We (family of 4) would like to make a road-trip next summer from Chicago-ish to Washington/Oregon. Rental is too expensive for us. Wondering if there’s any way to sort out a private one-way drive (RV / winnebago / camper van), maybe delivering a vehicle for someone?
You’re kicking out a deep-level of mistrust right there. I hadn’t even gone down that path of thought.
But there are yachtsmen who work in a similar way, sailing 50 foot pleasure vessels from A to B. How do they deal with that issue? Anyway, I’d think if I was running guns or drugs across the western States, the last thing I’d want to do is stash the stuff for 2 weeks in an RV with 2 teenagers.
Going to be a very nice trip. Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, then Oregon Willamette gorge to Portland. To get back to Taiwan, you may need to get down to San Francisco to get direct flight from China Airline or Eva.
RV will be pricey for sure, but worth the trip.
Or you can rent a sedan. Buy a 4 person tent. Stay in KOA along the route. koa.com/
I did a drive away many years ago. One difficulty is that there are usually time restrictions which don’t allow for a leisurely drive across the continent.
If you do decide to camp (either tent or RV) make sure that you book your reservations early. Many camping spots fill up quickly with regular annual visitors. Make sure you check both state and county parks in addition to national parks along the way.
Even standard RV rentals…returning to the same point of pick-up…are atrociously expensive. We looked into it last summer.
Sometimes you can get car rental deals when dropping off at different locations, for example from NY to Fla, during certain seasons, but from east to west coast I haven’t heard of those types of deals.
Unfortunately, train travel for those types of distances can be pricey too. I hope you find a solution…this is a tough one!