Hello! A few months ago if you had asked me if I was going on a road trip, I would have thought you were crazy. Well, an interesting turn of events has happened and we were given a motorhome. It's not new, but not terribly old. It's a 1996 Gulfstream Conquest with only about 35,000 miles. It has been all redone on the inside and mechanically it is great. New tires, new A/C and heat strip, new flooring, and has been checked out mechanically and runs well (although we will have it checked again before we leave)
We live in northern New England and moved here from the West Coast, so naturally when we got the motorhome we thought it would be fantastic to plan a road trip to see family and also we are contemplating a move back out to the west coast in a few years, so checking out local areas that are new to us is on that list too.
We belong to AAA so I have been using their Trip Tik to try and plan how to get there and back and coordinate times and places to stop. Although understanding that sticking to a schedule is pretty impossible, things come up. So we're leaving some extra time in there.
Now gas consumption will be the biggest part of our budget. I'm guessing this motorhome will get between 5-10 miles per gallon, which means over about 1,071 gallons of gas to get there and back, at a current rate of $3 per gallon = a lot of money. But we are not flashy, we are family oriented with kids and dogs coming with us, we never eat out, we don't buy trinkets and would rather visit a park than a fancy mall any day. So I think we can really budget well otherwise. We want to see things that we would not normally see and just enjoy sites, not do a bunch of touristy stuff. A few touristy things are okay. Cultural and educational are the goal!
I'm looking for tips, ideas, and suggestions from anyone to this newbie. We're probably going to take I-90 most of the way because we figure weather wise and safety wise, it's more of a straight shot than taking a bunch of side roads with twists and turns. We'll get on I-90 near Springfield, MA and head all the way over, obviously stopping several times in the middle.
Also looking for good cost saving tips or suggestions for such a big trip. I have looked into getting a gas card (loyalty card I guess) for a gas station to save 5-6 cents per gallon, and it seems Exxon/Mobil will have the most stations along I-90 but I don't know that for sure. Any way to save on I-90 tolls or other ways to save money?
Thanks very much for the help!