■Cruise America charges 34 cents for every mile you drive. We drove 251 miles, and stopped for gas twice ($175).
■ Cruise America’s “generator fee” is $3.50 per hour. (The generator is needed for the electrical outlets, coach air conditioner, and microwave. If you’re hooked up to electricity at your campsite, you won’t get charged.)
■ The grand total of our RV rental: $1,396.49, including all fees and taxes, for six days, July 2-7.
■ At Powder Horn, nightly rates range from $30 in the off-season to $74 during summer weekends and holidays. There’s an additional $5 daily fee for every child. For five days and four nights (July 3-7), we paid $380.
RV DRIVING 101
■ You don’t need a special driver’s license. Cruise America requires renters to be at least 25 and possess a driver’s license and credit card. Operators who are between 21 and 24 can pay a $25 daily fee to drive the RV.
■ Type “C” motor homes — like the one we rented — are built on an automotive van frame and handle much like a car.
■ RV rental prices fluctuate based on season, location, and availability. Typically the earlier you book, the lower the price.
BY THE NUMBERS
■ 8.9 million US households own an RV
■ There are 460 RV rental outlets across the country
■ The RV rental business is a $350 million annual industry
Sources: Cruise America, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, www.gorving.comEmily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.