I am an avid roadtripper from New Zealand who has allways wanted to roadtrip in the US. Two friends and I are heading your way in August 2007 for a five month roadtrip and have decided to start planning now. We basically want to do a sight seeing tour because we don't have huge money and were wondering if you guys could answer a few questions for us.
We want to get a class B camper for the tour and we have about $3000 for vehicle and insurance. Should buy off the internet before we arrive or would we have better luck looking at vehicles when we get to LA? Secondly what are insurance costs on that sort of vehicle? We have a friend who is american who can buy the insurance for us under her name. We will have all our gear covered by travel insurance so we don't need contents we just need to know that we won't get sued if we dent a ferarri.
When it comes to the trip itself what are the costs involved? We have budgeted $6000 for fuel to take us about 20,000 miles and have $50 a day for food and other expenses (i know thats not alot but we are there to travel, not to eat). Our main concern is how much it costs to stay places overnight? In New Zealand you can park on the side of the road for free if you need to sleep. Can we do that there? How about camping in parks and reserves? Also when it comes to the east coast will we have to pay for a camp ground every night?
I know that there are lots of questions here but any help would be much appreciated. Cant wait to experience those american roads.