I've cross-country tripped before. I did in 2006 in a Volkswagen Gulf by myself for 3 weeks. Great experience. It's not 2010, I'm married, living in NYC, and don't own a car.
So here's the situation: My wife and I want to go cross country, but we need to rent a car. We plan on staying in NYC, so buying a car is not an option at this time. It seems the experience is mixed based on reading the threads on the board. Many veteran roadtrippers say they've rented a car and put 8,000 miles on it without an issue. I need some advice on this:
1) Cross-state insurance was mentioned as an issue. Should we buy insurance on our own and decline coverage from our rental? How hard is this to do- even if you don't know the type of car in advance?
2) Has anyone had any problems getting/returning a cross country rental? We're going to return it back in NYC so it's going back to the same place it came from (maybe outside the area a bit in NJ if there's a better rate)? Do you have to be shady to make sure they don't know you're taking the car 8,000+ miles?
3) Any other advice from cross-country renting experiences? Anything you think I should know?
4) Ballpark, how much does a 3 week rental cost? (in your experiences, gas prices, sleeping and food I'm familiar with...)
We're excited and looking to be doing this in June or July. I missed the northernmost states and southernmost states last time, so we're hoping to expand the loop this time to go from enchanted highway to grand canyon and places in between.
Thanks for your assistance!