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Going skiing in Tahoe, but what car should I rent to ge there with my skis!

tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
edited October 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So, as a resident of Berkeley I am clearly obliged to pour scorn upon car ownership and not own a car (I don't really pour scorn, it's just that car ownership is expensive!). However I'm going to be renting a ski cabin for 2 months in Tahoe with some friends, and I had thought that I'd be able to just drive up with them and pay my share of gas and wear/tear. However my friend now has bought a car which is much too small to be of use, and so only he and one other (his gf) can go up in it with their skis. Leaving me high and dry.

There are however a variety of possible solutions...

1) Easiest in terms of arrangement, I'm a zipcar member. Zipcar rents a Subaru CRV for $80 a day including gas and insurance. However, can you fit a pair of skis inside a CRV with the back seats folded down (my skis are about ~68 inches) I'd just rent it for the weekends

2) Rent a truck? Trucks are cheap to rent, and perhaps rental companies sometimes have the 4by4 version. I might just rent it for the whole two months. However, is there a good way to put skis in the back of a flatbed truck without them all bouncing around. Rental companies usually don't like you messing with their cars by putting racks and stuff on! Although, maybe a single pair of skis actually just fits into a truck in the back of the cab (in a F150 style thing with the two rows of seats)

3) Rent an SUV? It's super expensive!

4) Rent a normal car and put on tire chains? Do rental companies mind you using tire chains? I wouldn't want to get landed with some huge fee.

edit - By the way, I'm open to other suggestions. If there is some super bay area company who does long car rentals I won't have heard of then do let me know, or even just an idea. The only thing I don't want to do is take the ski bus. We aren't right on the slopes, or right by the bus stop, so it doesn't quite solve my problem.

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  • dlinfinitidlinfiniti Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    just get a flat bed truck with a cover though if it doesnt have one, just get a tarp and some bungee cables
    wrap your skis in a blanket and put a bungee cable around that and you should be good to hit the slopes
    4x4 is ideal as you know as are chains. (make sure you know how to apply your chains before you get going)

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  • BoutrosBoutros Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Get some longer skis, bro.

    Really a pair of skis will fit in any 4 door sedan if the back seat folds down. Thats how I've rolled many times before I got my roof box. And my skis are a lot longer.

    Also, just so I know how jealous to be, Squaw, Kirkwood, Northstar, Heavenly, or Alpine Meadows?

  • DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2009
    $80/day?!?

    That's highway robbery. Just go to a regular car rental place and they will give you a full sized SUV for half that, but you'll have to pay for your own gas.

    Edit: hooooly shit, car rentals are expensive. I rented a car just a few years ago and it was like $25 a day. What the hell happened?

  • The CowThe Cow Registered User
    edited October 2009
    You absolutely can fit your skis into a Zipcar. I've never been in a zipcar, I have no idea how big they are, but if my family could get 4 people and skis up to Tahoe for 3-5 years in a brown 1980s Honda Civic, then you can with your ingenuity get some skis into a Zipcar. Protip: diagonals are your friends. Just don't expect to be super comfortable.

    Option 2, rent a Subaru Outback. Seriously, this car will maximize your driving-to-skiing experience. It's not as oversized and gas-guzzling as an SUV either, so get it in 4x4 and you're good.

    these are my 2 suggestions that other people may not suggest.

  • tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Doc wrote: »
    $80/day?!?

    That's highway robbery. Just go to a regular car rental place and they will give you a full sized SUV for half that, but you'll have to pay for your own gas.

    Edit: hooooly shit, car rentals are expensive. I rented a car just a few years ago and it was like $25 a day. What the hell happened?

    Yeah, when I started looking I thought 80 a day would be super expensive too, but it turns out for an SUV thats actually not bad. Thats why I was thinking about trucks, they are much cheaper to rent. Oh, and I've got a pass up at Squaw, booked it back in April when it was super cheap (and my friend had a bigger car...)

    And I've been looking at a variety of vehicles, does anyone have any experience in being allowed to put snow chains on a rental car, I guess they don't forbid it? I'm thinking it might actually be cheaper to rent something normal and just get some chains, like people say, since it looks like it may be just me (and maybe one other) provided the back seats fold down my seats should fit in.

