Quite a few of you have asked how traveling to Arizona and back in our Chrysler Pacifica compared to traveling in our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage diesel pusher. There are pros and cons to both methods of travel, but really, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. While there are some similarities, there are also many differences.
Considering the fact that we needed to get to Arizona in a hurry because of my daughter’s heart attack, the Pacifica was the right way to go. 350 or 400 miles are a long day in a motorhome, but on our three day trip from Florida to Arizona we did 800 miles the first day, 750 the second day, and 650 the third. And yes those are very long days in a minivan, too. However, in the Pacifica doing the speed limit of 75, or even 80 miles per hour out west was a piece of cake. I would never think of driving our motorhome at those kinds of speeds.
It was also nice to be able to jump off anywhere we needed to for fuel, and not have to locate a truck stop or someplace large enough to get the motorhome and dinghy into and out of. And there’s no denying the fact that the 32 miles per gallon we were getting on the highway in the Pacifica sure beats the heck out of the 7 or 8 miles per gallon we get with the motorhome. Given that, even though hotels ran us on an average of $90 a night and we were eating in restaurants, it was still cheaper in the van.
The flip side of that coin is, if we had not been able to stay in Terry’s sister’s fifth wheel once we got to Arizona, it would have cost us quite a bit more money than it did. There is something to be said for having your house with you when you get where you’re going, as well as sleeping in your own bed every night and having your own potty.
One reader wanted to know how we felt about sleeping in beds that somebody else had been in the night before. We stayed in name brand hotels along the way, checked their reviews before we called to make a reservation, and except for one place, were quite pleased with our accommodations. As for sleeping in a bed that somebody else already had, I was in the Army and I’m pretty sure they never gave me a brand-new bunk and mattress to sleep in at any duty station where I ever served. I’m kind of reminded of a friend of mine who would never drink out of a glass in a restaurant, always insisting on a straw. I asked him why he did that and he said because who knows who had their mouth on the rim of that glass before he did or what kind of germs they might be carrying. I reminded him that everything went through the dishwasher, but he still said he wasn’t putting his mouth on a glass that somebody else had drank from. Then I asked him how he felt about that fork and spoon he was using to shovel the food into his mouth with and he got very quiet.
So, which is the better method of traveling? By RV or by automobile? Neither, because it depends entirely on your circumstances. If you need to get someplace in a hurry and time is your biggest concern in doing so, the only thing better than driving in an automobile is flying. No question about it. But if you are traveling for leisure, if your goal is to see this wonderful great big country of ours, if you want to be able to spend time exploring new areas at your own pace and still have your own home to come back to at the end of the day, RVing wins hands down. We are talking about two very different methods of traveling to accomplish two very different goals. Like I said, apples and oranges.
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Thought For The Day – Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never received.