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Old 03-27-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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5 days and counting - 3 month trip

Taking my retirement in installments.

Changing jobs. End 1 April, start new job 1 July.

3 month trip with wife and kidz (ages 10 & 12). We homeschool, so no problem there.

Basically doing a counter-clockwise loop of the US (and parts of Canada).

Will do most major ballparks, state capitols, the Smithsonian and Camp Freightliner. Otherwise no real agenda.

Will be a photo-finish to see which runs out first - time or money :-)

Will pray for health, safety and no major mechanical problems.

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Old 03-27-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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Advice: Take lots of $$!!!

Have fun and be safe! Your children will have memories for a lifetime.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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My biggest suggestion is that you plug into your itinerary things that your wife wants to see. If she asks to see or do anything your answer should be YES. Next, take a good camera. Finally, have someone check your tires and make sure everything is working and will continue to work. Look for small town museums to further your kids education. Witches museum in Salem Mass, Bosman Montana town museum, Johnson Space Museum in Houston, Coca Cola museum in Atlanta. John Brown National museum in Harpers Ferry Virginia are a few that left lasting impressions on my kids. I'm sure there are more but they should be chosen based on the interest of your kids.
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Advice: Keep your foot light on the throttle and the $'s will last a little longer.
Jealous, Enjoy your trip and you'll remember this for a long to come.
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D - that's exactly our preference for itinerary. Lots of little, quirky museums, factories etc. No big "destinations" like Disney, Six Flags etc. Well, except the Smithsonian & Cooperstown. We expect to see Harpers Ferry & Salem. Probably a few days on Cape Cod on the way to Fenway.

As far as money. The burn rate will be crazy. Park fees, 9 mpg diesel, meals (lots of Hamburgers, mac & cheese etc). I have a decent reserve. I am a pessimist and anticipating $5-6 dollar diesel by June (when we'll be on the west coast). Sooner if Iran gets restless and decides to close the Strait of Hormuz.


Coach is less than a year old with 8,000 miles on the tires. I added TST TPMS and am OCD about weights & tire pressure. All new fluids & filters except the genny, which has another 80 hours before service - I can do that on the road easy enough.
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Advice: Keep your foot light on the throttle and the $'s will last a little longer.
Yup. When my wife drives we get 9.1 mpg, 8.8 mpg for me. Can't figure that one out (scratching head).
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:26 AM   #7
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A trip to remember. As they say, have a safe trip and enjoy the ride. Who knows if you'll ever do it again, enjoy it to the fullest, and make memories, they'll last forever. Safe travels.
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My theory is: You can leave your kids/grandkids MONEY or MEMORIES. Which do you think will last longer?
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Your wife drives??? How did you get her to do it? 3 years and all I hear is "maybe tomorrow I'll try it". She thinks it's her job to hold the Dogs on her lap and look out the window.

Have a great trip
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Sounds like a great time. We did a four month trip a couple of years ago. We did ours clockwise. We only had a few must do things. The rest we wanted to have the time to see things that looked interesting. We would stop at the beginning of each state and review their literature of things to do and places to see. We found lots of neat things we never knew existed.

On the above trip we kind of did the "outside" states. Our next tour will be the "inside" states.
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We are considering a similar trip in the fall, except that we are starting on the West coast since that's where we live. We will be with several friends, who in their RVs. They started it and asked us to come along. We have only been, at the most 1000 miles from home in the RV, so this is will be a big deal for us. We are also getting ready to tow after 10 years of Rving. We just didn't go far enough before. We have several small trips planned before the big one to get used to towing. I guess as Rich above stated this is more of an inside states tour.
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You must take along a since of humor and the spirit of adventure. Things do go wrong so just roll with the punches. Two days ,at least, at the hall of fame and a visit to Williamsport. Big time envy here, waited too long to make a similar trip , age and time of year. "Have a Ball".

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I am so jealous!
A long term nio itinerary cruise would be great. Someday...
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A few must sees are:
1. Williamsburg - we spent five days in the area. You and your kids will love it. (Colonial Williamsburg Official Site)
2. Gettysburg - wow.....what an experience. Once again spent many days in the area. (Gettysburg National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service))
3. Shelburne Museum - one of the places we had never heard of. Spent two full days (Shelburne Museum)
4. Washington DC - must see.

So many wonderful places to see in our country.
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