RV Fun Club: Just Show Up & Go

The RV Fun Club is a new and exciting concept developed by Gigi Stetler and her Executive Team of vacation professionals.

RV-Fun-Club-logo-151x145The RV Fun Club is designed to provide members with access to many of the top RVs in their fleet. Simply make a call or submit an order through a mobile device and your RV will be waiting for you.

Through enrollment in the RV Fun Club you’ll enjoy the benefits of exclusive RV rental rights and opportunities. You will be able to streamline your vacations and maximize your time.

No more concerns about getting things ready, as you are able to customize your vacation ahead of time and just “show up and go”.

Best of all, you will have exclusive access to a large portfolio of many of the top RVs, without the acquisition and maintenance costs.

The types of RVs in the rental fleet include Class A gas and diesel motorhomes, Class C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, and toy haulers.

Stetler has retained TransMedia Group to launch her newest venture, an RV membership club, according to a news release.

TransMedia will develop and implement a comprehensive public relations campaign, generating publicity for Stetler and the RV Fun Club.

Stetler is the owner of RV Sales of Broward, Florida, and is the author of “Unstoppable,” her memoir in which she relates some harrowing experiences she’s encountered as a woman trying to make her way in the business world.

“Gigi is a diminutive modern version of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, who refuses to have businesses ruffians sink her enterprise or push her around, including star of CNBC reality show, The Profit,” said Tom Madden, CEO of TransMedia Group.

RV-Fun-Club-logo-151x145“The two firebrands are locked in a business/legal battle, and The Profit might have just bitten off more than he can chew when confronting Gigi in court.”

Working from its Boca Raton office, TransMedia Group will be responsible for managing the RV Fun Club’s media relations. The company will implement a promotional strategy for increasing club membership and helping members make memories without breaking the bank.

Stetler is continuing work on her second book, which delves deeper into her life as a dynamic and unstoppable entrepreneur, the news release also noted.

Two levels of membership in the RV Fun Club are available: Open Road and Platinum  Package.

Open Road Membership

The Open Road membership includes standard motorhome use in 3 day increments providing up to 4 preferred reservations at one time on the reservation board.

Members are entitled to 500 free miles per 3 days and pay a per mile fee for extra miles.

You are entitled to 4 reservations consecutive one time per year giving you a 12 day holiday.

This package is available at a cost of $6,000 as a one-time fee and $149 per month.

Platinum Package

The Platinum Package is a membership for those that prefer something special.

This level of membership includes access to Class A luxury motor coaches for premier vacations using any RV in the fleet.

The RVs are available for use in 3 day increments providing up to 4 preferred reservations on the reservation board at one time. Members are also entitled to use all 4 at one time giving you a 12 day holiday one time per year.

As a Platinum  member you are entitled to 500 free miles per 3 days and pay a per mile fee for extra miles.

This package is available at a cost of $16,000 as a one-time enrollment fee and $199 per month.

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RV Fun Club

RV-Fun-Club-logo-151x145The RV Fun Club owns the RVs and take care for all the things owners dislike dealing with including maintenance, insurance, storage, and cleaning.

The RV Fun Club strives to provide a carefree alternative to RV ownership at a fraction of the cost of owning an RV while maintaining the highest quality of service.

Address: 1991 South State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

Phone: (954) 256-8202

Website: www.rvfunclub.com

Worth Pondering…

I hear the highway calling. It’s time for a road trip.

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Airstream 2 Go & Exclusive Resorts Reinvent the Road Trip

Denver, Colorado-based Exclusive Resorts announced its newest strategic partnership with Airstream 2 Go, a new travel venture offering fully-outfitted Airstream trailer rentals, including luxury tow vehicles.

home-three-image-slide-show-6_16-ntDesigned exclusively for club travelers, each Airstream 2 Go road trip guides guests through the stunning landscapes and natural wonders of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Montana, and Wyoming. The partnership joins Exclusive Resorts’ dynamic portfolio of unique accommodations including the newly added 114-foot Sea Legend yacht and four apartments aboard The World.

“Our club travelers want to invest in the intangible, not the tangible. They aren’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty. These types of do-it-yourself experiences like an Airstream road trip may, in fact, represent the ultimate luxury,” says Cathy Ross, chief operations officer of Exclusive Resorts, in a company news release.

“Our partnership with Airstream 2 Go opens up a new world of discovery for our guests beyond a traditional residence stay, inviting them to gently push their boundaries and fulfill that bucket list item—the great American road trip—in the world’s most iconic RV.”

