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For those of us who define “roughing it” as packing our own road-trip food until we arrive at our hotel, camping has never held much appeal. “Glamping” in an RV, on the other hand, seems like a great compromise: Enjoy the beauties of nature without giving up hot showers, electricity and indoor toilets.
If you've been considering an RV glamping trip but have been deterred by high gas prices, your dream vacation doesn't have to be put on hold. This is 2022, and everything can be delivered — even an RV. That means your RV comes without you needing to drive it, fill it up or figure out how to set it up, thanks to RVshare's delivery option.
How to go glamping with an RV delivery
Just go the RVshare site, enter your destination, select your RV, and the home-away-from home will be delivered to the site and all set up for you. After all, glamping is all about relaxation!
With RV delivery, you can:
- Explore all the sites near your home that you've been promising yourself you'd get to one day.
- Visit out-of-town family and friends while having your accommodations delivered to you.
- Add an RV glamping experience to a trip you already have planned.
Is it expensive to rent an RV?
Having an RV delivered saves on gas prices, but what's the rental cost for the RV itself? Since you're having the RV delivered, a “fifth wheel” type of RV (the kind that's towed behind another vehicle) probably makes the most sense because you're not going to be driving it. According to RVshare, this type of RV runs $60 to $150 per night for vehicles 10 or more years old and $150-$300 per night for newer RVs.
Also, delivery fees are extra and can vary widely, but they're clearly stated on the RVshare site. Most providers offer delivery for a flat fee within a certain radius. The most common distance seemed to be about 50 miles round-trip.
To save even more, use these tips when searching for a rental:
Here are some tips from RVshare about how to get the best RV rental deals:
- Be flexible with dates
- Compare delivery fees to find the best overall price; it may not be the rental with the cheapest per-night rate
- Avoid holidays and peak seasons
- Negotiate with owners on rates
- Rent longer for cheaper nightly rates
- Don’t get a bigger RV than you need
Ideas for glamping trips in popular spots
The RVshare blog has suggestions for glamping in all 50 states. Here are a few highlights for popular summer vacation destinations:
Fort Wilderness fun at Disney: There's another kind of magic to the Magic Kingdom when you have an RV delivered to Disney's Fort Wilderness resort. Just reserve online at RVshare and zip-a-dee-doo-dah, your rented RV will be delivered and you'll be ready to enjoy woodland trails, refreshing pool areas and family entertainment at this glamping retreat.
The best of both worlds: At Fisherman's Cove Resort, nature lovers can enjoy shaded walks, spectacular Gulf Coast sunsets and fabulous fishing. When you're ready for excitement, you're about 30 minutes away from the adventure and activities of downtown St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island and Tampa.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sixty miles of sun and fun: On South Carolina's Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is known for beaches (of course), but also its golf courses, restaurants and entertainment — including the famous SkyWheel.
Just a mile from the beach, the Briarcliffe RV Resort on the Intracoastal Waterway offers a quiet getaway. Secluded doesn't mean sleepy, however. A highlight is the oversized Olympic swimming pool with cool deck and lounges overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Outdoor activities include an 18-hole miniature golf course, shuffleboard, basketball court and a youth playground.
Peak vacationing near Pikes Peak: Home to the highest summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is a peak vacation destination for glampers. And if you don't mind being woken by reveille being played at nearby Fort Carson in the morning, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a highly rated choice for an RV stay. As Allen T. wrote in a TripAdvisor review, “It is practically a part of Colorado Springs. This means that you may hear light traffic noise, but you will also be within a few minutes of a grocery store.” There are no lakes or rivers, but other reviewers note that the 28 miles of trails make for fabulous hiking and biking. There are also designated trails for horses and dogs. As with most state parks, there are also plenty of educational and recreational programs such as guided wildflower walks, family mystery hikes, animal education, and campfire talks; geo-caching opportunities; weekly yoga; and more.
Other reasons to choose RV delivery
Besides glamping, here are some reasons people commonly cite for having a vehicle delivered, according to RVshare:
- They're nervous about driving one and would rather have it brought to them.
- They're testing “living small.”
- They need to find lodging for people during a large event such as a festival or a reunion.
- They need temporary housing, perhaps while a home is under construction.
- They don't have a truck with which to tow a trailer.
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