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Old 05-05-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Smile RV Trip from Washingto DC to L.A - Dec15 to Jan16

Hi! My name is Jen and along with my husband and our 8 year old son we are travelling to the U.S for our first time in the middle of December and leaving at the end of January.

We are picking up an RV from Washington D.C on Dec 28th and then making our way down to Kentucky, Tennessee and then the southern states, ending up in L.A to fly home on Jan 30th.
The RV we will be renting is a C25 5 Berth Auto from Cruise America.

I understand that it will be your winter then but it will be Summer in Australia and school holidays are 8 weeks so we won't have to worry about the little fella missing any school.

Basically, I'm after any suggestions on what to expect the weather to be like, RV parks to stay at or to avoid and where best to spend New Years with an 8 year old.

Thanks for your time!
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We've gone coast to coast several times and in the winter we always use Interstate Highway 10 that runs from Florida to California. There is usually no snow on this route and it tends to be above freezing more than the northern routes.
Campgrounds along I10 are open all year whereas on the northern routes some campgrounds close for the winter.
If you have to camp in freezing weather do not leave your water hose connected to the RV overnight. It will freeze solid.
Buy a small electric heater at Walmart and use it to supplement the furnace so you aren't using so much propane.
Don't drive in the snow unless you really understand how to drive in snow. Best to sit out a snowstorm.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:23 AM   #3
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i 10 during winter


we use the website for cg and attraction info.
american Indian owned casinos are ideal stopping places to stay and have good food.
the s. rim of the grand canyon is very nice.
the meteorite crater in az is nice.
Disney world in fl and Disney land in Ca. are nice for youngsters.
the space centers at cape Canaveral fl AnD Houston tx are nice for youngsters.
please remember to drive on the right side of the roads.
when I drove a rental RV in NZ, I initially had a hard time. I even went through a traffic island the wrong way in downtown Auckland.
drive safe.
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I'd be diving straight south that time of year. Maybe hit New Orleans, then head west to San Antonio to see our Alamo and check out the river walk. And get some good TexMex. One thing to remember about our southwest, especially going through west Texas there's a lot of nothing out there. Check out Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, then Monument Valley with a trip to the Grand Canyon. The Canyon can be beautiful with a dusting of snow. Watch the weather because the Canyon is at a high enough elevation it can get a good dumping of snow. That time of year places further north can be iffy. I guess when you get to L.A. a stop at Disneyland would be required for the little guy. I hope you have an uneventful trip.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:42 PM   #5
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Thank you for the replies! x

Any information is appreciated so thank you so much x

DanL - the driving on the other side of the road I think will be my biggest challenge! Quick question on tipping, whats the norm? We don't have tipping over here.

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Typically, 15% for good service and 20% if you really want to reward the service. But tip on the bill amount for the food prior to State tax that's added. Or keep it simple and tax on the the grand total.
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At that time of year it's best to stay along the southern route and take I-10 or secondary roads across.

I-40 can be very bad in winter.

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