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Old 11-29-2013, 02:50 AM
 
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We are 6 members in the family and thinking to spend holiday with road trip around USA. What type of car will be more comfortable for us to rent ?. There are two women three men and 1 child in the family and as it is road trip so we will drive a lot. Please help me on this.
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Old 11-29-2013, 03:06 AM
 
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I dont think any car will be suitable for a 15000 mile trip with 6 people, I think you should look into something like an 8 to 12 passenger van ,Looks like this. You'll also have to do some research to find a company that will be willing to rent you a vehicle that you will put that much mileage on and not be charged a mileage charge. You could probably find something cheaper but in my opinion this link represents a ball park base cost not including insurance and gas cost and return fees..
12 Passenger Van Rental Reservations in NJ/NYC | 12 Passenger Van Rentals Reservations in Bergen County, Northern NJ


Yes it may appear like a bit more vehicle than you might need for 6 people but on a trip of this magnetude and assuming its going to be a 5 to 6 week trip the extra room will be appreciated for the "Stuff" factor, the cloths,the buying of souvenirs, a place for various drivers to stretch out and have a nap..

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Old 11-29-2013, 11:16 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Or rent two vehicles (get walkie talkies for communication) or an RV.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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If seeing the USA is what you are after you'd be better off flying into each corner of the country(NY,Miami,LA,Seattle) then renting a vehicle and exploring that quadrant of the country, the problem with driving the whole country is theres a lot of nothing worth seeing for most of your trip.

Heres a good interactive resource site to give you some idea of where you might want to visit.

America's Byways

America's Byways | America's Byways
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Old 11-29-2013, 03:22 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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We are 6 members in the family and thinking to spend holiday with road trip around USA.
How much time in all is this "holiday"?

Merely covering the ground and stopping only to buy more fuel can easily require close to two weeks.
Actually stopping to see some interesting places and do anything fun or memorable... will require more days.

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...you'd be better off flying into each corner of the country (NY,Miami,LA,Seattle)
then renting a vehicle and exploring that quadrant of the country...
^^ Good Idea
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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An SUV can fit up to 7 people. But I assume that you have luggage so you would need a mini-van as already mentioned.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:44 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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(Grand) Minivan. Sometime quite cheap to rent. REALLY cheap to buy. EZ to resell. Cheap insurance. Decent economy.

Most international visitors who rent motorhomes, use Cruise America or El Monte

http://www.elmonterv.com/

http://www.cruiseamerica.com/
This could save you a bundle on Hotels.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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(Grand) Minivan. Sometime quite cheap to rent. REALLY cheap to buy. EZ to resell. Cheap insurance. Decent economy.

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The idea of buying a vehicle to do the trip should be considered ,however there are a few problems that could arise in the obtaining of registration or insurance with no fixed address, As it would presumably be a used car you'd be opening yourself up to the possibilities of repairs or breakdown. also on the selling of the vehicle you'll need some form of residence and a phone to wait it out for people to respond to your ad to sell the vehicle, theres no guarantee that will happen on your time schedule.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Big Country here...buying and selling won't work for non-US citizen, imo.
Rental will be difficult and very pricey, in addition to fuel, motels, eating, etc.

RV rental may make more sense if you can find a place to rent to you. Won't be cheap, and neither are RV parking grounds with 'hookups'. Walmart parking lots are free, overnight, but no hookups for RVS.

All good advice above...

We did 13,000+ mile Road Trip all around the US/CDA a couple of summers ago. We spent 8+ weeks and still couldn't see all the stuff and places we wanted to.

If you haven't looked at a map comparison, Europa vs the United States...GL, mD
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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Big Country here...buying and selling won't work for non-US citizen, imo.
Rental will be difficult and very pricey, in addition to fuel, motels, eating, etc.
For some money is not a problem and spending $20K on a trip of this magnitude could be considered chump change, That said a trip like this can encompass a lot of boring interstate driving where theres just not much if anything to see. Our op would do well to change the focus of the trip from just driving around to keying on certain areas and exploring them fully, thus my suggestion of flying to each corner of the country renting a car and exploring that particular area.
Also doing this kind of trip with 6 people would drive me nuts as each persons idiosyncrasies would get on my nerves after a few weeks.
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