Sunday, October 31, 2010

Australia's "Grey Nomad" Brigade on the Rise, Join Them in Your RV Rental Now

Australia is one of those countries that cries out to be discovered by a motorhome rental. It's the kind of land that is best discovered at your own pace, abandoning yourself to the open road with your RV rental pointed in whatever direction you wish. Of course, the length and breadth of the land means that it's difficult for those with jobs or young children to fully explore in one vacation--or even two or three--which is likely why a growing number of retired Australians are hitting the road to fulfil their dreams of seeing their beautiful country on wheels.

In a recent Sydney Morning Herald article a retired Aussie couple named Ray and Lorraine Gardner detail their new, relaxed lifestyle. They spend about six months a year now in their RV. ''It's just the freedom of being able to travel around the great country we live in,'' Mr. Gardner, who bought his motorhome in 2005, told the newspaper. The couple--like so many other older, retired Australians that make up the so-called "Grey Nomads"-- can do what they wish, when they wish, with no timetable holding them back. And all this without ever really having to "rough it."

The RV boom in Australia is showing no signs of slowing down. According to the SMH article, Richard Raven, of the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia, explained that in 2010 the number of RVs manufactured in Australia will likely reach 24,000. That number is 5,000 more than has ever been manufactured in any other year. According to Mr. Raven ten percent of this 24,000 is said to be motorised vehicles, while the other 90% are campervans and caravans. There is also a wait list for several models and a great number of those purchasing these vehicles are older Australians. Which means if you're looking to purchase an RV yourself, you might not be able to get your hands on one as quickly as hoped. If this is the case then why not consider a motorhome rental for the time being? That way you can determine whether life on the open road, and sleeping in one of Australia's 200,000 sites and 2,500 RV parks, is really for you.

If you'd like more information on great RV rental deals, as well as helpful details on planning your Australian motorhome roadtrip visit MotorhomeRoadtrip.Com.

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An Alternative to the Motorhome Rental: Most's Futuria Sport+Spa -- The Uber Luxurious RV

The new generation of RVs is here and it's called the Futuria Sport+Spa, manufactured by Germany's Most Mobile Specials. Not everyone is content to hit the road in a motorhome rental, so for those looking to own their recreational vehicle Most has created one that is decidedly top of the line--complete with top of the line price tag: €153,952 for the trailer alone. If you want the whole enchilada complete with semi-trailer then you're looking at €657,413. So what do you get for this whopping amount? Read on to find out.

Much like most luxury motorhome rentals the Futuria Sport+Spa comes with a berth, including two single beds, and a living area. The Futuria's living area features a circular-shaped leather couch that sits 10, air conditioning, a powerful sound system, illumination under the floors and a fog machine. Don't forget the two LCD monitors, coffee machine, sink, fridge and microwave; pretty much anything you'd need to make life in the Futuria comfortable. Even more impressive the Futuria has a rooftop terrace deck complete with a 550l whirlpool with pulsators, LED lights and jet nozzles. Oh, and did we mention the waterfall?

If you're a sportscar enthusiast and would like to take your car with you on the open road then you'd have no fear when it came to the Futuria. There is a specially built compartment, with a mirrored ceiling, just for your car. The actual Futuria's driver's cabin is built as aerodynamically as possible with an air suspended driver's seat and a pivoting bed built into the ceiling to save room.

So what do you think? Is the Futuria for you? If not you can find great information on reasonable motorhome rentals as well as great RV roadtrips at MotorhomeRoadtrip.Com.

Photos and video courtesy of Futuria.Net

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Part 2: Vermont Fall Foliage Drives for Your Motorhome Rental Roadtrip

Part Two of our Vermont Fall Foliage Drives Series features five more great routes, as outlined by Vermont Living Magazine, that will help you make the most of your fall New England RV rental trip.

6. Ski Mountain Tour - Looking for miles and miles of beautiful fall leaves as far as the eye can see? This route definitely delivers. If you take this drive in your motorhome rental you will pass three of Vermont's famous ski resorts (Sugarbush, Killington and Okemo) and their majestic mountains. The town of Chester is a great place to stop for some good food and great atmosphere. Once a hub of rail travel the farm town is now dotted with quaint restaurants and shops. This roadtrip begins in the town of Burlington where you'll take Route 100 south passing the ski resorts. Route 103 will take you right into Chester.

