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Old 03-27-2015, 10:18 PM   #1
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Hi all. I'm back with a rookie question. Reading up on all this RVing stuff. I notice lots of beautiful RV parks close to big cities (i.e. San Antonio). So if you are traveling and not towing a vehicle - how do you get around if you want to check out the sights? How do you all plan for these types of trips.
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Hi all. I'm back with a rookie question. Reading up on all this RVing stuff. I notice lots of beautiful RV parks close to big cities (i.e. San Antonio). So if you are traveling and not towing a vehicle - how do you get around if you want to check out the sights? How do you all plan for these types of trips.


For many MH'ers, the best long term solution is to acquire a toad. If need be, it can be a vehicle that's for everyday use when you're not on the road. Some folks simply go the rental car route.... Best of luck to you and enjoy the adventure
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:09 AM   #3
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Enterprise car rental will pick you up, or you can find an RV park that is along a bus route. We tried both in the beginning, but came to the realization rather quickly that you just gotta have a toad. We have been towing jeeps for over 30 years, it is so simple and the only time we know it is behind us is when you happen to see the shadow of it tailing behind, and you think to yourself "hey, why is that jerk following me so close?"

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Old 03-28-2015, 08:18 AM   #4
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Rental car, mass transit.

We tow a small Honda with our current MH. However to answer your question;

With our ole Toyota, we would rent a car at our destination. The Toyota could barely tow itself, let alone a TOAD.

As Bruce mentioned, some rental places will pick you up. Another option, simply stop by the rental place on the way to the camp ground and pick up the car, then drop it off on the way out. Avoid pickups at airports, there is normally a big surcharge tax for airport pickups.

If you know your going to be renting, I recommend making a reservation. Check pickup points as prices can vary significantly for the same car at pickup points just a few miles apart.

ALSO - Some places, having a car is a liability, i.e. Washington DC. Check with the RV park, they may have a bus stop that is convenient to what you want to see. Example: We stay at Cherry Hill Park when I have business in DC, I then take the Bus/Train into DC. We stay at Holiday in VA Beach, The bus takes you right to the beach, AND, you don't have to screw around finding, AND PAYING, to park your car.
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We full time and we don't have a toad. We felt with wear and tear, insurance, investment expense, we decided to just rent a car when we need one. We, don't believe it's for everyone, but it works for us.
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Thank you all very much for your comments and suggestions. It is very much appreciated. It was great to hear both sides of this topic. Thanks again everybody.
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A lot of new car dealers have a cheap rental car program. Also Enterprise car rental will usually bring a car to your campground. We used them a lot in bad weather when we towed our Harleys.
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We have had 10 different RV types. Class C (1), popup (2), hardside pupup (1), 34' Class A no slide (1), 35' with slide (1). The Class C and the A's I pulled a Saturn. I chose the Saturn because at the time that is what most rv's pulled. The last RV was a 37' with 3slides. Pulled the Saturn with that.

In the last 6 months I got rid of my hard side popup. Wife could not back it up. And got a used 23' Itasca Navion 23H (used 88,000 miles) With the 23' I can take it anyplace. Shopping visit friend and park in their driveway. When we spent a week in San Francisco we rented a car. For us I think it's the way to go.
This does not count the 2 tents of different size or the VW camper. Sorry
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