Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you rent year round?
Yes, In addition to summer, RV's are popular for fall color tours and football games. An RV is great for travelling to family Thanksgiving reunions and Christmas & Spring Break trips to someplace warm down south. And YES, people do camp in the wintertime in Michigan too! RV's perform pretty well on the road in snow, as they are essentially a small truck with a lot of weight on the dual wheels in the back.
What are your rental rates?
Please see the RATES tab at the top of the website.
For "Off season" (Nov through March), we do allow short term rentals (3 night minimum).
Do you have any “Specials” or Discounts?
Yes, we have several discounts, not to be combined.
- Referral discount: Refer a new customer who books a trip, and get a 10% discount for on your next trip.
- We sometimes allow a 2 or 3-night rental in the on-season if there is an open 2 or 3 day unused block on an RV calendar. However weekly rentals take priority, so we can not book these short stays weeks or months in advance.
- Got a cottage or vacation rental? We may be open to doing a “night for night” swap with you!
How many miles are included with the rental?
Our RV rentals include 100 miles per day rented, or 700 miles per week. Additional miles are charged at $0.35 per mile.
You can estimate your mileage with GOOGLE MAPS (good for multiple destinations), or DistanceBetweenCities.net which includes a gasoline cost estimate.
Are there any extra fees?
Many people rent an RV with no extra fees at all, if they clean the interior, wash the exterior, dump the tanks, and refill the gas tank and propane tank. There are optional fees for renting bikes and bike racks, kayaks, etc. You can avoid the “laundry fee” if you wash the linens & towels, or use your own. There is also a fee if you want us to clean the inside and exterior for you. Please see the “RATES" tab at the top of the website.
Do I need to buy a pass to get into Michigan State Parks?
All RVs are registered with Michigan State Parks passes and allow FREE entry to the state parks.
Click HERE to search for MI State Parks.
What forms of payment do you take?
Cash or Credit card: We accept all the major credit cards: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover.
I can send you an "Square.com" Invoice which you can securely pay online with a credit card, or I have a credit card reader on site.
How do I BOOK an RV?
After checking the RV Availability Calendar on each RV page, please fill out the form on the "CONTACT US" page. I will reply with a quote. You can then pay for your your reservation deposit via a secure Invoice portal on the internet. We can also transfer funds via Chase Bank "person to person" with Zelle pay (works with all banks).
How does the reservation deposit work?
A $1000 SECURITY deposit is required when you call to book the RV, which is also your SECURITY deposit, which is refundable within 2 weeks of RV return in good condition. If you cancel your reservation, 1/2 of the deposit will be refunded. Any unpaid RENTAL fee is required when you pick up the RV. In case of an accident or damage to the RV, your security deposit ($1000) will be used towards any un-covered damages or to pay for my insurance deductible.
What about Insurance?
After you book, I will send you a form to forward to your auto insurance agent to see if they provide you with RV Motorhome Rental collision insurance including personal injury, property damage, and liability.
- Auto Insurers that *DO* cover RV Rental Insurance: AAA, Accord, Auto-Owners, State Farm, Farmers, Farm Bureau, USAA, Nationwide, 21st Century, Wawanesa, and more.
- Auto Insurers that do *NOT* Offer RV Rental Insurance: Citizens, Geico, Liberty-Mutual, Mercury, Travelers, Progressive, Amica, Ameriprise, GMAC, Hartford.
- If your insurer does NOT offer RV rental coverage, you MUST purchase it for $20/day (through my insurance company).
- When you pick up the RV, I will need to photocopy of all Drivers Licenses and Proof of Insurance to keep for my records in case of an accident.
- Please also note that if you pay for your trip with some travel credit cards, they will also provide "travel Insurance" which will provide benefits such as hotel, rental vehicles, loss of personal effects. Note: Please check this sight to see the BEST Travel and rewards cards: https://thepointsguy.com/cards/
What is included in the base RV rental fee?
- For RVs with a queen size bed in the back, we include a Comforter, Blanket, and 2 pillows for this one bed only.
- I recommend you bring sleeping bags or sheets / blankets for the over-the cab bed and fold down beds. Let me know if you need us to provide this.
