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imagardener
post Sep 25 2011, 08:30 AM
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What? Rent an RV? Why? (is that what you're thinking?)
Well before we bought our RV we wanted to rent one because we'd never driven one and didn't know anyone that owned one.

CruiseAmerica is where we rented and had our our first RV experience 5 years ago. It was horrible. The RV was old, not clean and the "check engine" light came on when we were far enough away from the rental company to be obnoxious, they wanted us to drive to get it repaired during our weekend rental, no thanks. Since CruiseAmerica is a nationwide franchise this is not a condemnation of all CAmerica locations but we rented in Estero FL just north of Naples and south of Ft. Myers.

The only good thing that came out of that horrible rental was while staying at a campground (Periwinkle Park in Sanibel FL) we met some people driving a Roadtrek van and they showed us their unit and we liked the size. We ended up buying a similar conversion van and have been happily RV'ing for the last 4 years.

BUT...we live in SW Florida and would love to skip the 4-5 days each way travel time to get to California or Utah. In short we'd love to find a great RV rental in California or Utah or Colorado, etc.
And even better would be if they rented conversion vans like ours.

Internet searches don't come with many trustworthy reviews. I was thrilled to find a conversion van rental in St. George Utah, yippee, and then my husband looked and they don't appear to have air-conditioning units other than in-dashboard. What? We're planning to be there in the height of summer. Please don't tell me we don't need A/C. We did a 7,000 mile trip to that area in 2010 (NE Utah, NE/NW New Mexico, N Arizona) and we sure did need A/C.

Any suggestions with personal recommendation is welcomed!
And bad reviews are also informative. I'm going to post second message right after this with my review of a rental RV we just did in Anchorage AK (didn't want to drive there from Florida either lol).

Thanks for any/all replies

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Alessandro
post Sep 12 2012, 03:57 AM
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It's touching to read how MH owners are devoted to their RV. I can imagine their feelings that they are reluctant renting their precious motorhome out. I am Dutch and have made 4 long RV trips; the latter trip in May, June and July this year. We have always rented A-Class Winnebago 32' from RoadBear in LA and SF. This year for the first time through private motorhome rental.

We traveled in a 38' dieselpusher Countryman from 2006, rented from a private owner We started in Newhall, CA and made a trip of 6,500 miles to Bisbee, AZ and all the way up north to South Dakota and we crossed 11 states. We had to see the Cummins workshop close to Denver, CO as the inline filter was clogged! They told me, that this filter should have been replaced long ago! So, this can happen to a renter, too! They repaired it and the owner payed this with the creditcard on the phone. In Salt Lake City the roof AC of the living broke down. No way of finding the right model, but the owner found a new one and came all the way from California to SLC! He fixed it and we could proceed with our trip. What a customer service!

Further we had a wonderful trip and the owner sent us later an email, that no renter had ever returned the MH so clean as we had done! Why? Because we lived in this rig for almost 8 weeks and treated this as if it was our own. We even put wax on the outside to make it look as new!

The insurance was through BlueSky, but we could have done this through MBA, too. Easy to do and the cost is between $35 and $45 per day.

If I would have been an owner, I would feel rather uncomfortable someone with the experience of a private car or maybe a C-Class RV renting my motorhome. And what about the difference in behaviour on the roads in Europe and the USA. Easy does it on the US roads. I drive 45' coaches weekly in The Netherlands and that surely helps.

It is still strange that anyone with a "standard" drivers licence can drive a huge motorhome in the USA.

Having said all this, we will definitely rent another dieselpusher again to explore another part of the continent, probably the east coast. But we will study very well the reviews and recommendations the owner can provide us. He is taking some risk with renting out his MH, but we are taking some risks, too. A bad rental will totally spoil our vacation!
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