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  1. #11
    litcrit
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    litcrit: Re: This Time Of Year

    I'd love to hear how it worked for you. As you say, in July it gets really hot waiting for the bus!

  2. #12
    lagavulin62
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    lagavulin62: Re: This Time Of Year

    jay,

    been to vegas about 5 times in the last 3 years. the first time we relied on the busses. we usually stay at the sahara since it's neutral. but after that first trip, in which we spent what seemed like most of our time waiting for busses we have rented a car ever since. (we have driven from our home in houston 3 times and love the desert drive)we have never had a problem with traffic, except when we play tourist and cruise LV Blvd. at night for the neon and people watching. just do it one night, it's worth it, the best show in town and all it cost is patience. when you need to get where you're going just use paradise blvd. and parking is never a problem. the casinos don't charge and there is always plenty of space. we go to the strip casinos as well as downtown. get you a simple map of the city before you leave, it's really not difficult to get around. another plus is the freeways are very good. if you want to try the casinos near hoover dam or any of the outlying areas it's only about a 15-20 min drive. when you get tired of the buffets, you can check out some of the restaurants that cater to the locals. I think you will appreciate the city so much more when you rent a car. you won't feel so limited. driving into vegas in the evening is a beautiful sight. also if you have enough time red rock canyon(think thats the name) is just west of the city. for a day trip you can drive north to death valley.

    hope that helps. rent a car, you won't regret it.

    mike

  3. #13
    Bettie
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    Bettie: Cost of Gasoline

    Make sure that you know how much gas costs in LV next week when you come so you know whether or not to take the gas option offered by rental companies. It's almost always a better deal, but it pays to be smart. Right now, it's about $2.40 per gallon for the cheap stuff, but it goes up and down anywhere from 2 to 5 cents every couple days.

    Also, it's tough to find an up-to-date map of the city because of all of the construction, so you may be interested to know that there is now a somewhat still secret road that can get you between the casinos on the east side of the Strip very easily. It's called Frank Sinatra Drive, and there are a couple of exits along the highway (I15). It goes as far north as Caesar's, i believe, and it's pretty handy when things get busy on the highway. If you're going from Manadalay to Bellagio, for example, it's perfect to drive behind the casinos and save the time you'd be sitting on the Strip.

    Bettie

  4. #14
    Don Schlesinger
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    Don Schlesinger: East Side, West Side! :-)

    > Also, it's tough to find an up-to-date map of the city
    > because of all of the construction, so you may be
    > interested to know that there is now a somewhat still
    > secret road that can get you between the casinos on
    > the east side of the Strip very easily. It's called
    > Frank Sinatra Drive, and there are a couple of exits
    > along the highway (I15). It goes as far north as
    > Caesar's, i believe, and it's pretty handy when things
    > get busy on the highway. If you're going from
    > Manadalay to Bellagio, for example, it's perfect to
    > drive behind the casinos and save the time you'd be
    > sitting on the Strip.

    You meant the west side, Bettie.

    Don

  5. #15
    Bettie
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    Bettie: Yes, thank you! *NM*


  6. #16
    Jay
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    Jay: Rental It Is

    Ok, you talked me into it. No Laughlin trip, and I'm renting a car so we can beat the heat. Got a $14/day rate from Fox through Cheapo Vegas, would appreciate knowing if I made a big mistake (never heard of or seen a Fox rental counter before).

    Bettie, which is the better deal, buying gas yourself or getting the rental gas option? I was unclear which one you meant. And thanks for the road hint. I could use as many of those as I can get. I want to avoid the strip for the most part, and especially avoid construction.

    Now since this will be my first time driving between casinos, I must ask about valet vs self-park. In other cities where we drive to the destination I normally self-park, but I have read horror stories about the walk from self-park lots in Vegas. Is valet parking free at most casinos? Is a buck or two enough to tip? Are there casinos that charge for valet parking? My lady friend is partially disabled, can we bring our home state handicapped plaque and not get a ticket? Thanks for any help you can offer on this subject.

  7. #17
    Parker
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    Parker: Rental cars

    > Ok, you talked me into it. No Laughlin trip, and I'm
    > renting a car so we can beat the heat. Got a $14/day
    > rate from Fox through Cheapo Vegas, would appreciate
    > knowing if I made a big mistake (never heard of or
    > seen a Fox rental counter before).

