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