitchens for those with special dietary needs
A dark place to go hide while your migraine meds kick in.
An ever-present toilet
I own a 2012 Roadtrek RS Adventurous. A friend who seemed interested in looking for an RV asked me about this question.

I read the answers below and agree; its definitely a luxury item.
I appreciate the flexibility of having the RV. We do use it for long trips and day trips occasionally...

My friend decided to skip it.
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It is a want and not a need. Same with fancy expensive cars, boats, vacation homes and on and on.
Indeed, and it is personal. Some can justify spending megabucks on Hasselblad some on top quality RV and some for a new generator. For us justification to own is instant availability, how about today not after getting a rental unit.
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Old 06-23-2019, 12:27 PM   #9
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Do they even rent Class B’s? I see lots of Cruise America Class C’s and a few of the Jucy micro-B’s (Dodge Caravans), but no Class B’s (that are recognizably rentals, anyway).

Thinking there may be a few units on the owner rental site- forgot the name, like AirBnB for RV’s... but very limited.

So rent vs. own is not really apples-to-apples if your preferred style involves a Class B.

Still, renting, even if it’s a different style of RV, makes a lot of sense if you’re jumping in for the first time.
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I agree with Jon. In the central parts of the country finding a B to rent is next to impossible.

For us it is the unique experience, not a matter of being the cheapest way to travel or stay.
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