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  1. #1
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    Default Florida To La Via North West Canada?

    HELLO EVERYONE,

    THIS IS MY FIRST POSTING. MYSELF AND MY GIRLFRIEND ARE SETTING OFF FOR ARGENTINA IN JANUARY THUS STARTING OUR WORLD TOUR. BY JULY WE HOPE TO BE ARRIVING AT A FRIENDS IN MIAMI AND THEN COMMENCING A LARGE, PERHAPS OVERZEALOUS BUT INCREDIBLY EXCITING RAOD TRIP. WE HAVE A TENTITIVE PLAN. WE HOPE TO TRAVEL UP THE COAST TO PERHAPS SAVANNAH, ACROSS TO ARKANSANS (MEMPHIS) THEN JOIN ROUTE 66 AND MAKE OUR WAY TO VEGAS. FROM HERE WE WILL HEAD UP THE 93 INTO THE ROCKIES, YELLOWSTONE, AND IF WEATHER PERMITS UP INTO CANADA (JASPER) FINALLY WE WILL HEAD ACROSS TO THE PACIFIC COAST AND TRAVEL DOWN TO LOS ANGELES BEFORE FLYING TO HAWAII !!!!!!!!PHEW!

    ALSO WE PLAN TO BUY OUR OWN RV IN WHICH TO DO THIS ROADTRIP. WE HAVE UPTO SIX MONTHS IN WHICH TO DO THE TRIP.

    WE ARE AT THE VERY EARLY STAGES OF PLANNING AND I IMAGINE THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF PROBLEMS YET TO BE TACKLED.

    BROADLY SPEAKING IS THIS TRIP PLAUSIBLE STARTING IN JULY, AND DOES ANYONE RECOMMEND BUYING AN RV. WE WILL HAVE UPTO AROUND $50,000 TO SPEND ON ONE BUT THIS DEPENDS PURELY ON ITS LIKELY DEPRECIATION. EARLY INVESTIGATING SUGGESTS THAT THIS WILL BE CHEAPER THEN RENTING OR GOING BY CAR AND PAYING FOR HOTELS. IM ABOUT TO START LOOKING INTO INSURANCE ETC.

    SORRY FOR SUCH A BROAD OVERVIEW BUT IVE RAD LOTS OF HELPFUL POSTS AND IM HOPING SOME OF THE MORE EXPERIENCED MEMBERS CAN HELP US JUMP THE MORE OBVIOUS HURDLES.

    THANKS FOR ANY POINTERS YOU MIGHT HAVE

    Gary

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    Default A RV might make sense for you- (But I doubt it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gazzo View Post
    BY JULY WE HOPE TO BE ARRIVING AT A FRIENDS IN MIAMI AND THEN COMMENCING A LARGE, PERHAPS OVERZEALOUS BUT INCREDIBLY EXCITING RAOD TRIP.
    As laid out, this does look like a very adventurous road trip! Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    THEN JOIN ROUTE 66 AND MAKE OUR WAY TO VEGAS
    US-66 does not go to Las Vegas, but it does get close. Here is one of the best sites for planning Route 66 trips.
    ALSO WE PLAN TO BUY OUR OWN RV IN WHICH TO DO THIS ROADTRIP. WE HAVE UPTO SIX MONTHS IN WHICH TO DO THE TRIP.
    The timing makes sense for using a RV -- but it is never going to be as inexpensive as the combination of motels and rental cars. You need to eliminate economics from the decision-making calculus for choosing a RV. A RV gives you all sorts of lodging possibilities (since you will be carrying your "home" with you) but it will not save you any money over the course of the trip. Plus, of course, a RV loses about 25% of it's value when it rolls out of the sales yard the first time. But a RV allows you stop in places of scenic wonder where motels are scare, you can always be assured of having clean restrooms (less of a concern than 20 years ago) and you can fix meals far more efficiently than eating in restaurants. But you will also have daily chores and maintenance issues -- taking care of a RV is more of a "job" than holiday when trying to be on the road for more than a month.

    Here are some excellent articles about RVing options:

    I actually think that RV Time Shares makes more sense for you.
    For research purposes -- this book on Rental RV's might be excellent for you.
    A great overview on RV Boondocking
    A discussion about purchasing a new RV or a used one.
    An overview of the pluses of RV rentals.

    Mark

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    Thanks for the info Mark.

    Will a used RV, a few years old still depreciate so much do you think if we buy it right?

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    Default This is not an investment decision!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gazzo View Post
    Will a used RV, a few years old still depreciate so much do you think if we buy it right?
    No, most of the depreciation occurs when it drives of the lot the first time. But, again, I caution you -- this is not about depreciation or an investment decision -- you will not make, or save, any money by purchasing a RV and driving around for six months. If you purchased a RV in good condition, at a good price and kept it parked for most of the six months, and used a rental vehicle...you would probably do a little better than break even. But you should not use economic considerations when determining whether or not to use one on a holiday. It is apples and oranges and really a question about the form of a lifestyle that you want to enjoy when on a holiday. RVs create an built-in community by staying at RV parks -- something that is harder to find when staying in motels. But by the time you add in fuel costs, camping fees, maintenance costs, etc. it will be an expensive holiday.

    Mark

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