7. Molly Stark Trail - This trail is also known by the name Route 9, which will lead you across the southern part of Vermont where it touches the borders with New Hampshire and New York. Although short this drive offers lots to see, from the gorgeous natural beauty of your surroundings to some great architecture in the towns along the way like Bennington, Brattleboro, Woodford, Searsburg and Wilmington. Take note that Molly Stark State Park is now closed.

8. The Green Mountain View - Not surprisingly given the name you'll see a lot of the Green Mountains on this drive in your motorhome. Starting off in the state capital of Montpelier take Route 12 to Northfield Falls, where you'll find some historic covered bridges. Keep on Route 12 and you will pass the towns of Bethel and Woodstock (you may want to stop to take a look at the Quechee Gorge). Take Route 4 on to Killington where you can park and take a gondola ride high above the ground--a great way to see the changing leaves from above, although these don't run all year. Once you're done in Killington you will want to head onto Route 100 to Hancock before taking Route 125 on to Granville and Middlesex and then back to Montpelier.

9. Mount Snow - The main attraction of this route is Mount Snow itself, which can be reached by heading north on Route 100 from Wilmington (the starting point). At the ski resort you can opt to ride to the top of the mountain to catch a great aerial view of the gorgeous scenery below.

10. Champlain Smorgasbord - Starting in the quaint village of Cambridge you can drive your motorhome rental north towards Enosburg Falls. Enroute you will get to enjoy a myriad of different scenery options from green hills and mountains to covered bridges, small villages and islands. Once you've taken Route 108 from Cambridge to Enosburg Falls the road will change to Route 105, which you can take west until you come to the meeting point of Routes 105 and 78. If you turn onto Route 78 it will take you directly to the picturesque Champlain Islands. If you would like to explore this area further opt for Route 2, which will take you right through the villages here (Alburg, South Hero and Grand Isle, respectively). Get back on Route 78 until you are out of the island region and then drive back to Essex Junction by Route 2A where you can get Route 15 to take you to Cambridge.

If gorgeous and peaceful natural beauty is what you're looking for in a fall RV rental roadtrip then look no further than picturesque Vermont. Choose one of the ten routes outlined in this series or make up one of your own--the best part of having your own motorhome is the ability to go where you please and stop where you want. For more information about motorhome rentals and roadtrips in Vermont visit MotorhomeRoadTrip.Com.

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Part 1: Vermont Fall Foliage Drives for Your Motorhome Rental Roadtrip

Mountains and shimmering lakes are intertwined with rolling green hills and charming villages in New England as a whole and in Vermont specifically. If you're looking to take your RV rental on a drive though the gorgeous Vermont foliage this fall don't fret, we have the first five of 10 Great Drives that you can take in the area--courtesy of Vermont Living Magazine--to make the most of your trip:

1. South Vermont Loop - This is the so-called "Gateway to Vermont," and to discover it you will need to drive your motorhome rental from Route 7A at Manchester Center south. This route takes you all the way into Massachusetts before doubling back to the Manchester Depot again via Route 7 north from Bennington. A sidetrip to the Somerset Reservoir is recommended. This tour through Bennington and Windham counties will take you through historical towns like Manchester, Sunderland and Arlignton and will also give you the chance to glimpse the imposing Mount Equinox if you so choose.

2. The Northeast Kingdom - If you want the "real Vermont," complete with traditional farms, then this is the route for you. Start off in your motorhome rental in the town of St. Johnsbury where you will set off along Route 2 east, travelling along the Connecticut River, until you reach Route 102, which you take north to Bloomfield. This route passes through towns like Newport, North Troy and Lowell and on the way you can enjoy the changing fall leaves. To get back to St. Johnsbury take Route 15 from Hardwick to West Danville and then head down Route 2, which will take you back to the beginning. If you enjoy outdoor sports like fishing then the Northeast Kingdom route is one you shouldn't miss.

3. Five Covered Bridges - If you love covered bridges in addition to your multi-coloured leaves then this is certainly the motorhome rental drive for you. Travel along Route 109 where the first three bridges will appear in Waterville. Back on Route 109 head to Back Road. Here you will find two more bridges before you reconnect with the main highway again. The covered bridges you can discover along this route are a distinct reminder of Vermont's rich past and the tolls once taken to construct these covered structures in past centuries.

