Planning to RV into the southwest after wife graduates and before she gets a job, I need help is choosing the best fit to be both comfortable and economical during this time.
Will be travelling 3000-6000 miles for at least two months (possibly May - July or October - November)
Plan to visit national parks, climb lots of mountains, off-road a bit, and go hiking
Need decent shower, toilet, propane fridge/cooking elements
Will need decent A/C to survive heat/sun in southwest
Accommodations for two adults (married couple) and occasional relatives who tag along for a few days
Looking for decent fuel economy (15mpg = 400 gallons = 1200 USD, 8mpg = 750 gallons 2250 USD, assuming $3/gallon)
I have looked into rentals and for this period/mileage they seem brutally expensive (+6000 USD).
I was thinking of buying an RV or trailer/tow vehicle. I want to buy used to avoid the depreciation hit because I plan on selling them after I'm done.
I like the trailers with the slide outs, they seem less claustrophobic.
I would take a tent trailer but it gets really hot in the southwest and I'm not sure these tent trailers can keep you cool when temperatures are in triple digits.
Not sure how much of a hassle it is to have a trailer/tow vehicle setup vs a motor RV
I was thinking of a 19-24 foot trailer and a 1/2 ton gas engine pickup would strike the right balance of comfort and economy.
Could you please give me suggestions on the best fit for us, either a mobile RV or a trailer/tow vehicle combo?
Is there a chart or information on the fuel economy of trailer/pickup combinations?
Is there a website that shows a map and cost of RV parks?
Thanks a million!