Good afternoon to you all!! New member and my first post so please be gentle! Must say this site is a bloody Godsend. I've been reading through alot of posts and they've helped me greatly with how i'd like to attack my trip so thanks already.
Me and a friend , 26 and 24, are planning on a summer roadtrip starting in San Fran mid July and finishing in New York late August, all in all roughly 6 weeks. I have friends in San Fran, Minnesota, and New York so plan on invading them for a bit of the trip saving costs (though they are, so far, unaware of our arrangement!) and the rest of the time campgrounds and the car will be where we kip. I have a rough idea of sites i'd like to fit in but i'm still in the early stages of planning. Roughly... down the westcoast, Gran Canyon, then back north to hit the northern route, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Niagra, New York... but before I consider planning out an official route my main concern is transport. I've looked at rental costs and it doesn't come cheap, so i've almost ruled out that option. I've made a couple of roadtrips before around France and previously from San Diego-Vancouver an both times in large convesion van style transport which was ideal to sleep in and for me made the trip, but both times the car was owned by friends and so wasn't a problem. I just showed up and lived the dream... no worries! My dilema so far is how easy is it to just buy a car and away you go. I've read a few posts and it sounds like its just your luck really. The plan is to hit San Fran an spend a couple of days searching first. I've hit Craigslist up and there always seems to be a few bargain conversion vans in the $2000-$4000 bracket which is wot we'd look at. A slight gamble I know. My main question though, after all that ramble, is when you buy the car, what proceedure must you then take, i.e, registering your vehicle, taxing, is it easy to insure being a "tourist", or as a tourist am I unable to buy a vehicle due to having no citizenship etc etc... all that official stuff that I have no clue about. Any help would be massively appreciated. Thanks again.