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Renting an RV for a road trip #3232439
05/12/24 11:47 PM
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Anyone ever rent an RV for a road trip? The wife and I will be driving from southern Arizona to northern Indiana for a family event in July. About 2,000 miles or so, we figure to be on the road a couple of weeks or so and "look around" on the way. We are thinking it would be fun to rent a small camper-van type RV for the trip. We could stay at lakes, national and state parks, campgrounds, wherever.

A quick look at rental rates don't really look horrible, around $200 a night or so. Not sure about mileage rates yet, more homework to do. Just looking for thoughts and advice on this kind of rental for a road trip.

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Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Ramrod39] #3232445
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Just make sure everyplace you want and need to go to will accommodate the size of vehicle you plan to use.


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Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: 2boltmain] #3232447
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just rented one for a week ,went from sw michigan to georgia had it for a week,would do it again,we used loves truck stops they have hook ups and rv parking,biggest expense was gas

Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: TB3CUDA] #3232475
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Buy a cheap one, average size around here goes for $8-12,000, when done, sell it. Could break even except for gas prices. Make sure it’s mechanically sound and good tires, most will have low miles (under 100,000). As long as sold before Dec 31st no property tax.

Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Ramrod39] #3232529
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The 'gotcha" with RV rental is the mileage rates. They give you a small amount of miles a day, then you pay. While you can make it work if you drive someplace, then stay put. But if you're on the go constantly moving from place to place, that mileage fee will get you. Be sure you know what it means to travel in an RV. Short showers due to limited hot water (on some models), dumping sewage, refilling fresh water, RV campsite rental fees and reservations (especially for full hook ups), AC sometimes not cooling the RV on those hot days, etc.
I like to drive and find it far more economical to "hotel camp". Drive a normal sized comfortable vehicle. They can go places and park where a lot of RV's can't. Equip it with a cooler of some sort, and move from place to place staying in a hotel each night. You can usually find a decent hotel on the road without needing a reservation.
There's pluses and minues to everything... just know what you and the wife can handle.


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Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: PLUM_72] #3232548
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I just did that trip in an RV. You're better off buying one, using it, then selling when done. I started in Quartzsite then spent nights in Phoenix, Camp Verde, Winslow, Route 66 RV park / casino, Route 66 car museum, couple places in Amarillo, Sayre OK, couple casinos that allowed free overnight parking, couple rest stops, state park in Illinois. I took 22 days.

Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Dart 500] #3232710
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Unless you just want the "RV experience", the rental, mileage and fuel costs will buy you a very nice hotel every night and probably feed you too.

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Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Twostick] #3232713
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Buy an ancient Winnebago and do the entire Rt. 66 experience all the fun of overheating, blowing a tire, no A/C, no shower as they always break down, and cold water! boogie


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Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Rhinodart] #3232715
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Originally Posted by Rhinodart
Buy an ancient Winnebago and do the entire Rt. 66 experience all the fun of overheating, blowing a tire, no A/C, no shower as they always break down, and cold water! boogie


The only RV's I saw doing legit route 66 were from Europe. One was an Iveco (Italy??) and another was beside me one night at a Cracker Barrel with license plates from France. I did a bit of it but mostly I40 and I44 due to better pavement

Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Dart 500] #3232746
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Originally Posted by Dart 500
Originally Posted by Rhinodart
Buy an ancient Winnebago and do the entire Rt. 66 experience all the fun of overheating, blowing a tire, no A/C, no shower as they always break down, and cold water! boogie


The only RV's I saw doing legit route 66 were from Europe. One was an Iveco (Italy??) and another was beside me one night at a Cracker Barrel with license plates from France. I did a bit of it but mostly I40 and I44 due to better pavement

We had to go through Winslow AZ so wife could get a picture of her standing next to sign. Mostly a hole in the wall.

Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: cudaman1969] #3232766
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Originally Posted by cudaman1969
Originally Posted by Dart 500
Originally Posted by Rhinodart
Buy an ancient Winnebago and do the entire Rt. 66 experience all the fun of overheating, blowing a tire, no A/C, no shower as they always break down, and cold water! boogie


The only RV's I saw doing legit route 66 were from Europe. One was an Iveco (Italy??) and another was beside me one night at a Cracker Barrel with license plates from France. I did a bit of it but mostly I40 and I44 due to better pavement

We had to go through Winslow AZ so wife could get a picture of her standing next to sign. Mostly a hole in the wall.


I didnt even bother, but thats where the Homolovi state park was, only $15/night. It was good. Gotta take deals like that when you can find them as mist RV resorts / parks are $40-$65

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Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Dart 500] #3232883
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didnt even bother, but thats where the Homolovi state park was, only $15/night. It was good. Gotta take deals like that when you can find them as mist RV resorts / parks are $40-$65

We spent 10 days traveling the southwest, used the wife’s sisters car and stayed in motels each night. All prepaid some like the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley were booked over a year in advance. IMO trips out west or in the east are very different, an RV would be better out west because it’s so open country, back east there’s places to stay on every corner so only a car is needed.

Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: cudaman1969] #3232928
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I have been looking into Harvest Host camping, looks like it could be different... https://www.harvesthosts.com/


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Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Rhinodart] #3232936
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Originally Posted by Rhinodart
I have been looking into Harvest Host camping, looks like it could be different... https://www.harvesthosts.com/


Those are great if the place knows whats going on. Many times RVers show up and the people dont even know what harvest host is, or where to park them. I have it with the added golf course feature but have yet to use it.

Re: Renting an RV for a road trip [Re: Dart 500] #3233109
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we have had great experences with harvest host.


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ask "cousin Eddy"[cristmas vacation movie] for RV advice. i'm sure he would give you the scoop.......... biggrin
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