RV Roadtrip in USA

We've been mulling heading to the USA for our September holiday for a road trip. We've been many times over the years and always had a nice rental car and stayed in hotels/motels.

However, we've always fancied hiring an RV or camper for the additional freedom but been put off by the extra cost.

It seems though that in 2023, hotel prices in the USA have gone so crazy that now it would probably be comparable to do the RV thing.

I'm only just starting to look in to it, but wondered if anyone had any tips or recommendations for hire companies?

Top likely destinations are either the Pacific-NorthWest or Yellowstone/Montana/Glacier area,


  • jackieblack
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    Like you, I’ve done many US road trips by car/hotel and considered RVs as an alternative several times. For me, the deciding factor has always been the fact that many of the most picturesque and scenic roads we travelled by car were signed as ‘unsuitable for RVs’.  For me, it seems a shame to restrict the travel experience in that way.
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  • tightauldgit
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    Can't really offer any advice from experience - it's something I've always thought would be a nice idea but not something I've ever done. I have seen a few recent commentaries and youtube videos and the like basically saying that restrictions on where you can park, and the cost of sites etc etc have made RV living impractical compared to staying in hotels (or in some cases it was comparing the RV life to owning a home). I think the romantic idea of pulling up at a scenic site and settling in for the night is just a fantasy sadly. It seems like it's either official campsites or Walmart parking lots. 

    As I say though, I've no hands on experience, I'd just do a bit of research and see what the reality is before you commit to anything. I can certainly vouch that hotel prices have gone a bit mad in the US but there's still things like Motel 6s that aren't too crazy and I would imagine that outside the major cities and tourist sites its probably a bit better.   
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