In September, we will be embarking on a week long trip from our home in Bremerton, WA (West Puget Sound) to St. George, Utah (Southern Utah) for my dad's wedding. We are also going with my two brothers, one of their girl friends, two small dogs, and our two month old daughter. We will be renting a 28 ft RV. It should be an adventure to say the least.
My questions are as follows:
We are planning on taking tents and camping in areas that allow for both an rv and tent space. It would also be an option to pack extra camping cooking gear like a stove or bbq. Does the kitchen in an rv take a lot of fuel/energy to run? Would it be worth taking that extra space to not have to use/pay for fuel for the generator?
Our daughter will be 2 mo by the time we go, so she will still have to be in a rear facing car-seat for most of the drive. Our car seat has the option of using a base or being strapped in using just a regular seat belt (just lap belt is ok per manufacturer). What is the best place in an RV for a baby seat? Are there any legal restrictions as to where a baby seat can be placed?
We will be bringing a pack n play (play pen) for our daughter to sleep in when we arrive in Utah, but we will need to sleep a few nights on the road. We are ok with her sleeping in the bed with us, but would want some barrier to protect her from stray covers or other hazards. What are some good options for sleeping arrangements for an infant in an RV? Do they make travel beds for infants? Are they generally made to stand alone or be on top of a bed?
Thank you for any helpful hints and suggestions. Also if you have any suggestions of places to stay or things to see in that general neck of the woods that would be great!