Exclusive Resorts and Airstream 2 Go have carefully curated each eight- to 10-day road trip to include dedicated pre-trip planning and high-touch service experiences from catered BBQs prepared on-site to private guided hikes with local wildlife experts.

Club travelers can visit and explore America’s national parks, landmark destinations, and breathtaking landscapes from the comfort of their own sleek, modern 28-foot Airstream trailer paired with a dedicated GMC Yukon Denali. Designed by architect Christopher C. Deam, each Airstream interior is outfitted with luxe road tripping essentials from cotton-bamboo towels and flat-screen LED televisions, to integrated sound systems, iPads, camping chairs, and a portable gas grill.

PlanYourTrip“The itineraries we’ve created for Exclusive Resorts are truly one-of-a-kind and ensure that each guest enjoys an authentic road tripping experience without sacrificing the one-on-one service and creature comforts they have come to know and expect from Exclusive Resorts,” said Dicky Riegel, CEO of Airstream 2 Go.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to experience amazing American destinations in a quintessentially American way. It was our mission to make the Airstream 2 Go rental experience as easy and turnkey as possible for Exclusive Resorts, including all the right equipment and accessories to make it memorable.”

The eight-day ‘Canyon Country’ itinerary begins and ends with a luxurious stay at one of Exclusive Resorts’ two-bedroom apartments located on the Las Vegas Strip. On this trip, guests will drive through Canyon Country to Zion National Park in Utah, explore the Navajo Indian lands and stunning slot canyons of Arizona and journey through the majestic Grand Canyon National Park.

The 10-day ‘California Cruising’ itinerary guides travelers along the scenic California coast, leading them from Los Angeles through Yosemite National Park, Monterey, Morro Bay, and Santa Barbara. Along the way, they will partake in nature tours, surf lessons, tide-pool adventures, and more. Club travelers are invited to stop and extend their trip in one of Exclusive Resorts’ California destinations including a new three-bedroom residence in Sonoma or a villa in Newport Beach at the award-winning The Resort at Pelican Hill.

The 10-day ‘Big Sky Loop’ itinerary starts in Bozeman, Montana. From Bozeman, guests will stop to explore the famed Lewis and Clark Caverns before heading to their campsite at Henrys Fork River for a full day of fly-fishing. A guided exploration through the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park and Gallatin Canyon concludes the Big Sky Country journey. During the trip, travelers can opt to stay at Exclusive Resorts’ sprawling four-bedroom villa in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

AirstreamtogoAirstream 2 Go joins Exclusive Resorts’ dynamic roster of luxury lifestyle partners including renowned event planner Jung Lee, Barneys New York, Leica Camera, and Alain Ducasse, providing members privileged access to some of the most elite happenings in the world traversing the realms of gastronomy, sports and recreation, fashion, and design.

Details

Airstream 2 Go

Airstream 2 Go is the exclusive, factory-authorized source in North America for dedicated rental Airstream trailers.

Phone: (800) 780-9880 (toll free)

Website: www.airstream2go.com

Exclusive Resorts

Exclusive Resorts features more than 300 multimillion-dollar vacation homes worldwide; curated members-only Journeys with exotic adventures spanning seven continents; privileged access to world-class events; exclusive partnerships with award-winning resorts; and a collection of exclusive VIP benefits and privileges with elite travel and luxury lifestyle brands.

Phone: (866) 863-2688 (toll free)

Website: www.exclusiveresorts.com

Worth Pondering…

I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.

—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo

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Planning an RV Rental Vacation

Recreational vehicles have become one of the most popular ways for Americans and Canadians to travel.

rent an rv
Considering the RV lifestyle? Try renting before laying down the cash. Camping in a rental Class C motorhome at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There is no time wasted rushing through the airport and dealing with delays or cancellations. Even with today’s fuel prices, RV travel is still a more economical way for families to travel than staying in hotels and eating in restaurants.

An RV vacation lets you determine your daily itinerary. Stop and stretch when you’re ready; enjoy drinks and snacks when you choose; use your own bathroom when public facilities are unavailable or unsanitary.

An RV vacation offers you the ultimate freedom to travel and explore at your own pace. You have complete control over your destination plans, including when you depart, where you travel, and what you do during your family vacation.

There are many destinations you can go as a family when taking an RV road trip. These types of vacations make it possible for families to enjoy the great outdoors, see historical sites, and spend time together sitting around the campfire. When selecting a destination, it is important to ensure there are ample activities to involve the entire family.

