I tend to dream a lot, especially now that I have money in the bank and can do a lot of things (if I choose to). So here I am on Saturday, thinking, “Gosh, I want to travel, road trip, get out and see the country”!
From research I did two years ago before a trip to the Pacific Northwest, I remembered this company called Cruise America. This company rents out motor homes and the thing I remembered most about them was that they have these extreme deals. So, I looked them up again to check out what was going on now with them.
Rent a Motor Home. What?
Yep, you read it right. You can rent a motor home. It’s usually pretty expensive and wouldn’t make sense for someone my age to take a vacation this way. But as I looked into the hot deals, this caught my eye:
75% off for the first one, really? Wow. So I called them and this very nice lady answered and gave me all kinds of information. I asked her about the deal from Chicago to Phoenix. I figured I could pull this off since I live so close to Chicago. In theory, me (and whoever came with me) could take a bus or a train to Chicago and then take a one way flight back to Minneapolis from Phoenix. Simple enough, huh?
The price to rent the RV on this particular deal was $389 (which was 75% off) for 7 nights, during the middle of May. Okay, that’s a good price. Next, I estimated how much gas would cost to drive this gas guzzler from Chicago to Phoenix. I came up with a total of around $825. Then camp sites. My best guess was $250. Then I looked up bus/train fare and a one way fight from Phoenix to Minneapolis, which totaled $159/person.
Here are those totals again:
- Rent RV for 7 nights, with 2,000 miles of driving included: $389
- Gas to fuel the RV from Chicago to Phoenix: $825
- Campsites for 7 nights: $250
- Travel to and from the RV pickup/drop off location: $159/person
For two people, this would total $825 per person and it gets cheaper as you add people. The motor home can sleep up to 5 people in 3 beds.
Wouldn’t This Be an Awesome Experience?
Think about this. It’s a beautiful spring day in mid-May and you and your family or friend(s) are hitting the open road between Chicago and Phoenix. You’ll enjoy some great cross country scenery taking you from farm country, through the Ozarks, across Oklahoma, through the tip of Texas and through the hot, dry desert. Along the way, you could even visit the Grand Canyon and my personal favorite, Sedona, AZ.
To camp along the way means to spend a ton of time outdoors. It means steak, pork loin and potatoes on the grill and sitting around the campfire making s’mores. On the clear nights, it means getting a crystal clear look at the star filled sky while listening to the crickets chirp. For me, it reminds me of the childhood vacations my dad took my family on.
So, Am I Going?
As of now, no, I’m not. Here’s why:
- I haven’t mentioned that I wanted to do this to anyone, until now.
- I’m not sure if I can find people who both, really want to do this and can afford to do this.
I’ll suggest around and see what people say. If you’re reading this, know me personally and want to go, let me know and let’s chat about it.
Category: Living Cheap