Why so many optional extras and why aren't they just included in the price?
It's because RV's are put to so many different uses by so many different sorts of customers.
RV rental customers are either local to the rental depot, and thus can show up with their own bedding and towels and favorite kitchen wares and such, or they are traveling from a great distance. Some customers use the RV for football weekends, some for temporary housing (and thus almost zero driving, zero miles/kilometres), some for the trip of a lifetime. Movie studios use motorhome rentals to support movie shoots. And business travel is increasingly conducted using motorhomes.
In Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, it is common for unlimited kilometres to be included in the rental price.
In the United States and Canada, on the other hand, miles or kilometres are sold separately in terms of prepaid chunks, per-day amounts, or unlimited miles or kilometres.Any miles or kilometres driven beyond the pre-purchased number are charged at a higher cost upon the return occasion. So, how to choose the correct number of pre-paid miles or kilometres or whether to purchase unlimited miles/kilometres? Simple. Our software does it for you. During the optional extras selection step just input your approximate expected driving distance and our software will compute and select for you your optimal pre-paid mileage or kilometres solution. This is a huge opportunity for you to save money on your RV rental. Moreover, if any kind of miles or kilometres special applies to your rental parameters, our software will apply that special for you.
Note: After the pick-up occasion there is never a refund for unused prepurchased miles or kilometres.
In many cases the RV rental company offers an inclusive package that bundles together a set of optional extras — perhaps including unlimited miles or unlimited kilometres — for one relatively low price. Again, don't worry about those packages. Just select à la carte the options you want and our software will apply an inclusive package if such is available and if such package indeed gives you a lower price than actually paying for the options à la carte.
Similarly, RV rental companies often offer specials that involve optional extras. Such specials can be complicated and hard for customers to understand. Again, our software is carefully programmed and maintained to automatically apply any specials that benefit you.
We think our software is unique in terms helping our customers optimize their RV rental and minimize their costs in these important respects. Our aim is to provide you with the best value and to increase our sales as a result.
Nearly all RV rental companies include insurance which involves a very considerable deductible (i.e. an excess). Many RV rental companies do offer an optional waiver or two by which the customer can effectively reduce the deductible, perhaps all the way to zero. Note in this respect: the cover which credit cards typically extend to car rentals when the customer uses the card to pay for the rental does not extend to RV rentals, this because RVs (like sports cars, etc) are considered specialty vehicles that are excluded from such credit card cover.
One way RV rentals are super popular in the USA, slightly less so in Canada and in Scandinavia, and far less common in continental Europe.
In the USA all the major motorhome rental companies we represent support all the one way itineraries that are possible between the rental depots they operate (e.g. Los Angeles to New York, Las Vegas to Orlando, San Francisco to Las Vegas, San Francisco to Boston, etc). What's more, the rental companies' one way fees are reasonable — and in many cases during the spring or autumn travel seasons the one way fees are waived as part of a special. Our online reservation software accounts for all such one way motorhome hire specials.
In Canada cross country one way RV rentals are not well supported but one ways within Western Canada (e.g. between Vancouver and Calgary) or Eastern Canada (e.g. between Toronto and Halifax) are well supported. Again, one way fees are reasonable in Canada, and oftentimes during spring or autumn travel seasons the one way fees are waived as part of a special which our software of course accounts for.
One way motorhome hire within or between Norway, Sweden, and Finland is likewise well supported and involves reasonable one way fees.
On continental Europe, extra-country one way motorhome rentals are possible with our BW Campers motorhomes or campervans picked up at Amsterdam, Holland; with our Avis Car-Away motorhomes or campervans picked up in Paris or Marseille, France; within Scandinavia; and with our Autocaravan Express rentals picked up in Spain. And intra-country one way RV rentals are possible within France, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, and the UK.
One ways are not so common in Europe because the European geography lends itself more to circular routes, and because the more fractured geopolitical/economic landscape there makes one ways more problematic and costly. A lot of RV rental customers choose to pick-up and return in Germany because RV rentals based in Germany are considerably less expensive than anywhere else in Europe. Indeed, you should strongly consider starting and ending your RV tour of Europe in Germany even if the bulk of your holiday lies elsewhere in Europe. Germany lends its outstanding RV's, its central European location, and its leading international airport at Frankfurt to motorhome hire tours of the more extended parts of Europe, including Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal, Italy, Greece, Eastern Europe, and the United Kingdom (UK). The rental motorhomes and campervans can indeed be taken between continental Europe and Scandinavia (now much more accessible, via a bridge between Denmark and Sweden) and by sea or land to Greece or the UK or Ireland.