Will, look where you are going and what the average temperatures are!The January average temperature for Moscow is 14 F (-10 C), the roads will be covered in heavy snow with frequent snowstorms.
I highly recommend dropping your plan of riding a motorhome - it is not very feasible as you would not be able to sleep in the motorhome anyway. You are likely faced with -30 C (that is below 0 F!) during the night. The average European motorhome is just not built for Russian winters!
Your plan would be fine and nice in summer if you could work out all the visas and permits somehow - in winter however it is utterly crazy.
large areas of ukraine are radioactive? i don´t think it's true. driving in ukraine certainly is more hazardous than in western europe, but not because of radioactivity visiting ukraine doesnt pose any risk of radioactive contamination to tourists.
then you should probably check up on it.
I guess that some areas around Chernobyl and southern Belarus still have a big big big big amount of radiation, but that being everywhere, I doubt it.
that's the place i'm talking about! only i didn't know how to spell it.
it's doable, with a lot of planning, prep (visas, etc), and clear thinking..but i don't know how much you'll be able to see. even if you didn't have a camper, driving - on those roads - in the winter (as mentioned a bunch of times somewhere above) - is going to need concentration, and it will be slower. not all the roads are bad, it comes and goes, depending on where you are, but in either case, you won't be booking it down the highway...european winters can be quite cold sometimes..those areas, anyway.
it's good you cut down a little bit, as it will give you more time and less hurry. there will be two of you, but it will still be a bit of a rough trip. that's a lot of driving (careful driving), to a more or less full schedule (it's quite a line up, i mean, even if it wavers, that's still a lot to cover)...
oh, and depending on the borders, i've seen people get loads of trouble from the guards (i think half the time it depends which passport you have, where you're from)..they make them open their trunk, open their luggage and junk like that, while some other people can pass with no trouble..:S at least that's something i've experienced before. so perhaps having a camper all over europe could have a bit more trouble than usual.
you'll need some more planning, but it'll work out in the end...have fun!!
My friend and I hold Swiss(and Italian) and Canadian passports, respectively, so hopefully we won't get any hassle.
Here is the updated schedule I have thought out for our drive:
Arrive in Vienna on December 13, 2007.
Depart Vienna on December 14, 2007.
Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary
Est. Drive Time: 2h 18min
Distance: 153.6 miles
Arrive in Budapest on December 14, 2007.
Depart Budapest on December 17, 2007.
Budapest, Hungary to Zagreb, Croatia
Est. Drive Time: 3h 38min
Distance: 219 miles
Arrive in Zagreb on December 17, 2007.
Depart Zagreb on December 20, 2007.
Zagreb, Croatia to Sarajevo, Bosnia
Est. Drive Time: 4h 38min
Distance: 258.7 miles
Arrive in Sarajevo on December 20, 2007.
Depart Sarajevo on December 23, 2007.
Sarajevo, Bosnia to Belgrade, Serbia
Est. Drive Time: 4h 44min
Distance: 255 miles
Arrive in Belgrade on December 23, 2007.
Depart Belgrade on December 26, 2007.
Belgrade, Serbia to Sofia, Bulgaria
Est. Drive Time: 4h 18min
Distance: 250.9 miles
Arrive in Sofia on December 26, 2007.
Depart Sofia on December 29, 2007.
Sofia, Bulgaria, to Bucharest, Romania
Est. Drive Time: 4h 58min
Distance: 239.1 miles
Arrive in Bucharest on December 29, 2007.
Depart Bucharest on January 2, 2008.
Bucharest, Romania to Brasov, Romania
Est. Drive Time: 2h 41min
Distance: 105.9 miles
Arrive in Brasov on January 2, 2008.
Depart Brasov on January 3, 2008.
Brasov, Romania to L’viv, Ukraine
Est. Driving Time: 11h 55min
Distance: 563.1 miles
Arrive in L’Viv on January 4t, 2008.
Depart L’Viv on January 7t, 2008.
L’viv, Ukraine to Krakow, Poland
Est. Drive Time: 4h 29min
Distance: 200.4 miles
Arrive in Krakow on January 7, 2008.
Depart Krakow on January 10, 2008.
Krakow, Poland to Prague, Czech Republic
Est. Drive Time: 5h 16min
Distance: 341 miles
Arrive in Prague on January 10, 2008
Depart Prague on January 14, 2008
Prague, Czech Republic to Vienna, Austria
Est. Drive Time: 3h 17min
Distance: 203.3 miles
Arrive in Vienna on January 14, 2008
Depart Vienna via train to Moscow on January 15, 2008