    Nor have I. The rate sounds very good. Be aware that the following is added to the base rate of all cars rented from McCarran airport:

    Customer Facility chg ($3.00/day)
    Concession recoupment fee (10%)
    County car rental fee (2%)
    License recovery surcharge (4%)
    Tax/tax recoupment (5.14%)
    Gvt Svc fee (6%)

    > Bettie, which is the better deal, buying gas yourself
    > or getting the rental gas option? I was unclear which
    > one you meant. And thanks for the road hint. I could
    > use as many of those as I can get. I want to avoid the
    > strip for the most part, and especially avoid
    > construction.

    Normally, rental car companies give you the car with a full tank and you are expected to return it the same way. If you have this arrangement, be sure to top off the tank before you return the car! The going rate if you forget is over $5/gal!

    Some places offer an option to purchase the tank of gas, usually at below-street prices. You save a few bucks, plus you don't have to worry about topping off the tank before returning the car. This is a good option if you anticipate burning up an entire tank of gas (or more). On my last trip to LV I only drove about 50 miles, so this would not have been a good option for me.

    > Now since this will be my first time driving between
    > casinos, I must ask about valet vs self-park. In other
    > cities where we drive to the destination I normally
    > self-park, but I have read horror stories about the
    > walk from self-park lots in Vegas. Is valet parking
    > free at most casinos? Is a buck or two enough to tip?
    > Are there casinos that charge for valet parking? My
    > lady friend is partially disabled, can we bring our
    > home state handicapped plaque and not get a ticket?
    > Thanks for any help you can offer on this subject.

    Valet parking is free everywhere (AFAIK), a $2 tip is customary. Parking garages vary widely from one casino to another, although if you shoot right up to the upper floors you can often find a spot closer to the elevators. I guess there is really no substitute for knowing the town.

    If I'm using the valet at the hotel I'm staying, I usually overtip a little the first few times. This ensures that I get my car quickly, often ahead of people who have been waiting longer (but aren't so generous).

    Rental car clerks will try to get you to upgrade by telling you that the AC in the econoboxes does not work very well in LV heat. This is not true. If anything, it works better than the larger cars, since there is less interior space to cool.

    However, you definitely want a light-colored car. Seek out shady parking spots (or inside covered garages) whenever possible, even if it means walking a little further.

    Rental car clerks will also try to sell you extra insurance. The insurance you already have is most likely adequate. They really push the "Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)," telling you that you may be liable for the value of the car if anything happens. What they don't tell you is that many credit cards often cover this on any rental car charged to the card (mine does). Just Say No.

    I usually use Alamo. The lot is convenient to I-15 and the south end of the strip, I get to pick my own car, and I can usually get a midsize car for around $18/day (with coupons and discount codes), before they add all the aforementioned fees.

  8. #18
    Greasy John
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    Greasy John: Re: Rental cars

    I've been thinking of renting a car on my trips from L.A to Vagas. In Baker, I was told by a tow company that they charge $130 an hour (starting from the time the tow truck leaves the lot) for a tow. And, it would cost about $800 to tow a car back to the L.A. area. But I believe that rental car companies will not allow you to take a car out of state. I know that a weekly rate would probably be the way to go if you plan to stay 3 nights in Vegas. A compact might save enough in gas (my vehicle gets 24 mpg highway) to make the rental car idea more attractive. Anyone with a high milage vehicle might consider a rental car, if you could find a company in L.A. that allows you to take the vehicle out of state, that is. The prospect of breaking down 30 miles from Baker at 2:00 A.M. with lots of cash in my pocket has crossed my mind. I wonder when my fuel pump, battery, alternator, radiator, etc., is going to go. Can anyone recommend a good reliable stun gun for protection?

    > Nor have I. The rate sounds very good. Be aware that
    > the following is added to the base rate of all cars
    > rented from McCarran airport:

    > Customer Facility chg ($3.00/day)
    > Concession recoupment fee (10%)
    > County car rental fee (2%)
    > License recovery surcharge (4%)
    > Tax/tax recoupment (5.14%)
    > Gvt Svc fee (6%)

    > Normally, rental car companies give you the car with a
    > full tank and you are expected to return it the same
    > way. If you have this arrangement, be sure to top off
    > the tank before you return the car! The going rate if
    > you forget is over $5/gal!