- Bed sheets, pillow covers, Towels and dish cloths are included for a $25 "laundry fee". To save this fee, you can bring your own, OR use ours and wash them, fold them up, and store above the bed.
- PLEASE place any used linens or towels in the shower / tub so we know what to wash.
- I can provide a fold-up sleeping cot or air mattress if you need one more bed, let us know in advance.
- Setting for 6 of plates, cups, glasses, bowls, silverware.
- Pots, pans, cooking utensils
- Coffee maker, Toaster
- TV / DVD player and DVD's (I have about 30 for you to choose from)
- USB charing outlets (bring your cables)
- Portable gas grill and cylinder ($25 fee)
- 4 camp chairs, let us know if you need more
- Swiffer mop & pads, Broom, and dustpan.
- Large patio/porch mat for the larger RV's
- ASK about Weiner roasters, maybe even hobo pie makers
- Toilet paper and RV Holding Tank additive / deoderant
- Water hoses and electrical cord
- FAN or Electric heater (in cooler weather)
- All RVs are registered with Michigan State Parks passes and allow FREE entry to the state parks. Click HERE to search for MI State Parks.
- Optional bike rack, bikes, kayaks, etc (See RATES tab)
Where do I pick up the RV?
At our house: 225 Maynard Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
Google Maps will take you right to our door.
Can I leave my vehicle parked at your place while I'm camping?
Yes, for flat fee of $25/week. (Minimum charge: $25, parking is limited here).
Can you pick us up from the Grand Rapids airport?
Not usually. We are only 20 minutes from the GRR Airport. I recommend using UBER over a taxi.
What are your pickup and drop-off times?
I try to be flexible to meet renter’s needs, but I do have a “daytime job”. :-)
I try to arrange pickup and return times that works best for you, me, the prior renter, and the next renter. I will send you a Google Calendar Invite after we agree on the dates, times, reminders, and my address .
- RV PICKUP TIMES: On weekdays, preferred pickup is after 6:30pm.
Saturdays: After noon, or earlier if RV is available.
Sundays: A day of rest. Only if Saturday or Monday do not work out.
- RV RETURN TIMES: BEFORE 3 pm on weekdays and BEFORE NOON on weekends if RV is going out later that day. Park the RV on the North side of the driveway if I am not home. Make sure you leave the keys!
How long does the RV orientation at pickup take?
Plan on spending AT LEAST 1 hour (more or less depending on your experience) for completing paperwork and orientation.
I will give you printed instructions to take with you. I also go over safety and driving instructions with you. You will also have to make any final rental payments and security deposit (if you have not already done so). I take cash or credit card.
Can you deliver the RV to my location or campground?
Usually not, but it doesn't hurt to ask. There would be a fee for the cost of the fuel for two vehicles & two people's time.
Does driving an RV require any special license?
No. I will spend time with you going over everything you need to know about driving an RV.
See the document: “RV Rental Guidelines - Driving Tips” in our documents section.
For the big Winnebago Class A, it would help to have some experience driving or towing larger vehicles.
Please watch this video about driving an RV: RV Driving Tips
What are the requirements for drivers?
- be at least 26 years of age
- have a valid driver's license
- have a good driving record with no DWI's.
- have proof of collision insurance on their personal vehicle for personal Injury protection.
Can you chauffeur the RV for our group (I.e. Football tail-gaters, winery tour, etc)
Get Dave's RV and Dave too! I may be able to drive to some events for a fee... or food! Call to discuss.
How can I "share" my RV experiences with my friends?
Well, if you can't invite them along, please "LIKE" Dave's RVs Facebook page, and share your photos and comments with your friends. (Got a complaint?? Please talk to Dave instead!)
Are seat belts required for all passengers?
Front seat passengers and all those under the age of 16 must be seat-belted, just like a car.
Infants & toddlers must have car-seats, just like a car. Seat belts are provided at all seating locations in RV.
We recommend everyone wear seat belts when seated (just like a plane).
What Mileage does an RV get?
Plan on about 6-8 miles per gallon for the Winnebago Class A RV. For mid-sized Class C RVs, estimate between 10-13 miles per gallon. For the small Class B+, You can expect 13-15 MPG.
