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Old 08-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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How much would you pay to rent this Class A DP?

I’ve never owned an RV, but looking to buy within a year. Your good advice has been to rent before buying.

I have plans already for Hershey… fly up (free), borrow daughter’s car (free), hotel room for 6 days ($535)… so, fairly inexpensive now.

But, talked today to a private seller who MIGHT be willing to rent.

His coach is a 2003 American Coach Heritage, 45 ft, 500hp (luxury coach). Ad price is $139,900.

This coach looks nice in the ad (haven't seen it). I’ve been thinking new purchase, but this coach is appealing.

What would be the fair market value of renting this RV for about 2 weeks, adding 2000 miles to the 50k odometer?

Not sure how the insurance would work? Covered by his policy? Can I purchase a renter’s policy?
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The Heritage is American Coach's top of the line diesel pusher. It is a big coach. Would think if he wants to let you 'rent' it for two weeks, his insurance would cover it (he may need to only say he let you borrow it or take it for an extended test drive ). If you have never had a class A motorhome, that is a fully featured rig with lots of bells and whistles.

Personally, if it was mine, I would not be renting it to anyone even if it was for sale.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:27 PM   #3
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$1500 a week or more is not unheard of plus be prepared to pay so much per mile too. Usually there is also a rather large down payment too.

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There was a thread where a fellow lent his RV to his unemployed neighbour and all turned out well. Go figure.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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Wow! Quite a 'rental'.
I'd make sure there are no cut brake lines or anything going on before driving it= insurance claim. lol
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:49 PM   #6
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How much would you pay to rent this Class A DP?

I'd rent it to you for $139,900.


What's the largest RV you've ever owned/driven, BTW?
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I've never driven an RV of any size.

(once drove a 28-pax bus while in the AF)
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:44 PM   #8
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Well there's nothing like diving into the deep end of the pool first.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:59 PM   #9
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One other consideration: to drive a rig that large you would need a special license. Make sure your insurance will cover you to drive without that special license.
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Just a ponder here: What if something happens to the coach? I don't mean an accident or something that might be covered by his or your insurance. I mean what if the engine dies? What if the transmission dies? What if any other house system dies? There is no realistic way to determine how good any of them are IMO.

Are you then on the hook for the $139,000? Will there be a lawsuit?

I know it sounds alarmist, but in today's world it may be a con. Be VERY CAREFUL!
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I've never driven an RV of any size.

(once drove a 28-pax bus while in the AF)
hmmm... it might just be me... jump driving a large rv (40+ ft) is no play. i would think twice or at least test drive it first.
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How much would you pay to rent this Class A DP?

Hey Buddy,

If this is a serious post, Do you really think you're going to plop into the driver's seat of a 45' RV without ever driven anything over 30 feet long and have any idea what you're doing and how everything works? really?

you need some serious training before driving a rig of this size with no former experience, and if this guy will rent his rig to you with your lack of experience, he's either nuts or something is not right, IMO.

Suggest you rent a small class c first before you even consider purchasing or renting larger.

Good luck.

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Hey Buddy,

If this is a serious post, Do you really think you're going to plop into the driver's seat of a 45' RV and have any idea what you're doing and how everything works? really?

you need some serious training before driving a rig of this size with no former experience, and if this guy will rent his rig to you with your lack of experience, he's either nuts or something is not right, IMO.

Suggest you rent a small class c first before you even consider purchasing or renting larger.

Good luck.

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I would definitely NOT go on a long trip. If you want to check it out for a few days and the owner will permit, take it to someplace close, maybe 50 miles max, and focus on driving it, operating it, parking it, setting it up, and figuring out how everything works(or doesn't). Do it separately from Hershey. You have way too much to learn... keep reading the forums, examine all maintenance records, inspect the coach with a magnifying glass, crawl under, around, and thru.

Do Hershey separately... Oh did I say that already?
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I would not take it for anything more than a long weekend and only if your serious about buying it. As for driving it we have half blind 90 year olds driving them all over the country it really is not that hard to drive one. Like anything you need a few miles to adjust to the size and allow for turning radius but other than that keep it in your own lane and drive.
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