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Old 09-03-2010, 12:55 PM
Location: Not where I want to be.
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I would need a one way rental so I'm assuming the dealers don't have such a thing. CA and EM were both insanely expensive with tons of extras tacked on for mileage and pets and towing....Looking into buying a used one instead since it will cost about the same. Just trying to figure it all out by next year when we move from coast to coast.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:52 PM
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If you have a good experience, you'll be an RVer for life. We rented a small one years ago. The water pump was damaged and not repaired in time, so the company upgraded us to a Class A for free.

We since owned 3 different RVs! If you are cut out for it, it's an addiction.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:01 AM
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Ok we are back from the RV trip. We had a really good time, we are not sure that a motorhome is for us. This trip was mostly about my wife visiting her relatives so we didnt do a lot of camping this time. We did get to walk around and see all the cool camping gadgets that everyone else had. One of the problems with renting is it would seem to be difficult to amass all the cool toys. Overall the RV was very loud while traveling, it sounded like it was being shook apart at times. We managed to lock down some of the rattles for the later legs of the adventure. I do think that if I rent again I will continue to go through a local dealer as long as they still have nice units for rent. Let me know if you have specific questions about the rental I dont want to bother everyone with the trip details. I will say that Graceland RV park was a pretty cool visit.
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:24 AM
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rathor, glad to hear you had a good trip and that you rented from a local company.

Sorry I just found this thread today, I wish I had posted sooner. I had a terrible experience with Cruise America a few months ago, and I've done a bit of research on them since. I don't know much about El Monte, but I would absolutely recommend renting from a local place before going with Cruise America! Cornerguy1's comments are right on -- Cruise America's RV's are often poorly maintained (even to the point of being dangerous to drive), and their "customer service" is set up to push you off and then hide behind legal technicalities.

Take a look at this page: Cruise America Reviews. Buying guides & consumer product reviews at Epinions.com. See all of the 1-star ratings. If you read them, you'll note that they're not basic issues like, "The RV was noisy," or "We had a mechanical problem, but Cruise America helped us out." Rather, the complaints are often absolute horror stories with a completely ruined vacation.

I'd be happy to share my family's particular experience, but my current post is long enough as is.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:57 AM
Location: Asheville, NC
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I rented an RV from Road Bear and it was good. We came from England and used an England based broker to arrange this as it was much cheaper than going direct. They told us Road Bear and also Moturis (Camping World) are the higher quality and newer rental RVs. We will be using Moturis in April as Road Bear don't cover the destinations we needed. Price wise there isn't alot in it if you book early and perhaps use a specialist broker for good deals.
Hope this helps.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:12 AM
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I'm getting a little nervous about my rental from Cruise America now, reading bad reviews. I'm not sure if it's because they are so large, and I'm just hearing the negs or not. I rented one for my move to CA. It's not a long trip but I have a family to move and bathroom breaks, food breaks take a lot of extra time. Does anyone know where I can find anything positive, or at least objective about Cruise America? I'm going to go check it out on my own but I have heard they just show you a new one and it's not the one you get. So, how do you judge?
I'm mainly just worried about breaking down. That would be a bummer.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:07 AM
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I'm going back 12 years but Cruise America in Florida gave us a class C that had every thing go wrong with it in the 1st 2 days,they gave us another unit but we lost 2-3 days of our vacation so Bad news !
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:05 PM
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Thumbs up Cruise-America

I bought a 28í unit from CA five years ago. It had 134000 miles and I kept it for three years. I drove it from California to Florida on three round trips. Sold it at almost 180k. It always ran great and everything inside always worked perfectly with the exception of the original radio. No flat tires not a/c or generator problems and it stayed shiny. I redid the roof right before I sold it and the guy who bought it now has 234000 miles. I did buy the extended engine warranty which I never used! I had gone through a dozen rental units and they looked fine. The company will reimburse the renter for oil etc. Iím looking now because I might be buying another one. After I sold it I bought a new Class A. It had problems from day one. The commercial quality units are built to a higher standard than so many others.
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Old 10-26-2018, 11:07 AM
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We rented a 27 foot Ford class C from Cruise America a couple summers ago for a trip from San Diego County to Big Sur and back. It had two bald front tires and one of the rear inner dually tires was inflated to 20 psi instead of the recommended 65 psi. Also, the engine battery was dead so it required that we press the booster button to get extra current from the coach battery every time we wanted to start the engine.

At the time we picked it up I was too focused on the walk through where they teach you have to operate all the RV systems to notice the problems. It made the trip up there and back but I would have had more peace of mind going into a remote area like Big Sur if everything was kept in reasonable running condition as I assumed it would be renting from a big outfit like Cruise America. Never again.
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Old 11-22-2018, 12:04 AM
Location: Tucson Arizona
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We did a Cruise America RV "relocation" trip a few years ago, from Vegas to Phoenix. The unit was kind of shabby, and we discovered that the heater didn't work during an overnight freeze at the Grand Canyon. We reported the heater when we returned the vehicle, and got the impression they didn't care.

We test drove a couple used RVs for sale at C A the other day. They felt really cheaply made, with poor materials. Won't be buying there.
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