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1. Posted by reject (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone.

For five weeks in July and August, my girlfriend and I are planning on driving from Boston to Vegas. We are looking to take a route that sees us drive down the east coast until we reach Atlanta, before heading across the south until we eventually reach Vegas.

My main point of writing is to ask for advice. Neither of us has embarked on a trip like this before and we are struggling in terms of transport. Would people recommend hiring an RV, or is it easier hiring a car? How about buying? We have trawled the internet seeking advice and checking prices, but the vast majority of RVs for hire seem to be new models that are outside of our price range. We are looking to hire a mode of transport for the cheapest amound possible, but have yet to see an RV for hire that costs less than $6000. As I said before, because we are novices in terms of planning a trip of this scale it may simply be that this is the going rate. Either way, any advice offered would be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3579 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I have posted a few times on this subject: buy/rent when crossing the US. I would advise you to buy if you were staying at least 6 weeks. Under 6 weeks, rent a car. I tried several times to get a decent price for TP members that wanted to rent an RV. Never could. With drop-off and mileage charges, it was always over $8K to cross the country. Rent a small car that gets the best gas mileage possible. Put the money saved towards your motel bills. You might want to buy a small tent so you can camp at our National Parks out West. You should hit Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands if you have time.
Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Mar-2009, at 17:31 by vegasmike6 ]

3. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Make sure your vehicle has good air conditioning. You will experience some serious heat that time of year on your intended route.

Have fun!