My self and my girlfriend are planning a 90 day road trip this summer 2011 round the USA starting from Seattle and most likely ending near there as well. We will actually be coming from Vancouver.
We have the choice of car that we buy for this trip and we are really struggling with the decision.
Just so you know we do have a budget so the less we spend in every day needs means the more we have for the fun stuff.
The two choices are something like these 2 cars:
1996 Chrysler SEBRING CONVERTIBLE (it does have a trunk)
2000 Ford Windstar LX
The way I see it if we get the convertible then we are going to have to hall camping gear and may be more inclined to spend nights in motels plus struggle with space and maybe security.
If we get the mini van we can take the seats out and make a bed in the back and almost live in the van if needed. So no tents to hassle with hopefully.
I am wondering if the extra hassle of a convertible is worth it? I have never owned one but I can’t think of anything better than driving along the coast or through the dessert or even a forest with the top down.
Can someone that has done a long road trip in a convertible please tell me if this is a romantic notion that wears thin after the first hour with the top down?
Can someone tell me what to expect so that I know the realty of it as it is a big purchase and not something I will be able to change half way.