You can tour the continent from the Canadian Rockies to Arizona and from California to Texas, Alabama, and Georgia and everywhere in between.

RV sales continue to be strong. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports that RV manufacturers shipped almost 286,000 vehicles in 2012, with a retail value of more than $10.8 billion.

Touring Jasper National with a Fraserway RV rental
Touring Jasper National with a Fraserway RV rental. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Thanks to the popularity, RV rentals have also seen a boost.

There’s no better way to try before you buy than by renting an RV. Many people rent RVs simply for a change of pace by taking an RV trip to a special destination or event such as football tailgating or Mardi Gras.

You can rent near home and journey to your destination, or fly and pick up your RV at the other end. More than 460 national chain outlets and local RV dealerships rent RVs, including state-of-the-art, late-model-year units. A growing number of campgrounds offer on-site RV rentals as well.

Selecting the right RV rental company will take considerable research and price comparison. Before choosing a rental company, take time to speak to each company in your area to get a price quote and find out what is included with the rental.

RV rentals are available through both local and national companies. Some of the more popular national RV rental companies include Cruise America, El Monte RV, USA RV Rentals, and Camping World. The major rental companies in Canada include Canadream and Cruise Canada.

Most RV rental companies offer housekeeping packages (dishes, pots, pans, bed linens, etc.) for a nominal fee, or you can bring your own. Even if you’re driving or towing an RV for the first time, features like automatic transmissions, power steering, large external mirrors, and rear view cameras make it easy for experienced drivers to adjust to the difference in length, height, and weight.

Book your RV well in advance, especially if you plan to travel during the summer or on busy holiday weekends such as Memorial Day or Labor Day. These are the busiest times of the year.

Airstream trailer now available as a rental unit at Larimer County’s Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Campground (Credit: Steve Stoner)
Airstream trailer now available as a rental unit at Larimer County’s Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Campground (Credit: Steve Stoner)

Pre-select a few destinations and take a look at your budget. Though the cost of parking the RV for the night is less expensive than staying at a hotel, the costs for fuel and mileage can add up quickly.

Have a destination in mind before calling the RV rental company and ask for a total estimate, including rental fee and average mileage charges. Ask for several different destinations to compare rates and finally pick a location for your vacation.

It is important you understand your rights and responsibilities before signing an RV rental agreement.

When taking delivery of your rented RV, allow ample time to ensure everything is in working order and you are familiar with the operation all major systems including utility hookups (electrical, water, and sewer). Make sure you know how to hook these up before you leave on vacation and all required attachments are supplied. Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are operational.

Check for any manuals that can help answer questions along the way and look for any noticeable damage. Make sure to point out any damage or missing items to the rental agency before leaving. This way you are not responsible for the items.

Make a check list of everything you need for your RV vacation, including what to bring and what to do before leaving.

Renting an RV is a great way to test drive the RV lifestyle experience.

Worth Pondering…

The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.

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RV Travel: The Road To Savings

The recently released Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners conducted by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) indicated that more than 20 million Americans will travel in RVs throughout the summer months, heading to our country’s 16,000-plus campgrounds, and enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

Considering the RV lifestyle? Try renting before laying down the cash. Camping in a rental unit at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Considering the RV lifestyle? Try renting before laying down the cash. Camping in a rental unit at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

According to the new survey, 66 percent of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year, and 28 percent will use theirs the same amount. Just 4 percent said they’ll use their RVs less.

RV ownership is at an all-time high because it provides families with a comfortable and cost-effective means to get away and spend quality time together.

RVs roll travel, accommodations, and meals into one and for less than you might think.

In fact, an RV vacation can cost a family of four up to 59 percent less than other forms of travel. Extra storage space means saving on equipment rentals, too, as you can bring along the bikes, skis, kayaks, golf clubs, ATVs, and all the other toys. And when you travel with everything, including the kitchen sink, you save on food expenses. Food becomes a bargain because you not dependent on eating out at pricey restaurants every night or relying on unhealthy fast food.

Not only do RV parks and campgrounds offer much cheaper rates than hotels and motels but you won’t have to worry about lost reservations, delayed or canceled flights, and room downgrades.

But I don’t need to tell you that! I’m preaching to the converted. Right? If you’re reading Vogel Talks RVing you already own an RV or are a RV wanna-be!