Can I bring a pet?
Maybe, must have permission first, and only on some RVs, for an additional $50 pet/cleaning fee. Small to medium dogs (under 60 lb) are allowed for a fee who are well mannered, don't shed, non-allergenic, and are house-trained. Some breeds known to be aggressive not allowed. Please remove all traces of pet scent and fur. Sorry, NO cats due to increase risk of allergies.
NO SMOKING Policy:
Dave’s RVs are Smoke Free. We take this responsibility to our clients very seriously. "No Smoking", hookah, or recreational smoking is allowed. A smoke removal fee of up to the amount of the security deposit is assessed if there is a smoking smell in the RV.
What if something breaks?
If you break something, let me know so I can fix it in time before the next renter. Sometimes I can fix it myself at minimal cost to you. If something was already broken and not your fault, you will not be charged, but please let me know about it. PLEASE tell me if anything is broken it so I can fix it before the next renter arrives.
What if I break down?
We keep Dave’s RVs in top mechanical condition, especially safety features like tires and brakes.
In the rare event the RV breaks down, we’ll do our best to get you on the road again ASAP.
What to do if you break down:
- Try to assess the situation... can you "limp" to the next service station / auto parts store? If you are "handy", you can use the on-board tool kit.
- Try to google "Auto parts stores near me". National chains such as Autozone, Tuffy, Sears, Advanced, NAPA, O'Reilly, PepBoys are often open till 9pm, 7 days a week with technicians willing to help.
- Call or text Dave at 616-799-7368. I can possibly put you in touch with my "on-call" mechanic to advise you.
- Low tire pressure: Please visually inspect the tires often! This will prevent you getting stranded hours later in the middle of "nowhere". If a tire looks low, a tire pressure gage is in the driver's door. Required pressures are listed in the drivers door jamb. Also, I can provide "tire repair" and inflator kit to take with you.
For a FLAT tire: A spare tire is located on the back or rear of the RV. In this case, for roadside assistance below.
- If you are really "stranded" Call “Good Sam” roadside assistance who specialize in RV’s. Call 800-586-7400. Give them MY name and member number, located on the Good Sam card in glove box. Towing and service should be no charge. NOTE: Good Sam Roadside Assistance has made it even easier for members to request assistance with the GOOD SAM ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE MOBILE APP. With the touch of a button, you can request roadside assistance ... anytime, anywhere.
- As an alternative, try the Smart Phone App: BLINK Roadside Assistance, they can send you help FAST. (When filling out the form on the App, make sure to click that you are "within 15 feet of a road")
Ultimately it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY fix and return the RV to me before the next renter’s time.
Do I need a campsite with Electric?
It's nice to have Electric or "Shore Power", which is 30A service for all Daves RVs. This will charge your camper battery and run all your 120v appliances (outlets, A/C, microwave).
If you don't have "shore power", pretty much everything except your A/C and microwave run off the camper battery or propane. If you want to run the A/C or microwave, you could start the on-board generator. (Two RV's do NOT have a working generator, ask in advance if this is important to you).
Do I need a campsite with "City Water" and Sewer ("Full hookups)?
Your campsite might have running water. Nice, but not necessary if you already have water in your fresh water tank.
However, if the RV has been winterized, and you travel South, I prefer you do NOT fill the fresh water tank (it's harder to re-winterize).
If your campground has water, you can plug in the white hose from the faucet to the "City Water" input on the RV, which goes straight to your faucets & toilet, by-passing the RV's stored water tank. NOTE: always include the PRESSURE REGULATOR in line with the white hose to prevent campground water pressure surges from causing leaks to Dave's RVs.
Your campsite might have a waste-water "dump station". (Again, nice, but not necessary.) In this case, you can dump your RV waste tanks right on your site before leaving instead of waiting in line at the campground "Dump Station". NOTE: Do NOT keep the RV dump valves open all the time when connected to your site's dump drain. It is better to let the waste build up in the RV tank for a few days and dump it all at one time which more effectively drains the tank and dump hose. (It also avoids the "Pyramid Effect" from happening in your black water waste tank. :-). Please use a minimal amount of toilet paper!! Also remember to fill and flush the toilet bowl several times when dumping the black water tank. More info on "RV Toiletetiquette" here: http://www.doityourselfrv.com/rv-toilet-etiquette-tips/
Will I have running water in the WINTER?
