Iím currently planning our trip to the states for summer 2012. There are four of us, my wife, myself and our two boys (3 and 6). We fly in and out of San Francisco and plan to drive to the grand canyon and back via Yosemite, zion, monument valley, the grand canyon, san diego (legoland) and LA (Disneyland).
At the moment weíre trying to choose between an RV or a car/motel option and Iíve been reading all the various posts on this topic Ė ( It appears to come down to a personal choice). One (of many) question that I have is coming from New Zealand there is the option to free camp, where (providing itís not prohibited) you can pull over at a rest area and sleep for the night. Thereís nothing better than waking up miles from anywhere or anyone. (BTW this is getting harder to do here as people have been abusing it leaving their waste and so councils are restricting it through bylaws). Is this possible in the States or can you only overnight in a campground?
Also we plan to go through death valley at the end of June. I read somewhere that some rental companies donít allow this as its too hot. Is this true and if so what route would you recommend to go from Yosemite to Zion.
One final question is how do RVs cope with the mountain passes (summer of course) Iíve not driven an RV before (I have driven medium sized vans) and Iím assuming that the roads would be no worse than the ones we have here in NZ (single carriageway and winding up and down).