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Two mates planning a July - Aug American Road trip.

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1. Posted by gvan (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

Hello,

I'm Sam (m/25) and me and my friend Rob (m/25) are planning a 6-8 week road trip across America (with abit of Canada)

So basically we are looking to see if any other people are planning a trip around that time and are looking to reduce the cost via sharing travel or even just getting a lift with us along a part of the way. Its not just to reduce the cost but to also meet people and have a good laugh.

We are looking to rent an RV and going were ever it takes us (but the plan is basically a sort of East to West). There are places we want to see but wouldn't rule out anything really.

Firstly can I ask (i know I could probebly find it if i searched) what visa UK residents need for a 2 month non working trip?

Also can anyone specificly recommend any RV/car rental places and share their experiences?

cheers, Sam and Rob

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 4y

Sam and Rob,

Since you are from the UK and planning to stay a limited time (90 days or less), you can visit the US without a visa as long as you first apply at the ESTA site--info is located here:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html#countries

Make sure you meet all the requirements--including having a passport that doesn't expire until at least six months after you plan to return to the UK--the US passport agency can be real strict about this.

As far as RV/ car rentals, there are quite a few--from the regular sites like Hertz, Alamo, Dollar, National, Enterprise, and Avis--to those that specialize specifically in RVs, like Cruise America, RV Rentals.com, and Autopedia. Traveling at that time won't be cheap, however. Current rates for a small RV that sleeps 3 for 1 month from Cruise America out of Seattle from July 2 to August 2 are running about $5,400 (including the mileage charge);--and this doesn't even include the gas (petrol). Gas here is cheap compared to the UK ($3.50 per gallon--a gallon being equal to about 3.8 liters).

Hopefully, you can find some others who want to travel with you. Then you can get an RV that sleeps 6 for only about $300 more--and thus cut your cost almost in half on a per person basis.

Enjoy your trip

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 4y

Sam,
Gary gave you excellent advice. Forget the RV rental idea. The costs are just ridiculous. When you add the rental costs, petrol and a drop off fee, it is way out of your budget.

Do some research now on renting a vehicle on the east coast and leaving it out west. There are usually drop off fees. They can be substantial. Once you have a ball park quote, then you will know if buying makes sense for your adventure.

I have helped 12 TP members buy vehicles here in Vegas. It usually makes sense if you are here at least 2 months and sleep in the van part of the time. Motels across the US run at least $50/day average. If you sleep in your van 20 days out of 60, you will save around $1K. The savings will be even greater if you are going to hit many of our National Parks. Rooms in our large NPs like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, will be over $100/nite. Many times way over. Camping is around $20/nite. You choices will be a very expensive room, leave the park for cheaper motels or camp. With a van, you can stay in the park cheaply.

I have photos of some of the members I have helped in my gallery. Page 4 and on. Good luck with your planning.

4. Posted by tommee1980 (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y

Hey I'm thinking of a USA road trip in June/July would be interested in teaming up with you two lads to share the costs. Messege me if your interested