Car travel is an option, using camping equipment or motels at night. While this option will likely save you a significant amount of money on gas, other daily tasks can prove to be much more difficult. Storage, organization, cooking, keeping food cold, exposure to the elements, general comfort level, etc., may prove to be a hindrance. For the purposes of this article, we will assume you will be choosing a recreational vehicle (RV). There are several types of RV's to choose from, and your choice depends on your budget, comfort level requirements, and personal interests. Some of the options include: a van, a motor home, a trailer, or a 5th-Wheel. Choosing or buying an RV can be a guide all by itself, but some main things to consider when selecting an RV include:
Resale value: If you'll be buying a rig just for the trip, consider the resale value as a topmost concern. Some RV makes tend to hold their values well, others not so much. Do your research with care and ask other RV owners what their preferred choices are. Weight: Take time to learn about weight ratings such as GVWR or CCC. Slides are nice, but can add unsafe weight. Storage: Consider the available space for both personal items, fresh water, waste tanks, propane, food, etc. Typically, motor homes and 5th wheels have more storage capacity than travel trailers or vans. If you're taking along a lot of sporting, expedition, hobby, or camping equipment, bear this in mind. Size: Bigger is not always better. Get something practical and comfortable, but avoid bigger unless it's absolutely essential. Bigger can be more expensive to move around and you may be limited to only certain campgrounds by having too large an RV. When traveling a long time, it can be helpful to err on the side of being able to get around more easily and squeeze into smaller spaces; it'll take you a lot farther. Power: Will you need a generator, solar, or will you be plugging in every night? Towing: If you go with a motor home, you may want to consider towing another vehicle behind you (toad). Having an everyday driver can be great, because you won't have to pack up the entire RV just to run to the grocery store or maneuver up those windy roads for a day hike. But there are special considerations, and some states require auxiliary braking in the "toad", so be sure to research the regulations before contemplating this add-on.