4. Western Loop - Another great option for gorgeous scenery as you drive through towns and country in your RV rental is Vermont's Western Loop. This trail starts at Rutland, a town founded in 1770 near the Green Mountains, where you take Route 4 east until you merge with Route 100A at Bridgewater Corners. Following the directions of this drive will also take you through Wallingford, Pawlet and Hubbardton. The final stop is Brandon where you can take Route 7 to Proctor before hopping on Route 3 back to the starting point in Rutland.

5. Stowe-Morrisville Loop - In this area you will find Stowe Mountain, a ski resort, which is about a forty minute drive from Burlington International Airport and 205 miles from Boston. In the fall the changing leaves in this area can be enjoyed along with a bustling nightlife and restaurant scene in Stowe, which can be reached by taking Vermont I-89 to Waterbury then exiting on Route 100 into the village. Continuing on take Mountain Road to Route 108 northwest, which will take you to Smuggler's Notch and then Jeffersonville. To head to the village of Morrisville (be sure to check out the confederate bell at the Morristown Advent Church) take Route 15 and when you're ready to return to Stowe Village just steer your RV rental back onto Route 100.

For more information on New England roadtrips visit MotorhomeRoadtrip.Com.

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Discover Louisbourg, Cape Breton in a Rental RV

Nova Scotia's Cape Breton is an island of abundant natural beauty just crying out for a motorhome rental roadtrip. In fact, the province has actually divided the island up into five helpful routes for RV drivers to choose from. At the point where the Fleur-de-lis and Marconi Trails meet you will find the quaint, seaside city of Louisbourg, a favourite destination for many RV renters who enjoy the town for its charm, beaches and culture.

One such couple of avid RVers are Hal Thiessen and Coralie Bornais of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who have returned to Louisbourg every year since discovering it on a trip to Cape Breton ten years ago. According to The Cape Breton Post "each year they arrive in September and stay at the Louisbourg Motorhome RV Park, attending 25 playhouse shows in one season plus a few running in conjunction with the Celtic Colours International Festival." While the music of the place and the cultural draw of the 17th century Louisbourg Playhouse (modelled on Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) brings the couple back again and again they are not the only benefits to parking your motorhome rental in Louisbourg. Just think of the beaches you can visit, hikes you can take, delicious food waiting to be eaten and historical sites, like the Louisbourg National Historical Site, that you can discover.

"By and large our musical desires are satisfied right here because for one month we have nothing but different entertainment and good entertainment,” Thiessen tells the newspaper. While Bornais chimes in with high praise of his own: "We have so much love for this island. You have no idea how fortunate you are to have such a wealth of talent.” For those looking for a great cultural experience in Canada look no further than Louisbourg, Cape Breton where natural beauty and quaint charm is married to a thriving artistic scene making the town a great stop on a Nova Scotia roadtrip or a perfect destination all on its own.

For more information on great Canadian motorhome rental deals visit HalifaxRVRental.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Part Two: Fall RV Rental Road Trips in Ontario

In Part Two of our guide to some great autumn road trips in Ontario we offer two more RV rental routes that will allow you to enjoy the changing colours and natural beauty of the province.

Road Trip 3 - Brockville to Athens

What better place to enjoy the beauty of autumn in Ontario than along the St. Lawrence? Steer your motorhome rental towards Brockville where you can embark on a trip that will take you from the city that was once the stomping ground of Canada's rich and famous to Athens, a quaint town famous for its outdoor murals.

Brockville - A city of just over 20,000 Brockville is made up of dignified public buildings carved out of limestone that lend a certain charm and sophistication to the town. Some time back the rich flocked to Brockville and it is said that there was a point when there were more millionaires here than anywhere else in the country. In Brockville you can enjoy the town's very New England-esque town square, one of the only ones in Canada, as well as various festivals throughout the year.

Prescott - Located on the water the town of Prescott was founded in 1810 and continues to celebrate its storied history. Visit historical homes and museums, like the Fort Wellington National Historic Site and the Battle of the Windmill, as well as the beautiful waterfront where you can participate in swimming and other sports.
Athens - This quaint town is easily navigated and known for it's outdoor murals. Explore historic buildings and local shops at this stop.

Road Trip 4 - Barrie and Orillia

The beautiful Horseshoe Valley area offers great skiing in the winter months and beautiful views in the fall. Take your motorhome rental on a drive through Barrie, the Valley and onto Orillia where you can enjoy nature and a stop at the casino.

