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A Motorhome offers the ultimate in Freedom especially
in the USA and Canada where it is very 'RV' oriented.

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Incidentally, there are many ways to describe getting your vehicle... sometimes called renting an RV or Motorhome, or hiring a Motor Caravan or if you are German - Wohnmobile Mieten. In the USA, we offer specially designed wheelchair friendly vehicles with entry via a rear power lift gate and doors to the living space and bathroom are wider. With all these vehicles - you have your 'wheels', accommodation and 'kitchen' all in one.

You don't have to worry about timetables and you can change your itinerary at the drop of a hat. You can linger longer in places that interest YOU and scoot past things that don't. You may worry that a motorhome is so much bigger to drive but really, just go slowly until you get the hang of it and let someone hop out, where possible, when you are reversing. Remember you are bigger than most cars so they're not going to want to tangle with you !

So get ready to explore one of the most scenic areas in the world - Canada. From the remote breath-taking wilderness of the north to the awesome peaks of the Rocky Mountains or the magnificence of Niagra Falls in the East. Or choose the freedom, friendliness, glitz and glamour of the USA with Disneyland, Disneyworld, Hollywood and the natural beauty of the National Parks....hmm, sunset at the Grand Canyon, white water rafting at Yosemite... Whatever you choose, we guarantee you an impressive holiday.
 

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The sheer joy of only having to unpack once into the vehicle and again only on your last day is terrific. Remember if you choose a car and accommodation you are going to have to unpack and repack your suitcase each time you change hotel, not to mention having to hoik your bag into and out of the boot of your car.

Whilst a motorhome does cost more to rent than a car, your real savings come into effect when you prepare your own breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners. Especially on longer trips, one does tired of eating out every meal and you find yourself longing for a simple meal of sausage and mashed potato which can be so easily prepared in your motorhome! Shopping for groceries is such fun and its a great way to meet the locals and experience the 'real' country.

A motorhome, also known as a campervan, motorcaravan, RV or wohnmobile is really a lifestyle choice. They are more fun, more real and a holiday memories are made of. You meet so many different people at campsites, kids socialise with each other in spite of language barriers and adults can have social evenings, with a bottle of wine and discuss the troubles of the world or of course, the must see tourist attraction that the campers next door experienced yesterday. I mean, when last have you spoken to the people in the hotel room next door to you?

Of course, there are a few things you should consider before deciding on a motorhome. There is the 'harmony factor'...Whilst you will be spending most of the time out and about sightseeing, you will be spending time close together in a relatively small area so if you are a bunch of friends travelling together, consider if snoring, untidiness or a general lack of consideration will become a factor. Someone will probably have to cook, someone will have to wash dishes, someone will have to refill the water....however a roster system should soon fix that!

You also need to do some planning. Unlike a bus tour, you will need to have a rough itinerary and an idea of routing. A good guidebook or two will be handy and if you dont read up before your trip, someone can read out all the interesting facts whilst you are driving to your next stop. When you book with us, we will help you with itinerary planning and give you travel information and highlights for your specific route, with our compliments. Incidentally, www.mapblast.com is a great site for detailed directions, distances and toll costs.

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  • What kind of power supply does a motorhome have?
    Motorhomes generally have either a V8 or V10 engine. The refrigerator, heater, water heater, stove and range operate on propane gas and/or battery. The dash air conditioner is powered by the engine while driving and the overhead air conditioner(s), microwave and other items by either an outside 110V power supply or by a generator.

    Are there rollout awnings on the motorhome?
    No. We suggest you bring a canopy if you need shade or check with the RV park if you are staying in one.

    Are pets allowed in the motorhomes?
    Pets are welcomed at Cruise America . Customer agrees to clean up after their pet and return unit in same condition as received, or be subject to a cleaning fee up to $250. With El Monte, they are allowed at a fee of USD $50. Not allowed with Road Bear. In Canada, Cruise Canada allows a pet, subject to a cleaning fee of up to $250 if unit is not returned in the same condition. Go West, Fraserway and Canadream do not allow any pets.

    Can I tow with the RV?
    Please check with us as the rules and conditions and costs vary between companies. Currently Cruise America, El Monte allow towing with additional cost. Moturis do not allow towing.

    Is there a limit to how many people can ride in the motorhome?
    The Compact motorhome can hold a family up to 4, the Standard motorhome can hold a family up to 5, and the Large can hold a family up to 7 maximum for traveling. Road Bear is the only company that has a vehicle able to accommodate 8 persons.

    We recommend never exceeding the maximum capacity as posted in the actual vehicle you will be using. Maximum capacity includes the vehicle, all fluids, all occupants and their gear. All passengers should use the provided seatbelts. The total number of seatbelts will vary according the vehicle and according to the floor plan of the actual vehicle you are using.

    Child safety seats should be used where applicable. the installation and use of these seats should follow the recommendation of the child seat manufacturer. Overhead areas designed only for sleeping should not be occupied while the vehicle is in motion.

    Can we leave our luggage at the rental location?
    Often this is not a problem, but again, check with your rental center. Anything left at the rental center is at your own risk.

    Are the depots open on Sundays?
    Cruise America, Road Bear, Moturis, Go West are closed on Sundays all year round. Some El Monte depots are open on Sundays. Eg. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas. Canadream vehicles can be collected / returned on Sundays for additional fee

    Are we allowed to travel into Canada (or vice versa)?
    US registered RV's may enter Canada and return to the US and Canadian registered RV's may enter the US and return to Canada without problem. One way rentals between the two countries are not allowed. We suggest using the Seattle depot which is easily accessible to Vancouver. Transfers are available at additional cost.

    How much does it cost to stay in campgrounds?
    Campground rates vary based on time of year and what facilities they offer. Generally you can expect to pay between $10 and $50 per night. See http://www.koa.com or http://www.woodalls.com to get an idea of costs, locations etc.

    What kind of facilities might a campground offer?
    A partial list of commonly found facilities would include: electric, water, sewer hook-ups, washer, dryer, swimming pool, playground, BBQ pits, on-site convenience store.

    Is it possible to travel in the winter in the colder areas of the U.S.?
    Yes, however, in locations with harsh winter weather, motorhomes are "winterized" from approximately November to March. This means we have drained the water and holding tanks, and filled them with anti-freeze. This will prevent the tanks and pipes from freezing and bursting. If you chose to have your rental motorhome "de-winterized" (so that you can use your sink, shower, and toilet) and a cost of approximately USD$70 may be involved.

    This varies between companies. Please ask us for details for each individual company. You will need to exercise extreme care while traveling in a "de-winterized" motorhome during frigid weather. You will need to run the heater at all times to protect the tanks and pipes from freeze damage, or in extreme cases you would need to put anti-freeze in the water and holding tanks (by doing so, you could only use the toilet). If the pipes or tanks were damaged from freezing, it is considered negligent damage and you would have to pay a $5000 deductible for the repairs.

    What if I am late in returning the vehicle?
    The vehicle is overdue after 11:00 AM on the date of return. A fee of approx $25 per hour will be charged for each hour you are late. Please notify the rental center if you will be late in returning. With El Monte and Moturis a late return will invalidate your return transfer.

    Is there a ladder so we can get on the roof to get better views?
    We do not have ladders on the RV for safety reasons and to prevent damage to the motorhome.

    Are there bikes and bike racks?
    With Cruise America -No. With El Monte, racks are available but not bikes. The rental staff will be happy to advise where these may be hired privately. With Moturis you can get bikes and bike racks.

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