First off, as this is my first post, I want to say that RTA is the most resourceful site on roadtripping I was able to find. I have read through many threads in search of some answers for my own roadtrip, but still have some questions.
I am planning to go on a 9000+ mile roadtrip around America with one of my friends. The trip is supposed to take place in the middle of June 2011 and last somewhere around 45 days. I realize it seems early to start planning everything out, but we want to do the research now so we don't have to leave everything for the last minute. It would be awesome if you guys would help us out by answering some questions, since we are not very experienced with such long roadtrips.
I do have the entire trip with stops and duration of stay mapped out in Microsoft Streets & Trips and would like to upload it when I get home from work. That way you guys could tell me if it's a doable plan. We are planning to sleep in tents most of the time, so we could use the money we save on seeing more cool stuff. Is 1500-2000 dollars per person enough? We are driving a Honda Fit, and the cost of gas was calculated to be under 700 dollars with somewhere around 9000 miles to drive (car has great mpg). Also, since the seats in the back fold into the floor, should be invest in one of those Thule top of car cargo containers? Or would we be able to fit most of the necessities in the car?
As far as camping goes, are there any campgrounds that are free of charge? As in, are there primitive sites in forests off the highways where you can just drive into and set camp for the night?
More questions to come :D thanks for your help!