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  1. Default New York to Houston in Spring 2016

    Hi All,
    We have enough time to plan this trip - going with family of 6 (2 adults and 4 kids aged 13, 12, 9 and 5) - planning on renting an RV and driving from New York to Houston to see family. Would greatly appreciate any advice. We're coming from abroad so it will all be new for us. Many thanks.

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    Default First: The Vehicle

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    I'm not sure that an RV is the appropriate vehicle for your travels. If you have a fair amount of experience traveling in such a rig and are happy with the rather considerable costs and compromises involved, then so be it. But many people just think that they'll save money by not having to get a motel room (or two) each evening and make plans based on that. So let's consider the downside of RoadTripping by RV. First and foremost is the safety and comfort of your children. By law and for their own safety, they will need to be strapped in to their seats whenever the vehicle is in motion, so you'll have to make sure that whatever you rent has six passenger spots all with seatbelts. Then note that despite all the glass in an RV, when on the road, those seats may not afford the best views of the passing countryside. Then there's the inconvenience, if not impossibility, of navigating through and parking in any cities you'd like to visit. And as for savings, RV's are often more expensive than just a car and using motels. By the time you factor in the extra expense of the rental itself along with what is typically a rather hefty one-way drop off fee, along with extra fees for linens and kitchen utensils, along with the extra gas needed to push such a rig down the road, along with 'camping' fees just to park the rig for the night - any hypothetical savings have disappeared. I just think you'd be better off with a minivan, or even a larger van or something like a Chevy Suburban.

    As for what to see between New York and Houston, there's no real limit to what's available from large cities to untrammeled nature, from mountains to seashore, from historic sites to amusement parks. So what we'd recommend depends on a few things - what you'd like to see and do, how much time you have, and whether this is a one-way or round trip among them.

    AZBuck

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    Default Maps will be a great help.

    Do you actually have some good maps to help you plan this trip? Whereabouts is 'abroad'? You may be able to get maps locally, but if not, and since this trip is still sometime off, you can order a Rand McNally road atlas from our store. You'll have it in a couple of weeks.

    Good maps or the mentioned atlas have a wealth of information, which is rarely if ever available to you on a little screen. Attractions along the way (historical, natural, etc), the myriad of routes available to you and which are scenic, as well as small and larger settlements.

    BTW I totally agree with the comments above. It is a romantic notion to cross the continent in an RV, but an expensive notion, and when on the road, may well be regretted. An RV is an ideal vehicle when the trip is largely focused on national parks.

    Lifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lifemagician View Post
    Do you actually have some good maps to help you plan this trip? Whereabouts is 'abroad'? You may be able to get maps locally, but if not, and since this trip is still sometime off, you can order a Rand McNally road atlas from our store. You'll have it in a couple of weeks.

    Good maps or the mentioned atlas have a wealth of information, which is rarely if ever available to you on a little screen. Attractions along the way (historical, natural, etc), the myriad of routes available to you and which are scenic, as well as small and larger settlements.

    BTW I totally agree with the comments above. It is a romantic notion to cross the continent in an RV, but an expensive notion, and when on the road, may well be regretted. An RV is an ideal vehicle when the trip is largely focused on national parks.

    Lifey
    Thank you so much for your advice. It is definately food for thought and we will re-think our plans. I really appreciate your help!

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