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  1. #1

    Default Kiwi-travel Los Angeles to Florida Return

    On the 24th of July I will spend 11 full days in your country.

    My plan is to hire a car. My goal is to drive to Florida and pick up some equipment I have purchased and drive back to Los Angeles to Fly out on the 4 August 23:20

    Along the way,. I plan to see as much of the country side as possible,

    So far I have thought of : on arrival 10am Pickup hire car (hopefully has GPS if not will purchase) and head towards Vagas via Dante’s View, Death Valley. Than after Vagas, Grand Canyon-Monument Valley.

    Well that’s about all I have planed so far, only decided to travel to America yesterday, Flight are really cheap from Australia (I’m originally from New Zealand, hence Kiwi)

    Doing this trip to save 200 dollars in postage :), OK I haven’t got a calculator handy.

    I know very little of what between LA and Florida, except what i have seen at the movies

    So Please, give me MUST see things along the way, maybe major sights I shouldn't see,

    Looking forward to your help.

    Just one more question, what car should I hire? have no idea which would be suitable for the long drive, I'm by myself, should it be Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet Aveo or should I blow the budget and go for the Pontiac G6

    could not find a web site that offered campers, ie vans that sleep 1-2 people, has bed and not much in the way of kitchen (not important), could anyone advise me on that

    Thanks you every one in advance

    PS I'm open to a traveling companion, non smoker
    Last edited by stephenb465; 07-01-2009 at 09:57 PM. Reason: forgot at add Camper van web site required

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default One way ?

    Hello and welcome to the RTA froums !

    It will take you most of your available time just to travel across country and back, travelling 9-10 hours a day for 10 days with time for short stops for food, gas bathroom breaks and a quick stretch of the legs and photo ops. With the time you have I would have thought a one way trip would be far more suitable and allow you time for sight seeing.
    After an International flight and by the time you have cleared customs and picked up your rental and got through LA traffic you won't make Vegas via Death valley. If anything you would be better off just getting out of the urban sprawl to get ahead the following day.
    All rental co's list there range of cars and give an indication of size [although don't gaurantee a particular model by putting "or similar" in the listing] and this would depend on your budget and what size equipment you need to transport.
    The only such company I know of for a camper like you describe isLost campers based in SF but I have not used them or no anything about the company so it's not a recommendation as such.

    Have a look around the forums and you will find lots of info on things that may be of interest to you. We don't do "must see's" as the road trip is all about individual interests rather than a "one trip suits all" philosophy.

    As you have new questions just ask away !

  3. #3

    Default trip planner

    Thanks Dave for your reply,
    Had a better look at what I'm trying to archive, At first I didnít appreciate the distance so now I need to work out how Iím going to make this work.

    Iím comfortable with long distance driving, I have done a lot of that in Australia, So my next question is, if I push it hard, I have been told I can drive LA to Florida in 3 days, is that correct? Now if I did that, that leave me 7 day to drive back.

    Is there a (free) trip planer on line I can use to assist with time/distance with my trip?


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 1998
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Default Not even remotely possible

    Quote Originally Posted by stephenb465 View Post
    I have been told I can drive LA to Florida in 3 days, is that correct?
    If you were to drive 8-10 hours per day, it would take most of five (5) days to drive from LA to Florida. If you had 2-3 co-drivers and stopped only for fuel (eating when the car was being fueled) you could cover that distance in three days. I have done a couple of these coast-to-coast runs in under three days -- very brutal and there's no way you can turn around and drive back, safely.
    Is there a (free) trip planer on line I can use to assist with time/distance with my trip?
    There are actually several, but none of them really can beat our standard.... When east of the Mississippi River, if you drive 8-10 hours and at or slightly over the speed limit, you'll be able to average 53 mph. And west of the Mississippi - it's about 57 mph. There are some new products that our members were beta testing -- here's a couple of them -- and here's a very outdated list of free online planners (I need to work on this page). Plus, there's always Mapquest and Google.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default No way with flight in.

    Hi Stephen.

    Is there a (free) trip planer on line I can use to assist with time/distance with my trip?
    Well, a tried and tested average speed that has been agreed on RTA by experts with millions of miles between them have come up with an average speed of 57 mph in the West and 53mph to the East, which is travelling on Interstate and main highways and allows time for food, gas, bathroom breaks and an occasional stretch of the legs but no major sight seeing. We usually recommend 9-10 hours of driving on multi day trips which see's you covering between 500- 600 miles a day. To travel across the country which is over 2500 miles will take a minimum of 4 days which would be considered a speed run and tough going on a multi day trip. But the fact you are coming in on an international flight would mean trying to do a 5-600 mile run on your first day while suffering from jet lag is a big NO NO !

  6. #6

    Default Good feed back

    You all probable think I'm on Drugs, I'm rethinking my plan.

    Maybe I should drive one way and fly back.

    hire a car drive LA to florida and fly back from Tampa to LA,

    I guess you are right, better to have 11-12 day driving one way than stress going both ways.

    still working on my plan

    Another Question:
    Flights from Tampa (florida) to Los Angles on the 4 August, anyproblems such as school holidays, I could leave the booking when I arrive in America

    P.S thanks for the link for the camper, all booked out and workes out expensive
    Last edited by stephenb465; 07-02-2009 at 04:58 PM. Reason: Another question about flights

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default flights

    I wouldn't wait to book your flights. In general, the longer you wait, the more you'll pay. If you wait until you are in the US, and less than 2 weeks from your travel date, you'll end up paying quite a bit more for your tickets.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 1998
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Default It's actually quite encouraging

    Quote Originally Posted by stephenb465 View Post
    You all probable think I'm on Drugs, I'm rethinking my plan.
    I for one, am pleased that you are willing to reconsider your plans -- RoadTripping in America is a fabulous holiday opportunity -- Every one of us, (RoadTrip Enthusiasts), would prefer to be on a road trip as opposed to giving advice about taking one -- So, it's encouraging for us to hear about someone taking our advice and thinking about the quality of the trip versus the quantity of distance.

    Fly and Drives are great alternatives -- here are some tips about that.


  9. #9

    Default change of plans

    OK back to the drawing board,

    Main reason for this visit was to pick up equipment from Florida (postage would cost 200USDto send to Australia) but I just wanted to have a reason to travel to the USA.

    Did my calculations, I would save 750USD if I got the package posted and instead of driving over to Florida, (Car return fee is the killer) and besides the return flight from Florida wasnít very attractive, wasting to much time at Airports with stop overs.

    So now Iím planning to hire a car from LA airport and return same place. Now I need to find out whatís there to see, Salt Lake, Monument valley, Grand Cannon and thatís all I know so far, next couple of days I need to do some research.

    Thanks for the feed back, and keep it coming, Just think, if I didnít check out the Forum I would have just done what I initially planed, mmmm death trap


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Why not fly in and out of Florida and do a loop trip of the Southeast from there?

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