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    Taking a one way 11-13 Days trip in July from TX thru National Parks of Southwest including Grand Canyon and then into So. Cal. (have 2 days stop in Vegas). Have five traveling (2 under age 9). Should we rent a van and hotel it? Or should we rent an RV? Not sure about RV parks along this route.

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    Default Dozens of RV parks and other camping options

    one way 11-13 Days trip in July from TX thru National Parks of Southwest including Grand Canyon and then into So. Cal. (have 2 days stop in Vegas)
    It's great length of trip for such an excursion. There are dozens of places to camp with a RV along such a route, and a RV does enable such things as clean restrooms, easy lunches and snacks and lodging all worked out, but it really comes down to how many places you're trying to go in those 11-13 days. With the time required to set-up camp and strike it -- you need to figure that 300 miles a day is the upper limit of travel. Even with the apparent savings of lodging fees, you'll spend about 30% more in a RV than you will with motel and van. So, what kind of budget do you have and where are you going?

    By the way, here are some tips for planning family road trips that I wrote... And Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!

    Mark

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    Hi Budget is negotiable. We live in the Middle East so this is our Vacation for the year. We have our Nanny traveling with us - which would lead to two hotel rooms at each stop - hence the idea of an RV + room for movement and comfortable naps for little one. But feel like we might lose flexibility on road driving a beast. I like your article. Its exactly why we are doing this. :-) Our kids do not know or remember America! We have in theory the following: Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe NP, maybe White Sands up and to Albuquerque thru Petrified Forest to GC. From GC to Vegas down to San Diego.

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    oh - and maybe Gila?

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    hence the idea of an RV + room for movement and comfortable naps for little one. But feel like we might lose flexibility on road driving a beast
    RV's are big "beasts" but I have not found them to be too restrictive in my travels and they can be fun out on the open road and in National parks etc, but not so friendly in City's. Vegas has a great RV resort called the Oasis just a short ride to the Strip by shuttle bus or a cab. The one thing to consider is that you won't have freedom of movement nor comfortable naps while you are travelling, each passenger must be seated and buckled up.

    As Mark mentioned, there will be no shortage of RV parks along your route, but you can expect most of the popular NP campgrounds to be fully booked as they have limited RV sites.
    If you are into that 'Lifestyle' the RV can be a great family way to get around and enjoy the great outdoors, but it should be judged on that, not budget. The fact you would need 2 rooms though will close the gap on the general higher cost of the RV when all extra's are considered, such as campground fees, bedroom and bathroom kits and high gas consumption of 10mpg at best.

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