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Old 03-11-2022, 12:49 PM   #1
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The hybrid Air Travel/RV Rental Vacation

Has anyone ever taken a long trip but rather than drive across the country through parts not part of the vacation they fly to a distant location and then pick up a rental RV for travel in that area.


Years ago I did this with my family for a trip to Alaska. Flew to Anchorage, picked up a nice Class C, then traveled the state for a few weeks.

Back then the air fare was far more than the cost of gas but today the reverse is true.

Just wondering if any out there have given this any consideration in order to cut down today's thousands of dollars fuel cost for a long distance vacation.

As an example I can fly today from Seattle to Boston for as little as $102. An FR3 32DS in Boston (area) rents for $225/night.

The driving distance from here to there and back is over 6,000 miles and over 800 gallons of gasoline.

At only $5/gallon that's $4000 and a bunch of miles before I get to see what I want to. Am strongly considering this kind of trip. 10 days of rental, even with the mileage charge and fuel costs would still leave a lot of $$$ in the wallet for travel closer to home with my TV/TT.

Has anyone else done this? Perhaps planning something similar now that fuel costs are up?


BTW, I can pack just aboit everything I need except food in a large Hockey Gear bag including sleeping and cooking gear. First stop Walmart and ready to go.
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Old 03-16-2022, 06:39 PM   #2
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We looked into once upon a time but back then the cost per mile for the MH rental seemed to just kill the plan. I don't remember the exact restrictions and costs but we planed on traveling over 1000 miles once we picked up the MH.
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Old 03-17-2022, 06:26 AM   #3
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Fascinating idea! As I’m in the process of planning some long trips I’m finding myself a bit daunted by the miles of traveling across the country just to get to the destinations I want to explore and the expense and wear and tear on my tow vehicle.

I love the comforts of my vacation home on wheels but this is an interesting idea for a once in a lifetime kind of a trip. Plus - I have vague thoughts of one day trading in my TT for a Class C and this would be a great way of seeing if that switch will work for me.

Of course - with that plan you’ll have no personal vehicle, just the RV. Wondering if that would be a deal breaker?

Do keep us posted with what you decide.
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Old 03-17-2022, 06:31 AM   #4
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Yes. In 2017, we flew to Denver and rented a 28 foot Class C and drove through Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs, Colorado on the way to Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Then looped around through Cody, Casper, and Cheyenne, Wyoming and back to Denver. Excellent adventure.
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