We sold our travel trailer last year, and have not been able to justify buying another just yet, but the kids really wanted and deserved a RV vacation. So, I opted to rent a Class C from Camping World in Los Angles CA.
I had read some really mixed reviews from those who bothered to post. It had me a little concerned. Frankly, most of all the RV rental companies had mixed reviews. So I opted to reserve a 27' Class C from Camping World in mid June of 2012. The reservations were easy and quick.
On the day I was to pick up the RV, I was met by a rep who right away showed me to a 2012 Class C. It was clean, well equipped, and everything worked. I am experienced with RV's so I really didn't need a comprehensive tutorial.
The RV ran great with an average MPG of 8.5 MPG. The AC worked well, as did the fridge. The only complaint if any was there are air bag helpers located on the rear axle. When driving up the central valley along the 5, the winds were throwing me all over the road (35MPH+). I stopped at a truck stop, and checked the pressure in the air bags. One was at 35lbs, the other was at 0. I inflated both to 65 lbs, the rear of the RV raised up about 2". From this point on, the wind was never an issue. The RV drive straight and true.
One of the comments I read about (cautionary) was that Camping World would nickel and dime you to death on damages when you turned the RV in. That was not the case at all. Upon returning the RV, I had given it a respectful wash (nothing major, just a quick scrub) and did a light cleaning on the interior. I was again met by the rep. Cleaning people swarmed all over it, cleaning, checking all the systems etc. No issues at all. No extra charges, no nit picking. Just sign here and you are good to go.
Over all in the 1800 miles we drive in the 11 days we used the RV, it it was a real pleasure.
Yep. Sounds much less expensive that I thought it would be. On our annual six-week stay on Vancouver Island, we see many, many rental RVs, most of which are occupied by Europeans visiting Canada or the US. We've met some really good folks in them, and I get a chance to practice a different language or three.
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I also thank you for this post. I often tell new to RV'ing folks to rent an RV for a week or so if they have never done it just to see if it's something they would really like. Its a lot better spend rental money rather than buy a rig and then have it sit.
My friend just bought a new class A that had less that 5000 miles on it. Mom liked it but Dad hated it and so they sold it at a huge loss.
That is a pretty reasonable rate. One of the best I have seen nationwide. Owning an RV rental business I can attest to what competitor rates are. Our rates are slightly higher but you get a brand new 30' Class A with a slide and 2 TV's with in motion Sat. At only slightly over (or even under in most cases) what a stripped down class C rents for. We like to think it's a deal and usually come in about 30-50% less than our competition. I have seen what the places near us rent Class A's for and it's downright robbery. A week would cost you a half a year's worth of payments if you bought the same unit.