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Old 11-25-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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My husband wants to drive from Ohio to LA this winter with our 3 kids. We have a hybrid travel trailer and our kids are all under age 6. I think this is a crazy idea and the possible road conditions scare me. I think my husband is just really itching to get on the road for 2 weeks like we use to do before we were married with children. We talk about doing these kind of road trips again once our kids are a bit older(and in summer) but he is ready to do it now. I would rather fly and have some time to relax once in LA area. He likes the idea of the trip itself as a family. Thoughts? Experiences driving in winter with rv and kids? Just looking for other opinions to share with my husband in hopes of keeping things in perspective for him.
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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If your (his) plan is to go from A (OH) to B (LA/CA) without 'stopping' along the way, I would fly. But cost/time value need to be factored in. 5 airplane tix would be up in the $2K range + rental car on LA side. The great road trip with the kids should be done in the summer, when the yougest is about 7/8 years old. Stopping for a 2/3 days in each place then moving on. to SPEND 2 week in a car each day would be a bad trip.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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Traveling with that many young children is going to be a lot of "fun"

I think the guy is crazy, myself.

If you are really going to do this,
You can plan, realistically, to make about 300-400 miles a day. A lot depends on how well your kids travel.
Your hubby is going to expect to make 500-600 miles and will quickly become frustrated.

What do you mean by "hybrid travel trailer" ?
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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How many days for this trip? Purpose? Visit family, see the sun, relax on beach?

Winter is not a great time to travel with a trailer, nor cross country w/ kids (Tho the southern RTE (I-40 0r 10) would likely be doable.)

I like to drive at night and take long breaks in the day at parks / swimming pool / playgrounds where one spouse can sleep, and the other watch the kids. A close family friend always drove at night and rented motel during day (cheaper) where kids could swim.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I always thought traveling with kids was very easy and great fun. See to it that every day has something in it that is just for them---something to look forward to and to talk about afterwards.
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Old 11-25-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Keep a very close eye on the weather conditions and stay to a southernly route if possible. Also if you aren't going to LA for a specific reason maybe the Southeast coast would be a nice trip without so much driving.

I saw a posting a while ago about traveling with kids and the suggestion was to map out the McDonalds that have play areas for the kids to get out of the car and expend some energy.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:26 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Traveling with your kids is part of parenting. It's a great bonding exercise and creates shared stories for later in life. The kids will love it.

Yes, pulling a trailer in the winter isn't a very good idea, but it's doable if you're careful and not pressed for time.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:58 AM
 
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Cross country camping trip in winter with 3 kids?
Madness!
First off most of the campsites and attractions are going to be closed for winter.
All the scenery is going to be a dull drab grey color,
Winter snow storms could have you holed up for days.
Kids will be bored to tears as they dont do scenery any way.
Where ever you stop its going to be cold.
Is your vehicle equipped with snow tires as going over the mountains in winter can be hazardous if you arent prepared.
2 weeks? not enough time to do it in camping mode.
Plan-B forget the camper, load up the car and B-line it to Florida,stay in a cheap hotel on a beach.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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books on tape and radio kid dramas kept us entertained for MANY many road trips with kids.

A VW camper van adds to the 'bonding / war stories' ... Our kids got squirt guns in lieu of AC. Many a 'on-road' bailing wire repair. NO FIRES (for us). Most of our friends were left beside the road watching a crispy critter flame out. The rear engine helps keep down the wails from the kids. (Ours cried for 4 days straight when they finally wore out on a 7000 mile road trip (in diapers and car seats). They were happy to get home.

We did ~ 20,000km (winter) road miles in Europe during a 6 month 'field trip'. (towns are pretty close).

But, winter in USA... have done it plenty, but I don't like the extra tension of being responsible for passengers (especially my spouse and kids). Tho I am a commercial driver and spend many a day in blizzards / ice and attending to accidents.
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