RV Renting Done Right
The vehicles are equipped with Sunpass devices. Upon return, any outstanding balances are due.
Smoking / Pets
Sorry but pets and smoking are not allowed onboard.
All the RVs have custom manuals which cover all the basic information to operate them. You may request an emailed copy for any of the RVs, or view them at this website. I do a walk-thru at pickup to review all the RV systems with you.
Generally, the RVs get about 6 hours highway driving time per tank. Each RV has a 50 gallon tank. That estimate includes the running of the generator which draws fuel from the vehicle gas tank. The generators are very fuel efficient, consuming less than a gallon an hour.
The RVs are covered by a Roadside Assistance plan to cover towing, tire changes, jump starts and gas. This coverage is included,
at no charge.
In the event of RV system trouble, a mobile RV tech would be dispatched to resolve the problem.
I am available on call to answer all questions during your rental period. I take great care, and spend a great deal of time and money to proactively address any issues before they become problems for my customers.
Dumping Lavoratory Tanks
Most RV campgrounds have either hookups for lav tubes at each campsite or a pull-thru facility.
If you travel to primitive campsites or a location with no lav dump tanks, there are still options available.
- North of Palm Beach County on the Turnpike, every second or third rest stop has free
dump stations, as truckers use the same facilities.
- Also most state or county parks which host RVs, will allow you to utilize the dump
station for a small fee.
- You can also search online at www.sanidumps.com.
You must dump the tanks before returning the RV, as I do not have facilities to do so.
Most campgrounds have tanks for refilling the onboard LP tank. Also, any facility that refills BBQ propane tanks has the capability to refill the RV tank. An RV tank typically holds 40 lbs of LP gas. Usage varies depending on whether you rely heavily on gas for refrigeration and cook extensively. The average client who camps at a facility with electrical hookups, normally uses very little, if any propane.
In the event you cannot locate a refill site, I will refill tanks upon RV return, for cost plus $20 for the service.
All the RVs have trailer hitches and wiring harnesses. It is not recommended to tow items larger than a small trailer or boat. The insurance rider available from Cochise’s Coaches does not provide coverage for trailered items. You are encouraged to acquire the supplemental coverage offered by MBA, or ensure that your own insurance underwriter will provide coverage for towed items.
The Class C RVs average aprox 11 feet in height. Typically they are about 3 feet shorter than a semi-tractor trailer and will therefore fit under anything a semi truck will.
You should not attempt to take the RV through any fast food drive-thru or parking garage. Also, I highly recommend against any travel into an airport terminal or similar facility. In addition to very low overpasses, Homeland Security is generally highly adverse to any large vehicle entering a populated terminal.
In addition to rest stops found along the Turnpike and interstate highways throughout the US, Wal-Mart maintains an open door policy for RV travelers. If you are in need of a place to stop for overnight sleep, you can park in the outside areas of Wal-Mart store parking lots and rest undisturbed. Most Wal-Mart facilities also have 24 hour security which patrols their parking premises.
The fridge can operate from either propane, or electricity provided by the generator or shore line.
RV fridges require an initial cool down time of 3-4 hours if they have been off for more than a day. Once cool, they will remain cold for quite some time even without power, and they will cool down again quickly if turned off for short periods of time.
If you pick up the RV the evening prior to your trip, you can use the 110v adapter for the shoreline, to plug in the RV at your home and allow the fridge to cool down overnight, in preparation for your trip.
Also, RV fridges require the RV to be relatively level to function properly. Most camp parking spaces are therefore already level and special arrangements are typically not necessary. If you have the RV parked on a steep slope such as a sharply angled driveway, you will need to make adjustments if you wish to utilize the fridge.
In addition to air conditioning, all the RVs have central heat, which operates with a combination of electricity and propane. The thermostat requires an electrical input from either the house battery, the generator, or the shore line. The heating element itself operates with propane.
If you have the heat on and you are getting airflow but no hot air, you most likely have the master valve for the LP gas turned off. It is located in an exterior compartment bin.
Each RV is also equipped with a portable electric space heater.
To get local TV stations at your destination, you need to run a channel scan on the TV, through either the attached coaxial cable, or through the air. The TVs have internal HD tuners and do not require the legacy analog antennas on top of the RV.
Using the remote control, ensure the TV input mode is set for television (not DVD, video,aux). Select menu option. Select setup/installation option. Run a channel search using appropriate options for air/cable and digital/auto mode. This may take several minutes. Once complete, you will be able to view all channels identified by the receiver.
Please no bikes, kayaks, furniture, car tires, or other large items stored inside the RV. If I have to ask, you know somebody's already done it. I do rent bike carriers which hold up to 4 bicycles, and the RVs have tow hitches for trailers ect. Also, the RVs have large external bins for storing items which might tear up or permanently stain the interior of the vehicle, which is designed for people.