This spring, my husband and I need to transport a bunch of our stuff from Philly to Seattle, though we ourselves are still living overseas in Europe for some years. We're giving ourselves two weeks, basically, to fly to Boston, take a train to Philly, pick up our stored 2002 VW Jetta (good condition) there, and start the road trip West.... then take a one-way flight back to Boston, and from there return to Europe.
However, my family is in Seattle and I'd like to have 5-7 days to visit them in the second half of the trip. This gives us 5-7 days to make the drive across the country, which isn't much time. I know that if we bomb it straight West on I-80/90, we can get to Seattle within 5 days (8-10 hours a day).
But I'm concerned about the weather on the northern route (late April not so much, but March could be a problem, right?). Also, I'd ideally like to stay overnight in Las Vegas, as I also have family there... how much driving time would that add to the trip? And what would be a good route from Philly to Las Vegas?
We'll be most likely renting a UHaul trailer (small, 5 x 8?) to drag our stuff... how much does this add to gas mileage, and would it be better to ship this kind of thing? And how safe IS the northern route, in early spring?
Thanks for your help, everyone!!!