Depending on the dates & weather, the RV will be "winterized". This means that all the water tanks and lines will be empty so they don't freeze. You can flush the toilet with RV antifreeze I will provide. You can use bottled water for drinking, and I can provide a jug of water by the sinks. About the only thing you can't do is take a shower (use deodorant)!
If you are heading south to warmer climates in the winter, please ask for a full hookup site (water). Please do NOT fill the fresh water tank, as that makes re-winterizing much harder.
WARNING: be sure to run the hot water faucet until the hot water tank fills with water BEFORE you turn on the hot water heater, or it could rupture from the hot air pressure.
You must have the RV re-winterized by an RV dealer before you head north to freezing temps (consider that even Georgia and Northern Florida freeze at night.) If you don't I will charge you a $75 re-winterizing fee, PLUS repair costs if freezing damage occurs.
What do I need to do before returning the RV?
- Dump the waste tanks when you leave the last campground. (or you can pay us a $50 dumping fee)
Locations to Dump near Grand Rapids:
- City of Wyoming Wastewater Treatment Plant: 2350 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
- Woodchip Campground (open year round): 7501 Burlingame Ave SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
- Fill the gas tank to full, within 5 miles of Dave's RVs.
- Fill the Propane tanks if you used more than 1/2 tank (propane charges are pro-rated upon return)
- Clean the interior and exterior (or forfeit some of your deposit)
- Check every drawer and compartment for your personal belongings
- Park the RV on the North side of my driveway. If you are not comfortable backing it all the way up my driveway, I can turn it around later. Make sure you leave the keys in the RV or on desk in garage.
- Tell Dave of any damage, issues, or concerns.
How and where do I CLEAN the RV before returning?
- Interior: We provide a Swiffer mop, broom, and Amway cleaning supplies for the INSIDE of the RV, which someone can do on your drive back. Or pay a $25 interior cleaning fee if you do not clean the interior.
- Exterior: You can wash the RV's Exterior...
- In YOUR driveway (using a long RV brush), or
- Marathon Self Car Wash: 3434 Remembrance Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534. This car wash is very tall and fits all of Dave's RVs. Please use the WEST two stalls, they are taller than the two on the east (important if you have the taller RVs like the Class A Winnebago).
- Or you can pay the $50 exterior cleaning fee if you do not wash the exterior.
- If the RV is scheduled to be rented out within a day of your return, I would be grateful if you can clean both the inside and outside of the RV, and save your self the cleaning fees!
(Note: I go over each RV before they go out again, and may still charge a fee if not as clean as it went out).
If you have used more than 1⁄2 tank of propane, please fill the tanks before return... Where?
- Any U-Haul
- Google "PROPANE GAS NEAR ME"
- Hardware stores that refill propane tanks for grills. (TSC, Ace, True Value, etc)
- Truck Stops on major Highways (Pilot, Flying J, Petro, etc).
- Ace Hardware Store, 4300 Remembrance Rd NW, Walker, MI 49534
- Van Mannen Oil, 0-305 Lake Michigan Dr, NW., Grand Rapids, MI 49534
- Progas Propane 13751 Ironwood Dr (Remembrance Rd), Grand Rapids, MI 49534
- U-Haul (616) 363-4811, 2345 Alpine Ave NW, Walker, MI 49504
- Richfield RV & Marine Supply 7245 S Division Avenue Grand Rapids MI 49548
- ProGas 616-669-1121 5900 Balsam Drive Hudsonville MI 49426
- Gemmens Hardware, 3488 Kelly St, Hudsonville, MI
Will my rental experience help me decide what RV to buy later?
Many of our customers rent so they can “Try before you buy”. We can help give advice on purchasing an RV. Many of our clients decide that it’s not worth the high costs of owning an RV (purchase, annual registration, maintenance and repairs, insurance) and choose to continue renting instead
Didn’t see your question here? Give Dave a call at 616.799-RENT, or leave a comment in the “Contact Us” page of our website!