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  1. Default Sept. Road Trip on a Budget

    Hello,

    My boyfriend and I are currently in Korea and will be flying back to the States this coming September. We are from Hawaii and thinking about doing a road trip from Ohio to California. We are on a budget- as are young and just out of college, so... any advise on where to begin? I'm all about getting an RV, but can't seem to find a good company that would allow us to get one in Columbus and leave it in California. Does anyone know of a good rental company? Or should we veto the RV idea and just do a car to save money? I'm excited to start planning, but unsure where to begin. Please help!

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    Default RVs are probably not the best "budget" option

    Quote Originally Posted by adale27 View Post
    My boyfriend and I are currently in Korea and will be flying back to the States this coming September.
    Welcome home and welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum.
    I'm all about getting an RV, but can't seem to find a good company that would allow us to get one in Columbus and leave it in California.
    Just about everyone of the national RV rental firms allows drop-off rentals -- but it will be expensive. Here is an overview about renting RVs. But there is no way you will save any money renting a RV versus renting a normal sedan and either car camping or staying at motels.

    Here are some budgeting tips and here are some ideas about how to start planning for a road trip.

    Here are some tips for learning how to become a camper, and here is a list of threads where various of the more experienced car campers discuss what they like to pack.

    Happy Planning!

    Mark

  3. Default Thanks for the advise

    Thanks, Mark! I sent out the same question to a lot of my friends and family to see what their opinions were on getting and RV. Some said, it's the way to go as I won't be paying to stay anywhere, others said the gas is way too expensive to even think of this idea. I think renting a car will be a better route. But... I heard that is quite pricey too. I will keep my options open and begin my planning.

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    Default Boodocking takes more skill!

    Quote Originally Posted by adale27 View Post
    Some said, it's the way to go as I won't be paying to stay anywhere
    I bet that advice was given by folks who have limited experience with RVing? The ability to park overnight for free is called Boondocking and it can done of course, but it requires a fair amount of skill. RV campgrounds can be found for as low as $12 per night (with no hookups at some of the more remote forest service campgrounds) to $175.00 per night at the fanciest RV resorts. If you are going to park in a RV campground, with the hookups for electricity, fresh water and sewer, you need to expect to pay ~$35 to $45 per night (not free). However, here are some tips about Boondocking.

    Mark

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