Trip planning advice
We have gotta take a trip on a small fixed budget from home near Charlotte, NC to Great Lakes Naval Training Center near N Chicago, Illinois to see our son graduate from Naval Basic training. Counting our 9mth old grandson, there will be 4 of us making the trip. We have several options:
#1. Plane tix, rental car
To get around while there,
And hotel rooms.
(This is really not an
Option cuz its expensive
And wifey's afraid to
#2. Rental car for the
And round trip gas($300)
#3. Tow my camper up @
9MPG($600 in fuel) and
Risk TV breakdown(its
At 250k miles)
Open to input and advice on the situation. What would you guys do?
Not many campgrounds in the Chicago area. My wife is from that area.We go up once a year to see her folks. It is a LONG drive but we do it in a day from our home in Virginia. About 15 hours total including stops.
I would go with option 2 in your case. Save the tow vehicle for towing and wear out the rental car. Once you get near Gary Indiana, traffic becomes very heavy most of the time. I don't think I would ever tow a trailer into the Chicago area due to the traffic issues.
I do have a shortcut in Kentucky that shaves a bit of time off the trip. Let me know if interested.
Life is too short, sacrifice if you have to, he will only graduate once. Number two looks to be the best. I would seek out lower cost hotel/motel rooms. Ask about the areas that would be the safest. Is there a chance you could stay on base? Ask your son if he has any friends that may put you up for a couple of days(of course you will pay a modest sum to them).
Or is there anybody in the area that would set up their TT for you in the driveway for a couple of days. Ask, you will either get no response or hopefully a response.
there is a campground on base for $14/night but I think we have decided on option #2... room around $70/per night and a rental car for the whole trip for around $300 plus gas... guess since our trip thru the mountains to Lake Lure last weekend went so well, I just got cocky and figured I could tow my rig anywhere I wanted to. hehe. At this point I just feel like #2 is the safest decision. There will be plenty of other opportunities to tow the camper on a long trip. Maybe when our daughter and Army SIL get transferred to GA, we can plan a trip there to see them.
The tipping factor here is the baby.
I would never travel in anything that runs the risk of leaving me stranded with a baby. Therefore I vote #2.
Just the wife and me, and if there's a good parking/camping spot, then #3
Looks settled, and I'm in agreement.... man it would suck to run into trouble with a baby on board and an event you just have to get to.
Wait I didn't see that you have a CHEVY. only 250,000? Shoot, you're good to go!
Haha, joking, #2
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