Insider Information on when to Hire an RV
Research is the key ingredient to ensuring you get the most enjoyment out of your RV rental vacation. Deciding on when you are going to travel is the most important factor in determining how much your vacation will cost and how enjoyable it will be.
Hiring an RV in the High Season doesn't just mean you will be paying more for your rental. Travelers can also expect higher rates for RV parks and sites, tourist attractions and even some restaurants. Availability, for both RV rentals and places to stay, also becomes limited and destinations become more crowded.
While the Low Season is generally very appealing in terms of the low cost and high availability of RV rentals and parks, it also has its disadvantages. The weather may not be as desirable, the days are shorter and many of the tourist attractions donít remain open.
When it comes to choosing the best time to hire an RV, it pays to check out the prices on offer during the Shoulder Season. This period falls just before and just after the high season for RV rental (typically the end of spring and the beginning of fall) and offers a combination of desirable prices and weather.
The concept is simple: if you avoid taking an RV vacation at the same time as the rest of the crowds, the price of your rental, and vacation as a whole, will be a lot cheaper. As the Shoulder Season falls just outside the High Season, the weather should still be good, ensuring you get the best of both worlds.
Timing is everything
So how do you pick the ideal time? Consult our Pricing Info Graphic of course. It visually depicts the cheapest times to hire an RV throughout the year. Based on when you wish to travel, you can then decide on your destination.
Where should I travel?
North America is a huge region, filled with many extreme climates and varying landscapes. The United States generally experiences four temperate seasons in the north and two subtropical seasons in the south. However, in most US states the summer is hot, the winter is cool and spring and fall are generally mild.
Our Top Picks for Shoulder Season Travel
- The Rockies, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming
- Experience the ski resorts without the crowds
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Baseball fans can indulge in the authentic Fenway experience
- Washington, D.C.
- Marvel at the thousands of beautiful cherry trees at the Cherry Blossom Festival
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Experience eclectic art galleries and boutiques in the aroma of the gorgeous magnolias that are in full bloom.
- The Grand Canyon, Arizona
- Experience this wonder of the world without the crowds of tourists.
- San Diego, California
- Donít miss the flowers at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad California, the San Diego Museum of Art or the San Diego Zoo.
- Orlando Ė Walt Disney World, California
- Take advantage of shorter lines when visiting in spring.
- Portland, Oregon
- Pleasant temperatures will make exploration of Portlandís must-see museums and fun-filled festivals all that more enjoyable.
- San Antonio, California
- Enjoy comfortable weather while exploring Alamo, the River Walk and SeaWorld
- Chicago, Illinois
- Explore the artwork in Millennium Park or wander along the Magnificent Mile
- Memphis, Tennessee
- For outdoor concerts and cook-offs, including the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championships Barbeque Cook Contest
- Cape Cod, Massachusetts
- The beaches are still suitable for swimming but you wonít have to put up with the crowds.
- New Orleans, Mississippi
- Avoid the muggy summer drizzle and soak up everything this amazing destination has to offer
- New York, New York
- This is a city that has it all and September offers the perfect weather to explore it
- Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
- The winters are harsh and summers humid in this National Park, making fall the best time to visit.
- Colorado Ski Country
- October marks the beginning of the ski season in Colorado and is the best time to visit to avoid the crowds.
- Yellowstone National Park, California
- The wildlife come out to play in October making this the best time to visit
New England is another amazing place to visit from mid-March through to April and mid-October to mid-November). Early spring brings with it budding flowers and romantic city streets, with only light daily rainfall. By mid-October, fall has well and truly arrived, bringing with it brilliant colors and landscapes.
States of New England include:
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
Tips for booking on the shoulder
- Always check for local holidays and festivals, as these can create high season pockets within the shoulder period. Most shoulder seasons fall between Easter and Thanksgiving so ensure you plan your timing well.
- Book as close as possible to the high season as the shoulder allows. This will give you a better chance of experiencing the good weather the high season offers.
- Remember to double-check that the attractions you wish to visit are open during the periods you are looking at travelling in.