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Bernard
11-21-2006, 09:54 AM
We are french and since 20 years, we travel in Europe and North Africa with our old modified BJ45 “troopy”. Next summer, We will fly to Colorado in order to visit the host family which hosted my son (in Eastern Colorado). So we could not bring our “BJ” overseas! I remember he found the Rising Sun on the net and was very glad to meet you for the “snow ride” of the first of january ‘05. Today, we need informations to rent a 4WD (as possible a long size Toyota 45, 55, 60 or 80) around Denver to travel for 2 or 3 weeks through Utah, Arizona and Colorado. We are three adults and we are not afraid to sleep under a tent, but a pick-up poper is more better. Do you know some specialised rental for these cars or members of Rising Sun who accept to rent or exchange their cars if they would visit France or Europe?

Romer
11-21-2006, 10:57 AM
I remember your son, he rode with me in my red FJ40 on the snow run.

Someone here should be able to help you.

corsair23
11-21-2006, 11:51 AM
Dang, they get all the COOL vehicles over there!!

As for rentals here...I can't off hand think of any rental car companies that rent Toyotas :(

There are plenty that rent Jeeps (Grand Cherokee), Fords (Explorers and Expeditions), Dodges (Durangos), and GM/GMCs (Yukons) that might meet your needs for a 4x4. Hertz, Budget, Alamo, National, Thrifty, etc. would be the ones to look at and see what cars they have in their lineup.

Are you planning to go off roading while here or do you just need something big to carry stuff? The reason I ask is that some relatives of mine from Germany visited a couple years ago and they rented a small RV to drive around and camp in. Worked out great for them but that would preclude you from going off road too far.


EDIT: There are a lot of places that rent Jeep Wranglers in the popular 4-wheeling areas (i.e. Ouray CO) but that would be a small vehicle and expensive (typically $100+ per day) and not something you could pick up in Denver area....

Romer
11-21-2006, 12:13 PM
I bet there is somewhere he could rent an FJ cruiser. I know Nolan did it in California.

corsair23
11-21-2006, 12:37 PM
Did some search on the web. Here is one option that you could check into:

Eagle rider rentals (http://eaglerider.carrentalexpress.com/vehicles.php?) - bottom of page, they rent some 4-wheel drive vehicles

Most of the mountain Jeep rental places offer unlimited miles but you have to stay within the area (i.e. you couldn't take the vehicle out of state).

My suggestion: If you are planning to do a lot of camping look into renting a small camper/RV. If you are planning on 4-wheeling then rent a 4x4 from one of the big national companies...Or, someone local may be willing to loan you their vehicle. You could borrow my FJ40 but I don't think that would be very comfortable for you :(...given that it doesn't even have a rear seat yet.

Some RV sites:

Nolan's RV Rental (http://www.nolans.com/)

B&B RV Rental (http://www.bb-rv.com/)

Cruise America (http://www.cruiseamerica.com/rv_rentals/default.asp) (I think this is where my German relatives rented from)


Good luck on your search!

corsair23
11-21-2006, 01:06 PM
I bet there is somewhere he could rent an FJ cruiser. I know Nolan did it in California.

Possibly and wouldn't that be a nice ride :) I was doing a quick check of the big rental companies and although not definitive I it appeared only Hertz carries something other than domestice (Nissan Xterras and Toyota Highlanders)...

Of course, I'm not necessarily the best when it comes to searching for stuff :o

wesintl
11-21-2006, 01:44 PM
Those are specialty car rentals

http://www.bhrentacar.com/vehicle_info.php?vid=193&h=0