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Anything special we should watch out for or look for in a rental or when booking campgrounds?

While deciding if and which RV to buy, we rented a 27ft 2008 Class-C and 34ft 2008 Class-A from a local company. Issues:

- Some auto insurance companies will cover a rented RV and others don't. Ours didn't and this limited the selection of RV's we could rent and required us to purchase expensive insurance through the rental company.

- Mileage, our rent included 100 mi/day and 4hr/day of generator use. At 5500mi/16 days any additional mileage charge may add up. If you're staying in RV parks with hookup's it's unlikely you'll use the generator much.

- Ease of driving varies by RV and RV type, the 6-7 year old Class-A & C were hard to drive, partly because of the body length behind the rear wheels (longer overhang = more sway) and the Bounder Class-A is known for bounding down the road.

- Try filling gas when it's about 1/2 full. Enter National Parks filled up with fuel. Fuel in National Parks may be expensive and far away.

- Try to make camp a couple of hours before dark and leave early in the morning to miss traffic. For best site selection get there between noon and 3pm.

- When picking up the RV, film the training tour. 1) you can refer to it when needed, 2) you'll document the pickup state of the unit in case there's a damage claim at drop off.

- 5500mi/16 days = 370mi a day or 7+ hours, that's a lot. We've done 700mi/day but it was exhausting and not recommended. We'll travel at the speed limit and still only average 50mph over the day. It's best to stop every couple of hours to switch drivers or rest as driving a large vehicle for the first time is tiring, also allow for meals, refueling,...

- Driving forward is easy, left turns not bad, right turns and backing up take extra attention. Always use a spotter when backing up. Make all turns wide turns. Practice driving & stopping some place safe before starting out.

- People will cut you off, expect it, and allow extra space so you don't cream someone. Your vehicle is bigger and takes longer to stop.

- The vehicles are huge, storage small, plan accordingly. Consider renting some equipment from the rental company because it's easier.

- Understand how much RV cleaning costs and what is included. We rented from a company which charged a flat rate cleaning charge. It was well worth it as when we got back we unloaded and left and didn't have to spend a couple of hours cleaning.

Let us know how your trip goes.
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