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Old 07-26-2009, 09:10 AM   #121
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I am currently having many of the same thoughts about buying an RV/trailer and have been for a couple of years. Sadly, I do not think I am any closer to figuring out what I should do than I was two years ago.

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Several people have suggested renting; but, rents for a class A or C (where I'm currently leaning) seemed exorbitant any time I've looked. Do you have any suggestions for finding something for a reasonable weekly or monthly rate? I would be most interested in picking something up in Missouri (or, its neighboring states) or Florida; but, I might be open to picking up pretty much anywhere in the south or southwestern states.
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Don't shine a UV light on the bedding...
Good advice.

In an RV you know who were the last users of the bedding.

OTOH if you are into biological sampling, a hotel room offers variety.
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Rambler,

I am currently having many of the same thoughts about buying an RV/trailer and have been for a couple of years. Sadly, I do not think I am any closer to figuring out what I should do than I was two years ago.

REWahoo,

Several people have suggested renting; but, rents for a class A or C (where I'm currently leaning) seemed exorbitant any time I've looked. Do you have any suggestions for finding something for a reasonable weekly or monthly rate? I would be most interested in picking something up in Missouri (or, its neighboring states) or Florida; but, I might be open to picking up pretty much anywhere in the south or southwestern states.
We rented a class C for a week a couple years ago. It told us that A) we definately would like to buy and do this regularly and B) we definately would not be happy with a Class C right now. Money well spent.

Having said that, there are a couple ways to skin the cat. One way is to rent for a one-way trip when the companies are repositioning their rental fleets. Some time in Sept/Oct there will be lots of campers that need to be moved from the north to FL, TX, SoCal, etc. The rental companies (like CruiseAmerica) let these rentals go for peanuts. The second thought is to look into the extended rental deals that some companies will do. CruiseAmerica used to even do extended leases or sale/buybacks at a guaranteed price.
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Storage was / is an issue for us, but other than that I would consider a Sprinter-based Class B as a means for testing the lifestyle and learning the systems. A good class B (Roadtrek, Great West, etc.) has almost everything my Class A has, just smaller. If after a year you decide the lifestyle is not for you, they are easier to sell and can function nicely on their own as that extra vehicle til you sell.

We enjoyed our TrailManor, but be aware that hitches, setup and takedown can be a hassle especially for short trips. Still, it was a good learning experience.

We settled finally on a 36' Class A and especially for my DW, the difference is dramatic. She actually bugs me to set up our next trip as we are drive home from our last one. The differences include a king bed, larger kitchen and shower, and the on-road experience (food preparation, bathroom, couch with ottoman for the passenger, and a basement (meaning under the floor) residential quality air conditioner, important here in the tropics.

Class C's were less suitable for us but work well for many (I think Martha's Lazy Daze is a C, officially speaking, and she seems to like it).

Cost, available storage, and need to use an existing tow vehicle all factor in strongly. If you have friends who are experienced in RVing and willing to coach you, consider going right to a smaller Class A, perhaps in the 32' range.

It's helpful to go to one or two of the large RV shows each year, and do lots of tire kicking. Good luck.
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Do you have any suggestions for finding something for a reasonable weekly or monthly rate?
What brewer suggested is probably your best option. Regular rental rates aren't cheap, but as was mentioned, the cost can be worth it to educate yourself on what you want (or don't want) to purchase.
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Good advice.

In an RV you know who were the last users of the bedding.

OTOH if you are into biological sampling, a hotel room offers variety.
Reminds me of one of my favorite Simpson's moments. Lisa and Bart race vibrating beds in a seedy motel.
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We did a repositioning rental with Cruise America for our introduction to RVing as Brewer suggested. It is a great way to experience what RVing about, finding parks, setting up/taking down each day etc. Ultimately rvingv is a life style choice not an investment decision. We DO like the benefit of on-board potty, having lunch and breakfast anytime and with a menu that fits our diets and there are no "surprises" from the previous users in the bathroom/bedcovers.
Like many RVers, it is pretty common to end up going through some different types of RV before finding the one that works best for your and traveling companion(s). To keep your $$ exposure under control, buy used until you have a firm hand on what you want from the RVing experience. I think Rich is on his third unti. We started with a 28' Class A with basement and now are enjoying a Class B Roadtrek. DW would only drive the A under duress but does not hesistate to take the wheel in the B. We are travelers (vs "sitters") so appreciate the ease of getting around in our Roadtrek (21 ') and lower cost of operating (mileage of 16-17 vs 9-10 mpg). Also since there are only two of us, the size works well. I have RVers in B's with 2 big dogs and kids--not sure how they make that work but glad it is not us ;-).
Do try the rental as your first step. It is also a great way to check out units as your travel each night when you get in the campground for the evening.
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Several years ago we tried to rent an RV but were stopped by the inability to get insurance. Maybe we were talking to dummies (dummies talking to dummies), but we were told that liability insurance just wasn't available. The lady who answered the phone at the RV rental place admitted that she and her husband had rented an RV the previous summer and "just didn't bother with insurance".
Yikes!
Anybody rented an RV? What is the scoop on insurance?
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We are travelers (vs "sitters") so appreciate the ease of getting around in our Roadtrek (21 ') and lower cost of operating (mileage of 16-17 vs 9-10 mpg). Nwsteve
We have the same travel style, plus also like to visit nearby metropolitan cities. Hence, thought that a SUV pulling a small travel trailer might be a substitute for a class B. It is actually not as convenient because the trailer must be detached and left on a campground, but for retirees who have all the time in the world, what's the rush? Right? We might stay in a place for 3 days to a week anyway.