Cut campground costs by joining a camping discount club such as Passport America. Camped at Riverbend RV Park, a Passport America park in Luling, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Cut campground costs by joining a camping discount club such as Passport America. Camped at Riverbend RV Park, a Passport America park in Luling, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Saving money on unnecessary spending frees up bucks for other things. While an RV is one of the biggest investments we can make, the ways we can save when camping with our RVs, are almost limitless.

Following are some tips that will help you save money while still enjoying all the fun, freedom, and flexibility that RVing has to offer:

When planning your trip, check out the Chamber of Commerce websites for areas you plan to visit. Call or email to request an information packet by mail. Not only will these info packets have plenty of brochures and information on various local attractions, they often include discount coupons. If you’re on the road just stop in.

If you belong to the AAA, ask about discounts on restaurants, museums, theme parks, fairs, and special events.

Cut campground costs. Camp closer to home. Remember, you’re always on vacation at the campsite, even if it’s only an hour drive from home.

Cut campground costs. When camping with your RV, commercial campgrounds can take a big bite out of your wallet. You can often find better deals at public campgrounds operated by small towns or counties.

Cut campground costs. Join a membership campground system.

Cut campground costs. Join a camping discount club such as Passport America or Happy Camper.

Cut campground costs. Consider staying for free or nearly free on nearby federal BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land.

Camping and canoeing at Laura S. Walker State Park in Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Camping and canoeing at Laura S. Walker State Park in Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Cut campground costs. Many Casinos allow free overnight RV parking. A few Casinos require that you be a customer in order to park. There are some Casinos that allow no overnight parking, or require that you park at their adjoining RV campground at their customary nightly rates. You will also find a few Casinos that offer free RV dump stations, and even a few that a full-service RV park.

Cut campground costs. Stay longer in one place. Many RV parks are vacation destinations in their own right, offering something for everyone—swimming pools, playgrounds, game rooms, boating, fishing, nature trails, planned activities and more.

Having a written budget is essential to getting your finances under control. If you do not have a written budget it is hard to know if you are living within your means and saving enough money for your long term goals like purchasing a recreational vehicle.

Worth Pondering…

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.

—Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849

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Airstream 2 Go Announces Winter 2014 Promotions

Airstream 2 Go, a startup travel company offering Airstream trailer rentals, announced new rates and promotional programs for the off-peak season of November 22, 2013 through March 14, 2014. Airstream-2-Go-Low-Res1-300x174

Highlights of the new limited time offering include a 25 percent rate discount, new three-day minimum rental period, and a streamlined two-tier offering.

“We’re excited to offer tremendous off-peak value to travelers,” said Dicky Riegel, Airstream 2 Go’s founder and CEO, in a news release.

“Airstream 2 Go clients enjoy a unique opportunity to experience America, in a quintessentially American way. It is truly a timeless vacation and travel offering. And now, with our winter season pricing, shorter minimum trip durations, and two ways of booking, an Airstream 2 Go experience is now even more accessible.”

The new off-peak rate structure represents significant value to consumers, according to Riegel, noting, “This timing is some of the best opportunity for Airstream 2 Go travelers to visit many of America’s best destinations, without the crowds and lines experienced at other times of the year.  And at a 25 percent discount from Airstream 2 Go’s peak season pricing, these rates are the best available during the Airstream 2 Go calendar.”

The journey duration is always up to the traveler, with a new winter season minimum of only three days.

Three-day trip rates range from $1,740 for a “Take It & Go” journey in a 23-foot trailer, up to $2,400 for a three day “Custom Journey.”

travel-040Weeklong trip rates during the off-peak winter season range from $4,060 for a ‘Take It & Go’ trip with a 23-foot trailer to $5,600 for a fully customized itinerary with the 28-foot trailer.

Travelers can plan an Airstream 2 Go experience from Los Angeles, California or Las Vegas, Nevada. Riegel said that Airstream 2 Go’s two-tier offering makes planning simple.

“Whether booking a ‘Take It & Go’ journey or a full Custom Journey’ with itinerary and bespoke activity planning included, travelers receive hands-on guidance and expertise to make the trip as turnkey and user-friendly as possible,” he said.

Travelers also benefit from Airstream 2 Go’s partnership with “Off the Beaten Path,” the renowned travel planning and outfitting company known for exceptional outdoor explorations since 1986.

Named one of the top 25 exploration experts in the nation by National Geographic magazine, “Off the Beaten” Path offers an insider experience to some of nation’s natural attractions.

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Airstream 2 Go

Airstream 2 Go is the exclusive, factory-authorized source in North America for dedicated rental Airstream trailers.

