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Does anyone have any advice on renting RV's? Next year we need to take a week long trip with 4 adults and 4 young kids. We looked at a couple prices and they were about $750 for a week plus 22 cents a mile. That seems outrageous.

My other idea is to be one short term, with the intention of selling it after the trip. I've heard of this. The people who did it recooped all of their money.

Any other ideas are welcome. Any of you want to lend me yours?!

We have rented a motorhome once and my friend has rented one a few times.

The amount you said doesn't seem high at all. I checked Cruise America and El Monte RV and it came up more or about the same, depending on the month you need it. If you are at all flexable on the time of the year try not to get it during the peak season. Cruise America and El Monte both have some free miles before the per mile charge kicks in. Have you checked these places? There is an El Monte in San Diego.

The year we rented one we drove from the San Francisco Bay area to Las Vegas in our vehicle. Spent one night in Jean, NV in a hotel for $26.00 then picked up the RV in Las Vegas. Spent 5 days in Zion and the area and drove back to Las Vegas to return the RV. By doing this we did not go over the free miles and saved a lot of money!

Warning. We used Cruise America and had no problem. We were very happy with the experience, while my friend had reserved a motorhome one summer and they were going to fly back East to pick up the RV and tour around. The day before they were to fly out, they were called and told that they would NOT have a motorhome for them because they had over booked. I guess Cruise America is very famous for doing this. In the fine print it says they can cancel on you at any time!!!! My friend was stuck with the airline tickets they were not going to use. They were finally able to exchange them but their vacation was recked.

On the road we've met many people (usually foreigners) who have purchased a used motorhome, were touring around and then planned on selling the RV. Most of those people were spending months in the RV and not just one week. Being that you live in California I think the sales tax on a motorhome would just about wipe out any change of breaking even and might even be more than what the rental would be. I guess if you were going to put a lot of miles on one it would make more sence, but how many miles can you put on in just one week?

My last comment is on the amount of people you will have. You are going to have a very hard time finding a motorhome that sleeps 8 comfortably. I would plan on throwing the older kids out in a tent:)


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