I am moving from the east coast (Ithaca, NY) the west coast (San
Francisco) in the beginning of September and I am planning on renting
a 26' truck from Penske and drive, with my car towed behind. This is
a bit intimidating, as I have never driven a truck before, and I have
never driven across the US.
I am looking for information on recommended stops and motels that
can accommodate a big truck in their parking lot.
I am planning on driving no more than 9 hours per day (5 hours on the first
day). I was thinking about making the following stops (distances and travel time are based on google maps):
from: Ithaca, NY to: Cleveland, Ohio (329 miles, about 5.5 hours)
from Cleveland, Ohio to: Davenport, Iowa (495 miles, about 8 hours)
from Davenport, Iowa, to: North Platte, Nebraska (578 miles, about 8.5 hours)
from: North Platte, Nebraska to: Salt Lake City, Utah (656 miles, about 9 hours)
from: Salt Lake City, Utah to: Reno, Nevada (519 miles, about 7.5 hours)
from: Reno, Nevada to: San Francisco, CA (219 miles, about 3.5 hours)
I was wondering if anyone has any advice on this route. Does it seem like
a reasonable plan? Should I change the stops?
Also, does anyone know of cheap but decent motels/hotels in the cities I am planning on stopping by? I tried freetrip.com and travmatix.com, as suggested by other members of this forum (thanks for these pointers!), and they came up with a plan, but I am not sure it is useful for truck drivers.
The main issue I am concerned about is accessibility - I would prefer motels that are close to the highway so I don't have to drive
through small roads to get there, and I can easily get in and out (preferably without having to go in reverse..)
The other issue is parking - most motels have small parking lots so
where can you park such a big truck (+car carrier)?
Alternatively, is there a website/software that can come up with
a travel plan geared toward trucks?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!