Renting a lot for a motorhome gives the RV owner more flexibility than buying the land, but it can also be more expensive in the long term. It is also more expensive than finding a free spot to camp, but it does not have as many amenities.
Renting can also be less convenient than owning, especially in very popular areas. Seasonal residents may try to reserve their favorite lot only to find that someone else has rented it, or the entire RV park may be booked. Some RV parks also charge more for rent during peak seasons, while buying the property is either a one-time fee or steady payments all year.
Renting is also less of a commitment, which can be good for people who visit many different locations and prefer the freedom of being able to travel wherever they want. For people who only travel seasonally, owning a lot may also be an unnecessary expense during the parts of the year when they live elsewhere. This can be minimized by renting out the lot when the owners are not using it, but that can be additional hassle and finding a renter is not guaranteed.
Boondocking, or finding a free or public campsite, is another alternative to renting. These campsites typically do not have electricity, water or sewage. Mobile phone and Internet connections can also be poor in some of these locations. Some rental lots come with free television and Internet access.