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Old 06-25-2013, 10:40 PM   #1
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Greetings, we have just bought our first 'real' rv. We had been using an old '73 Indian for short trips to nearby campgrounds, but really could not trust it for longer trips. The family loved camping in it and we wanted to expand our horizons so we bought a 23' Freelander (the 21QB). Driving it is a dream compared to the old Indian, and I don't anticipate a lot of issues in the country, but I don't know what to expect as far as parking and access to things in more metropolitan locations. Any words of wisdom about how to plan trips into cities if you don't have another vehicle with you for city excursions would be greatly appreciated. How do you know or plan what is accessible to small rv's?
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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You might want to consider Rand McNally Tripmaker RVND 5510. This is a GPS built for RVs. We are new to this and have a 30' Freelander. We will have a toad to get around in. I have seen many people with the little motorized scooters. The GPS is available at Rand McNally's website and is considerably cheaper there.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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If your going on long trip to specific location
without towing a toad. While staying a few days
and not having to unhook rv all the time, we rent
a small car to go site seeing. Sometime they are
only about $15. a day and really worth it.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:05 PM   #4
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I'd suggest a bike rack if you're able. Enterprise Car Rental will bring the car to you. In cities take advantage of public transportation. Parking in metro areas is a hassle for cars, let alone an RV. Stay outside the city and use public transit.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:33 PM   #5
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I'd suggest a bike rack if you're able. Enterprise Car Rental will bring the car to you. In cities take advantage of public transportation. Parking in metro areas is a hassle for cars, let alone an RV. Stay outside the city and use public transit.
How many people do you think rent car rather than pull a toad, my wife wants us to rent a car when we start traveling. I can see benefits and drawbacks.
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How many people do you think rent car rather than pull a toad, my wife wants us to rent a car when we start traveling. I can see benefits and drawbacks.
Hi CHanson and I know personally I wouldn't be comfortable driving an urban assualt vehicle in an urban environment. That's just me. I know some people are fearless but that's not me.

Hi Tom. You have to weigh your options on the toad vs rental. With the toad you will have payments if not paid for, insurance, gas and maintenance. It will be yours to drive as much as you want at your convenience. With the rental you will have rental cost and gas. You'll have to find a rental company and either have it delivered or pick it up at their convenience. The other factor is how often would you rent? If not that often you might be better off renting. I would check your month to month use of a car then make your decision from there. Good luck with whatever route you decide to go.

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Welcome to the forum. Most urban areas are not RV friendly. I am going through the same dilema right now. When I get to a campground I am stuck there for the duration. I have had my girl friend follow me in her car so that we have a vehicle to get around in. Unhooking and then hooking back up seems like a lot of work. I am amassing the necessary components to tow my vehicle. However, I have estimated that it will cost $1000-1500 to do this. I got a tow bar cheap. And I plan to get a base plate for my vehicle next. Then it's the cables, electrical hookup and brake assist. Have fun with your RV!
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Hi CHanson and I know personally I wouldn't be comfortable driving an urban assualt vehicle in an urban environment. That's just me. I know some people are fearless but that's not me.

Hi Tom. You have to weigh your options on the toad vs rental. With the toad you will have payments if not paid for, insurance, gas and maintenance. It will be yours to drive as much as you want at your convenience. With the rental you will have rental cost and gas. You'll have to find a rental company and either have it delivered or pick it up at their convenience. The other factor is how often would you rent? If not that often you might be better off renting. I would check your month to month use of a car then make your decision from there. Good luck with whatever route you decide to go.

Didn't mean to hijack the thread, just helping.
Thanks for the response, I thank we are going to try the rental way first, if we see its a hassle, then we will buy a jeep. A friend recommended enterprise because they come get you.....I see your r a marine, if so, thanks for your service, and giving us the freedom to travel and enjoy this great country.
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We rent from enterprise when we go a distance. It works.
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We rent from enterprise when we go a distance. It works.
Have you run into area's like state parks or out of the way areas where you wish you would have had a car, or jeep? We are going full time and we are going to try the enterprise way first, but it worries me that some areas like say, Grand Canyon we may be stuck at the campground.
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Grand Canyon has a pretty good tram system. Public Transportation - Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon has a pretty good tram system. Public Transportation - Grand Canyon National Park
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Have you run into area's like state parks or out of the way areas where you wish you would have had a car, or jeep? We are going full time and we are going to try the enterprise way first, but it worries me that some areas like say, Grand Canyon we may be stuck at the campground.
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We are taking our first long trip this week in our MH and we are renting a car when we get to our destination. I'd never want to go through the hassle of towing a car around and what it does to your gas mileage when you can rent a car for pretty cheap. I could see if you were going for months at a time but for a week or two here and there, rent the car.
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