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1. Posted by annehirley (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

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hi everyone,

my family and i are planning to travel to america early next year to stay for a year, buy a fifth wheel/trailer and then come back to england so we dont have to pay the import tax on it!

I'm trying to plan everything, from medical insurance, car hire, hotels until we get somewhere to live, cheap flights, where to go, how we pay for things etc.

We've never been to america and know nothing except what we see on tv! if anyone is willing to help in anyway we would be greatly appreciative.

thank you


2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

I know its only a tiny bit of help for your great trip but one of the best places to have a look is LINKS at top right of this page and go into a)trip preperation b)wonder ask & answer site c)transportion d)guides and magizines.
Then maybe do a google;caravaning!!!!!!around USA.
Have a great trip
al de bes

3. Posted by pschwerdt (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

What are looking at seeing / doing in the USA? If you are into mostly the cities, stick to the East Coast. If you want to see more of the outdoors, come to the West Coast. I think the West Coast would be better for trailer travel... there are a lot of great places to camp and park a trailer. Plus, you could go into Western Canada which is very nice too.

4. Posted by UK (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

Hi Susan,

There is a load of beginners flydrive tips on this page that you may find useful as you have never been to the states before.


5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 11y

The one thing I would suggest is that if you plan to be here for a year driving around in a trailer, then you should (for the most part) plan your travels to coincide with the seasons. It will be deadly cold in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Maine in the winter time and ghastly hot in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and the SE part of California during the summer--so plan your trip accordingly.

But yet, there are beautiful places that have snow that you'll want to see in the winter time (for example, the ski resorts in Colorado) --and a few places where even with the hot weather, you may want to take a look--like Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border.

Anyway, plan accordingly is what I'm trying to say--go to the South or SouthWest during the worst of the winter--and to the North and NorthEast during the worst of the summer.


6. Posted by Brazen (Full Member 12 posts) 11y

Are you planning on hitting up all the usual places in guide books? Places such as: Yellowstone Nat'l Park, Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and other such HUGE attractions?

There are so many smaller things that are worth a stop too... things I've done at various times are:

    White water rafting (both on East Coat and West Coast rivers)... I really enjoyed the Snake River and Colorado!

    Salt Lake City in Utah has some interesting stuff if you like learning about other religions... not to mention floating out in the Great Salt Lake was PRETTY strange!! All that salt....

    Driving thru the great Redwood forests... trees w/ tunnels for cars to drive thru!!

    Las Vegas, probly no explanation needed

    California could take up a month by itself probably... wine country, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hollywood, San Diego.... And Death Valley! Why not, just to say you'd been there. :)

    If you make it to South Dakota, there's Carlsbad Caverns which are SO neat, and the Badlands... and you gotta go to Wall Drug store in Wall, SD!!!!

    Michigan I find awesome because I'm from there... but there's the 5 great lakes, cherry festivals up in Traverse City, the Upper Penninsula and Copper Harbor! Hockey games in the winter! Mackinac Island is WONDERFUL!! You'd have to go here to get info beforehand tho, so you know what to do and expect:

    East coast has a lot of history... South Carolina is huge on the Civil War (they're still mad they lost it and are still arguing over flying of the Confederate flag).

    I could really keep going, as there's so much to say and recommend! Post back up and let us know where you're flying in to and starting your year off! I'd love to follow your trip!


7. Posted by barbs33 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hi Susan,
My partner and I spent 6 months in America last year. We bought a motorhome, then shipped it back home afterwards...just as you are planning.
If you are budget conscious...there are many 'tricks' along the road. i.e. free overnight parking in truck stops, Wal Mart carparks etc.
We bought a map, left California and meandered over to New York and back again, taking in car events as we went (classic cars are our hobby).
Take as many trips off the main freeways as you can. This will give you a better feel for small town America.
Hope your trip goes well. Regards Barb

8. Posted by GJM (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi, For State/City and other information there are plenty of useful links and special guide information covering Movies, Music and Science places and events at have found it very useful, Regards have a great trip

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 11y

One note to correct something said by Brazen above--the Carlsbad Caverns are in New Mexico, not in South Dakota (just a minor 1000 mile discrepancy).

I think Brazen is thinking of the Wind Caves or Rushmore Caves--both of which ARE in South Dakota.


10. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Quoting Calcruzer

But yet, there are beautiful places that have snow that you'll want to see in the winter time (for example, the ski resorts in Colorado) --and a few places where even with the hot weather, you may want to take a look--like Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border.

Totally agree with this! Go with the seasons! Although I love Colorado in the summertime myself. I really like the hike up to Andrews Glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park, about an hour or so outside of Denver. You can't even drive all the way through the park until summer.

A little plug for Kansas (and the rest of the plains states). Yep. It's hot in the summertime, but even 100 degree heat just isn't that bad because it's so arid and there's a constant wind. August is the best time to be out there because of all the county fairs, pow wows on Native reservations, etc. Good time to be in Colorado, too!