Monthly Archives: April 2018

RVs vs. Hotels for Your Road Trip

Working or retired, who doesn’t dream of more traveling? When I early retired, we wanted to travel several months out of the year. So, we purchased a small RV. RVs are flexible and comfortable. You travel on your own timetable, overnighting any spot that interests you. You rest in your own bed and prepare your own food. It’s like being at home while being on the road.

I thought that owning a small RV would save us money. And it does. But if you’re thinking about renting an RV this summer? Well, you might want to rethink and do some math beforehand.

You need to do the numbers on three modes of road-trip travel: (1) driving your own car and staying in hotels; (2) having a small RV; or (3) renting a small RV. (I focus on small RVs here. They are affordable. The modern small RVs are comfortable and economical for a small family or couple.)

For each choice, you’ll figure the cost per mile of owning the vehicle. To this, you’ll add the cost of driving the vehicle, according to its fuel consumption and the current national average cost of gasoline, about $2.70 per gallon as this is written. That will give you an general cost per mile of operating the vehicle.

Next, you’ll want to figure the daily expense for traveling, based on average hotel and camping rates. For food costs, you’ll compare the expense of dining out for hotel travel with preparing meals in an RV. You’ll use national averages when possible, plus your own estimates and experiences.

What you’ll see is that the essential trade-off of RV ownership is that it saves you on daily costs at the expense of mileage costs. An RV is more expensive to own and drive but saves you each day on lodging and meals. Your personal break even point will be contingent on your travel plans and lifestyle.

From Detroit, Michigan to San Jose California in Nine Days-The Best Route for Your Road Trip

The scenario:

Doris recently graduated from college and got a job in Michigan. Though, she will begin with four months of training at the corporate headquarters near San Jose, California. She stated that she wants her car there for weekend sightseeing. Therefore, she wants to drive.

She wants to see some things along the way but is on a budget and can’t afford more than a week on the road.

The solution:

Friday night – Leave downtown Detroit, drive to Elgin Illinois (north of Chicago), stay night at a hotel.

Saturday – drive to Mitchell, SD, visit Mitchell Corn Palace, stay the night at hotel.

Sunday – leave at 7 am, drive to De Smet & visit Ingalls Homestead. Leave by 11, lunch in car, drive to Pierre – State Capitol & visit. Drive to Keystone via Badlands loop with stop at Wall Drug, spend night in Keystone at K Bar S Lodge.

Monday – see Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park wildlife loop, and Mt. Rushmore. Stay another night in Keystone.

Tuesday – drive to Buffalo, WY thru Lead, Deadwood, Spearfish, Devil’s Tower (if you have time). Stay night at a hotel.

Wednesday – enter Northeast entrance of Yellowstone thru Beartooth Highway. Spend the night in Yellowstone.

Thursday – do Yellowstone stuff, spend another night at a hotel.

Friday – leave early, stop in Blackfoot for Idaho Potato Museum, drive to Salt Lake City see State Capitol and Temple Square, spend the night at a hotel.

Saturday – drive to Carson City, Nevada and see the State Capitol. Spend the night at a hotel.

Sunday – drive to San Jose, passing by Lake Tahoe so possibly do something there. Also, you will pass right through Sacramento, see the State Capitol., check into corporate housing, Airbnb, etc. You’ve arrived at your destination!

Drive from Michigan to Canada and It Won’t Cost You a Dime!

How does it work?

America really is the land of the automobile! A nation of gas guzzlers and the spiritual home of the road trip. Every year numerous cars, motor homes and camper vans are driven across the country as Americans and

Driving car on a forest asphalt road among trees

visitors tour the nation. As a result, car and motor home hire companies are in continuous need of drivers to take vehicles back and forth to the correct destinations frequently to the place where they started the trip.

One of the most famous deals is the “Florida drive out”, when costs are slashed for anyone looking to rent a car for a one-way drive up north in spring. In the meantime, companies that deliver cars around the country unite drivers with vehicles that need transporting, providing a free set of wheels and at times a tank full of gas in exchange for delivery. For the flexible traveler wanting a cheap ride, this can be the ideal chance to get a car for next to nothing, and explore the US on the way.

Where can you go?

When it comes to this kind of transportation, you could possibly go anywhere. It’s just a matter of biding your time until a vehicle that needs delivering in the direction you want to travel is available. Currently, there are several cars available on the Auto Driveaway website that need to be taken from CA to NY, FL to WA, and AZ to DE. Also, there are companies in Canada that run deliveries from Toronto and Vancouver to spots around the US.

Who can do it?

To deliver a vehicle for Auto Driveaway, which is the biggest driveaway company in the US, you need to be at least 23 and have a valid driver’s license. Some other driveaway companies require the drivers to be older and are subject to background checks.