my wife and I are really excited planning our first RV trip in the US. We have had a fantastic time driving an RV through New Zealand and would like to experience the US Westcoast.
Reasons why we enjoy driving the RV:
Be spontaneous regarding staying a bit longer in places we like, take a break anywhere any time, prepare your own meals and not being dependent on restaurants three times a day (food allergies), enjoy the driving (even on narrow roads such as in New Zealand)
We are starting the trip in about 5 weeks from now and we have some very basic questions to start with
1) Is an RV the right mode of transport for this trip or would you recommend a car (with some flexibility to sleep in) + tent + some motel nights?
2) How spontaneous can we be with the RV? We have neither booked the RV (have some pending offers) nor any campgrounds
3) We would prefer not to stay in extremely "advanced" and pricey campsites every night (we figured from NZ that we dont need much water, electricity, wifi etc.) - are there options available along our trip?
I was really looking forward to the RV trip, but reading through some of the comments on other forums I am a bit freaked out (e.g., "you need to pre-book everything 4 months ahead at least" --> if that is true, then RV gives me no flexibility?). I was picturing us standing at nice designated RV sites in forests, at lakes, at times at RV camping sites, and if bad comes to worse at some Walmarts.
Our itinerary looks roughly like the below (numbers represent the days)
1 Seattle/Olympic National Park
2 Seattle - Portland
3 Portland - Crater Lake
4 Cotton Wood to Redwood NP
5 Redwood NP
6 Cotton Wood to SF
7 SF - Big Sur
8 Big Sur - Santa Barbara
9 Santa Barbara - LA
10 LA - Sequoia
11 Sequoia to Yosemite
14 Nappa Valley
15 Nappa Valley