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kkwis2
01-09-2009, 09:16 PM
We are thinking about taking an extended trip this summer (OK...dreaming for now!) heading west from Minnesota toward Colorado, down to New Mexico to stay for a week (DH's family has a cabin there), then across the south to Florida then back up to Minnesota. We have driven to the cabin in NM about 6 times in our minivan but thought we'd like to mix it up this summer and try to rent an RV.

I grew up traveling in an RV most summers from MN to FL so I am really excited about this!

Have you ever rented an RV? We're thinking we might be able to find a private rental since the economy isn't great right now. Maybe find someone who would just like to make one of their payments by renting?

What do you think? Any thoughts would be appreciated!

a1tinkfans
01-09-2009, 09:37 PM
WOW!
Something I also say I'd like to do and never did, LOL. Always fly everywhere!

Years ago , my parents and their best friends went from NY to Fla then to Cal and all the way up to Alaska with many stops along the way. They went for 2 1/2 mos in this HUGE ( i have no idea but H U G E) thing and loved it. Though they stayed in hotels and motels for a "change" every other week or so.
What pictures and memories this brings back.
Unfortunately, my mom passed rather young from heart disease, but she traveled the US and she and my dad also were very blessed to travel the World before she died. I can think of a handful of places they did NOT get to go to, they traveled that much.
Anyhoo, thanks for the reminder......:cloud9:

If you decide to go, Have a wonderful trip and I hope to see your post about your adventure!! :wizard:

pjtm
01-10-2009, 07:25 AM
yes we did and we loved it!!! PM me if you have questions -

we used --- getrv.com and it is personal campers people "timeshare". Loved, loved, loved it!

shelly3girls
01-10-2009, 07:48 AM
We did 2 years ago. I would look into renting private b/c it was very expensive to rent through a company. We drove from NJ to Niagara Falls. We rented a larger one to sleep 8-10. They charge a rental fee plus extra miles. It was much more expensive than if we just drove our car and rented hotel rooms.

kkwis2
01-10-2009, 08:22 AM
We did 2 years ago. I would look into renting private b/c it was very expensive to rent through a company. We drove from NJ to Niagara Falls. We rented a larger one to sleep 8-10. They charge a rental fee plus extra miles. It was much more expensive than if we just drove our car and rented hotel rooms.



We have looked at rental company sites and are astonished at how much they cost! That is why we would like to find a private party to rent from, perhaps someone who won't be able to use the RV themselves for whatever reason.

kkwis2
01-10-2009, 08:24 AM
yes we did and we loved it!!! PM me if you have questions -

we used --- getrv.com and it is personal campers people "timeshare". Loved, loved, loved it!


I will definitely PM you. I am going to check out the site you gave me, then I'll get back to you.

MrsPete
01-10-2009, 08:54 AM
My husband and I have talked FOR YEARS about taking our children on a cross-country driving trip to let them see the size and diversity of America. We agreed that we wanted to wait 'til they were old enough to appreciate what they were seeing, and 2009's the year!

When we started talking about this years ago we both assumed that we'd rent an RV, and we were excited about that new adventure; however, when we picked out the "best year" for us and started crunching numbers, we quickly abandoned the RV idea. Why? First, the cost of renting was vastly higher than we'd expected. And don't forget that the rental cost isn't going to be the whole thing; once you find a campsite or park, there's another $25-50 site fee per night. Then there's the gas mileage -- and who knows how much gas'll cost next summer? Then there's the over-your-daily-allotment-of-miles fee, and the difficulty of driving the large vehicle through some of the large cities we plan to visit. Finally, we didn't really want to tow our own car, but we also didn't want to be without easy transportation around town. In a nutshell, when we started looking at the reality of an RV, it wasn't what we'd imagined.

Instead, we're using hotel rooms. For our circumstances, it's going to be considerably less expensive.

There are good and bad points: Hotels can be found closer to the things we want to see, so that means less driving around town once we stop somewhere. Hotels do mean carting our luggage in and out every day, but they also mean swimming pools, laundry rooms, free ice, and complementary breakfast. We'll have more space in a hotel. We're losing the kitchen that the RV would have, but our number-crunching shows that we're coming out ahead even if we eat out twice a day (and have a cooler with sandwiches and snacks on hand). The final deciding factor for us was that we're getting many of our hotels for FREE; we're even getting two rooms or a two-room suite in many places, and we're STILL coming out CHEAPER than the RV. My husband's saved up his reward "points" from many business travel trips over the last couple years, and they're equaling about 50% of our hotel stays for free. In the past I've used his "points" for long weekends here and there when the kids were out of school, but we've been hoarding them for about two years now, and it's really helping on this trip.

Some people love the RV lifestyle, and they're willing to pay a premium for quiet evenings in the campsite where they can sit by the fire and watch the kids ride bikes. That's great, but it's not our goal for this trip: our goal is to cover lots of ground and see as much as possible.

I'd suggest that you look into just what's available to you before you make the decision. If you have a neighbor who'll rent you an RV for super-cheap, your numbers might look very different from mine. Or if you plan to drive a ways, then stay put for 4-5 days before moving on, you might not care so much about the gas mileage as I do. Doing your own math is the only way to know for sure.

kkwis2
01-10-2009, 09:08 AM
MRSPETE:

Thanks for your insight. It sounds like you have planned and budgeted well. We will definitely be looking at the cost comparison of driving and staying in hotels, etc. versus the cost of the RV. The cost of renting through a rental company is certainly cost prohibitive for us. If we don't do the RV thing, then we'll just take a scenic route to the cabin in NM, stay for a week and go back home. :sad1:

If you don't mind me asking, how old are your kids? Mine will be 6 and 8 in the summer of 2009. They are just sponges right now for any information about just about anything, especially the 8 year old.

