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post #1 of 14
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I'm contemplating renting from Alamo while in SLC. Anyone have experience with one of the compact cars from Alamo's fleet? They reference the Chevrolet Cobalt as an example for that category. Would a pair of 162cm skis fit in the back with seats folded down? They charge $7/day for a ski rack which I'd rather not pay if we can just throw them in the back seeing as we will only be two in the car anyway. thanks!
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by kelly001
I'm contemplating renting from Alamo while in SLC. Anyone have experience with one of the compact cars from Alamo's fleet? They reference the Chevrolet Cobalt as an example for that category. Would a pair of 162cm skis fit in the back with seats folded down? They charge $7/day for a ski rack which I'd rather not pay if we can just throw them in the back seeing as we will only be two in the car anyway. thanks!
We rented two compact size cars in SLC each car with one of the back seat folded down, it can hold 3-5 pairs of skis and with 3 passengers, including the driver. there is no need to rent ski racks.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks for the lightening fast answer...
post #4 of 14
I almost always rent compact or subcompact cars including in SLC or Reno
and have not yet encountered one yet that will not carry 180cm skiis inside
with a rear seat folded down.

The important issue is that the rear seat must fold down.
Note: the car now only carries 3 people or if the rear seat that folds down
is not split the car only carries 2 people. Check the car before driving off
for fold-down rear seat. A lot of cars, especially larger American models
(you get a larger car at no cost if your size is not available). have fixed
nonfolding seats. Don't let them try to get you to pay for a larger car
than you rented with lame excuses that the compact is too weak to go
up the canyons. I've seen smaller rental firms like Alamo do this many
times.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by kelly001
They reference the Chevrolet Cobalt as an example for that category. Would a pair of 162cm skis fit in the back with seats folded down?
Absolutely. I've done that kind of thing numerous times with Oldsmobile Alero's or Pontiac GrandAm's and such. NOW HERE's the protential problem (this is IMO one of the reason's why GM and Ford suck so bad): Newer GM's I had, e.g. Impala and Malibu (the new model) do not come with fold-down backseats, or at least a small ski hatch&bag like the Audi's have. Unbelievable... how cheap is that? Anyhow... Diagonally my 168s in a softbag juuust fit in a trunk of a Cadillac (forgot the model) or an Impala. Somehow I squeezed them in the Malibu, too, can't remember how I solved that though. Don't bring a hardcase though.
post #6 of 14
Take a look at their specials. Under their ski specials, they have some deals that save $$ plus give you a free ski rack with any rental >3 days.

-Matt
post #7 of 14
You can usually fit 162's across the back behind the passanger seat, tails on the floor and tips on the rear window shelf.

Just be sure to bring a bungee to secure them. In an accident, skis can do a lot of damage inside the compartment (to you).

Twice this year people I know have been knocked unconcious by flying gear when they lost it on an icy road. One was clobbered by a Fender Stratocaster (guitar) and another by his deer rifle in it's hard case.
post #8 of 14
162's should fit in the trunk. Maybe even the glovebox.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Yuki
You can usually fit 162's across the back behind the passanger seat, tails on the floor and tips on the rear window shelf.

Just be sure to bring a bungee to secure them. In an accident, skis can do a lot of damage inside the compartment (to you).

Twice this year people I know have been knocked unconcious by flying gear when they lost it on an icy road. One was clobbered by a Fender Stratocaster (guitar) and another by his deer rifle in it's hard case.
Wow! I never thought about that. Thanks for the info, Yuki! Do you know what you should secure the skis on to??

Looong ago, my X and I were going to rent the smallest car from a rental place in Colorado. We were very grateful that they were all out of the smallest cars, because they happen to have a blizzard, and couldn't have driven through it with a little car (so many cars were stranded on the highway). This is just what's happened to us, and it's just what I think, so don't say nasty things to me if you disagree.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by jpfeiffer
Don't bring a hardcase though.
I agreed with everythinhg except this statement. I always use a hard case, and wouldn't hand my skis to an airline without it. If need be, you can take the skis out of the hard case and squish the hard case down to about 3' long and toss it in the car.
post #11 of 14
I just rented a Chevy Cobalt for a week out of Denver. The rear seats fold down. The latch to release them is in the trunk. Fit my 175's easily. With the snows they had on it, it handled sketchy raod conditions pretty well too.
post #12 of 14
I'd try to go through a binding and into the seat belt straps ... just so they cant get loose in a crash. Just buckle the rear belts and try a running the bungee or a few lashes with some tent cord.
post #13 of 14
OK. I'll try it. Thanks Yuki!
post #14 of 14
I've got to tell my Alamo SLC story. This happened about 15 years ago so take it for what it's worth today. Wife and I flew in for 4 days at the Bird/Alta. Get to rental car place and I notice every car in the lot has ski racks on it. We're just driving up and back with skis so we don't really need the rack, and they wanted some large extra per day for it so I told them I didn't need it. The woman at the counter notices we have skis so we have to wait to get the car while a tech is called to remove the racks that are already on it. About a 20 minute delay. Fine I think. I didn't pay for them.

Our trip ended on a Friday with the flight home leaving at 5pm. Short of a holiday the busiest time of the week. We ski half day and head down really early, arriving at the rental return at 2pm. Alamo was off the airport at the time so we wait for a shuttle bus. Time goes by, we keep asking where's the shuttle. He's on his way we're told. This goes on until the bus finally shows, at 4:30! We actually make it to the gate just as they close the doors. We did get on, had to not sit together and in the smoking section (a long time ago I said). I've never rented from Alamo again.

Steve
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