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California Vacation Rentals with EV Charging

Discussion in 'California' started by PureAmps, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. PureAmps

    PureAmps Model S P85 (#2817)

    Oct 22, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    At least once year I travel with a group of friends and our kids and we usually rent a nice house somewhere in California. About half the time its a ski trip in Tahoe, but the other half could be somewhere else in the state, from San Diego to Santa Barbara to Napa. With my recent Model S purchase, EV charging has now been added to the list of required amenities in properties we look at. At minimum, I'm just looking for a 110V plug that is within easy reach of the UMC cord either in a garage or outdoors.

    For my wife's upcoming 40th birthday we decided to find a place in Napa/Sonoma to celebrate. I sent out inquiries to several places that we liked, and finally settled on one after exchanging emails with the owner. I mentioned to the owner that I had just purchased a Tesla and was wondering if there was a place I could plug in. I was really just looking for an accessible 110V plug, but after exchanging a few emails, he offered to install a 240V NEMA 14-50 plug, before we arrive!

    So if you are looking for a rental in Sonoma with (soon to be available) EV charging, please check out this place:

    Glen Ellen Estate Rental: 33 Acre Estate W/lake,beach,tennis,pool,100' Water Slide | HomeAway

    I haven't stayed here yet (we're staying over Memorial Day), so I'm recommending purely on the reviews I've read and my interaction with owner, which has been great! I'll update my post once, we've stayed there.

    Anybody else have recommendations for rental properties in CA where one can plug-in?
  2. tdiggity

    tdiggity Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    Bay Area, CA
    Not specifically answering your question, but bring a heavy duty extension cord just in case. Get a property with an attached garage, and you should be able to get the extension cord into the house ok.
  3. gene

    gene Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    Santa Barbara, CA
  4. rsteinbergusr

    rsteinbergusr New Member

    Jan 1, 2015
    Upper Saddle River, NJ
    vacation rental with J1722 in San Diego

    check out this property in San Diego. It has a J1772 charger in the driveway.
  5. ohmman

    ohmman Maximum Plaid Member

    Feb 13, 2014
    North Bay, CA
    I have submitted a request to VRBO/HomeAway in the past to add a field for the homeowner/property manager to indicate charging availability. That would make it searchable. I would suggest that anyone else who commonly uses rentals do the same. As it sits now, I always ask about the availability (and allowance) in my request note, including proximity of the dryer outlet. I have an extension that I've used multiple times and is a good solution since the dryer outlet is rarely in the garage.
  6. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    San Mateo, CA
    I do the same thing as @ohmman.

    Even if a rental unit says they have a 220/240V plug for EV charging (110V doesn't cut it for me), I always request that they send me a close up, in focus photo (amazing how many blurry unusable photos I receive) of the outlet they say I can charge from. I insist on verifying that before I rent. Most people know absolutely nothing about outlet types, amps, or voltages.
    My wife and I are making a lot of car trip vacations these days. The Model S is an awesome road trip car. But decent destination charging is essential. It takes a bit of effort, but is possible to find rental units where you can charge.
    If anyone wants contact info for places to stay with EV charging in the central Sierra Nevadas near Yosemite, PM me.
  7. ddimit

    ddimit Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Sacramento, California, United States
    I added a 14-50 to My Palm Springs place for mainly my use. But is available for renters as well

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