    It actually seems that a truck is the cheapest vehicle of all almost though! And surely it's high ground clearance and big wheel arches will make it easy to get the chains on.

    edit - on and I remeasured my skis, they're 70 inches :)

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  • GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Renting something 4 wheel drive with all-weather tires will be (by FAR) the easiest option - when you drive past the chain checkpoint smiling that you don't have to get outside in blinding snow and 20 degree cold to put on chains, you'll thank yourself (and if you're going by yourself, putting on chains solo is a pain in the ass)

    I know my skiis fit in my friends' Yaris with the seat folded down, so you shouldn't have a problem as long as you can do that

    Chains on a rental car may be touchy, it'll depend on the car probably; on a lot of smaller cars chains technically void warranties (it voids the ABS warranty on my Mazda3), but people certainly do it anyway, so I'm sure you could if you drive safely with them

    also booo Squaw :) (I'm probably going back to Kirkwood this year)

  • tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Gdiguy wrote: »
    Renting something 4 wheel drive with all-weather tires will be (by FAR) the easiest option - when you drive past the chain checkpoint smiling that you don't have to get outside in blinding snow and 20 degree cold to put on chains, you'll thank yourself (and if you're going by yourself, putting on chains solo is a pain in the ass)

    I know my skiis fit in my friends' Yaris with the seat folded down, so you shouldn't have a problem as long as you can do that

    Chains on a rental car may be touchy, it'll depend on the car probably; on a lot of smaller cars chains technically void warranties (it voids the ABS warranty on my Mazda3), but people certainly do it anyway, so I'm sure you could if you drive safely with them

    also booo Squaw :) (I'm probably going back to Kirkwood this year)

    Does anyone have any experience with asking rental companies to put all weather tires on something before renting it? I mean, they must be capable, if you rented a car in Minnesota or something in January you wouldn't get out of the lot without them!

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  • GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If you specifically mention it when you're renting I *think* you can get something correct without additional charges; it's common enough for people around here to be renting 4wd cars to take to Tahoe that they're not going to be shocked by it

    When I rented one a couple years back, it came with all-weather tires by default (which were sufficient to get through without chains); you won't get something specifically with snow tires, but I think all-weather is usually fine for the checkpoints (at least, it was the one time I did it)

  • saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Are you planning on staying in Tahoe for the two months or just going on weekends? Renting a car for two months is going to cost a fortune. You might consider just buying a cheap used car and selling it after the two months is over.

    What car does your friend have? Unless it's a two-seater sports car there's very few cars that couldn't it three people and some skis in some fashion.

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  • TaranisTaranis Must be the feeling, it brings to you That makes you do what you doRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If the car you get isn't 4WD, make sure it's at least front wheel drive.

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  • mtsmts Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    a crv will fit skis fine witha seat folded down. hell i got a full size creekboat in there which are significantly larger than a pair of skis. you can put skis in a normal car with a trunk passthru. we fit 3 pairs of skis, and 3 people in a jetta.. you are really overthinking this. you don't need a flat bed truck.

    any car will work. make sure either you or the car has tire chains. if its storming and the car is not full time 4x4 you will need to put chains on in Tahoe. make sure you know how to put them on correctly.

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  • mtsmts Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Gdiguy wrote: »
    If you specifically mention it when you're renting I *think* you can get something correct without additional charges; it's common enough for people around here to be renting 4wd cars to take to Tahoe that they're not going to be shocked by it

    When I rented one a couple years back, it came with all-weather tires by default (which were sufficient to get through without chains); you won't get something specifically with snow tires, but I think all-weather is usually fine for the checkpoints (at least, it was the one time I did it)
    depends on the chain restrictions and storm. but technically only 4WD with snow/all seasons can pass thru all restrictions all the time.

    though honestly i think the only reason they put chain restrictions for the most part is to get people to slow down since they drive retardedly fast in snow and crash. i have only driven twice where i thought chains were critical, but i learned to drive in the north east

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