my girlfriend and I (27 and 29 from Germany) are planning a roadtrip along the West Coast in August 2019 for 3-4 weeks. We haven't really come up with a "schedule" yet, since we're not really that interested in seeing any specific sights/cities/etc., we just wanted to hit the road and go for it, basically. We'd probably like to start (and end) in LA, Seattle, Portland or Vancouver (or other cities you might suggest), rent a van and then head north/south, maybe go a little landwards here and there etc.
As you can see, we basically don't have any experience with this kinda stuff, so I figured I should ask some experts first before we
do anything stupid haha. Basic questions for now are:
* Where can we get a reaaaally basic (and cheap) van for two people? A bed and a stove would be nice, but they're no must for we could buy an air mattress and a gas stove I guess. All the rentals I could find were at least 3500$ for 3-4 weeks, most of them with significant additional costs. But those were fully equipped camping vehicles, mostly. As mentioned, a van would do - are there any roadtripping forums where we can get a used one from other roadtrippers or something like that?
* Would buying a cheap van and then trying to sell it after the trip be an option? My girlfriend did that in Austrialia.
* Considering the time and costs, do y'all think that getting a rental car and staying at hostels could come cheaper after all? M'lady insists on 2-bed rooms though.
* How many destinations are realistic in that time and what distance can be realistically covered in a day driving?
Thank you so much for your help and suggestions! I hope I'm not too infuriatingly naive here ;)