Barrie - If fall colours are what you're looking for then Barrie is a perfect city to include along your drive. Not only does this robust town offer many options for shopping and eating, but along the way you'll be able to marvel at the changing leaves and sloping landscape.

Horseshoe Valley - The heart of this area is tucked between Craighurst and Orillia and can be reached from Barrie by taking Highway 400. A dazzlingly beautiful resort area you can enjoy nature as well as quaint local shops and outdoor sports.

Orillia - To reach Orillia take Highway 12 in Jarratt and drive your RV rental East towards Orillia. The city of Orillia not only offers more gorgeous fall vistas, but also many activities and entertainment options. The area draws thousands of visitors for its modern casino where a chilly fall day can easily be passed inside. To return to Barrie from Orillia just take Highway 11 South. If you want better views along your drive, however, it's recommended that you choose Old Barrie Road instead.

For information on great RV rental deals and more ideas for Ontario road trips visit MotorhomeRoadtrip.Com.

1. Fall Photo by Jok2000 via Wikimedia Commons.
2. Brockville Courthouse by Vincebrockvlog via Wikimedia Commons.
3. Orillia Waterfront by P199 via Wikimedia Commons.

Part One: Fall RV Rental Road Trips in Ontario

Crisp autumn air, the beautiful colours of changing leaves, wide expanses of rural roads and abundant wildlife--this is Ontario in the autumn, a perfect time to hop in an RV rental and discover this diverse Canadian province. From the fishing village of Port Stanley to Beaver Valley, Ontario offers many options for those looking to hit the open road this fall. Read on for some great Ontario road trip ideas for this autumn:

Road Trip 1 - Parks and Port Towns Along Lake Erie

Dotted along the shores of Lake Erie are a myriad number of fishing villages that include the beachy hamlet of Port Stanley. This area also boasts great provincial parks that in autumn are full of vibrant yellows and oranges and are also ideal places for those who want to incorporate birdwatching with their motorhome rental vacation.

Holiday Beach - Just south of Windsor and directly opposite the Detroit border you will find Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Here you can lunch outdoors or climb the wooden watch tower that offers simply dazzling views of Big Creek Marsh and the birds in the area. Pull off the road in nearby Kingsville to make a stop at Pelee Island Winery for some samples to warm the autumn chill from your bones.

Leamington - The area's Point Pelee National Park is one of the smallest in Canada, but nonetheless attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Famous for its migrating butterflies in the fall, the park is also full of the diverse plant and animal life that is characteristic of Canada's Carolinian region. The park boasts over 70 different types of trees alone in addition to marshes and beaches just waiting to be explored. Whether you're looking for relaxation or hiking Pelee has something to offer you. If you like you can also enjoy the sunset over nearby Wheatley Harbour.

Port Stanley - The drive from Point Pelee to Rondeau National Park is one of the prettiest in the province, although the majority of the landscape is indeed flat. Rondeau offers many of the same characteristics as Pelee and it is totally up to you whether you would like to stop and explore. If not point your motorhome rental directly towards the popular fishing town of Port Stanley where white sand beaches, cozy restaurants and a small number of great boutiques are waiting for you.

Port Stanley is the ideal spot to stay overnight for a day or two, or three, depending on your timeline. Not only is there the charming village to explore, but you can also head just east of town to Hawk Cliff, a bluff that faces the waters below. Here you can take a moment to enjoy gorgeous natural panoramas and also look upwards to spot many different types of birds including hawks. Visit Kettle Creek and the historic King George VI lift bridge.

While on your motorhome rental drive think about stopping in Port Burwell, another of Lake Erie's waterside towns, with its lighthouse that dates back to the 1800s. Another great place for views and birdwatching is Long Point and its Bird Observatory.

Roadtrip 2 - Beaver Valley to Owen Sound

Take to Country Road 13 in your RV rental to discover the autumnal beauty of the Beaver Valley area. Here each curve and dip in the road exposes another gorgeous element of fall in Ontario's river valleys.

Flesherton to Eugenia - Begin your drive in this small town at Highway 10 and Grey Road 4 and head for Grey Road 13 to Eugenia. In this small hamlet nature lovers can explore the Eugenia Falls Conservation Area, which includes the 80-foot drop where the Beaver River disappears into the valley that lies below. If you're a hiker there are numerous trails that will allow you to walk along gorges and immerse yourself in vibrant fall hues. When you hit the road again think about stopping at Beaver Valley Lookout, a great spot for photos. You can also enjoy the sight of the Old Baldy escarpment ridge in nearby Kimberley.

