In April I am planning on embarking on a solo 3 month trip around the US starting in Florida. I will be visiting many popular national parks, monuments, and interesting destinations. I figure this trip will be anywhere between 10-15K miles when its over. I have decided that the most effective means means of travel will be with a small RV in the 19-22 ft range. That way I am not spending a fortune on hotels and having to hunt them down.
I am probably going to spend around 35K on a good RV. Now I can afford to buy it in full but my goal here is that I will probably sell the RV as soon as I get back. I really just want it for the trip and have no future plans to keep it. So what would be most effective here? Buying a used RV in cash or finance it? How about renting one? I got a quote from cruise America for 3 months would be around $13,000. I am thinking that I can put 13K down and own my own and finance it. I know after depreciation, insurance, maintainance, etc that I will probably not come out ahead compared to renting. I am just not sure what the best path here is. Any advice would be appreciated. I have never made any kind of trip like this before. Thanks