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  1. Default summer XC trip- RV or hotels?

    I am planning a round-trip XC trip for the summer of 2010 for two adults and a dog. I'm trying to decide on RVing or driving and staying in motels (pet-friendly). The trip will be for about 6 weeks.

    I researched renting an RV and it costs about $6000 to rent for that time. This doesn't include gas or mileage. Then I looked into purchasing a used RV-which is also expensive.

    I only have a compact car and will not use it for my travels. We want some space. So- if I stay in hotels I will need to purchase or rent a van (which is expensive like the RV).

    I have money saved for the trip and can afford all of the above (including RV gas...which will be a lot!) - but I want to be reasonable. I have the route roughly planned, but need to decide the mode of travel.

    What makes the most sense and which is overall easier- RV or motels?

    Thanks for reading.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default How big's that dog !

    Hello and welcome to R.T.A !

    It really is a lifestyle choice and you should consider carefully what will most suit your needs. The RV with just the two of you will almost certainly be dearer than using Motels and it will be slower going, drink more gas and in most cases there will be campground fees to consider.

    I'm not sure why you would need a van for the two of you, how big is the dog !

    You can find lots of RV info in the road trip planning pages which might help you decide, including the Pro's and cons.

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    Thanks for the reply. This site is great.

    The dog is a big German Shepherd. Thanks for the link about the pros and cons. I'm thinking an RV is a lot of work and an SUV or minivan will probably work well too (and get better gas).

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    A midsize SUV/crossover like a Ford Edge (5 passenger) shouldn't be that expensive - it will definitely be cheaper than a minivan.

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    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default cheaper than a minivan?

    GLC, I have to disagree with your thought that a midsized SUV will be cheaper than a minivan. At best, the prices in the rental market will usually be about the same, and if you're looking to purchase, you can find much better deals on minivans.

    Just for comparison, if you were to look at getting a 2005 Chevy with average features and miles, the market value for a Trailblazer (midsized SUV with 2 wheel drive) is about $9500, a crossover like the Uplander or a small SUV like the Equinox would be about $8500, while the Venture minivan's value is about $7500.

    Comparing a 2007 Ford Edge (2wd) to a 2007 Ford Freestar minivan, the Freestar would cost about $3-4000 less.

    A minivan will also usually get better gas mileage than and SUV too so that would also be a savings.

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    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    I took a quick look at Enterprise, and a midsize SUV is about $65 a day where a minivan is about $99 a day. I was strictly talking rental, not purchase. A midsize SUV gets about the same gas mileage as a minivan, we've driven both.

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    I don't see why the compact car won't do. Two adults in the front seats, the German Shephard in the back seat, luggage in the trunk. It sounds fine to me.

    Changing the subject slightly, will you be making stops that'll be difficult with the dog? Museums, restaurants, etc.? As nice as national parks, etc. are, I don't think I'd want to be limited JUST to outdoor activities. I'm thinking that a dog could stay in an RV (but you'd have to run the air conditioner, or it'd be cruel).

    I think taking the dog is going to be very expensive.

    As for mileage, I used to own a van (been there, done that, over it) and my husband drives an SUV. The mileage was about the same; of course, a Dodge Caravan vs. a Ford Explorer may not be the same as whatever specific vehicles you're considering. I'll take my 40-mpg Honda any day.

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    Well- after thinking about how it will be summer when we're traveling and we're not taking the RV w/ the would be impossible to travel with our dog. We wouldn't be able to stop anywhere. There'd be nowhere to put him and it would obviously get too hot in the vehicle (I'm still in winter mode here). He's like our kid...but it's not feasible to take him with us. Now we can use a smaller vehicle. I just have to start recruiting a dog sitter. Thanks for the thoughts.

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