How Much Does It Cost To Live In A Trailer Park? (Breakdown)

What is Home Depot Trailer Rental?

Home Depot trailer rental is an additional service offered by the home improvement giant in addition to their pickup truck, cargo van, and box truck rental services. These convenient trailers offer you the benefit of a little bit more hauling capacity. Great if you need it for your move and may be a good choice for small local moves. It is particularly good for moves that don’t include large and/or bulky furniture items.

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Tips for packing a trailer rental

There’s a right way and a wrong to do just about everything, especially when it comes to packing a moving trailer rental. Make sure your move doesn’t include dealing with damaged items.

  • Be sure to get the proper size. Going too small runs the risk of things breaking in the move.
  • Take apart your furniture before you load it. Wrap the surfaces in moving blankets to prevent scratches.
  • Place fragile boxes and items on top of larger, heavier boxes and furniture.
  • Organize (and label) your boxed items by room as you load them into the truck. This can help you unload the truck faster.

Points to Consider before Leasing or Renting a Storage Trailer #

Before signing any contracts or choosing a particular vendor, make sure it’s a quality trailer and consider the following points to help manage costs.

  • Business needs: Consider your business needs carefully. How much use do you expect the trailer to get? If you have no need for permanent storage, renting or leasing makes perfect sense. If you need extra storage for half of the year every year, or need it on a regular basis (such as quarterly), it’s cheaper in the long run to buy a storage trailer outright.
  • Size: Cost depends partly on size. You don’t want to pay for more storage space than you actually need. Typically, trailers are categorized by length, usually in 10′ units. You can also find units with wider doors, higher ceilings, and sometimes in shorter lengths (though 20′ and 40′ are the most common).
  • Features: These trailers are designed to store a wide variety of items. Some, such as foods and beverages, require climate control and even refrigeration. Others hold hazardous or corrosive materials. Other features include lighting, security (special locks and doors), windows, and more. Talk to the rep about what you need to store and he or she can tell you what types of special features you might need.

Ways to Save Money

You can build your own basic race car trailer if you have enough knowledge and mechanical skills for only $300 plus the price of the wheels. You can visit Circle Track Magazine’s website to get the full instruction on how to build one.

Does Budget Rent Trailers?

Unfortunately, Budget doesn’t rent cargo trailers, however, they do have towing equipment for rent, such as car carriers and dollies.

Your best bet is to call ahead or send an email in advance and request rental information based on your individual travel needs.

What Are The Benefits Of Renting A Travel Trailer?

Since travel trailers aren’t encumbered with engines and driving areas, they offer more living space than motor homes and are an excellent option for larger groups.

They’re also more affordable, combining the budget-friendly nature of camping with the comforts of home.

Additionally, with a travel trailer, you’ll be able to detach your vehicle at will and explore the region, without towing your entire dwelling behind you.

Where Can I Rent a Trailer Other Than U-Haul?

While U-Haul is the name that usually comes to mind when you think of trailer rentals, other companies such as Budget and Penske rent them as well.

Budget is by far the most affordable option, coming in at almost $150 less for a one-way move using a 26-foot trailer, for example, than both Penske and U-Haul.

Check online for more information regarding where and how to rent a cargo trailer near you! Also see our State Listings Page!

How to Rent a Trailer from Home Depot

Home Depot utility trailers are rented out on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, so you won’t be able to reserve a trailer ahead of time for your move. Just be sure to check the availability of trailers at your nearest locations to see what your options are before you head out. In addition to showing you how many trailers are available at each location, this also gives you the direct line to the store’s rental department so you can contact them if needed and ask any questions that you may have.

Other RV Road Trip Expenses

While it’ll make up the bulk of the price tag, your RV rental cost isn’t the only expense you’ll have to consider for your trip! Don’t forget to factor in these other things, which add up if you aren’t expecting them. 

RV Campsite Rates & Fees

While you won’t need to be paying for a hotel room, thanks to your RV, don’t overlook the cost of where you’ll be parking your rig. Research ahead of time to find the RV park that fits your budget at your destination because prices can vary greatly. You can expect to pay $100+ per night at some RV resorts, while other, more low-key campgrounds may charge $30 per night. 

Don’t forget to consider any additional fees for things like extra cars, additional people, amenities that aren’t included in the base price.

Park & Attraction Entrance Fees

On top of the camping site fee, you may have to pay for a daily admission fee if you’re camping somewhere like a state park. If you’re staying in an RV park and traveling to attractions during the day, you’ll want to factor in these costs as well. 

Fuel and Mileage Fees

Fuel and Mileage Fees

Fueling up a motorhome isn’t like filling up a sedan. Some Class A motorhomes can hold around 150 gallons of fuel. That means spending hundreds of dollars each time you fill up, even if gas is cheap. Even if you’re pulling a trailer, the extra weight and drag will worsen your truck or SUV’s fuel economy. Expect to fill up more frequently than you normally would.

While many RV rentals have no mileage restrictions, you may come across some that charge an additional mileage fee if you go above a certain number of miles per day. Typically this ranges from $.25 to $.75 per mile over the allotted amount. 

Cleaning Fees

Some renters charge cleaning fees if the rig isn’t in tip-top shape when you return it. Always be sure to clean the RV you rent thoroughly and leave it in great shape for the next person.

