Hello all, this is my first post here.
My wife and I are planning a 3-5 week cross country trip from PA, south to Texas (family) out through the southwest, north through California, and back through the northwest. I estimate our trip to be around 10,000 miles total.
We plan to camp most nights, with the occasional motel if needed. We also, as most would do, plan to keep our budget frugal, but not at the expense of a good time.
Anyway, in comes the question, Do we take the car or the truck?
Vehicles in question:
1994 Honda Civic Ex
more adjustable seats, can fold back for napping
more interior space
Limited packing space (mountain bikes, fishing poles, cooler, etc.)
Low ground clearance (problem for dirt roads, camping access
Sleeping in the car at rest stops not a comfortable proposition.
1998 S10 pickup 2wd, 5spd, 4cyl.
Lots of room to easily pack things
With truck cap on and mattress pad, truck becomes a 'camper' of sorts... nice in bad weather, crappy campsites, etc. Convenience for sleeping when not in a tent.
Tailgate becomes a camp table
Good ground clearance
27mpg (very good for a truck, but fuel cost ~$400 more than taking the civic)
Less interior space
Seats have no range of adjustability (standard cab)
Rear wheel drive = stuck in mud.
4cyl engine is weaksauce.
Basically it comes to this:
Civic seems more comfortable for driving
Truck seems much better for camping/avoiding motels
What would the Great American Roadtrippers do?
Any input from previous experience?