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Road Trip From NEW YORK - Los Angeles in a Camper van ??

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1. Posted by Chris_Amy (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

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Hello guys me and my partner are looking at traveling from New York to Los Angeles in a camper van.
i was just wondering if anyone in America could give us any tips or if they know prices of renting one or buying one to do this kind of thing, or even if its actually possible??

also would £4,000 GBP would this cover us for like 3-4months or do we not need that long to do this kind of trip.

many thanks


2. Posted by jeantyc (Budding Member 71 posts) 6y


You can contact and see if they meet your budget


3. Posted by Chris_Amy (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Thank you for that has given us a good idea on price.

How long do you think it would take to cross America from New York to San Fransico ?
I really have no idea hehe.

Thanks again.


4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 6y

I think your plan to rent a camper in NY and drive to SF is not really too good. Our Interstate Highway System forces you to drive on very boring highways, and that means you will be seeing very little of the countryside and none of the small towns enroute. I think it makes more sense to fly to the area of most interest and then rent a camper for a round trip of that area. If you're interested in the far West, fly to San Francisco or Las Vegas and start from there. Certainly the most beautiful areas are the mountains of Colorado/New Mexico, the Pacific Coast, the Southwest (AZ, NM & UT) and the Northwest (OR, WA & ID).

I have driven coast to coast, and there is really little to see between NY and Colorado other than mile after mile of highway. The Interstate system gives one little choice in routes to take these days.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-May-2010, at 10:29 by Daawgon ]

5. Posted by Chris_Amy (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Thank you for your post.

i have been looking on Google maps and was thinking of a route heading south to Florida/Miami then heading to Texas then Los Angeles and finishing in San Fransisco.

Obviously staying in places between these are just rough ideas.
now i have looked more into it 2-3months of time hopefully should be enough.

I would love ideas of great places to see like history and culture etc.

I appreciate the tip of staying away from Juarez


6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

If you did the numbers on renting a camper van, I am sure you are re-thinking that plan. $3K a month is what I am seeing. Your budget will not allow this option.

Your only real choice is to buy something in NY, sell it at the end of your adventure in Calif. Used vans in the $2-5K level do not lose much value in 4 months. You should be able to sell it for about what you paid for it.

All vehicles are a compromise. Price, comfort, performance, mileage. Very difficult to have all 4. Decided what is more important and then make your choice. RVs have plenty of comfort, expensive to buy, poor performance, terrible mileage. Older VW camper vans are semi-expensive to buy, poor performance, good comfort, OK mileage. Minivans are cheap to buy, good power, good mileage, OK comfort. With your budget, I would take a look at minivans for sale.

Send me a PM if you have any questions.

7. Posted by Chris_Amy (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Awsem i have got some quotes for 2months looking at $3000 so £2000 so thats not bad. looking at making it a 2month journey.

i have a few questions about America.

If we do this, when we are just traveling down a road between citys/towns is there places you can pull up and just sleep for the night, is it legal and safe? or does it have to be on a campsite?

Any idea how much it would cost fuel it would cost us to travel 4500 miles?

Thanks again, really appreciate your posts :D

Chris & Amy

8. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

If you are on interstate highways there are rest areas you can stop at for resting purposes not camping, also some of the larger big box stores (Walmart)offer similar overnight stopping but not camping..
Cost of gas will be about $3 per gallon and a 1990 VW camper will get 15 to 20 mpg.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-May-2010, at 13:30 by jambo101 ]