Cross Country Trip Planning

When planning to purchase a new RV for a cross country trip, choose which type best fits you: a fifth wheel, travel trailer or toy hauler. If you plan on going places with lots of ATV trails or you want to ride your motorcycle around the area, a toy hauler would be the best choice. If you don’t need a toy hauler, pick the style RV that best fits your family and lifestyle.

RVs come in many sizes and sleep from four up to seven or eight people. If you prefer a lot of space or have children traveling with you, you want to be sure to choose an RV with plenty of room. An RV with three or four slides opens up the living area, so it is more comfortable for the family. Once you’ve chosen an RV, it’s time to plan the trip.

Pick up your new RV at ExploreUSA, then work your way across the country. Plan at least a week in each area you choose to visit, including sites in San Antonio or Dallas. If you drive west to California, you can visit other areas in Texas, New Mexico and California, the drive north through California. Make your way east through the northern or middle states.

The 2012 Heartland Cyclone 4014 Toy Hauler Fifth Wheel features a 14-foot garage and three slides. It sleeps up to eight people.

When you get to the east coast, be sure to visit the Green Mountains in New England, historical Boston, and drive along the beaches of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Head south along the coast and visit the nation’s capital and the beaches in the Carolinas. Head west through the southern states, unless you’d like to visit the Everglades, the Keys and beaches of Florida. From there, head north into the middle states, then head west, back to Texas.

Each state has something to see — be sure to pick two or three things in each state, or, if you prefer to sightsee, choose an area to visit, and plan to stay a week or two in each area. On the east coast, the Blue Ridge mountains and the Smokey mountains offer breathtaking views — from some areas, you can see across three states. In the west, you can visit the Rocky Mountains, and don’t forget Yellowstone Park. While you’re on your way east, make sure you see the Grand Canyon and the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

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