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Old 02-16-2009, 04:14 AM   #1
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My wife an I are considering buying a 5th wheel for some road trips now that we are retired. Before we make the investment however we would like to rent one for a trip to see if it is really something we want to do.

If anyone out there knows of an individual who would like to rent their trailer for a few weeks, please let me know. We live on Lake Fork east of Dallas. We would like to find someone within about 100 miles of us.

I think that we would like to find something in the 25+- length range.

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Old 02-16-2009, 05:32 AM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2.

As for renting a 5th wheel, your best bet is to contact some of the local RV places in your area. Some may rent RV's or know of people that will rent them to individuals.

For the private owner, insurance becomes a real issue. It will probably not cover a unit that is rented.

You are wise to try one out before you make the big investment. Also, you need to consider buying a used one as your first one and avoid the huge depreciation of one.

I am adding a note to your post to have anyone interested in renting their unit to contact you off-line through the PM (private mail) system. You will need to be sure you have this enabled in your profile.


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Old 02-16-2009, 05:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. How do I enable the private mail option?
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:52 AM   #4
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You simply click on the GO tab at he top of the fou,s and then select PRIVATE MASSAGING. It will take you to your PM screen. You may want to set your NOTIFICATIONS (on the PM Screen) to notify you when you get a PM.
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:36 AM   #5
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Here is an ad for some rentals in Sherman, about an hour and a half away.

For Rent: Bumper Pull, 5th Wheel, Travel Trailer. Sleeps 4-8. Free Local Set-up. Fully furn. 903-815-8319
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:15 AM   #6
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I just wanted to chime in and also say "Welcome".

Renting one first is a really good idea.

Like posted above, I'd also highly recommend going used. You might go to a big RV show and make a list and/or take digital photos of ones you like, then cruise classifieds for those.

Pretty much everyone I know who bought their 1st RV leanred what they really want... Island kitchen, corner shower, different size, or even a completely different type of RV.

These things loose a lot of value in the first year or two, even if hardly used, so if you buy new and decide to trade in a year or two you will take a huge loss.

The flip side is that there are often hardly used, very clean RV's out there at a fraction of the price of an equivelent new one.

Anyway, happy shopping (and renting) and let us know what you decide to do and how it works out.
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(Jeff_in_The_Dalles) ... Pretty much everyone I know who bought their 1st RV leanred what they really want... Island kitchen, corner shower, different size, or even a completely different type of RV. ..
If someone started a thread here on what reason people traded in their first RV within a year or two for another one and what the main reason was, that thread would go on for months.

I would guess length is a main factor. And the original poster Marlowe has started his search with the size that I bet 80% of we started looking at - prox 25'.
we started at 22' very quickly traded in for 31' and then a few years later went to 33',

renting a 25' trailer might be a perfect way to soon be kicking tires on a 30'
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welcome aboard randy
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:02 PM   #9
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some of the places that rent them will set them up for you at your rv park, extra $$ of course but will help you out. i know some in the Austin area use to do that.

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