New Orleans Saints fans eager to make the trip to Miami but who don’t want to spend for air travel, are choosing to do it in style.
WDSU-TV, New Orleans contacted several companies renting motorhomes and discovered that nearly all were sold out.
Arty Lawson of Motorhome Rentals of Louisiana said demand for RVs has jumped since the Saints made the Super Bowl.
“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since after the game ended,” said Lawson, who has been renting out motorhomes since 1978. “A half-hour after the game ended it started ringing and then it started again at 5 in the morning.”
Lawson said he fields up to 10 phone calls an hour and has already sold out all 29 trailers and motorhomes for Super Bowl weekend.
“My 28-foot (RV) is $260 a day. My cheapest is $200 a day,” he said.
With a five -ay minimum purchase, Saints fans have shown that they don’t mind shelling out big bucks for comfort.
“The 40-foot has leather, track inside lights, ceramic flooring, Corian tiles, outside TVs and in-motion satellite with service,” Lawson said, adding that eight people can sleep comfortably in the RV. “There are sliders. Once you park, it can take it and open it up and it give you more room. So it does that in the front and the back of the RV,” he said.
The RV’s walls push out to accommodate more people.
However, RVs and tailgating are not allowed at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, leading some people in Miami to offer parking spaces up for grabs on Craigslist.
Lawson said RV users can expect to spend $800 getting to Miami and back. With insurance at $35 a day and a $500 deposit, the cost is still cheaper than buying a brand new $250,000 RV.