Have a great trip!

Mkaz
01-10-2009, 09:46 AM
What about buying a used one? This is what dh and I are looking into because renting is just too much $$. We are looking into the older models. We figure this way we have it, and can use it whenever we want. Plus, if it doesn't get much use after our trip we can always resell it. :thumbsup2

gillenkl
01-10-2009, 09:53 AM
You should post on the board "Camping at Disney" thread. There is a lady on there who rents her RV to other disers. I believe she even sets it up in Fort Wilderness. I don't know all the details because we have our own RV but I have heard good things about her services.

hercamore
01-10-2009, 09:59 AM
Hi, where are you in MN? I'm in Rochester.

We have been long time campers, 30 years to be exact. We pull a popup camper with our minivan. A popup camper, new or used, is the way to travel for families that want to take extended road trips.

I highly recommend it for a family driving trip. You can rent one, buy a used one cheap now with the economy the way it is and have a great time w/o spending a lot of cash.

If ou're looking to travel "out west" in the summer, know that motels aren't all that great in some areas, are pricy, and maybe booked.

However, you can usually find a campsite w/o any trouble. Get a Woodalls camping Guide book to campsites for the western U.S.

herc.

gillenkl
01-10-2009, 09:59 AM
You should post on the board "Camping at Disney" thread. There is a lady on there who rents her RV to other disers. I believe she even sets it up in Fort Wilderness. I don't know all the details because we have our own RV but I have heard good things about her services.

I wanted to add that there is another thread on the board I mentioned above about general camping (outside Disney). I don't think it's very cost effective to rent an RV - especially if your serious about it - you can purchase one for less than $150 a month. I wouldn't recommend purchasing a used RV - but that's just my opinion.

Inigo
01-10-2009, 10:40 AM
Those long cross-country road trips with the kids are a blast. If you fly, you miss so many fun and silly stops. We stopped at so many of the off-beat attractions that are scattered all over the place. We've sat in the electric chair (!) at the WY Territorial Prison, had our pictures taken with the Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, MN, and stood on a corner in Winslow, AZ, among other silly stops.

This has given us a chance to really see the country, and not just the touristy areas. We get to talk to so many of the locals, and find out what makes each area special.

We've gone on about 8 of those 3 week long trips. At first we considered renting an RV, but the price was too high for us. We've always taken our camping gear, and were able to go pretty cheaply. We'd stay in motels and hotels on occasion, and sometimes rented Kamping Kabins at KOA campgrounds. Most of the time, however, we were in the tent. We'd stay a minimum of two nights at any spot when we used the tent. We had a pretty good routine down that allowed us to put the tent up, blow up the air mattresses and get everything put in place in about 20 minutes.

Next year we'll use the pop-up camper I just bought off of E-bay.

roadtripper
01-10-2009, 11:08 AM
My husband and I have talked FOR YEARS about taking our children on a cross-country driving trip to let them see the size and diversity of America. We agreed that we wanted to wait 'til they were old enough to appreciate what they were seeing, and 2009's the year!
...
I'd suggest that you look into just what's available to you before you make the decision. If you have a neighbor who'll rent you an RV for super-cheap, your numbers might look very different from mine. Or if you plan to drive a ways, then stay put for 4-5 days before moving on, you might not care so much about the gas mileage as I do. Doing your own math is the only way to know for sure.

MrsPete-- I could have written your post! 2009's the year for us, too! I got a quote for a Cruiser RV, built on a Mercedes engine that gets 20-24 mpg--5 weeks, 9000 miles, 11,000 dollars:scared1: :scared1: . And that was when gas was almost 4.00/ gallon. And did I mention I'm not really much of a camper?

Instead, we are renting a minivan (1300 for 5 weeks--before any discounts I can find), staying in cabins in the National Parks and mom and pop motels elsewhere. I think the shower will make a world of difference to my mental health. OP, I would suggest you crunch the numbers but also take into account your family circumstances and preferences. We have accessibility issues with DS,12, so the motels seem like a good option for us. Good luck, and maybe we'll see you on the road!

kkwis2
01-10-2009, 01:30 PM
Howdy (kind of far away) neighbor! We are in Duluth.

We have done the trip several times in the summer, so we know it can be kind of hit or miss on finding rooms that are available and affordable. Actually, the first year my DH and I drove to NM together he had grand plans to see EVERYTHING along the way and stop to see every relative. We found ourselves driving through Colorado late at night on a stretch of highway that had NOTHING on it. We finally came across a campground right off the highway and set up the tent. We heard semi-tricks whizzing past all night!

We have considered getting a popup actually for the last few years and may have to resort to that if the RV renting proves to be just too expensive. My DH would love to camp more, but I just really hate tent camping. I like a bed to sleep on (and air mattresses don't count!).

Buying either an RV or a popup though means we would have to store it and we just don't have any space for it at our house. That would mean the added expense and inconvenience of storing it. And since we don't know if we'll enjoy it, we'd really like to rent something this first time so we don't make a big financial commitment that we may regret.

Thanks to everyone for the comments so far. I have read them all. Great suggestions. Keep them coming!





Hi, where are you in MN? I'm in Rochester.

We have been long time campers, 30 years to be exact. We pull a popup camper with our minivan. A popup camper, new or used, is the way to travel for families that want to take extended road trips.

I highly recommend it for a family driving trip. You can rent one, buy a used one cheap now with the economy the way it is and have a great time w/o spending a lot of cash.

If ou're looking to travel "out west" in the summer, know that motels aren't all that great in some areas, are pricy, and maybe booked.

However, you can usually find a campsite w/o any trouble. Get a Woodalls camping Guide book to campsites for the western U.S.

herc.