A lot depends on the travel style, and I have to think to decide for myself. Yes, month-long rental is expensive, and weekend trips are not what I have in mind. I can buy a small trailer, and sell it if it does not work out. The loss may be the same as the rental.

I still have time to study as my wife still needs to spend time with her 90-yr old father.
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We have the same travel style, plus also like to visit nearby metropolitan cities. Hence, thought that a SUV pulling a small travel trailer might be a substitute for a class B. It is actually not as convenient because the trailer must be detached and left on a campground, but for retirees who have all the time in the world, what's the rush? Right? We might stay in a place for 3 days to a week anyway.
This is essentially what we do, although we do 3 to 4 days at a time. We get where we are going, plop the trailer down and do what ever we like for the duration in just the tow vehicle. From start to finish, we usually pack up and hitch up in 45 min to an hour, tops, and that is with 2 small kids getting in the way and contributing to the mess. One time when it was pouring I had it done (myself) in under 20 min.
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Thanks everyone, for the advice. We still have some looking/dreaming/thinking to do. We may wait and rent one next summer, or we may just go ahead a pick up a smaller trailer when we are home for Christmas (being that there are still some pretty good deals to be had right now). My assumption is that most of our trips to the state parks will be 5 days/4 nights...leave on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning after the weekend campers have gone, and get back before they arrive on Friday night.

Our longer trips would probably be on the order of two weeks, but probably never longer than 3 weeks due to needing to care for lawns and such. For the longer trips we would stay in RV parks. The benefit of the trailer is obviously that we can tool around in the tow vehicle. We have been considering a couple of electric scooter/mopeds that we could use if we got the class A or C, but like the idea of air conditioning when travelling in places like Texas or Arizona. I've also given some thought to getting a Honda Fit as a toad...but if we can get a trailer we are happy with size and comfort wise we'll probably start there.

Rich: Pls remind me which model you got? I like the idea of a king bed for the longer trips...

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Haven't rented in a very long time but I see these guys everywhere while we're on the road. Maybe give them a call and ask your insurance question?

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For your peace of mind while traveling, Cruise America rentals include coverage's in three areas in excess of minimum automobile coverage's against third-party required by law. The details are contained on the Rental Agreement. Below is an outline of the coverage's
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) provides you supplemental liability insurance up to $1,000,000 for USA rentals (Not valid in Mexico).
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I think the OP of this thread may have already hit the road in his used beat up van!
The OP started up this really hot and popular thread, then disappeared. He has not logged in for 2 months! Is he really "roughing it" and not having internet access at all? Or is he having so much fun he didn't bother to give us an update?
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The OP started up this really hot and popular thread, then disappeared. He has not logged in for 2 months! Is he really "roughing it" and not having internet access at all? Or is he having so much fun he didn't bother to give us an update?
Based on some PM's I received, I think the OP is taking a break from the forum. Who knows, maybe he is roughing it on a trip across the country!
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I've read through all the entries on that Web site, and even followed to the individuals' blog sites. Their travel styles are all too "rough" for me. Anyway, the one blog I found most interesting is by Randy the Kodger, mostly because he is a good writer and also has a good eye for natural things as well as people that he encounters. I do not agree with some aspects of his philosophy, but that does not prevent me from enjoying his writing. He provided more interesting details of his exploits than Steinbeck in the well-known Travels with Charley.

I can now report that my wife has been more and more receptive to the idea of us wandering for a few months with an RV. I am still in the planning (dreaming?) stage, and debating between a small travel trailer and a small class C. Besides the cost difference, a class C would limit our mobility and we really need to go visit nearby towns and downtown areas of cities that are on our path. We already have a 2nd home in the boonies, and want to experience more than just "nature" in our travel.
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I can now report that my wife has been more and more receptive to the idea of us wandering for a few months with an RV. I am still in the planning (dreaming?) stage, and debating between a small travel trailer and a small class C. Besides the cost difference, a class C would limit our mobility and we really need to go visit nearby towns and downtown areas of cities that are on our path. We already have a 2nd home in the boonies, and want to experience more than just "nature" in our travel.
I'm in the same boat as far as the wife and i wanting to devote a lot of time wandering around N America,the class C is the ideal size but is not convenient for local tours and trips once you are at a destination,a couple of 200cc scooters would be handy but the wife wont have anything to do with bikes,and i dont like the idea of dragging a car behind the Rv everywhere we go.If you figure it out let me know..
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I'm in the same boat as far as the wife and i wanting to devote a lot of time wandering around N America,the class C is the ideal size but is not convenient for local tours and trips once you are at a destination,a couple of 200cc scooters would be handy but the wife wont have anything to do with bikes,and i dont like the idea of dragging a car behind the Rv everywhere we go.If you figure it out let me know..
I got it all figured out. It was rainy and very muddy this weekend at our campsite, so we dropped the trailer and took off in the tow vehicle with the kids to the Hershey factory, a waterpark, a historic mill & covered bridge, and an old growth hemlock forest. More than one of these places are ones I would not wanted to deal with a scooter or a lumbering calss C.
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