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Old 09-13-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
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We're curious as to how many of you tow a vehicle as opposed to renting one when you arrive. We used to tow our Mini Cooper but sold it to buy the Berkshire so now we are toad less. We've gone the rental route and it has really worked out fine. We used Enterprise in Branson and in Boston and it was a lot cheaper than having a third car and paying for the cost of purchase, maintenance and insurance. Also the hassles of towing a vehicle when you don't plan ahead well enough for a fuel stop. What do you do?
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:38 AM   #2
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I do the exact same thing that you are now doing and go the rental route. I it works out very well for the few times I need to have a car. It also saves on fuel and tolls as well.
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we rented last winter bought a 2010 wrangler in may its fun and tows easy and no hassle of rentals. besides my dw says spend now, when we are gone the money will go to our kids or the govt. and niether one seems to handle it well
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besides my dw says spend now, when we are gone the money will go to our kids or the govt. and niether one seems to handle it well
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I don't know your kids, but as a CPA, I can definitely tell you the government won't make good use of it.
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Wow - we are in a very similar situation. We have a Mini Cooper Vert that we used to love driving the kids around in on the weekends. Now that we have another kid - we don't drive it much and are now looking at the Berkshire. I was just thinking this morning that it was time to let the Mini go.. :-)

I have read a couple of these threads. 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?

When I look at RV Camp grounds - I'm checking to see what we can walk too - vs. drive to.. Is this what other folks do as well?

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We're curious as to how many of you tow a vehicle as opposed to renting one when you arrive. We used to tow our Mini Cooper but sold it to buy the Berkshire so now we are toad less. We've gone the rental route and it has really worked out fine. We used Enterprise in Branson and in Boston and it was a lot cheaper than having a third car and paying for the cost of purchase, maintenance and insurance. Also the hassles of towing a vehicle when you don't plan ahead well enough for a fuel stop. What do you do?
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:14 PM   #6
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Interesting thread. So far we're toadless and have rented just once (Whitefish, Montana - Enterprise worked out great).

The problem that I see is there are times when having a car would have been handy, but we didn't end up renting and didn't end up going either. Without the toad you are limited to where you can park your camper and then how far you can walk (for us that includes three little children).
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:42 PM   #7
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We have rented in places as far afield as Boston, MA and Cody, WY. The only downside we have run into was in Cody. We were headed to Yellowstone and we rented a car in Cody. The wife drove the car and I drove the motorhome. It is a fair drive from Cody to Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone but that wasn't the major problem. We were going from Yellowstone to the Tetons and we could not drop the rental in Jackson without a very heavy drop charge. This meant that we had to go back to Cody from Jackson and drop the car and then meet up with our friends south of Jackson afterwards. That being said, I still prefer the rental route. It is a pain in the wazoo having the toad and having to plan way ahead for fuel stops and even where to turn. It is a lot cheaper over the course of a year to rent when needed.
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We pull a 14 foot trailer, I am wondering why you say you have to plan ahead for your fuel stops? What does towing have to do with that?
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you guys just need to find a kei van and a small trailer lol


this is how big they are on a trailer. excuse the Wisconsin youngin lol

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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?
Hi Alex,
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?
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