Launched in May, 2013, Airstream 2 Go offers discerning customers a unique and stylish way to explore the United States in a turn-key Airstream vacation experience. DSC08700

Travelers can visit and explore America’s national parks, landmark destinations, and breathtaking landscapes with all the comforts of their own sleek, modern Airstream trailer, custom matched to dedicated GMC Yukon Denali sport utility vehicles, while finding their inner ‘Lewis & Clark’ along the way.

Available in two sizes—a 23-foot trailer that sleeps four, and a 28-foot trailer that sleeps six, all Airstreams in the fleet are fully equipped, with many items provided through Airstream 2 Go’s relationship with Zappos.com, including luxury amenities such as plush linens, towels, and all the essentials for a fully equipped kitchen.

Independently owned and operated, Airstream 2 Go benefits from outstanding relationships within the Airstream and greater RV communities.

Founded by Dickey Riegel, the former president and CEO of Airstream, Inc., Airstream 2 Go is the missing link between Airstream aspiration and Airstream ownership.

Phone: (800) 780-9880 (toll free)

Website: airstream2go.com

Worth Pondering…

I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band, I saw a needle that winked its eye. But I think I will have seen everything When I see an Airstream fly.

—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo

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Drive Across America & Canada For FREE

Each year numerous motorhomes, camper vans, and cars are driven across the country as Americans and visitors tour the country.

Alamo Florida One-Way Drive Out
Alamo Florida One-Way Drive Out

As a result rental companies are often in need of drivers to take vehicles back and forth to various destinations—often to the place where they started the trip—for another wave of road trippers, reports guardian.co.uk.

One of the best known deals is the “Florida drive out”, when prices are slashed to rent a car for a one-way drive north in spring.

Meanwhile, driveaway companies—which deliver cars around the country—connect drivers with vehicles that need transporting, offering a free set of wheels—and sometimes a tank full of fuel—in exchange for delivery. For the flexible traveler looking for a cheap ride, this can be a perfect opportunity to explore America for next to nothing.

To deliver a vehicle for Auto Driveaway, the largest driveaway company in the US, you need to be at least 23 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license. Some driveaway companies require the drivers to be older and are subject to background checks. For drive out deals, you just need to meet the same requirements for usual car rentals. The minimum age to rent a vehicle is usually 21, except in New York state and Michigan, where it is 18.

When it comes to driveaways, you can potentially go anywhere. It’s just a matter of biding your time until a car that needs delivering in the direction you want to travel becomes available.

There are currently cars available on the Auto Driveaway site that need to be driven from Pennsylvania to Florida and California, Michigan to Texas, and Florida to Washington.

National Florida Drive Out
National Florida Drive Out

There are also driveaway companies in Canada that run deliveries from Toronto and Vancouver to locations around the US. Drive out deals can also take you to a wide range of destinations, but the Florida drive out is primarily to return vehicles to northern cities.

With both types of deal you are free to decide on the route to take, but the limitation with drive outs is that you are still paying a rental fee for each day, and with driveaways, as you are delivering someone else’s vehicle, there will be a limit on the number of miles and days you can take to complete your trip.

Motorhome company The Motorhome Experts are also offering cut price deals this spring for anyone willing to transport brand new vehicles from Chicago to locations across North America, such as San Francisco, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. They are also offering similar deals in Canada for anyone happy to drive from Toronto to Vancouver.

Driveaways are available year-round—just keep checking to see when a suitable delivery becomes available. Since most rental cars end up in the southern states during the winter, the best drive out deals are available during spring when the rental companies need their vehicles driven north. However if you are flexible, it’s worth calling the car hire companies to see if are any other destinations are available.

Driveaways can be completely free: you pick up the car with a full tank and can often be given a reasonable fuel allowance for the journey. Of course, if you decide to amble along, taking detours, and making stops en route you will spend more of your own money on fuel, but this will really be your only expense bar the security deposit. Auto Driveaway require a deposit of around $350 (depending on the location), which is refunded on delivery.

Prices for The Motorhome Expert’s spring drive out deal starts at $35 a day including insurance.

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Auto Driveaway

Auto Driveaway has been in business since 1952 and has the largest vehicle relocation network in the industry, with 40 local offices around the country.

Website: autodiveaway.com

LOGOToronto Driveaway

Toronto Driveaway, founded in 1959, also has many years experience connecting drivers with cars for delivery. Though based in Canada, it services destinations across America, predominantly Florida, California, and Arizona. Drivers need to be over 30 years of age, with a clean license and references, and need to provide a deposit.