Rental Insurance

When you rent with Outdoorsy, you’ll automatically get up to $1 million in insurance protection. However, there are additional policies you can purchase for added peace of mind.

Taxes

There are only two things certain when RVing: fun and taxes. You’ll pay taxes based on the state that you’re renting the RV in, even if you live in a different state. 

Tips for Staying on Budget

Now that you have an idea of how much it costs to rent an RV per day, your head is probably spinning with all the numbers you need to calculate. Then, of course, there are the extra expenses you’ll run into while traveling. We’ve gathered a few tips to keep you on budget:

  • Look for discounts on RV renting prices. As we mentioned before, owners often give you a few free days for long term rentals. You can always negotiate with them, too.

  • Pay VERY close attention to your mileage and generator use. Be a lunatic about it, even. Overage fees add up quickly – you could end up paying hundreds in fees just for a few hundred miles and several hours on the generator.

  • Plan your route and make campground reservations ahead of time. This not only keeps you on your mileage budget, but it will also save you on gas.

  • You might want to use an app to find the cheapest gas stations nearby. Every penny counts!

  • Make sure the RV isn’t overburdened, and check your tire pressure daily. Excess weight will eat up your fuel supply (and it’s not good for the RV).

  • If your RV is self-contained, try a few nights dry camping without hookups. You’ll save on campground fees. Remember to watch your generator use, though!

Purchasing vs. Renting a Dry Van Trailer

How much is a dry van trailer? It depends on whether you purchase new, find a used one, or rent one. 

A new trailer can be bought for about $30,000 to $60,000. A used 53’ in good shape will cost about $23,000 to $27,000. The average monthly rental on a dry van trailer is $1,500. 

However, most of the time this does not include maintenance costs. When you partner with KSM Carrier Group, you’ll have access to affordable dry van trailer rental options. For example, you can rent a newer Wabash & Great Dane dry van trailer for $270 per week, including maintenance, as an owner-operator. 

Additional Expenses

Of course, the rental prices are not the only expenses you’ll have to worry about. Don’t forget to factor these additional costs into your budget.

Insurance

It’s a good idea to purchase travel protection in any circumstances, but it’s especially important if you’re renting a home on wheels. Buy travel protection in case your trip gets canceled or cut short due to inclement weather.

If you also invest in damage protection, you’ll be covered in case there are any mishaps with appliances or furniture while you’re on the road.

Taxes

In some states, the tax can bump up the overall cost of the rental by as much as 33 percent. How much you pay in taxes depends on the state you’re renting the RV from, so if it’s different from your home state, do your research in advance and take this into account when you’re crunching the numbers.

Gas

Towing a travel trailer will reduce the gas mileage of your vehicle by a significant amount. If you don’t already know how much mileage you’re getting, calculate that number by recording your odometer reading both before and after filling your gas tank.

Subtract the “before” number from the “after” number to determine how many miles you drove in between, then divide the difference by the amount of gas (in gallons) you added to the tank. The result will tell you how many miles per gallon (MPG) your vehicle gets during regular use.

Once you’ve determined the gross trailer weight (GTW) of your rental unit, you can estimate how much it will cost you in terms of mileage. Lighter loads (under 2,500 pounds) will lower your mileage by 10-15 percent.

If the load weighs between 2,500 and 5,000 pounds, you should subtract 15-25 percent from your regular gas mileage, while loads in excess of 5,000 pounds will cost you roughly 25-35 percent more.

Setup Or Delivery Fees

Many owners are willing to deliver the travel trailer to the place of your choosing and even set them up so they’re move-in ready as soon as you arrive. For this privilege, they’ll charge you a one-time fee—usually around $100-200.

Tip: Make sure you know whether this service is included when you’re making the reservation.

Campground Fees

Unless you’re “boondocking”—parking the camper in a remote spot without access to water or electricity hookups—you’ll need to factor campground costs into your budget as well.

Even if you plan on boondocking (also known as “dry camping”) most of the time, you’ll need to plug in the travel trailer occasionally, if only to recharge.

The average RV campsite costs about $50 per night, although it’s certainly possible to find cheaper options if you do your research.

Deposit

The owner or rental company will probably require a deposit of about $500 at pick up or delivery. The good news?

Unless there’s been any damage, you’ll get this money back when it’s time to turn the travel trailer in. Note that if you’ve paid for damage protection, you should get the deposit back in any case.

Conclusion

So, as you can see, renting out an RV or travel trailer can be a great way to dip your toes into the camping world without a huge commitment. This is a great way to do it if you are not sure you wan’t to make RV camping a regular thing.

As always…

Best of luck, and happy camping!

Check out our article on: Should I Rent Out My RV Or Travel Trailer (Pros and Cons)

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  1. Ted TolentinoTed Tolentino says

    This is a helpful article when considering a mobile home as a long term investment and permanent or semi-permanent housing choice, especially on a limited budget or fixed income. Real estate can be very expensive, depending on location. But with a mobile home there is some flexibility in the cost of living, not available with a fixed location as with traditional residential homes. I think the most important take-away from this article is recognizing and careful consideration of lifestyle that one will adapt to living in a mobile home park; the possible loss of privacy, noise, distance to grocery stores or shopping, and the like.

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