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Old 06-05-2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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Who rents at these prices?

Several years ago the DW and I rented a PUP from a local Marine Corps MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) center or around $30 a night. Since we bought our TT a few years ago I hadn't given much thought about renting any type of RV until a local RV dealer started a radio ad touting their sales and rentals.

I took a look at the dealers rental prices and I was shocked at the high prices and wondered how they even find people to rent them.

For instance, their rentals are 3 days minimum and a Coachman 17FQ TT will run you $591 for that period. A 32' Class A (Coachmen Pursuit 29SB) will run you $1096 for the same time period if you put less than 300 miles on the unit.

Do these prices seem pretty high or is this the norm for a rental unit?
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In Orlando, class A rentals are $1,500.00 to $2,500.00 a week. Many people with storage issues will sub their rigs to these places. They make some money and have their rigs stored for free. If you don't mind other people in your RV it's a good deal.
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:37 PM   #4
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In my area pop-ups are a one week minimum, regardless if you only want it for 3 nights. It's around $500 for a week.
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Old 06-05-2015, 03:20 PM   #5
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Here in Ottawa Canada I looked into renting a pup. I was shocked when I was looking at about 900 for two Weeks. Can't specifically recall but it was enough that I decided to just outright buy one so we could camp anytime we liked.

Here's the link to a local Rental place.

Ottawa Camping Trailers Rental Department.

Click on the rentals tab at top of the page to see the Pups, TT or 5th Wheels.

PUP - 8ft $485/week, 10Ft $550/Week (CDN $$$)
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My two cents…

I live very near Yosemite and Sequoia NP. There are lots of rental locations around here, both National and Local companies. They have prices like you mentioned, and we have always thought it was crazy too. We looked into a couple times for friends and family that want to go with us, but we can't accommodate everyone in our TT so rental sounded like an idea, till we saw the prices.

Then we started thinking how fun it would be to go to Fort Wilderness at Disney World. We certainly don't have time or desire to tow 3000+ miles so our choices are hotel/resort or rent an RV when we get there. We haven't pulled the trigger on that yet, but renting would likely be our choice because want the Fort Wilderness experience. We have done Disney staying the resorts, which are very nice, but think camping in the fort would just be a lot of fun.

Second, back to where I live, we have hordes of tourists flocking to the National Parks. Both International and domestic, they are paying what ever it cost to have the RV camping experience in those parks. Very much like when we travel to Europe we pay whatever it cost to have the experience we want. At time like that its not about money.

So I guess the rental companies have figured out they don't want their target market to the local family who want to go RV/TT camping occasionally. They want the destination minded family that is buying an experience, not simply renting an RV.
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Wife and I were planning a trip to a big camping rally around Geo Caching a few years ago. All 3 kids, (late teens, early 20s), jumped on the band wagon and brought friends. So we rented a C class and took our popup too. Great time had by all.
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Clubhouse, you hit it right on the head.
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My two cents…

I live very near Yosemite and Sequoia NP. There are lots of rental locations around here, both National and Local companies. They have prices like you mentioned, and we have always thought it was crazy too. We looked into a couple times for friends and family that want to go with us, but we can't accommodate everyone in our TT so rental sounded like an idea, till we saw the prices.

Then we started thinking how fun it would be to go to Fort Wilderness at Disney World. We certainly don't have time or desire to tow 3000+ miles so our choices are hotel/resort or rent an RV when we get there. We haven't pulled the trigger on that yet, but renting would likely be our choice because want the Fort Wilderness experience. We have done Disney staying the resorts, which are very nice, but think camping in the fort would just be a lot of fun.

Second, back to where I live, we have hordes of tourists flocking to the National Parks. Both International and domestic, they are paying what ever it cost to have the RV camping experience in those parks. Very much like when we travel to Europe we pay whatever it cost to have the experience we want. At time like that its not about money.

So I guess the rental companies have figured out they don't want their target market to the local family who want to go RV/TT camping occasionally. They want the destination minded family that is buying an experience, not simply renting an RV.
I live in Orlando and worked at Disney. We have stayed at every resort and the Fort is the best...You will have a great time
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We live in SoCal and rented a couple of times to see how we liked RV'ing vs. tenting. It cost us roughly $120/night for a 27 ft trailer. More if you wanted to rent the generator too. We talked ourselves into buying our own trailer because the storage for the year would be about the same as renting for one week. About the same as a hotel room but we find it more fun to camp.
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