Website: torontodriveaway.com

The Motorhome Experts

The Motorhome Experts are one of the leading motorhome rental companies in the US. To find out more about their spring drive out deals, contact them directly.

Website: themotorhomeexperts.com

Alamo

Alamo is currently offering one-way rentals out of Florida for just $9.95 a day for anyone travelling between April and May.

Website: alamo.com

National

National is currently offering one-way rentals out of Florida for just $9.95 a day for anyone travelling between April and May.

Website: nationalcar.com

Worth Pondering…

Life is a journey and only you hold the map.

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Airstream 2 Go

The only way you could experience the Airstream lifestyle on the open road was if you went all-out and bought the dream.

Airstream-2-Go-Low-Res1-300x174It was a commitment to be part of a lifestyle enjoyed by many and envied by many others.

Until now, there’d been no way to rent an Airstream to live this fantasy.

Enter Dickey Riegel, the former president and CEO of Airstream, Inc. who wanted to do something new on his own.

Riegel conjured up a brilliant plan and launched the first and only factory-authorized Airstream trailer rental company in the United States—Airstream 2 Go.

He raised capital, bought a squadron of trailers and a fleet of GMC Yukon Denalis, and created a mobile destination getaway for all to enjoy.

The launch is expected within a month and Riegel is already booking clients for May.

Finally, you can fulfill your desire to experience the Airstream way of life by renting a current model Airstream trailer.

Riegel is making it simple—a concierge will plan stops, coordinate your adventure, plot your path, and make reservations.

Before embarking on your Airstream adventure, a full-blown ground school will walk you through the ins and outs of the trailer.

Or you can fly in, rent the Airstream, and off you go.

5 kids and an Airstream
5 kids and an Airstream

The level of engagement is customizable to fit the needs of each customer.

Have you dreamed of rolling through America’s mountain majesty? A 23-foot Airstream could fill your needs.

A family of six can vacation at the Grand Canyon, the Pacific Ocean, or the Grand Circle Tour in a 28-footer.

Each model is fitted with air conditioning, power awning, backup camera, lawn chairs, gas grill, available bike rack, generator, bathroom with shower, kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, and flat-panel TV.

Until you’ve enjoyed the openness this country offers, you’ve not lived!

Riegel has opened up the scenic beauty of America to many.

Ever dreamed of an Airstream vacation? Now you can make that dream a reality!

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Airstream 2 Go

Airstream 2 Go is the exclusive, factory-authorized source in North America for dedicated rental Airstream trailers.

Beginning in 2013, the company will provide rental customers with a premium vacation experience, turn-key in every element, befitting the Airstream brand.

Independently owned and operated, Airstream 2 Go benefits from outstanding relationships within the Airstream and greater RV communities, propelling its success.

Employing a unique and exclusive Airstream product specification, only Airstream 2 Go gives consumers the opportunity to rent and enjoy current model Airstreams in desirable locations in the United States.

Dickey Riegel launches Airstream 2 Go
Dickey Riegel launches Airstream 2 Go

Trailers will be custom matched to dedicated tow vehicles, containing all necessary safety systems for easy towing and camping.

Founded by Dickey Riegel, the former president and CEO of Airstream, Inc., Airstream 2 Go is the missing link between Airstream aspiration and Airstream ownership.

Never before have you been able to rent a current model Airstream trailer and tow vehicle from a factory-authorized company that will stand behind your travel experience.

Airstream 2 Go’s relationships within the RV and camping industries will ensure the company’s immediate and sustained success, and will create memorable vacation experiences for discerning Airstream rental customers.

Phone: (800) 780-9880

Website: airstream2go.com

Worth Pondering…

I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.

—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo

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Luxury RV Rentals the Newest Niche

Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Luxury RV rentals are not just for special occasions.

The staff at Allstar Coaches gets creative and practical client requests as well.

Rob Tischler, CEO of Allstar Coaches, says that there are so many reasons to rent a luxury RV that many people have likely never even considered.

Right now, in the midst of football season, tailgating is a top reason to rent a luxury RV. More and more tailgaters are stepping it up a notch and arriving at sporting and NASCAR events in style, he noted in a company news release.

RV rentals are also perfect for promotional tours such as political rallies, concerts, or family and college reunions. And businesses can take advantage too.

“RV rentals are ideal and cost effective for advertising,” he says.

“For example, if a company is launching a new product, why not wrap it and drive it around a targeted demographic area and interact directly with potential consumers? It’s basically a 45-foot rolling billboard that you can take anywhere.”

