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time2roll

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Posted: 07/03/20 01:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I recommend the Class C motorhome.


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Posted: 07/03/20 01:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Because of the difference in an RV vs car driving, a good rule of thumb for RV'rs traveling is 50 miles in one hour. AND, you should include about one hour per 6 hours of driving for fuel and potty, lunch breaks. And, lastly as mentioned, with a truck everyone should be belted in for safety. A Class C, they probably won't be in a seatbelt down the highway. So, just for safety's sake, a truck and trailer (5th wheel or Travel Trailer) would be best. Good luck and either way, the kids will remember this trip.

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Jebby14 wrote:

Id go big 5th wheel over C. You already have the truck, why buy another powertrain to handle. You need to add more time. also do everyone a favor and stop at KOA type campgrounds on the way to and from, rest stops suck, especially with a family.

if you are looking at renting, why not fly out and rent local?


This hit the two points I would make...

Best option would be to fly out and rent. I'm betting by the time you add in 6 long days driving with fuel, the air tickets won't look so bad. Plus you get an extra 4 days at the destination.

If you insist on doing the drive, if you already have the truck, get a 5th wheel or travel trailer.

What are you long term RV plans? If this is a one off trip, definitely do the rental.


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Posted: 07/03/20 05:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had several road trips with our girls at age 10 and 12. Travel was only NM to WA to help and visit family. They never complained whether taking the full sized bronco or rented smaller class Cs. However, it was the motor home trips they remember enjoying the most because of the undistracted family time. Even over the couple airline trips.


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Posted: 07/03/20 05:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a job and limited vacation. Most of our trips start and end with bomber runs, it's just the way it is.

We did it for years in a van/travel trailer and now have a Class C. The C is WAAAAAAY better for these long travel days, the kids (and wife) can hang out, play games (or watch their phones lol), sleep, cook, pee, whatever. We rented a class C a few years ago for a long trip and it was great. That was the trip that sold me on the switch from TT to C.

If it's a one time thing or you are not sure, renting is a good way to go.


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Don’t forget to carry a solar generator for your Rv

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Zlent16 wrote:

Don’t forget to carry a solar generator for your Rv

I found some options ***Link Removed***https://generatorswift.com/quiet-generator-reviews-super-silent-generators-for-camping-2020/


The planned trip will have him driving several hours per day...shouldn't need extra generation beyond the alternator.

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valhalla360 wrote:

Zlent16 wrote:

Don’t forget to carry a solar generator for your Rv

I found some options ***Link Removed***


The planned trip will have him driving several hours per day...shouldn't need extra generation beyond the alternator.
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I prefer a motor home to a trailer for multipe reasons.. BUT A word of caution about a class C.

Some years ago (2006/7) I was parked at a campground in Las Vegas.. An elderly couple flew in and was picked up at the airport by the courtesy driver from an Vegas RV dealer to took em to the dealership and handed them the keys to a brand new Class C.

In fact I had to help the elerly gent unlock the living space door as he had forgotten which key fit (Tri-mark same as I have).

Well they went to dinner. and though the parking garage had the clearance (barley) for the Rig the pipe and chain to warn you of overheight was the precise height to clear the rooof.

What it did not clear was the winegard "Flying Saucer" style TV antenna, in fact it went in under the saucer. Ripped it off the roof. then the pipe flew up and came down right atop the bathroom vent lid smashing it.

So be careful out there and know how tall your rig is.


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As said earlier, the kids will love traveling in the C vs 3 deep in the back seat.
Please don’t consider the negativity put forth, as it’s typical every time someone talks about a long road trip. You know whether you and your family are good with long hours on the road. They don’t.
IMO, getting the RV at home is advantageous because you can stock it with everything you need for little to no $. Vs renting at location, paying extra fee for amenities and still having bare minimum “stuff”.

Some folk aren’t built for road trips. We have friends like that, however it doesn’t bother us. Sure the kids complain sometimes but they complain on a 6 hour drive.
Wife and oldest son road tripped x country to deliver my sister a vehicle when son had his permit 2 years ago. No big deal. 1800mi, one hotel stay lots of Mountain Dew and chips!
Plus with kids driving age, if they’re good drivers, makes for great relief drivers!


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