Every once in a while I get asked about finding a private RV to rent or about renting your own RV to people when it's not being used. Now there is a service called RVAnytime.com that is a Web site for listings of RV rental units throughout the U.S. that brings renters and RV owners - dealers and individuals - together. It looks pretty new, but the database is searchable by state plus you can specify parameters such as price range, and whether smoking or pets are ok.
Is it safe to rent out your RV?
RVAnytime does no screening and no actual transactions; they provide guidelines and suggestions and bring the two parties together. If rent out your RV you need to be cautious. Make sure that the renter has insurance. Screening renters is very important. RVAnytime suggests not doing same day rentals or even rentals with only one day's notice. You need time to check the renter out and your should collect a sizeable security deposit.
Personally, I'd worry about how renters would treat my rig. However, if you have an older rig or want to make some money with it, that may not be an important consideration for you.
Fractional ownership - another option
Another option, if you rent an RV once or twice a year, is to purchase a fractional ownership or a time share in an RV. Usually the RVs are more upscale than RV rental units through dealers. I've written a couple of articles about how that works. Fractional Ownership: RV Time Shares and Update on fractional ownership or RV time shares.
An RV rental is a good way to give RVing a try without making a big investment first. The RVanytime.com database will give you more options for finding units that suit you. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak