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I think your on the right track although I thought the point of renting was to try RV'ing with a trailer? For a test run once should be enough, I see no point in renting multiple times in order to test the waters.
However if you want to rent to enjoy RV'ing that is a different scenario.


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For the neices and nephews, especially at the tween age range, in many places you could rent two sites next to each other and bring a tent to put on the other site and split yourseves up among the two sites. You'd need one adult officially on each site. I doubt most parks would care in the least if both adults actually ended up sleeping on the same site so long as everybody behaved appropriately; extended family groups larger than six persons camp together frequently.

Having more than six people in a travel trailer is going to be mighty crowded anyway; you'd presumably need or want an overflow tent or something already.





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We are very experienced (old) and have a Class C towing a Focus. Personally, we would never load/unload, etc for a 1 nighter. Especially a rental where you would not have even the basics already in the unit. Try to get 2 nights, even if you have to leave Sun. AM. Also, you can rent small motor homes.


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Lantley wrote:

I think your on the right track although I thought the point of renting was to try RV'ing with a trailer? For a test run once should be enough, I see no point in renting multiple times in order to test the waters.
However if you want to rent to enjoy RV'ing that is a different scenario.


Try as in get the 1st attempt out the way. The trailer is a definite once finances allow. Renting here and there for a year or two will allow time to get in that position. With 2 in college and 1 in HS, it will probably also disctate better what model/floorplan we ultimately buy based on need at the time. I'm impatient so i want to do it already but fortunately more responsible than years prior. The old me would have said, F it, we want it, let's get it, we'll figure the rest out. Those impulses have died....somewhat anyway [emoticon]


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You have a great idea. I like short trips near home. It is great to get out often. If it is a short trip, don't drive too far. Try to find a place to camp within an hour from home. Have fun. You will learn a lot.

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Sounds like half your reason or more is to figure out how to tow a trailer. You can do that for free, if you know someone to loan you a trailer.
Spending however much per day to rent a TT for 3-4 days to get 1/2 -1 day of camping out of it is not being fiscally responsible either , unless you both just can’t imagine life in a camper for a few days without renting.
It’s a camper. Like a house but smaller.
Finances being as tight as you say, you’ll spend a bunch of money on something you get relatively little return on.
Not sure what you’re planning to get, but for not a lot of money you could buy an older TT, use it for a year or 2 sell it and likely be out less $ than renting several times.
That is if you take care of it and maintain/ repair it. No different than a new one or a rental.


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IMO,it would be much better to go on a Sunday,when everyone is leaving and stay until Thursday before the weekend.That way you won't get into a situation when other campers are coming and going which can make it more challenging checking in,backing into your site etc. Weekends are the busiest which makes it harder to get reservations so you will have fewer choices of sites.

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The OP and his wife work. The wife just started a new job. I think weekday camping is not in the cards for them at this point.

As for renting, it is what it is for each person. Depending on whether you can store the RV at your house or need to pay for storage; how often you will use it; how handy you are fixing things; etc., renting a trailer for a couple weekends a year may be cheaper than buying a cheap trailer for the same use. Sounds like the OP is waiting to buy until circumstances provide for more use.

The OP has a good plan for the next couple years. Rent a trailer for a couple 4 day trips a year and get a feel for both driving with a trailer and various floorplans. Then move on to ownership when the time is right and they know better what they want.


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toedtoes wrote:

The OP and his wife work. The wife just started a new job. I think weekday camping is not in the cards for them at this point.

As for renting, it is what it is for each person. Depending on whether you can store the RV at your house or need to pay for storage; how often you will use it; how handy you are fixing things; etc., renting a trailer for a couple weekends a year may be cheaper than buying a cheap trailer for the same use. Sounds like the OP is waiting to buy until circumstances provide for more use.

The OP has a good plan for the next couple years. Rent a trailer for a couple 4 day trips a year and get a feel for both driving with a trailer and various floorplans. Then move on to ownership when the time is right and they know better what they want.

I agree renting is not as far fetched as it may seem. Renting once or twice a year maybe just as cheap as owning and only using is a couple of times a year.
Overall Cost of RV divided by the number of trips per year is generally not a positive or cheap equation.

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toedtoes wrote:

The OP and his wife work. The wife just started a new job. I think weekday camping is not in the cards for them at this point.

As for renting, it is what it is for each person. Depending on whether you can store the RV at your house or need to pay for storage; how often you will use it; how handy you are fixing things; etc., renting a trailer for a couple weekends a year may be cheaper than buying a cheap trailer for the same use. Sounds like the OP is waiting to buy until circumstances provide for more use.

The OP has a good plan for the next couple years. Rent a trailer for a couple 4 day trips a year and get a feel for both driving with a trailer and various floorplans. Then move on to ownership when the time is right and they know better what they want.



Bingo!!! Good advice from all but the above reply pretty much sums it up. Thanks everyone

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