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Old 07-27-2018, 11:13 AM   #1
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My family is renting a 32' Class C in August. We have never RV'ed but have always been interested. I am debating whether to tow our Minivan with the Class C, it says we can tow up to 5000 lbs. We would have to rent the tow dolly from a different place, our RV rental doesn't offer it.

Instead of towing on our first RV trip ever, I am thinking of just trying to find a destination that is accessible without a vehicle. Our first stop is Knobels in PA which has a campground next to the park.

From there, I'm looking for any recommendations. I'd like full hookups. Any places in the NE or mid atlantic or eastern OH where we can do a little exploring outside of the campground without a vehicle? Free shuttles, bus route nearby, etc. We have 3 kids all in car seats so uber isn't really an option.

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Welcome. Yu already found Knoebels which is one of our favorite spots for taking the grandson. Not far from there off Int 80 in the Poconos is Hickory Run State Park which has full hookups and beautiful lake and trails to explore and picnic and playgrounds. Could shoot up Int 81 to the Corning Area of NY and explore the wineries and the finger lakes region, lots of full service(full hook up) campgrounds and beautiful country. My wife and I did a lot of our early years camping in NY state with a pop up. Another spot is the Lake George region on New York. I live outside Phila and it was only a two hour run and great campgrounds with lots to do. Hope this helps.
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Most RV rental places won't allow their rigs to tow anything. I'd check that first.
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Can't help with the camp locations but on the towing two things:
1. Your rental contract may not allow it (most don't)
2. Even though it says it can tow 5000 lbs (that it the hitch rating) but 5,000lb will probably put you way over the maximum combined wt allowed for your coach. This includes the wt of the people, water, gas, pots, pans, clothes, chairs and all the stuff you put in it. Most Class Cs in the 31 ft range will not meet this limit. Check this out. Plus you will need a brake system for the mini van if you are towing.

Forget the tow and pick a place where you can enjoy the camping experience and if you want to explore off site rent a car for the day.
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Most RV rental places won't allow their rigs to tow anything. I'd check that first.
What he said.

Plus you might want to think more about a boat as Knobels is getting some flood stage water this week.
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I addition to what has been said, the van might not be towable. The owners manual gives the answer. Enterprise and other rental companies will bring a rental car to you.
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Bar Harbor Maine has a number of campgrounds close by and they have a shuttle that runs between the campgrounds, town center and Acadia National Park. Perfect for you.

A little different but Liberty Harboris NJ right across the Hudson from Manhattan. You can catch the ferry over.

Cherry Hill in MD is right out side of DC and is in walking distance from the metro into the city.

I also think it would be unwise to tow the van.
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How long is your planned rental? Available time will determine whether your plan is reasonable or ambitious.
All the suggestions above are legit, but let me be Johnny Raincloud for a moment. With three young kids, a first time RV trip in a rental, and you all rank novices, it might be prudent to stick around eastern PA, the DWG, and the lower finger lakes. That way you can find numerous lovely campgrounds and some grand scenery, but if it all goes south for some reason you wonít be faced with a 12 hour drive home. Downeast Maine is beautiful, but itís a long way from everywhere.
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Maybe Moose Hillock in NY. A TON of activities for kids and sites are huge and very private. Not sure about trolley etc.
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