Frequently Asked Questions About RV Rental in Florida
Tell me about Service on your Florida RV Rental?
Each motorhome is kept at and maintained by Suncoast RV Services in St. Petersburg, FL. In our experience, they are the most reliable and honest RV Service Center in the area. Service is 24/7 while you are on the road, although problems truly are rare. All our Florida RV Rentals are fully covered by professional, commercial Insurance.
What is it like to drive a motorhome?
It drives and feels like a car - you just have to realize that it is longer. Just use the side-view mirror carefully and make lane changes slowly. People tend to stay out of your way. I have found it surprisingly easy to back, but always have one person outside for safety. The steering is precise.
I cruise easily all day with the pedal barely down and the acceleration is surprising. The Electronic Cruise Control is superb. I put it at whatever the speed limit is and adjust the speed to traffic conditions in one mph increments with a touch of the button. That makes for a very relaxed drive.
What is the gas mileage?
They will get 8-10 MPG. The generator burns about 1/2 gallon per hour. We never use it on the road as the engine-powered air-conditioner is more than adequate. The 55 gallon fuel tank gives you about 400 miles per tank.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
31 foot motorhomes have 4 beds:
- A queen bed in the bedroom. Two adults
- A queen bed over the cab. Two adults
- The dinette lowers into a bed. 5' 7" long.
- The couch folds flat. 5' 7" long.
How many can ride?
The larger motorhomes have 7 seatbelts, plus driver and passenger airbags.
How are things powered?
Most things in the RV run from batteries via an inverter. These batteries are re-charged by driving the RV, the on-board Generator or campground electrical hook-up. The Refrigerator automatic switches between Propane and AC Power as available. The roof Air Conditioner, Microwave and TV/DVD are AC powered, just like at home. AC power is supplied by either the on-board generator or a 30 amp connection at the campground. The Onan MicroQuiet generator provides 4,000 Watts and runs off the same fuel tank as the RV.
When parked, most people plug in and then everything runs off the campground electrical supply. If there is no power available, you can run a limited number of things for a limited time off the batteries or run the generator or some combination of the two. The engine batteries are separate from the house batteries, so you never have to worry about being able to start the engine.
Is the RV air conditioned and heated?
The motorhome has two A/C systems, one is driven by the engine via dash vents (thus used only when driving) and the other is a roof unit that is powered by AC power - either the generator or external AC. The cold air from the roof A/C is distributed through ceiling ducts so it is very effective at cooling the RV. The HVAC system has a thermostat just like at home.
When you are driving and the outside temp is less then 90, the engine A/C is generally enough to cool the RV. If it get too hot, just start the generator (the switch is inside) and run the roof A/C in addition to the dash A/C.
The RV has two heating systems, it has a car-like heater driven by the engine and a forced air system (just like home) using LP and DC power. The HVAC system has a thermostat just like at home.
Explain how the water and holding tanks work?
The RV holds 38 gallons of fresh water and 32 gallons of gray water, waste from shower and sinks, and 35 gallons of black water, waste from toilet. The fresh water is pumped via an on-demand water pump that is DC powered and heated in a Propane powered water heater.
How long the tanks will last varies greatly depending on how conservative you are. A family of 5, not conserving, can go through these tanks in a day. If you conserve a lot, you can get 3-4 days. Usually, you will connect to fresh water at the campground or RV park and not use the on-board fresh water at all.
When at a campsite or dump station, there are outlets for both holding tanks in a compartment on the drivers side rear. You just hook up a supplied 3" diameter hose to a common outlet on the RV and the other end into the dump station and then pull the black water first and then the gray water second. Doing them in that order washes out the black water "stuff".
You do not have to empty the holding tanks when you return the RV, but most people do.
Tell me about the Motorhome Kitchen?
Making meals while on the road or at a campsite is one of the advantages of a Motorhome.
The RV has a full kitchen consisting of:
- 3 burner gas stovetop.
- Gas oven with broiler.
- Double sink.
- Large counter-top.
- Refrigerator with separate freezer.
- A fully furnished kitchen is available by selected Options.
Tell me about the Refrigerator?
The RV has a 6.3 cubic foot refrigerator that operates on LP or AC. The unit will run on AC, unless it is not available, and automatically switches to LP. It has separate refrigerator and freezer compartments and does a good job of keeping things cold.
Tell me about LP (Liquid Propane) gas?
The RV has a 51lb or 12 gallon tank. LP is used for the stove/oven, water heater, furnace and refrigerator (refrigerator will also run on AC). The tanks used for the typical gas grill are 20lb, so you have over two times the capacity.
LP be can be refilled at a majority of gas stations outside of metro areas, look for the large silver tanks. LP tank fueling is not "do-it-yourself", the gas station will always do it for you.
However, since we don't charge you for Propane and the Propane will last 3 weeks under typical use, most Renters never have to re-fill!
Can I tow?
No, only because we don't allow it on rentals. The RV has a Class II hitch, 3500lb/300lb tongue weight limit. The RV has a GCWR of 20,000 so it can tow 5000 lbs but is limited by the hitch. Ford states that all trailers over 1000lbs have brakes and most states have laws that are either 1000lbs or 1500lbs.
How about weight limitations and Highway Weight Stations?
You do NOT have to stop at Weigh Stations as those are for commercial Trucks only.
The RV does have weight limitations. You have about 1,400 lbs of people, food and stuff you can take before you reach the GVWR rating of 14,050. When loading the RV, try to place the heavy stuff in front of the rear axle so the weight is spread between the axles.