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Where to start.....?
May 13, 2012
1:47 pm
rumahkita
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Hi, we are planning on doing Route 66 in September/October 2013 and considering renting a winnebago for the first 10 days or so.  We've never done this before and not sure on how to go about it or if it's better to stay in various hotels etc.

Can anybody recommend if this is a practical thing to do and if so, some good rental companies?

Thanks,

Jeanette Laugh

May 17, 2012
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frank
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You might start by Googling the term "rv rental" and checking out prices etc.  The Winnebago is a name brand for the generally-used American term "recreational vehicle" or "rv." 

While the passengers in an RV may be enjoying the trip, I've never envied the drivers of these huge sluggish things on a scenic and, at times, narrow road like Rt 66.  An RV will also definitely limit your desire (and ability) to explore bypassed sections, and stop on the shoulder for photos etc. 

My personal bias is for a car combined with a motel room--$50. a night will get you lodging in the "pretty good" range.  But some people DO rent RVs for the trip.  Several RV sites are linked at the top of my Travel section at https://www.rt66pix.com and may well offer a different perspective. 

May 18, 2012
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You might want to start your search with these folks...

 

https://www.campingworld.com/rvrentals/

 

They are a "chain" of large camping stores...tons of supplies and equipment, and they do repairs, installation of accessories, etc. It's quite an operation. Looks like they have rental locations on both coasts, as well as in Chicago!

 

While I've never rented from them, I am a Presidents Club member (which has now been merged with the Good Sam club), which can (at additional cost) include roadside assistance, help with finding needed facilities (camping, LP gas refill, etc), other RV stores, towing (not everyone can tow an RV if it should break down or have a flat tire), repair centers (not everyone can work on an RV), fuel discounts at a chain of large (easy to get an RV in and out of) fuel centers, etc. It would be a nice service to have when traveling, I would think (if such services are not included with the rental).

 

I have driven a large class A, and they are not as hard to drive as one might think. I got the hang of it very quickly, and completed my trip with no problem (including a narrow 2 lane road, with a bridge closed to 1 lane for construction). If you rent a smaller class C coach, it's more like driving a large van.

 

I hope you have a great trip. Come back and post some pictures and stories when you get home.

May 21, 2012
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Another solid option is what's called a "Conversion Van" here in the US.  Google the term "Conversion Van Rental" and you will find a number of places that rent them.  If you brought a family of at least four members, or had two couples sharing costs, this would be a VERY comfortable way to do Route 66--or any other long American road trip. 

Many upscale conversion vans have well-upholstered captain's chairs that swivel for passengers, and much more legroom.  It's like being in a den instead of a car--and that would be the reason for renting. 

And for the driver--it's not a huge or underpowered vehicle.  The outside is not much bigger or higher than a car, and the mileage is not that bad.  Most are based on Chevy, Ford or Dodge (Ram) powertrains.  

Unlike an RV--most conversion vans are not designed for sleeping inside, although you probably could use air-mattresses. 

These are custom-conversions for the most part.  Interior levels vary greatly so they're hard to compare on price.  (You don't want the basic factory versions--which are used for deliveries, move-it-yourselfers etc.)

Note that conversion vans are different from SUVs (sport utility vehicles) which have fixed seats and limited space for passengers--just like a car.    

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