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Old 02-07-2012, 07:31 PM   #15
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:52 PM   #16
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We had a reverse problem, we bought a DP as new, turned out the dealer had rented it for a month...... Salesman also thought it was new... Two years later, after a cival court jury trial he admitted only he knew.... But still ended up with a used coach that we are paying for as new, and it has been in the shop for major repairs more than it has been out.... He also has 3 similar court cases pending. So even if you think you know the dealer or individual, you dont.....
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:10 AM   #17
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Also get yourself certified (prepared). If you find a class A in the 38' + range it will probably weigh more than 26,000 lbs. which requires an endorsement (written & driving test) to your license. Doubt the rental agency will mention it and the first you'll hear of it is when the insurance company says "no coverage" after an accident.
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I would look to rent the class you are considering buying. If you think you want to end up in a Class A, don't rent a Class C. The only thing similar is sitting by the campfire.
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Also get yourself certified (prepared). If you find a class A in the 38' + range it will probably weigh more than 26,000 lbs. which requires an endorsement (written & driving test) to your license. Doubt the rental agency will mention it and the first you'll hear of it is when the insurance company says "no coverage" after an accident.
In New Jersey we do not require any additional endorsements to operate a motorhome.

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Also get yourself certified (prepared). If you find a class A in the 38' + range it will probably weigh more than 26,000 lbs. which requires an endorsement (written & driving test) to your license. Doubt the rental agency will mention it and the first you'll hear of it is when the insurance company says "no coverage" after an accident.
Has there actually been a case of denied coverage for this?

Informal polling here in Texas suggests 80-90% of RV drivers don't have the correct endorsements; even local officials argue as to whether or not is is required.

(I'm preparing for my Class B right now, recommend everyone gets the proper license; however, I'm wondering if there is an underwriter out there who'd use this as grounds for denial, would like to hear from owners.)
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:54 AM   #21
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We did the rental thing before buying, too.

Got both of them from a local to us dealer here in Richmond VA. McGeorge RV is right along Interstate 95 just north of Richmond. Might be close enough for you if heading this way.

While I didn't or probably never will buy from them, I did get good value renting from them. They also only rent later model, lower mileage Class A and Class C's. We rented both types. No problems with either in week long rentals.

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Old 02-08-2012, 10:57 PM   #22
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Mikalle - I rented the first time in 1980. Took a very nice class C Beaver 28' for a 5,000 mile 28 day trip. The motor home bug (or illness depending on your view) bit me then and has never let loose. We rented many more times and did not buy one until 2002. For me that was the right way to go. In addition to several class C's I also rented a class A.

On the other hand some of our friends came to a small rally with us three years ago, fell in love with the lifestyle and bought a used class A a couple months later. They travel extensively in it and are about ready to upgrade. We just caravaned with them and six other motor homes three weeks ago. So that worked for them.

The safe way is to rent a couple times. But you have to do what is comfortable. We love the RV / motor home lifestyle. As soon as we can unload our boat anchor of a house we are headed off for a year + trip.

When looking at motor homes the best and simple advise I can give you is look at lots and drive lots of them. Leave your checkbook at home the first 5 times you go looking. If you run into a salesman who is too pushy run don't walk away from them. RV shows are a great way to see lots of RV's together in one place.
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Also get yourself certified (prepared). If you find a class A in the 38' + range it will probably weigh more than 26,000 lbs. which requires an endorsement (written & driving test) to your license. Doubt the rental agency will mention it and the first you'll hear of it is when the insurance company says "no coverage" after an accident.
Not necessarily, states vary in their licensing requirements. Here in WA all we need is a standard drivers license, no special license or endorsement. Have yet to hear of an insurance company denying coverage over a wrong license or lack of endorsement.
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