August to February Road Trip
Replies: 10 - Last Post: May 25, 2012 6:53 AM Last Post By: ianw6705
May 24, 2012 6:19 PM
August to February Road TripWe are now planning to buy a second winnebago or the like and travel around. Wondering whats the best way to travel we are planning to fly into San Francisco but are flexible and wonder what area to tackle first. Where is it warmer from august to february and what itinery would suggest for a road trip. Thank you any comments would be greatly appreciated. xx
May 24, 2012 6:47 PM
May 24, 2012 7:02 PM
2Will this"Winne" be in addition to the 5th wheel you had panned on purchasing ? Is the longer term visa sorted ?? Your priorities & activities need be made known to we respondents...Should you wish "useful advice". What will your"cash in hand" budget be for purchase and travel expenses ??? carracar
May 24, 2012 7:05 PM
3San Francisco is foggy in the summer and may be about 60F degrees. The warmest area of California is in San Diego during February.
As for purchasing used RVs, the San Francisco Bay Area does have consignment lots where vehicle owners park their cars or RVs and purchasers may browse. Some lots may be close to a shopping mall with a Wal-Mart or K-Mart. A clerk on the lot usually has the keys and can show you the engine and inside, but the owner must be the one to take you for a drive (car insurance). This might be the cheapest way of purchasing a vehicle. Dealers mark up all vehicles much higher than owners -- I just encountered a dealer who wanted to sell me a 2007 Mazda Miata 5X with 51,000 miles at the price of a brand new 2012 Mazda Miata! It would be necessary for you to rent a car in San Francisco to drive it to the consignment lots in Daly City, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, or Rohnert Park. (I am skipping places that are known to be dodgy in the East Bay.) Check the RV ads in the newspaper to determine the price ranges before you shop.
Addendum: I forgot to note that you should also browse the bulletin boards at Woodall's and Good Sam Club RV Campgrounds in the Bay Area because many RVers who are either upgrading or downsizing do advertise their used RVs on the bulletin boards. You can find a Woodall's Campground Directory at a large bookstore or maybe in the public library -- it has about 1,000 pages and covers the USA, Canada, and Mexico. I always prefer staying at the Woodall's Campgrounds for their swimming pools, hot showers, Wi-Fi, cable TV, laundromats, and sometimes lounges with a book-exchange library. A friend of mine just sold his huge bus-type RV mobile home and downsized to a new truck with large camper in which he and his wife are now travelling for 3 months around the USA. He found a buyer for his RV by posting on the bulletin board and also found the camper advertised on the same bulletin board of a popular Woodall's Campground.
Edited by: trekker502
May 24, 2012 11:38 PM
4I agree with carracar trekker ... I would wait until the intrepid OPs are able to answer the question regarding the 5th Wheel they were looking to buy - last week. And donna - it would really help you to place things in context ... your previous thread is not forgotten yet (even though some of us are getting on a bit).
May 25, 2012 1:24 AM
May 25, 2012 1:29 AM
6Sorry about the scattered threads, we have intereview with the Consulate on Tuesday regarding longer visa. We are a bit concerned about the weather as someone posted that America will be 75% in winter. We have winter in the centr of Australia and thats the only time you really want to travel there and thought this could be true of America.
May 25, 2012 2:19 AM
7No ... I lived in Alice Springs for five years, and the winters were superb indeed - bright blue skies and about 30F-65F many days.
Winter in the centre of continental USA is a different creature altogether - it can be very cold. But we have done a December-January trip through AZ-UT-NM-CO and it was one of the best holidays I have ever had. Sure - there were two metres of snow along the roads at times, and much else - but it was very stimulating.
And in any case - if you have an August-February road-trip - many people on here can provide advice on which wonderful states to visit during each of those months. Certainly don't give up on your plans - it's a great country, even when cold!
May 25, 2012 5:51 AM
8Should your browser permit... See if you can log on to the consolidator site Craiggers... this displays all RVs(usually by owner) up for sale on Craigslist in the US & Canada... This will give you a good idea of variety and value...There ARE fraudulent listings proceed to a sale and tax insurance and registration issues,with care ...carracar
May 25, 2012 6:12 AM
This is not meant to discourage you, but rather to provide a more realistic perspective. Take a look at http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/ to get an idea of how chilly things might get (admittedly this map tends towards worst-case scenarios), or play around with http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/ to get an idea of where and how much snow falls. As your countryman hints above, there's a real beauty to snow and ice. It's just that appreciating the beauty needs to be coupled with respect for the climate and terrain.
May 25, 2012 6:53 AM
10Yes ... and you could easily plan a course that went from California / Oregon in August, Seattle / Vancouver / Montana / Wyoming in September, Utah / Colorado / New Mexico in October - November, Texas / New Orleans / Florida etc in December and January, and so on ... you could have really wonderful weather all the way, if you do some basic plotting.
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