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Old 08-10-2015, 08:27 PM   #1
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Finding a campground-parked RV rental for a trial stay

We've been doing a lot of reading and the recommendation to rent an RV has come up more than once. As yet, we have neither the vehicle nor the expertise to risk others on the road. Does anyone know of any campgrounds within a three hour radius of the Baltimore area where we could rent a furnished RV for a week or so, just to give this a try? I realize it isn't the same as taking our show on the road, but we would like to experience what it feels like to live in it for a bit, so we can get a better idea of what we want.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:37 PM   #2
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I know of no campground at this end of the state (far Western MD - God's Country!) or in the vicinity which would have a furnished RV you could rent. This would include SWestern PA and Panhandle of WV.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:02 PM   #3
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very interesting

it's interesting that in my search I'm finding rv's for rent, but only to take on the road. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I don't know if I would want to rent a vehicle from someone who would be willing to rent to someone like me.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:03 PM   #4
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Its al little farther than 3 hours. The yogi-bear campgrounds in the Hudson Valley, NY rent campers. On site all hooked up and furnished. Need to bring linen and cook wear.

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Old 08-11-2015, 01:16 AM   #5
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Circle M in Lancaster, PA is a Thousand Trails park and has RV rentals.

Maybe also Thousand Trails Hershey or Gettysburg Farms in Dover, PA.

I know that there are trailer rentals up towards Beckley's in Thurmont. Maybe they'd spot the camper on a site for you.

I'd also look at some of the campgrounds up Gettysburg way. They might have rentals for yuppies.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:11 PM   #6
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Found an RV that I don't need to move!

Thanks to all for the input, but I just found a parked fifth wheel for vacation rental online through air bnb.
There are RV's on sites available all around the country it seems, with people using them as guest houses to make a bit of extra income. We found one a few hours from home within reach of Colonial Williamsburgh and Virginia Beach. So although we won't be driving one, we will see what it's like to spend time together in the space.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:17 PM   #7
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If that is a must, there are RV/TT rentals in the Baltimore area . They may be willing to tow it to and from a local park for a fee. You would need to make the reservation. If it is the RV/TT experience you are looking for, this might work. If it is the camping experience without a tent, you could rent a cabin at a state park. They have both basic ( elect, AC, ) or full service.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:38 PM   #8
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Thanks to all for the input, but I just found a parked fifth wheel for vacation rental online through air bnb.
There are RV's on sites available all around the country it seems, with people using them as guest houses to make a bit of extra income. We found one a few hours from home within reach of Colonial Williamsburgh and Virginia Beach. So although we won't be driving one, we will see what it's like to spend time together in the space.
I have a little different take on your situation. We thought about doing the "rent before buying" approach, but realized that we would only be setting ourselves up for a negative and not accurate overall experience.

Here's why.
1. When you rent an RV that has already been hooked up, you are not going through the hardest part of traveling with an RV....The Hookup and tear down portion of the trip. Probably the most important part of owning a TT is knowing the ins and outs (and sometimes the struggle) of setting it up and taking everything down.

2. You aren't building any experience traveling with a large trailer over the road and parking it. The only way you can build real knowledge on how to tow and maneuver a RV is to actually do it. It's not nearly as hard as people make it out, but it does take getting use to. Such as managing Sway, Blind Spots, and Turns. None of it is hard, but the experience of actually doing it is invaluable.

3. You don't know who rented it before you. Unlike a used car or truck or rental car/truck, RVs are a place that someone lived in for a period of time. You don't know what they did in it, brought in it, or left in it. It's very possible to pickup Bedbugs, ticks, spiders, and fleas unknowingly. Rental units are used to turn a quick profit by the companies who rent them. Especially the ones that are already setup at a site. Last thing you want your family to experience is a horrible experience from a heavy rented (and used) RV unit.

4. Kind of like buying a new house, there is a better feeling that goes along with owning a new (or slightly use) RV. Knowing that YOUR stuff is in YOUR RV and YOU got to select how it looks and is equipped can mean all the difference in an enjoyable trip vs a horrible trip.

Let me explain that last point. We looked at renting some RVs and noticed that all the rental units were pretty much in horrible condition, heavily used, or base model units that came with none of the features we expected in a new unit. One of the great features we use all the time is the outside kitchen. We love to be out there cooking and it allows us to cook outside instead of heating up the trailer by using the stove when it's really hard to keep the inside cool. We love that we have a nice sized tub/shower and get good water pressure because we were able to modify (for free) our units faucets. We love the floorplan and layout vs whatever the rental company has available. We love that it is OURS and the process of moving your items into and our of the trailer is minimal because we leave everything except food and clothes in ours. We even keep a spare baby playard and highchair in ours. These are the little things that you don't think about when renting, but that extra labor or that extra bad experience from a rental will easily sway you against buying one. Buying one is the way to go.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:43 PM   #9
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Another place to check out:


Virginia Cabins Beach Campgrounds Camping VA Recreational Vehicle Parks


Seems like a good way to get an idea of weather or not you want to buy.
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Thanks IronCobra for the thoughtful post. We realize that we are missing one of the fundamental experiences of rving by renting a hooked up rv. Unfortunately, as you say, those experiences are difficult to come by without ownership and we are unwilling to risk ourselves and others by taking a rental on the road. The rentals that we found seem more like hotel rooms than ready-to-junk wrecks. (here's a link to one we considered https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3245606?s=eftQ) People on airbnb are looking for repeat recommendations and good reviews. So, we are hoping that even though this is a small part of the rv experience, we can at least get a feel for that basic fit.
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