Class A Charter Summer Rental Question
This is my first post in IRV2 so I hope it's appropriate that I take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Andy and I live in the South Florida area. While I've never owned a Motorhome, I'm not new to the industry. My background is a technology/new products reporter and spent a few decades penning a syndicated newspaper column, a regular feature in USA Today and produced and appeared in 400+ live segments as a contributing correspondent with NBC's Today Show in the 1990's. I worked under the name The Gadget Guru. Some have called me the Godfather of the modern tech blog, but I'm not sure I believe that.
The reason I mention my background is that during my journalism years, I would occasionally produce TV and print stories highlighting what's new in the world of RV's. On multiple occasions I worked with the RVIA and Barton-Gilanelli PR to have multiple campers/RV's delivered to the Today Show plaza at 30 Rock in NYC and would do a live broadcast moving from model to model. It was always a fun spot to produce and even back then, I was amazed at the breakthroughs delivered by the RV manufacturers.
Because I brought a lot of eyeballs to the world of RVs to those who may not know about them, I was honored by the RVIA in the late 90's with the Journalism Man of the Year award and I was the keynote speaker at the RVIA's dealer meeting in Louisville. It was a wonderful event and I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people in the RV industry...but that was many years ago.
With that said, I'm attempting to plan a trip of the lifetime and it starts with the charter of a top of the line, Class A motorhome. I say "charter" as I am looking to work with a reputable management company who will provide not only the RV, but the driver as well. This way, it will (hopefully) be a headache-free trip. I'm also considering hiring a gourmet chef to make this truly a trip of a lifetime. Yes, I'm a bit eccentric!
I'm attempting to charter (rental with a driver) an RV on the scale of a Newmar Essex, King Aire or a Newell. I've found one outlet, All Star Coaches (Ft. Lauderdale) that seems to have an Essex and that model may fit my needs. I'll be driving down to take a look at it soon and if all goes as planned, I'll book a paid day rental to do a six hour trip to see if this specific RV meets my needs. If so, my plan is to charter it for six- to eight-weeks over the Summer to take a coast-to-coast trip. I'm planning on producing a documentary along the way...but we'll see how that goes!
While I've looked online for other companies who may offer this charter service, I'm coming up empty and I'm hoping that others can guide me in the right direction and provide constructive input.
Please note, that if the Summer trip goes well, my next step will be to purchase an RV in the same or higher category of the Essex.
I greatly appreciate input and advice on this topic.