Heathcote to Thornbury - Heathcote is a town full of apple orchards and it's worth a stop at The Farmer's Pantry where you can pick your own. Kids also love to check out the farm animals at this stop. Pass through Clarksburg to get to Thornbury, a beautiful town on the water. Turn right where Grey Road 13 ends at Highway 26 to reach a dam where, if your timing is right, you can see fish climbing to their spawning grounds. This direction will also lead you to the harbour along the river.

Meaford - Highway 26 will lead you directly to the quaint town of Meaford an area full of apple orchards. If you're planning on hitting this spot in the fall be sure to look ahead to see if your visit coincides with any of the many local harvest festivals. You can enjoy the harbour and many parks in town as well as Epping Lookout, which offers a great view of the changing colours of the Beaver Valley.

Walters Falls to Owen Sound - Drive through escarpment and gravel before finding Walters Falls where the twin waterfalls are the main draw as well as the historic village. To get to Owen Sound you will pass through picturesque towns like Bognor, Annan and the historic village on Paynter's Bay called Leith, which is where the famous Canadian landscape painter Tom Thomson was born. Spend a day at Hibou Conservation Area enjoying this edge of wilderness along Georgian Bay.

Activities in Owen Sound are varied and include Harrison Park, many shops, restaurants and art galleries, and Inglis Fall Conservation Area. To head back to Flesherton, where you started, go south on Highway 6 and 10 and turn left onto Highway 10 at Chatsworth.

For more information on great Canadian motorhome rental deals and Ontario road trips visit MotorhomeRoadtrip.Com.

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2. Point Pelee by Quozl via Wikimedia Commons
3. Beaver Valley by W-Van via Wikimedia Commons

Moose Sightings on Your RV Rental Vacation

If you're looking to spot a majestic moose on your motorhome rental roadtrip then head to Route 3, the road that will take you from Pittsburg, New Hampshire to the border with Canada. The chances of seeing a moose leisurely crossing this road is quite high--they don't call this stretch "Moose Alley" for nothing. If your RV roadtrip includes discovering New Hampshire's Great North Woods in the state's northernmost city of Pittsburg then you'll be perfectly positioned to do some moose watching of your own.

If you do plan to drive your campervan rental through Moose Alley be sure to heed the signs and always exert caution on roads where the large animals are likely to cross. Mind the speed of your RV rental and if it's a photo your looking for pull over fully before snapping your shots. If you're eager to spot a moose of your own remember the best times to do so are either early morning or at dusk.

If you're a moose lover and happen to be in Maine you will also want to keep your eyes open for an animal legend that has drawn many people to the state, including the Sci-Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters and The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS). According to Cryptomundo the mythic moose is "a 2,500-pound enigma that’s maybe roamed the woods here for 100-plus years..he’s white or dirty gray, twice normal size and typically just a bit too far from any gun’s reach or so swift he disappears in a blink." Sighting Maine's Mystery Moose on your RV rental vacation would be quite a story indeed.

For more information on great RV rental deals and New England motorhome vacations visit MotorhomeRoadtrip.Com.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Discover New Zealand's Gorgeous South Island by Motorhome Rental

If you've ever dreamed of taking to the open road to experience the raw nature of a particularly beautiful country then you have a lot in common with Kate Rew, whose book Wild Swim is all about a motorhome vacation she took to New Zealand's South Island. "One campervan, two friends, three weeks, four feet on the dashboard and a cold beer when we pulled up at night," is the getaway as Rew describes it in The Guardian. This kind of unstructured voyage of discovery is the type of vacation that just calls out for a motorhome rental as your means of transportation. With your own RV rental you can go at your own pace, stopping when you please to explore your areas of choice. If New Zealand is your destination you can expect rainforests and wildlife, cold rivers and pristine streams, as well as acres and acres of stars.

New Zealand's South Island is the larger of the country's two main islands, although less populated than the North Island. Often referred to as the "Mainland," this area is rich with natural beauty from gorgeous sandy beaches to breathtaking mountain peaks. Here you can indulge in everything from adventure tourism and whale watching to hiking and skiing. You can fly into cities like Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin where you can pick up your campervan rental to start your voyage. Head to Kaikoura, Fiordland National Park, Westland National Park, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Abdel Tasman National Park or the Marlborough Sands, all of which rank among the Top 10 tourist destinations in the whole of New Zealand.

