Originally Posted by amarzano
I don't really like towing - and can see renting working well in a place like LA or major city - but what do you do for Yellowstone or when you are going to a National Park? Do they have rental locations - or do you just drive thru them and it's not that big of an issue?
We stayed in a campground in a town near Glacier National Park. We rented from Enterprise. Their office it turned out wasn't far away. The rental was hassle free except that it took several hours - making calls waiting for them to show up and at the other end the same typical hassles. One I'd forgotten about was that scramble to make sure everything is out of the car ("did you check under the seats?")
One of the benefits of having an RV is not
having to schlep your stuff in and out of a motel and I remember thinking getting all the car gear (sunscreen, mosquito goop, etc) in and out was a similar thing.
The road through Glacier is not one for vehicles of any length or width. Our little rental car seemed almost too big in spots where they were doing construction where the road had failed. We saw one pick up with a camper on the back and it was having difficulty.
So to answer your question, yes there are places where you really do need a car.
I think the bigger question about a toad/rental is whether without a toad you are able to take advantage of what is available.
Once the motor home is hooked up are you really going to unhook it to run to the store? We stayed in a "park" (meaning parking lot) near Disneyland where there were barely inches between the rigs. There is no way we'd have left and tried to repark just to go to a store. We've stayed in provincial campgrounds where the evening ranger talk was at a site a couple of miles away. We'd have certainly gone in a car, and if it were just adults would have hiked. With little children (ages 4, 6, 6,) hiking at night when they are tired and would have ended up being carried isn't an option.
While we did rent a car at Glacier, the agent told us we were lucky that it was the last car yada yada, that it was unusual to have one left. Hype? have people found that to be a problem for the spur of the moment rental?