Luxury motorhome rentals also serve as a discerning travelers golden ticket to the ultimate fantasy vacation. With Allstar Coaches recently teaming up with some of the world’s finest private aircraft and yacht charter companies, the possibilities are endless.

Finally, RV rentals can serve as temporary housing or field offices during times of emergency or disaster situations such as hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes.

These luxury RV rentals are equipped with comfortable and well-appointed cabins, gourmet galleys, and state-of-the-art, user-friendly technology. RV rentals also include multiple slide outs and automatic awnings that, when extended, almost double usable space.

“Our innovative Hotel On Wheels concept means that our luxury RV rentals come pre-stocked with items such as luxury hotel bedding, fresh towels, and invigorating ECO Spa bath products,” Tischler said.

“Concierge services, itinerary planning, driving—you name it—our clients can rest assured that we’ll take care of it all.”

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Allstar Coaches

Florida-based and founded in 2005, Allstar Coaches was created to fill a missing niche in the RV rental market. While there were numerous companies providing average RVs for rent, no one was hitting the high end. Since many people were looking to combine the adventure of RVing with the luxury amenities offered by 5 star resorts, there was room for Allstar to make its mark.

Every luxury motorhome rental is fully stocked to meet the specific needs of their discerning clientele.

Allstar offers a wide variety of services including provisioning, catering, and concierge services. In addition, they can provide drivers for those who prefer to relax on the road in their luxury RV rentals with a professional at the wheel.

With strategic locations nationwide including California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida, RV rentals can be delivered to locations across the nation.

Additionally, AllStar offer local and one way RV rentals from their new locations serving Nevada, Arizona, New York, Delaware, and Maryland.

Florida based RV rental firm Allstar Coaches has been using vehicle wrap technology for years on its fleet of luxury motorhomes as it continues to grow its Corporate Events and Promotions sector.

Phone: (866) 838-4465

Website: allstarcoaches.com

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Worth Pondering…

Oh, what a beautiful morning’,

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I got a beautiful feelin’

Ev’rything’s goin’ my way.

Oh, what a beautiful day!

—“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from the musical Oklahoma!

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Ten RV Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Australian Max Anderson, traveling courtesy of Flight Centre and Apollo Motorhomes, gets his kicks on an all-American motorhome tour with his family from Los Angeles to Las Vegas via San Francisco.

Said to be one of the most complex highway interchanges in the world, the Orange Crush (as it’s known to locals) is where the I-5 meets the CA-22 and CA-57 just south of Disneyland and Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. There are 66 lanes of travel over 13 bridges. (Source: Google maps)

“American horror has many faces,” Anderson writes in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“The Exorcist. The Thing. The Kardashians. None, however, is as terrifying as the Orange Crush. It looms overhead, howling, waving its arms, drawing us into its spinning vortex. Thirty-four roads and ramps—the world’s largest intersection—all bisecting and splicing overhead, on stilts.”

Continuing to describe the Orange Crush, Anderson says, “I’m gaping through the windscreen but I’m driving through the looking glass: right is left, left is right, and my vehicle is the size of the Queen Mary. My father’s sagest advice for life was ‘if in doubt, slow down and stop’—but there is no stopping on an exit ramp of a 12-lane freeway in Los Angeles when it wants to feed you into another 12-lane freeway.”

Anderson concludes the article with his ten motorhome lessons learnt the hard way.

1. If you’re new to driving in the US, start somewhere where the traffic’s sane, such as San Francisco; by the time you reach Los Angeles you’ll be ready for it.

Los Angeles freeways and skyline. (Source: goodfoodpreservation.com)

2. If you have to drive in LA, stick to the freeway truck lanes. And remember, there’s no such thing as “Sunday traffic”; it’s the same as Monday traffic.

3. Be smart — take at least 24 hours to recover from your flight before taking the wheel.

4. Be smarter still — take another 20 minutes to figure out your satnav. It’s a terrific resource but it plots the quickest route, not necessarily the easiest. (That’s how we ended up under the Orange Crush.)

5. Insurance is your friend; don’t skimp on it. We collected a stone to the windshield: no charge.

6. Beware, your vehicle roof is not insured. Low-hanging branches will cause damage without you knowing it. I kissed goodbye to $US500 ($477) for a tree-scored awning.

7. Plan and book as much as possible before arrival in the US. Popular RV parks such as Yosemite fill up.

8. Allocate driving days and non-driving days. Despite good intentions (“Oh, we’ll drive in the morning and see the sights in the afternoon”), they don’t mix. Pull up, make yourself at home and enjoy more.