As for Kate Rew, the author recalls of her own South Island vacation, "We set off with a monumental greed to experience New Zealand's wild places, to spend as much time as possible in the non-human world...We wanted to swim with dolphins and fur seals, wake to the piping of bellbirds, hear trees sigh and flightless birds shuffle. In elemental form, the route was dolphins – backcountry – mountains – stars – rainforest." Rew's motorhome rental drove the roads between Christchurch and Kaikoura to the marine reserves of Picton, the Marlborough Sands and Abel Tasman before turning back along the west coast towards Mount Cook and ending in the city of Queenstown where Rew embarked on a three-day hike through the rainforest.

If you would like to experience a nature-rich getaway like the one enjoyed by Kate Rew then head to New Zealand Motorhome Roadtrip to find out more about New Zealand campervan rentals and vacationing on the South Island.

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Karijini National Park a Perfect Destination for Your Australia Campervan Rental Vacation

Australia's back country features countless roads, national parks and attractions that are ideal for those embarking on a campervan rental vacation. If this is the type of getaway you're planning then you might want to consider pointing your motorhome rental directly towards Karijini National Park. While this park isn't easily reached--you can catch flights from Sydney and Perth to the nearby towns Karratha and Paraburdoo, which are 397 and 100 kilometres away from Karijini, respectively--what you find when you get there is almost certainly worth the trek.

Fitting Karijini into your roadtrip plans is an ideal way to see the park, which is at the middle of the 2,500-kilometre drive known as Warlu Way. This famous north-west route will take you from Exmouth to Broome and is said to have been inspired by an Aboriginal story. Daniel Scott recently wrote about his visit to Karijini in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald where he recalls, "When I first visited this 627,000-hectare national park at the heart of Western Australia's Pilbara region, it left me awed and humbled. At Hancock Gorge, where I found myself surrounded by 2½-billion-year-old banded iron formations, I felt closer to the soul of the planet than I'd ever been. Of all the 200 Australian national parks I had so far visited, Karijini, with its ancient chasms cleaved out of the Hamersley Range, left the most indelible impression on me."

Even if Karijini is the main destination of your motorhome rental trip it definitely isn't the only thing worth seeing along these long and dusty roads. Scott also stopped at another "spellbinding" national park (Millstream-Chichester) nearby before heading to Karijini and its gorges, rock walls and waterfalls. Sound intriguing? Find out more about Australian Motorhome Roadtrips and great deals on campervan rentals at MotorhomeRoadtrip.Com.

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RV Rentals Ideal for Off-Season Roadtrips

Do you love camping, especially in the slower transitional seasons of spring and autumn, but hate having to deal with intemperate weather with only a thin nylon tent to save you from the elements? The obvious answer is to trade in the tent for a luxurious RV rental. Not only will the motorhome rental keep you dry, especially if you're exploring beautiful but wet places like the Oregon Coast this time of year, but you will be able to enjoy all the comforts of home like hot coffee in the mornings from your very own kitchenette. Renting an RV also means that if you're planning to drive along the coast you won't have to pack up all your gear after every stop, instead you can save that time for exploring the beauty of the area you've chosen to visit.

One traveller who has discovered the convenience--and dryness--of the motorhome rental is avid camper Brian J. Cantwell who recently wrote a piece in the Times Colonialist entitled "Coastal Trip an RV Delight." Mr. Cantwell and his wife Barbara left their tent behind in favour of an RV on their last trip to the Northwest and the change was quite the revelation.

"For this camping trip in the off-season, when 'Northwest' and 'rain' tend to be synonymous, the RV made all the difference. Rather than moan about packing up a sodden tent, we could look out from our home on wheels and scoff smugly at the rain," Cantwell writes. "And for RV camping on the Oregon coast, it's hard to beat spring or fall, when campgrounds open up, reservations aren't needed and you're not lumbering along in an endless parade of traffic on Highway 101." The RV rental not only made travelling in the off-season feasible, but it was also comfortable and quite economical, especially when compared to renting an SUV for the same journey.

If you, like the Cantwells and so many others, are eager to explore in the off-season consider a motorhome rental to eliminate worry about the weather. For more information about roadtrips throughout the Pacific Region in the United States visit Pacific Motorhome Roadtrips.

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