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KVP

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Touring Ireland, rent rv or car?
« on: April 05, 2018, 02:45:00 PM »
Hello all,
My wife would like to visit Ireland next year.
We have rented a Roadtrek Adventurous and a Apollo converted Ford van here in the U.S. in the past and own a truck camper.
Would renting an rv be practical or would we be better off using a car and finding lodging.

Thanks, Kevin

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Re: Touring Ireland, rent rv or car?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2018, 03:48:30 PM »
Remember that the roads will be quite narrow, and you'll be driving on the left. If renting an RV, you might want it to be a "small" one. OTOH renting a car and staying in B&Bs would be a nice way to go.

A friend and his family once rented a horse-drawn caravan for a week in Ireland. They "camped" overnight in designated fields (the horse knows the route and which fields to pull into). They had a blast, but didn't travel very far. One tip - don't forget to unhitch the horse, otherwise you'll have a midnight tour around the field as the horse continues to graze  ;D
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Re: Touring Ireland, rent rv or car?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2018, 12:49:27 AM »
We did a bit of touring around Ireland in 2016 while attending a mining history conference. We drove a car and stayed in B&B's. You'll be alright in a van conversion on the roads but in a motorhome or RV you'll find a lot of places where it will be difficult to park.

Before we bought our motorhome we looked at hiring a few times but when you looked at the costs it didn't really make much economic sense over staying in B&B's.

Ireland is great though, you'll love it.

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Re: Touring Ireland, rent rv or car?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2018, 06:10:12 AM »
Howdy Kevin,

Never been to Ireland, but we've been to Southern Germany aka Bavaria for a few weeks and it did help that we were in a *small* motorhome.

That said, we've also done similar trips with rental cars plus B&Bs and in our experience a motorhome is not only much more enjoyable & comfortable but also gives you a lot of flexibility to change your plans anytime, and much cheaper to boot (when you compute the savings for not having to dine out every day, etc).

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Re: Touring Ireland, rent rv or car?
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 10:23:36 AM »
Remember that the roads will be quite narrow, and you'll be driving on the left. If renting an RV, you might want it to be a "small" one. OTOH renting a car and staying in B&Bs would be a nice way to go.

A friend and his family once rented a horse-drawn caravan for a week in Ireland. They "camped" overnight in designated fields (the horse knows the route and which fields to pull into). They had a blast, but didn't travel very far. One tip - don't forget to unhitch the horse, otherwise you'll have a midnight tour around the field as the horse continues to graze  ;D

I checked out that link. That's something Deb and I would enjoy very much. Any time we go to a place that has horse drawn carriage rides, she always want to go on the ride.
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Re: Touring Ireland, rent rv or car?
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Re: Touring Ireland, rent rv or car?
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2018, 06:29:46 PM »
It rains quite often somewhere in Ireland..so renting a car makes good sense..the RV would be a handful on some of the roadways..There is ample  B&b and Pubs offering rooms and the Irish people are so friendly you will have a ball.  Also consider contacting travel agents offering guided must see tours or day trips which also include accommodation.  All of Ireland has something to offer but we preferred the west and North for  the extraordinary scenery...