My friend and I (males and both in our early 20s) want to drive around the lower 48 this summer. Our tentative date of departure is July 1st and we were thinking that we'd make it back in about a month, although we do have 6 weeks to do this if we need more time. Our ride will be a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria with 93,000 miles on it. It has been reliable and hasn't had any major issues, but I realize I may be foolish to take a car with that much mileage on such a lengthy trip. I've checked out Escape Campervans, but the costs just for the rental would add up to about $3,000, which wouldn't leave us with enough money for the trip.
We'd be leaving from Pennsylvania and heading west to Illinois, north to Wisconsin, and then west across the northern U.S. to Seattle. Afterward, we'd ride down the west coast to L.A. and then take it east all the way to Miami, Florida. At that point, we'd drive up the east coast to Maine and then probably wrap up by going through New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. We have a few friends across the country that we plan on staying with, and we want to utilize national parks and cheap motels/hotels to stay overnight in other areas (although, the occasional Wal Mart parking lot isn't out of the question). Our budget will be $5,000, which will leave us with $80 per day for each of us if the trip lasts 31 days, $60 if it lasts for 6 weeks.
I realize that I need to make a defined map with stopping points along the way, seeing as my current plans are very vague. I'll name some stops we plan on making. These should be in order:
-Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin
-St. Cloud, Minnesota
-Fargo, North Dakota
-Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
-Bear Tooth Pass Hwy, Wyoming
-Santa Cruz, California
-Los Angeles, California
-Las Vegas, Nevada
-Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
-Albuquerque, New Mexico
-Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
-The Outer Banks, North Carolina
-New York City, New York
-Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Are we crazy? I am just looking for some solid advice on whether this is feasible or not. If not, what would make it feasible? More time, more money, or a better vehicle? Any suggestions on stopping points would be appreciated as well. Thank you.