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Old 06-10-2018, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default Quandry?? Going across country ..rig vs. car

How many of you have been thinking .... mostly driving across the USA .. is it less or more expensive to drive the Class B??

The car is faster... and gets way better fuel economy, but, you have to stay in hotels... even cheap ones.

But, the car is way more agile in very tight circumstances.

Mostly a straight shot across and back... what do you think?
I'd almost save the miles on the rig for more adventure cruise??
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Old 06-10-2018, 02:47 AM   #2
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If your hotel standards are not real high then rooms can be had cheaply. My last cross country was summer 2015. Average hotel room was $45-50. Had none that were bad. Also the purpose of the trip factors in. I was taking my classic mini to a mini meet so drove it all the way. If the weather is good for boondocking then I would drive the B. Makes food and bathroom stops easy.
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Old 06-10-2018, 03:45 AM   #3
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If your hotel standards are not real high then rooms can be had cheaply. My last cross country was summer 2015. Average hotel room was $45-50. Had none that were bad. Also the purpose of the trip factors in. I was taking my classic mini to a mini meet so drove it all the way. If the weather is good for boondocking then I would drive the B. Makes food and bathroom stops easy.
Here's the thing..if we take the rig.. I pretty much do all the driving... last fall, I did an 11,000 miles round-trip across the USA... I need to get my wife to get more comfortable with driving...

This trip would be shorter, but, still 6,000 miles round-trip is not insignificant... much easier driving in the car....

The other thing is 12 days on the road could be easily be $1200....

Decisions.....
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Old 06-10-2018, 01:00 PM   #4
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Do you make your own meals in the RV or do you eat out? This also factors into the overall costs.
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Old 06-10-2018, 01:31 PM   #5
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one big factor for me when traveling is sleeping - i almost always sleep better in my RV than in a hotel - partly due to knowing i am sleeping on my very own bed
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There is no quandary for me. We bought our Class Bs to see the country on our terms in comfort at all times and not depend on reservations and hotels. Had we not bought our Bs, no curiosity in our country, and had to go long distances, we would fly.
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No brainer for us, our Travato. We are driving from Vero Beach to San Diego to visit family in August and of course driving back. It is so easy to drive and averages 21 mpg. We drive the speed limit same as when driving our cars. We don't like motels and haven't stayed in one since 2005. Love having our kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom with us all the time. We always have breakfast in the T and can choose to eat lunch and/or dinner in the T or stop at a restaurant.
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Old 06-10-2018, 02:21 PM   #9
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No brainer for me too. Definitely the B... it is why I own one.

Of course, I don't have a car anymore at all, so I have no actual option... But even if I did, it would be the B.
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Here's the thing..if we take the rig.. I pretty much do all the driving... last fall, I did an 11,000 miles round-trip across the USA... I need to get my wife to get more comfortable with driving...

This trip would be shorter, but, still 6,000 miles round-trip is not insignificant... much easier driving in the car....

The other thing is 12 days on the road could be easily be $1200....

Decisions.....
Yes, she needs to get more comfortable driving the rig. You could get sick or have some other problem on the road and she needs to be able to take care of herself.

Problem is, sometimes husbands aren't the best teachers (or passengers) so you may need a friend or a paid driving instructor for a couple of hours.

As far as deciding what to drive across the country, a spreadsheet could be developed for the costs, but there are other factors, as well: finding a hotel when you are ready to stop for the night, finding restaurants on the road, having to drive until you get to said hotels and restaurants and the issues that come with using them such as bedbugs and food poisoning. Not saying either would happen, but when I'm doing the cooking and I'm sleeping in my own bed, those aren't issues.

On the other hand, it's really nice to be able to take a lengthy shower so you may have to go to full service campgrounds every other day or at least a couple of times on the trip so you can use the facilities and dump, etc. And that may actually be more difficult in the summer than finding a hotel...
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