    > Some places offer an option to purchase the tank of
    > gas, usually at below-street prices. You save a few
    > bucks, plus you don't have to worry about topping off
    > the tank before returning the car. This is a good
    > option if you anticipate burning up an entire tank
    > of gas (or more). On my last trip to LV I only drove
    > about 50 miles, so this would not have been a good
    > option for me.

    > Valet parking is free everywhere (AFAIK), a $2 tip is
    > customary. Parking garages vary widely from one casino
    > to another, although if you shoot right up to the
    > upper floors you can often find a spot closer to the
    > elevators. I guess there is really no substitute for
    > knowing the town.

    > If I'm using the valet at the hotel I'm staying, I
    > usually overtip a little the first few times. This
    > ensures that I get my car quickly, often ahead of
    > people who have been waiting longer (but aren't so
    > generous).

    > Rental car clerks will try to get you to upgrade by
    > telling you that the AC in the econoboxes does not
    > work very well in LV heat. This is not true. If
    > anything, it works better than the larger cars, since
    > there is less interior space to cool.

    > However, you definitely want a light-colored car. Seek
    > out shady parking spots (or inside covered garages)
    > whenever possible, even if it means walking a little
    > further.

    > Rental car clerks will also try to sell you extra
    > insurance. The insurance you already have is most
    > likely adequate. They really push the "Collision
    > Damage Waiver (CDW)," telling you that you may be
    > liable for the value of the car if anything happens.
    > What they don't tell you is that many credit cards
    > often cover this on any rental car charged to the card
    > (mine does). Just Say No.

    > I usually use Alamo. The lot is convenient to I-15 and
    > the south end of the strip, I get to pick my own car,
    > and I can usually get a midsize car for around $18/day
    > (with coupons and discount codes), before they add all
    > the aforementioned fees.

  9. #19
    Parker
    Guest

    Parker: Re: Rental cars

    > I've been thinking of renting a car on my trips from
    > L.A to Vagas. In Baker, I was told by a tow company
    > that they charge $130 an hour (starting from the time
    > the tow truck leaves the lot) for a tow. And, it would
    > cost about $800 to tow a car back to the L.A. area.
    > But I believe that rental car companies will not allow
    > you to take a car out of state.

    Where did you get this idea? I do it all the time. Out of state is no problem, although they do frown on leaving the country.

    But why rent in LA and subject yourself to driving across the desert? You can catch a Southwest flight for as little as $34 each way, if you watch their specials and take advantage of them.

    > I know that a weekly
    > rate would probably be the way to go if you plan to
    > stay 3 nights in Vegas. A compact might save enough in
    > gas (my vehicle gets 24 mpg highway) to make the
    > rental car idea more attractive. Anyone with a high
    > milage vehicle might consider a rental car, if you
    > could find a company in L.A. that allows you to take
    > the vehicle out of state, that is. The prospect of
    > breaking down 30 miles from Baker at 2:00 A.M. with
    > lots of cash in my pocket has crossed my mind. I
    > wonder when my fuel pump, battery, alternator,
    > radiator, etc., is going to go. Can anyone recommend a
    > good reliable stun gun for protection?

    Stun gun hell. I recommend a Smith & Wesson.

  10. #20
    Greasy John
    Guest

    Greasy John: Re: Rental cars

    Life is full of comprimises, but I've always really liked the flexability of driving to Vegas--you can leave whenever you like, no early arrivals at the airport--and you can return when you like as well. I recently left Vegas for L.A. at 9:00 P.M. No traffic to speak of. Driving back on Monday has always been nice too.

    > Where did you get this idea? I do it all the time. Out
    > of state is no problem, although they do frown on
    > leaving the country.

    > But why rent in LA and subject yourself to driving
    > across the desert? You can catch a Southwest flight
    > for as little as $34 each way, if you watch their
    > specials and take advantage of them.

    > Stun gun hell. I recommend a Smith & Wesson.

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