Camping Made Easier
Sunday, January 1, 2006
Q. Do any car rental agencies or trailer companies rent pop-up campers and a car? I would like to travel out West and be able to leave the camper at the campsite.
Michael Hoelscher, Warrenton
A. One of the drawbacks of renting an RV as your getaway car is that you have to take it everywhere you go, even if it's just to a restaurant or on a day trip. The idea of renting a car and a detachable camper or travel trailer could be more appealing.
However, rental car agencies generally do not allow you to hitch and haul, and we were unable to find any outlets that rent both the vehicle and the camper.
The best alternative to a full-size RV is a small, maneuverable camper van or compact RV. Some have the same fuel efficiency as a sport-utility vehicle and many can be parked in normal parking spots, according to the camper van company Roadtrek (888-762-3873, http:/
In Arizona, Owner's RV Rental (800-793-7460, http:/
Cruise America (800-327-7799, http:/
For additional listings, check out RvNetLinx on the Web ( http:/
Naples, Italy, seems notorious for crime. Is it safe?
John Cece, Lanham
While Naples -- the capital of Campania, a region in southern Italy -- is often described as a coarse and frenzied city, it's situated along one of the most stunning coastlines in all of Europe and does have its charm. It has its share of petty crimes, too, including pocket-picking and purse-snatching. But "there is little difference to the criminal element found in Naples versus what one would find in any busy city," says Douglas Feinstein, president of Bravo Italian Tours of Chicago.
The U.S. State Department ( http:/