we are a fameli of 6 persons and we started planning atrip to the us.
we are coming aougust 09, and we are going to land and buy the vihecle and rv in dc.
its importent for me to say that:
its the first time that we are traveling by a trailer.
the yungest kid wil be 2 years old.
we plen to travel for 6 month.
there is no limit time for salling the car and rv, we have frand on the west cost they can do it for us.
after this long backround i have some questions:
[*]about the rv -
do i need a spicual driving licens if its more then 5000lbs?
which one will be easy to tow?
is there a diferent in the bumpers system and how do se it afect the driving?
what will be enugth for heating water system(6 person shawer)?
i have many more questions, thanks for your time
I checked with a local RV dealer and you DO NOT need a special driving license if the RV is under 26,000 pounds. Only the monster RVs are over this limit. It sounds like you will be towing a trailer, hopefully with a powerful truck. This is tricky and you will need practice to tow safely. The amount of water for showers/cooking will be determined by the size of the water storage tank. Most class C units have at least 60 gallons of fresh water. At 3-4 gallons per shower, you will have enough for everyone's needs. You will have to replenish your water tank every 2-3 days with 6 people on board. Good luck with your planning.
Don't forget you have to match the towing capacity of the car/truck to the trailer, and the vehicle needs to have a tow hitch welded on (this is not exactly cheap!) You might consider an all-in-one RV instead as it's ready to drive. In the USA you must have a local address where the vehicle can be registered - not sure if you can register without a local driver's license or not. You should contact a local dealer. For DC, I suggest you investigate the laws/taxes in that area (Maryland or Virginia, doubt if it would be affordable in DC itself).
Good point on the towing capacity. However, trailers are cheaper than RVs as a rule. I assume they have use of a towing vehicle or it makes no sense. Buying a truck and a trailer will definitely be more than a used RV. I have seen decent rigs for 3K in Vegas. I also agree that he should get out of DC and buy in Virginia or Maryland.
I have helped several Brits buy vans here in Vegas. A UK license or IDL is good enough to buy here in Nevada. You do need a local address for the DMV to send the title to the new owner.
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One thing you may want keep in mind is that some of the National and State Parks have size limits on trailers. If the trailer or combination car and trailer is to large they will not allow it into a camp space. You can check some parks website before you go to see Also, some places may be hard to get into if the rig is to big.
I live in the state of Oregon (Pacific Northwest) where the RV/Camping culture is very well alive and seems to be thriving in spite of the economy. I would imagine buying a rig would be cheaper in this location than in the NE for 2 reasons (Oregon has no sales tax whatsoever, and the place is filthy with dealers). There could be a slight problem with someone from out of the area making a purchase/registration due to the lack of sales tax (many have tried to avoid it and the State is now cracking down somewhat). You should contact an Oregon RV dealer - I'm sure you will find a few hundred by using google. I just googled "rv oregon" and found mucho information.