ANCHORAGE -- "Going mobile" with a motorhome rental might be the
most flexible way to see the 49th State.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)
in Reston, Va., the rental segment of the RV market grew by more
than one-third nationwide last year.
Most companies focused on RV rentals in Alaska said they don't
expect to have as strong a year this year, but still recommend
booking at least three months in advance.
Paul Crowther, general manager of Alaska Experience RV Rentals,
and Luda Gashenko, president of Clippership Motorhome Rentals, both
based here, each estimated 60% of their summer capacity is
At Alaska Travel Adventures in Juneau, agents bring in nearly
half the bookings of the Alaska Motorhome Rentals division -- "an
industry high, I believe," said Gary Odle, senior vice president,
marketing and sales.
Alaska Travel Adventures also includes an Alaska Highway Cruises
division, which integrates RV rentals with Holland America
Agents account for 95% of bookings in that operation, Odle
The most popular RV tour route, according to Shelley Sweet, office
manager at Sweet Retreat Motorhome Rentals here, starts in
Anchorage, heads 240 miles north to Denali National Park and then
explores the Kenai Peninsula and Kenai Fjords National Park.
During summer peak season, July 5 to Aug. 5, rates for a typical
motorhome average from $160 to $220 per day for seven days or
"Generally, the high-season rate is $170 per day and 15 cents
per mile for a 24-foot, medium-size motorhome," the most popular,
For more about RV vacationing, visit the RVIA's Web site, at www.rvia.org, or an
RV industry coalition site, at www.gorving.com.
Revving up the 10% pay
ANCHORAGE -- A handful of motorhome rental companies focused on
Alaska work with travel agents to varying degrees.
The following motorhome rental agencies pay 10% commission on
their daily rental rates:
Alaska Economy RVs
Phone: (800) 764-4625
Alaska Experience RV Rentals
Phone: (888) 242-4359
Alaska Motorhome Rentals/Alaska Travel Adventures
Phone: (800) 254-9929
Clippership Motorhome Rentals
Phone: (800) 421-3456
Sweet Retreat Motorhome Rentals
Phone: (800) 759-4861