9. Less driving means more holiday. Australians have a better appreciation of distance than Europeans, but I guarantee you’ll still underestimate the time it takes to get anywhere.

10. The Lonely Planet Guide to California ($38.99) is a glove box necessity.

LA is a great big freeway, a shameless one. The energy is steroidal, the self-love is bonkers. It’s a perfect introduction to California.

Fast Facts

Getting there

Qantas has a return fare to Los Angeles from Sydney (from $2017) and from Melbourne (from $1984).

Driving There

Motorhome rental varies by vehicle availability, the season (June to September is peak in the U.S.) and the point of collection and drop-off.

Our six-berth Wanderer vehicle was arranged by Brisbane-based Apollo Motorhomes; a nine-day hire in May would cost $US1500 ($1429) including satnav, mileage, insurance, pick-up in LA, and drop-off in Las Vegas.

It pays to explore the online booking system; being flexible can get costs down. (If you’re flexible, you can take a new vehicle that needs to be relocated for as little as $10 a day; see apollorv.com/factory-special.) Phone 1800 777 779, see apollocamper.com. Also see driveaway.com.au.

Worth Pondering…

Travel is not about getting from point A to point B. At best that’s tourism—at worst transportation—across a more or less sterile landscape. Real travel is about soaking up the local flavor, getting a sense of other people’s lives, and their history.
—Anon

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Cruise America Reaches Milestone

Mesa, Arizona-based Cruise America, the nation’s leader in Class C motorhome sales and rentals, has taken delivery of their 30,000th motorhome, acquired over 40 successful years.

They currently have 4,000 Ford powered rental recreational vehicles operating throughout the United States and Canada, according to a company news release.

One of the reasons for Cruise America’s unprecedented growth over the last forty years, despite slowdowns in the economy, is the fact that they enjoy a heavy percentage of repeat business.

According to Cruise America’s president, Bob Smalley Jr., “I believe that our unparalleled repeat business is due to the fact that we really do care about our customers and we show it through our commitment to top-notch service. This, combined with the fact that we care enough to provide the best motorhomes on the market has made us the leaders in the industry.”

Cruise America has made hundreds of thousands of customers very happy over the last forty years, and their motorhomes have logged millions of “proven” miles across the land.

For twenty-five years, Cruise America has teamed up with Thor Motor Coach, who manufactures the number-one selling motorhome brand in North America.

Thor manufactures all of the class C motorhomes that Cruise America purchases; each designed and built to their specifications. These superior quality motorhomes, wrapped in attractive scenery, have become iconic along the highways of the U.S. and Canada, the news release reports.

As new inventory arrives, the seasoned used class C vehicles are reconditioned, refurbished, and sold to the public at affordable prices.

Consumers find that they get a much better cared for and better-maintained recreational vehicle by taking advantage of these used motorhome deals. Over the last 40 years, Cruise America has sold 26,000 of these used Class C motorhomes to grateful customers.

Cruise America offers their inventory of fully equipped, self-contained Class C rental RVs and used motorhomes for purchase on their website, as well as an extensive list of their rental and sales locations. This enables the public to research, review and make their selection according to their needs. On the site there are informative videos, featuring the many accommodations and convenient amenities that come with each model.

Details

Cruise America

Cruise America is the nation’s leader in class C motorhome rentals.

There are 130 Cruise America rental centers in the United States (including Alaska) and Canada from which you can depart.

Cruise America rents Class C motorhomes in the following four categories:

  • Small -19 feet in length; accommodates maximum 3 people
  • Standard – 23-25 feet in length; accommodates maximum 5 people
  • Intermediate – 28.4 feet in length; accommodates maximum 6 people
  • Large – 28-30 feet in length; accommodates maximum 7 people

Cruise America’s prices fluctuate based on season, location, and availability much the way airline prices fluctuate. In general, the earlier you book, the lower the price. To determine the price of a RV rental use the Online Estimate and Reservation tool on the Website.

Address: 1 West Hampton Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210

Phone: (480) 464-7300 or (800) 671-8042 (toll free)

Website: cruiseamerica.com

Worth Pondering…
We travel because, no matter how comfortable we are at home, there’s a part of us that wants—that needs—to see new vistas, take new tours, obtain new entrees, introduce new bacteria into our intestinal tracts, learn new words for “transfusion,” and have all the other travel adventures that make us want to French-kiss our doormats when we finally get home.
—Dave Barry

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