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  1. Default Unsure

    My husband and I live in central Ohio and are wanting to go on a roud trip towrds KY and TN and around to NC and SC and ending maybe in Washington DC for vacation this summer. We are not sure what all to do or if there is a better plane for that general area. We live see araes of history and like to see shows and nature. We were deciding wether on renting an RV for the trip or just going from hotel to hotel. If anyone has any ideas or sugestions please let me know. I am up for anything.

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    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    How many days are you planning on taking?

  3. Default How Long?

    We are thinking about a week and a half to two weeks.

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    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    In that short period of time, a RV rental would not be cost effective at all. What you might want to do is some tent camping combined with hotel stays.

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    Mar 2005
    Washington state coast/Olympic Peninsula

    Default RV experience vs. saving money

    Some people enjoy renting RVs as it's a different way to travel and it's all about the experience. In that case, there's no reason for you to not rent an RV if that's what you want to do. However, if you're doing it to save money on your trip, it's not the right choice for you. RV travel, especially when you also have to pay the rental fee, is never the cheapest option.

    This article gives you helpful tips on how to decide betwen an RV or hotels. Here's another good article with helpful tips. The last article does say that studies show RV travel is the cheapest way to travel. I believe that might be for those who already own their RVs. RV rental fees for the week can easily cost as much, or even more, than hotels would.

    Anyway, we used to be avid RVers taking our kids camping in a truck/camper combo and then, when they were bigger and we needed more room, a truck/trailer. However, we never did this for long trips as the gas consumption was pretty high and long miles negated any cost savings we had by hauling our sleeping quarters and kitchen with us. Whenever we went on longer trips, we did the car/hotel thing. Depending on the trip, we sometimes took a tent and camped at least some nights along the way. Now, with the kids gone, we still take the tent and will often tent camp for the night, mixing it up with hotels depending on our destination and other factors.

    An RV wouldn't mix well with DC but there are RV parks outside the city that have transportation to get you to the Metro so you can explore the city. Hotels in DC tend to be quite expensive so this might be an area where you would save some money. However, you could also stay in a hotel well outside the city and park you car at the park-n-ride lot for the day so you can take the Metro into the city. I wonder if some hotels might even have shuttles to take you to the Metro stop? It might be worth looking into. Personally, I wouldn't drive in DC just due to parking issues in the city. And the Metro is easy to take and actually a lot of fun!

    I suggest you read the articles and see what you think after that. And keep asking questions.

    And do you have any questions about where to go and what to do?

  6. Default Where to go?

    We are not sure what all to see or what to do. We like nature and historic areas. I would also like to see some local entertainment.

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