My boyfriend and I are moving to the West Coast this summer and have decided to drive ourselves out. This being our first big road trip off the East Coast, we need a primer on doing this cheaply, safely, and enjoyably! We will be moving out some furniture and most of our possessions in a large pickup, so we don't want to spend too much time on the road but are hoping to see some sights on the way (we'd like to camp as much as possible).
-Should we try to make reservations to camp in/around state and national parks? I know most are first come first serve, is it better to be there earlier in the day to get a site?
-Any sites off of the general Rte 80/90 trek we should see?
-Any automobile advice? We're taking a relatively new pickup with 4WD.
Thanks for any help you can give us!!