I currently live overseas and will be returning to the US at the end of March 2014. I plan to take up to 6 weeks starting mid-April to road trip across the US and back. I will be starting from the MD/DC area. I want to go west across the southern states and east farther north (not sure how far yet). I've been wanted to do a road trip for a very long time. I'm very well traveled, but have not seen more than a handful of states in the US. This is my time to take a break. I will be traveling solo with my two small dogs (under 20lbs each). I'm still trying to work out all my stops, but I know I'll want to spend up to 2 weeks in CA/AZ because of friends/family. So that gives me up to 2 weeks each way for traveling.
What I'm trying to figure out is how to travel. I've been considering a compact RV because I don't have to unpack each overnite, I can cook for myself and the dogs, I have a ready made place to leave the dogs if I want to do something on my own, I can pull over at a rest stop and take a short nap if need be, etc. I have no desire to tent camp! However, I've started reading various forums and am now wondering if it wouldn't be better in a car and motels. I will have to buy a car when I return to the US, but was planning to delay until after the roadtrip. But could buy and use for the roadtrip.
I'd like to get thoughts from people on what's most convenient/comfortable with dogs, as well as what's most cost effective. This is something I've always wanted to do and I want to do it right. If its double the cost to do the RV, then I might reconsider. If its more expensive, but the benefits outweigh the cost, I'd probably still go with an RV.
Thanks for any advice you can offer.