Myself and a group of mates (4 others) are planning on travelling America, coast to coast, starting in New York and ending up in LA.
We are graduating in the summer of '09 from University (could say we're getting ahead of ourselves in the planning I guess!) and have estimated what we want to do to take around 6 weeks.
We have been looking to rent an RV, and we have come across a website (we're English by the way) thatlooks to do what we're after. We'll all be 22 at the time, the website says you have to be over 21, is this true? Also, any other recommendations on how we would go about RV hire or second hand cheap purchasing, if at all worth it?
(Moderator note: Your link didn't work, perhaps you ment El Monte RV's website?)
So far we have allocated the journay to about 4100 miles, and we have decided a prudent cost for fuel based on a rather (and hopefully) generous rate of $4.00 / gallon for fuel. Based 6 mpg and the distance we'll doing we figured about $2800 dollars for fuel. Is this a relatively safe figure? I guess in today's climate (if the petrol pricing situation is as uncertain as it is in the UK then who knows!) you can't really say.
Now, for the journey, we we're thinking about starting at New York, going up to Niagra falls, around to Chicago and down thorugh the Rocky mountains to Las Vegas, then up to California possibly San Francisco. Now, admittedly our knowledge of the American roads/highways isn't great, so if anyone could direct us to a good place to find out roads around these areas we've flagged that would be great, or if anyone has been on trips they reccommend around these arease please let us know, we'd be truly grateful.
We've read in Paulo99's blog that Rolling Prairy was worth viewing and halfway between New York and San Francisco which could be an option for us to explore. We're quite keen on having some amazing views and scenary, but also keen to learn more about America's vastly differing culture's, societies, people and towns. (After all, not everywhere is not like Hollywood and Disneyland that many English think!)
We're planning on staying in campsites/grounds for an RV in the areas mentioned, so again if anyone has any recommendations then that would be great, of websites or places people have been then that would be a great help.
I guess we're just after general guidance, we've done a fair bit of planning (we're also planning on renting a house/flat in San Francisco/LA for a few weeks at the end), so if anyone could give us anything that could help us on our journey we would be grateful.
Ben, Berg, Briggs, Garv and Scott