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Old 05-17-2013, 06:27 AM   #1
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Renting an RV

Based on the advice from forum members I am considering an RV rental.
Cruise America dominates an internet search for RV rentals.
In checking out some reviews on this company I came across tons of negative reports.
(Cruise America Reviews. Buying guides & consumer product reviews at Epinions.com)

Please let us know if you recently rented an RV and if you would recommend that rental company. We are willing to travel to another state for the rental.

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Old 05-17-2013, 06:30 AM   #2
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Try Camping World. They have some nice looking rentals in a variety of sizes.

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Old 05-17-2013, 01:25 PM   #3
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Before purchasing my MH, I rented a Class A to make sure that's what I wanted. My rental was not from either of the companies mentioned. No matter who you rent from I would strongly recommend keeping really good records and closely reading the rental contract. Our rental started fine, but became a disaster, and I didn't have any luck contesting the charge through my credit card company, as they viewed it as a quality of service dispute. I filed a complaint with BBB, and it took over a year, but I was eventually refunded 4 days of my 7 day rental fee by an arbitrator, which is what I'd argued for. I have no doubt that the records I kept (phone calls, who I spoke to, what they said, etc) were the deciding factors that allowed me to win at arbitration.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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I have seen what those Cruise America rentals go through at the Nascar races. It is a wonder they get back to the agency in one piece. It is unbelievable what people will do when it isn't theirs! I have never rented but if I did it would be a place like Camping World simply because they have the facility to fix things. As stated, read the contract, but also make sure they show you how to operate every system (that way you know it works at the start).
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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Of there is a SunShare RV near you they normally have higher quality units. Also, a lot well some dealers have rentals.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #6
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Where are you based? More info might help.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:37 PM   #7
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Check Craigslist for individuals and other companies with rentals.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #8
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Ive never rented an RV but a close friend once did - after a few bad experiences they bought their own small Class-C. I can't recall all the problems they encountered or where they rented the RVs from but ROACHES were one of the biggest problems. Dirty ovens/stoves and cockroaches.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:03 PM   #9
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We rented a few years back before we bought our first m/h. Flew into Dallas and toured Texas for two weeks. We rented from a smaller company and had no issues. We laughed at the signs and notices throughout the rig but surely respect why they are necessary. We found it a little stressful being in something we didn't own but know a lot of folks sure don't have that same respect. It's a good way to try before taking the plunge. Enjoy!
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:38 PM   #10
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When I saw all the negative reviews for these chain operations I chose to rent from an independent operator instead. In general the family owned and operated businesses provide much better service than the chain operations wherever I have lived or traveled. I use a chain only as a last resort for any services and an RV rental is very much a service.

I would do phone interviews with independent RV rental operators and find out about what they provide in the way of preparation services (some will even stock an RV with basic groceries), how often they turn over their vehicles, checking back in procedure, and deposits, and all fees charged.

The ones I have rented from would replace their RV's after two seasons so that they were always under warranty. It saved them having to maintain a repair shop and have a mechanic on the payroll and as a renter it reduced the risk of being stranded with a broken RV in the middle of our trip.

Strongly recommend renting for two reasons. Great way to get experience before buying. Saves a lot of time when you can fly a thousand miles or more to where you really want to be and then spend 90% of your vacation days in that part of the country and not in traveling there and back. Also saves in fuel and food and camping costs.

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