NEED ADVICE ON TRAVELLING TO THE WEST COAST OF AMERICA WITH A RV CAMPER?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 6, 2012 6:17 PM Last Post By: richandfamous
Feb 15, 2012 1:29 AM
NEED ADVICE ON TRAVELLING TO THE WEST COAST OF AMERICA WITH A RV CAMPER?NEED ADVICE ON TRAVELLING TO THE WEST COAST OF AMERICA WITH A RV CAMPER?
MY Partner and i would is considering doing a trip to america the west coast. We are from south africa - cape town. I would like advice on what places we can visit ect.
This is what we would like to do
3 weeks road travelling with a RV camper
starting from Los Angels
grand canyon - las vegas - phonix - palm springs - some national parks - san fransico - back to los angeles.
Is there anyone that can advise us on the trip? size of RV we should rent? any other amazing places we can stop by? things we can do?
Your help is much appreciated
not sure if i am posting this in the right section ???
Feb 15, 2012 6:02 AM
Feb 15, 2012 6:26 AM
2Why Phoenix? Why Palm Springs?
And as laketraveler asks, why the RV?
Feb 15, 2012 6:42 AM
Feb 15, 2012 6:46 AM
Feb 15, 2012 6:54 AM
5Palm Springs is just outside Joshua Tree National Park; I suspect that's the reason it's on the OP's list of towns to visit.
OP, you don't need an RV to see any of the towns or National Parks of the Western US, and renting one won't save you money. Using an RV generally cost MORE money than just renting a car and staying in motels! So unless you specifically value the RV experience, you might want to change your plans.
What National Parks do you have in mind? July's a brutally hot time to be touring the desert southwest, but an excellent time to visit the northern Pacific coast and the Rocky Mountains. Unless you like sweating buckets, you may want to visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon at another time.
And if you do decide you really want to see the desert, strike Phoenix off your list and substitute Tuscon and Saguaro National Park. Trust me on this! Phoenix is a pretty dull town from a tourist standpoint, and it's very sprawly.
Feb 15, 2012 7:31 AM
6Some people like the independence of traveling turtle-style, with their home. There are many beautiful campgrounds where you may park an RV. Although I own a travel trailer, I would recommend the van-type of RV, such as Roadtrek, because they can be parked anywhere you park a car when you tour the cities. Gas mileage is poor for any RVs, so you would mainly be thinking of convenience. In popular areas, such as Yosemite National Park and Grand Canyon National Park, you need to make advance reservations nearby for a campsite. However, as you drive between destinations, there are Travel Centers, Flying-J Truck Stops, and Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lots where you may park overnight for free. Along the Pacific Coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles, there are many California State Campgrounds as well as National Forest and National Park Campgrounds to park overnight (none of these have electrical hookups). As you may know, the RV battery recharges while you are driving and lights may be used for only a couple of hours after parking.
Jun 29, 2012 4:30 PM
Im from Ireland and have always wanted to travel down the west coast of America. My thought is to fly into San Francisco spend 3 weeks travelling down the west coast and finish up in San Diego. This i intend to do this October/November or next year at the same time.rMy list of things id like to do and see are as follows :-
1. 2-3 days San Francisco, alcatraz, San fran, Yosemite
2. Into wine, so would like to do Napa valley etc.. wine tour
4. Santa Barbara
5. L.A. but not sure what's a must and whats a miss
6. 1 week in Palm Springs - golfing
7. Las Vegas, probably 1 night just to say i've been there.
8. Back on the coast down to San Diego
Forgot Grand Canyon
My main question is, both me and my wife golf, so apart from the week in palm springs (approx 4 rounds) would also like to take in a couple of golf course along the way, is it better to travel by RV and have the option to set your own timetable or rent a car and stay in hotel/motel. Also appreciate any advice from people who have done a similar trip and what they think of my plan.
Jun 29, 2012 5:21 PM
8Welcome, You're much better off posting your questions as your own Original Post rather than hijacking a thread that's five months old.
RV's are almost always much more exensive and rarely a very good idea unless the goal of your trip is specifically to RV.
Post on your own and you'll get more responses.
Oct 6, 2012 6:17 PM
9RVs is recommended for trips with many companions. How many are you going to the trip? I think maybe if you are 6 to 10 persons. RV is very good since trying to commute more from destination to destination and staying from hotels to hotels are very expensive. Though RV are expensive too, but you won't get stressed out in the trip because RV will make you feel comfortable and you can sleep/park at any time anywhere.
I have visited this RV dealer and they have a good service and wide selection. Maybe you can check them out if you can go to Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and Dublin, CALIFORNIA.
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