Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wayne and Margy's Rental RV Road Trip

Wayne in the driver's seat ready to start our adventure.
Wayne and I are trying something new, traveling in an RV. We don't own one, we rented one from a local company and that's a story in itself. We researched extensively online and visited five companies before deciding on El Monte RV in Ferndale, Washington.

We found the personnel friendly and helpful. And the selling feature was it's near our Bellingham condo, making pickup and loading easy.

We decided to take this trip back in August, so we've had lots of time to collect our supplies. And it gave me good ideas of things to get Wayne for Christmas presents.

Getting checked out and picking up our 22-foot Leprechaun RV.

You can rent kitchen and bedding packages for extra, but since we were loading from home we didn't need or want to do that.

Loading all of our food and gear into the condo elevator.

To help us plan, I found RV camping checklists online at Campanda. They were helpful for essentials and then we modified them to match our travel plans.

Loading the RV at the condo front door.

Since we are new to RV travel, we decided to rent a spot at the local Bellingham RV Park. We are so glad we did. It gave us a chance to organize our things and test all of our systems.

Our site at the Bellingham RV Park.

Our checkout and the manual provided helped, but we had a few questions about using cable TV and the water system.  We called the On the Road Support hotline and received immediate and excellent service. Fellow travelers and park employees were also very helpful in getting us off the right foot.

Hooked up to electricity, water, sewer and cable TV.

If you want an easy start to a rental RV road trip, I highly recommend taking an extra night at the beginning to learn your rig and it's components.

My goal is to write a trip log here on Margy Meanders when we get to locations with wifi connections. In this day and age, most parks have them and even some public campgrounds. I hope you come back to enjoy this trip along with us. -- Wayne and Margy


  1. Looks like another exciting adventure for you two! Have fun. I agree that a short trip, not too far from home, is essential for starting something new, be it camping, boating, or RV-ing!

    1. Yes is it. Sometimes we get in ruts of doing the same thing over and over again. It's nice now and then to try something new. - Margy

  2. Margy - congratulations on trying something new - we're never too old, right? I think you and would get on well - planning is the first prerequisite for a good trip!!! It appears you chose the RV rental team wisely, based on the support you have already received. I hope the rest of your trip goes as smoothly. Thanks for including Mosaic Monday readers as you launch on your journey - we look forward to updates!

    1. Never too old as long as we keep active that is for sure. I'll keep posting one of the posts at Mosaic Monday, and there will be more in between. - Margy

  3. Lots of fun and what a learnng adventure. Looking forward to your posts about your journey.

    1. My plan is to write each travel day, at least if we have Internet. - Margy


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy