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Old 06-25-2015, 10:27 PM   #29
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I have met more Europeans at our National Park campgrounds over the past thirty plus years than I can remember. Consistently a fabulous group of people.

My wife, fourteen year old son, and I rented a Class C Motorhome last year for a month each in Australia and New Zealand. As others have written, it was not cheap but we had a trip of a lifetime!

The journey and lifestyle of these and our 2014 tent trailer experiences led.......to the purchase of our Airstream .
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:40 PM   #30
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The bakery-truck style of rental RV (class c, like Cruise America) are indeed common in the western states and Canadian provinces.

My feeling is that we should welcome the Euros they spend in the US and Canada. These RV rentals are not cheap. A clever travel web site or local chamber of commerce could encourage further value-added expenditures.

Plus, Europeans have put up with hordes of our tourists in their countries for years.
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:42 AM   #31
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10-12 years ago, Doug and I took the train....with a sleeper car....to Seattle and back. What a way to go.

We had about 10 days between arrival in Seattle, and our return trip, rented a Class C and spent that driving down the coast to the Redwoods and back.

A wonderful, wonderful trip.

RV rentals are ridiculously expensive, but not a bad way to see a destination far from where you reside.


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Old 06-26-2015, 06:56 AM   #32
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Do the Rt.66 tour, you'll meet plenty of interesting Tourists from across the Pond.

Hans and his wife were on their way to Chicago to pick up 66 and tour across the Country with their Car Club....Welcome to the USA!!




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Old 06-26-2015, 06:56 AM   #33
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We have them all over in California campgrounds. I have never had a problem with any of them. Most are Europeans as stated and are generally very conscientious about their camping habits.

I met a couple of young German ladies with their kids at a dump station and they were filling the fresh water tank on their rental with the dump station hose. I tried to explain to them about the contamination of the water supply and how it could make them sick, but they looked at me like I had lobsters crawling out of my ears an said in a thick German accent, "But we do not drink it!" I sure hope the rental company sterilizes the fresh system on those things after each rental!
I apologize for the thread drift right upfront. But I wouldn't drink out of my own fresh water tank.........and I sterilize it at the beginning of every season too. Is that weird?
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:02 AM   #34
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10-12 years ago, Doug and I took the train....with a sleeper car....to Seattle and back. What a way to go.
It's the motion of the train that makes it so nice

Absolutely, my favorite way to travel and see the country..........especially, in Europe. Too bad we don't have that many options in the US. But I wouldn't live anywhere else.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:33 AM   #35
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Yes....the motion of the train, also the big window in the sleeper car, sipping coffee in the mornings which watching the countryside go by, meals in the dining car....all that.

We love the trains, and are fortunate to be able to get on one a mile from my house, landing us in downtown Chicago 2+ hours later.

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Old 06-26-2015, 08:41 AM   #36
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RV rentals I saw were mainly in the national parks, hardly saw them anywhere else. Didn't see any at Heaton Campground on Dillon Lake near Frisco, CO where I stayed one night on the way home. Did have another Airstream on the same loop though.

A Class C came in late at North Campground (no hookups) in Bryce just across from me. It didn't appear to be a rental but the occupants spoke in a eastern European language as they set to level the RV and a tent for the kids. It was about 9pm and the sun was just setting. They started their generator. Generator hours ended at 8pm. Since I was still up I figured they needed it to cook their dinner it didn't bother me. But by 10pm it was still running and I had my AS windows open to sleep. I had to go over and ask them to turn it off since generator hours had passed and all quiet was 10pm. They were very accommodating and turned it off. The next morning they got up early, packed up and were gone.

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Invasion of the Rental RVs

I have met several German couples at the few times I've stayed in campgrounds. All have been fascinated with the Airstream even though it an aluminum tent. We even had one couple take us out for a nice dinner at a Mexican restaurant, they had many questions about the Airstream and the west. They absolutely loved my wife as she was born in Germany and is bilingual, it was quite the evening watching my wife and the couple conversing in their native language while enjoying Chile Rellenos
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Saw this parked by the general store in Bryce.

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Yep, not too far from my house. Haven't seen one on the road yet.

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I was in Capitol Reef last year and met a couple from Holland, I think, that had signed up to "deliver" an RV from the east coast to the west coast, where a buyer was waiting for it. Nifty idea, I thought.

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We're in Munich Germany right now, after renting an RV and touring parts of Austria for a week. Fascinating- there are significant differences between the way camping is done in the US and how it is done in Europe, both technically and culturally. I'll write it up when we get back this week.
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We're in Munich Germany right now, after renting an RV and touring parts of Austria for a week. Fascinating- there are significant differences between the way camping is done in the US and how it is done in Europe, both technically and culturally. I'll write it up when we get back this week.
That should be very interesting. I look forward to reading it.
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