I will be going to college in Arizona coming this August.
I will be making the trip from New York (Long Island) to Prescott, Arizona and google maps told me it'd be about a 2500 mile trip give or take.
Many would say, why not just fly there? Well, I have to bring up a bunch of stuff to college (desktop computer, tv, small furniture, and a few other things). Also, I want to get a job off campus, I want to make more then $50/week and my studies are not as intensive as most college students so a car would be very helpful for a job off campus and I have family that lives about an hour or so away.
My car is a 2002 Montero XLS, with 135,000 miles on it right now. It's in good shape, engine wise it has never had any problems. I am handy, so I can fix a lot of things, I put my own break pads and rotors on my car, as well as change the oil and I know the basic workings of an engine.
I was thinking 3 days for the trip? Possibly 4? I know i'd have to push 12-13 hours a day but I think I can do it. Also, would it be bad if I slept in my car in a hotel parking lot for at least one day to cut travel costs? The other days i'd get a room for my mental health of course.
Would it be cheaper just to ship my car there and fly?
I am also young, 18 years of age and I am male. I honestly don't have a problem going by myself, I've done 8 hour road trips before without any problems but then again it was just for one day. I also am an avid hiker and outdoors man and have done 10-14 hours day on foot, and sometimes by myself (I work as a mountain guide during my summers).
Of course during the christmas breaks and such i'd just fly back home. I'd only be making the trip twice a year (once there and once back)
Is this feasible? Or should I just fly/deliver my car.