Hello all, my family and I are planning a trip from Las Vegas to Chicago.
We have actually done this trip twice before and are familiar with the way and time.
the first time was back in 2005, we drove in a 2005 Dodge Ram 5 adults and a child, wasnt too comfortable lol.
the first time it took us around 30hrs since it was the first time and got a little lost on the way with only 1 driver we only stopped to rest a few hours.
the second time we traveled was in 2007 in a 2007 Toyota Sequoia more room =) but more people this time -.- over all it was 5 Adults and 4 teenagers, yes i know 9 People in an 8 passenger car lol one of the kids went in the back luggage area and all the luggage was mounted on the roof jiji. anyways the second time we made it in an amazing 22 hrs. 2 drivers driving 24/7 changing between every fillup and driving a bit too fast shhhhh...
Now we really want to go again we really love chicago and we have family over there,
but this time will be a little different, since economy went way down the company i worked for went into bankruptcy in 08 and i lost my job, newer cars were repod and bla bla bla so anyways this
time we are planning on driving our 1994 Grand Caravan this van has always been maintained and has never ever given me any problems whatsoever it currently has 212k miles and runs perfectly. yes of course before we leave i will do complete tuneup and check it completely also i will buy new tires for the trip. now our plan is For October, we will Leave on a saturday and arrive on sunday in chicago. from there we will stay 5 days and then travel down to St. Louis Missouri (5Hr drive) and then stay there a few days and drive back to vegas and on the way back stop at some interesting places etc.
now i would like your guys' feedback on this, do you guys think its a good idea to drive our van? again i keep it up in maintenence and has never ever gave me problems also just to throw it in i am mechanically inclined and my son is also he will get his assosiate for automotive technology degree next semester so if anything happens it shouldnt be a problem. what do you guys think about making a 4000mile round trip in a 18 yr old car with 212k miles?? we drive it daily all over vegas on freeways and such for sure 3 adults and 1 child are going but maybe we add 2 adults if they decide to go i really want it because of the room and its very comfortable to travel
sorry this is so long and thank you =) Let me know what you think also we really dont want to rent it will be over $1200 to rent a car. and thats a big no no in my opinion.