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Old 09-05-2015, 09:45 PM   #1
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Tuscon to Vegas Rental?

Hi all.

I posted over the last month or so in the Class A forums. My wife and I have been pondering buying a Class A MH and starting to travel regularly. My dream is to set out for a month or so at a time and see the country. We have a two year old and a new one on the way, so we are trying to also be sensible and figure out when is the right time. We were inches away from buying something and driving it from Atlanta to Tucson, AZ and back over about 3 weeks with a 4 day conference in the middle. We couldn't get comfortable with both which unit to buy, and "is this the right time" during the pregnancy, so I will be going to the conference solo (She cannot fly during this pregnancy).

All that being said, I will fly into Tucson on a Saturday and be at the conference through Thursday. I will drive SOMETHING from Tucson to Vegas between Thur and Monday when I have another conference for a couple days. I fly back to Atlanta from Vegas on Wed.

So, I thought that it would be cool if instead of renting a car and hotels I could rent an RV! I have done a tad bit of research and see that there is a ton of stuff I could see between Tucson and Vegas and I have never seen any of it before.

So what are your thoughts? My biggest need for advice is about what to rent, from where, and if I should try to do a one way or rent from somewhere in Tucson or Vegas and double back - ending up in Vegas where I will be flying out from. In other words, a little trip planning help. : )

I need to be in Vegas either Monday or Tuesday all day for the conference (I need to attend from start to finish one of those days), or both to give me some flexibility. My flight out is around 3 on Wed so I need to be at the airport by around 1 or 1:30.

I could do part of the trip in a rental car and a hotel room - so for instance, I could rent a car in Tucson and drive to Phoenix or even Vegas and go from there, but it seems like there are plenty of things that it would be great to see along the way. But again, I could go to Vegas and rent and double back as I will have until Sunday night to be in Vegas.

What are the thoughts of the experts? : )

By the way, when we buy we want something like a Newmar Class A. I know that I am likely not going to find something like that to rent for this trip (although if I could that would be great as I have never driven a Class A - but plenty of other large truck/trailer combos, etc), so a nice Class C would be ok I guess. I want to get some experience with traveling in an RV and staying in campgrounds as that is a big part of what we will be doing when we do buy, and something I have never done! (Excited though!)

Craig
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Old 09-06-2015, 07:46 AM   #2
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We just spent 2 months in Utah with trips in Nevada and Wyoming. I was amazed the number of rental units we saw at the RV parks..... we really don't have that much in Florida so it was different for us to see them all. In looking at the exteriors of the units , it seems that RoadBear had the nicest... I had never heard of them before.. they are at RV Rental & RV Sales - Road Bear RV USA
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:05 AM   #3
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Thanks! I will reach out to them as their site isn't clear about availability.
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Yes, there are a lot of folks renting in the western states. The Europeans love to visit those states and they are the majority of the renters.
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:06 PM   #5
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Since it is a holiday weekend I am not able to call anyone about reservations. Do you know off hand how likely I am to find a good one way rental from either Tucson or Phoenix to Vegas?

Also, since we want to ultimately buy a Class A (like a Newmar for instance), do you think I should try to rent something like that or stick with a good Class C? It is just me for this trip and I don't care about frilly, but wonder how close to what we would end up buying I should get. The difference for this trip is no family, no toad, and faster pace. I will need to drive it to eat, and to all my site seeing.

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Cruise America is a popular rental. A Class C and Class A are altogether different in driving and 'getting a feel' for a Class A, which you'll be purchasing. I think renting a Class C for this solo trip will only give you an idea of living in a small space, not the drivability and an idea how all the systems work in any type of RV (sewer, water, electric). Have a good one!
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Hmm .. well if I can find a fair deal on a class A I would like to go that way. My fear is "getting around" in Vegas for the places I need to go. I guess I can always take a cab! haha.
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