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Road Tripping in the USA!

Discussion in 'Motors' started by [TW]Fox, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. mohawk

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  2. geekman

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    Location: Monterrey, Mexico

    I’m flying from LA to Hong Kong in July, and will have just under a week free on each side. Flights from my location to LAX aren’t that cheap at the moment, so I’m considering driving. I drove to Miami at Xmas I’m order to fly to the UK and really enjoyed it, mainly because there were lots of interesting places en route. I’m used to long distance driving so that isn’t a concern. Is there anything worth seeing between Monterrey (Mexico) and LA assuming I take the google maps suggested route? I’m not too familiar with Arizona / New Mexico and don’t want to be driving hours off the highway to visit attractions: if there’s nothing much to see I’ll just fly instead.
     
  3. Peerzy

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    I used a Thee SIM for my first few trips and it was fine for Google Maps, web browsing and the usual bits and pieces you'd need to get about. Never streamed music so can't comment.

    On my last 2 trips I had an EE Max plan which included USA roaming free of charge.
     
  4. The Craig

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    Just landed in LA....Unfortunately plane (direct) had 4 hour delay and 2 hours thru immigration, but on the plus side got a 5l v8 mustang for 17 days! Woo!

    Only paid for convertible spec and not particularly the v8 5litre. Read online its 460hp.... My cars at home are sub 100bhp :p so bit of an upgrade

    Got a mostsim from amazon (T-Mobile carrier) and thats working well too.
     
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  5. kinobestew123

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    Who did you rent from? I didn't know any of them had 5l v8's except maybe Hertz in their adrenaline collection category. It's normally the V6's. Enjoy!
     
  6. kinobestew123

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    Just got back from US and we used Vodafone. We spoke to customer services and upgraded our contracts to the correct package that allows roaming in the US. It was £6 a month more. The customer services representative explicitly told us that when we returned, we should contact them again within 30 days and cancel the upgrade and be reverted back to our old plan.
     
  7. The Craig

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    Got it from avis at LAX. Must be lucky.

    Moving from san luis opisbo up to san fran today.

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  8. Cirrusflyer150

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    Turo is a good option for rental cars in LA, rented a mustang GT 5.0 convertible for 2 days, cost was about £146
     
  9. The Craig

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    Mine was £680 for 17 days so not too bad! Wasnt guarunteed a 5.0 though!
     
  10. [TW]Fox

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    That is a hilariously large amount of money to rent a Mustang.
     
  11. Ant84

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    Avis offered me an upgrade to the 5.0 V8 at LAX too. Sadly it was an extra £175 for two weeks that I couldn't really justify.
     
  12. Cirrusflyer150

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  13. TerrierHTFC

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    Read a lot of this thread over the last few days and its inspired me. However, America is for another time, but has anyone done a roadtrip in Norway?

    Would like to hear tips/advice if so. Looking at either September or November this year.
     
  14. InvaderGIR

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    Norway isn't cheap. Possibly/probably get snow too, so if it's your car, make sure you're up to scratch on the laws there around weather.
     
  15. TerrierHTFC

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    Yeah read that it isn't cheap, although not sure anywhere is these days given the strength of the pound.

    Wouldn't be our car, we'd hire. Apparently all hire cars in Norway come with winter tyres fitted.
     
  16. richyfingers

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    Location: Glasgow

    Just booked up for Canada in September into October. Flying into Calgary, pick up hire car. 1 week in an air BnB apartment in Canmore, lots of hiking and exploring. 2nd week driving to Jasper and staying in Alpine Village (looks incredible). Going to be a very active holiday...well honeymoon. On the way home we are going to stop I'm Vancouver for 3 nights as well. Can't bloody wait.

    Car hire much the same as in America in terms of included insurances?
     
  17. uncle_rufus

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    We are apparently getting a "Nissan Maxima or equivalent" from Alamo for 11 days in September... could have gotten a mustang or something but we figured since we'll have quite a lot of baggage and aren't really too fussed about cars etc. just want something that will be comfortable with air-con etc. Hopefully it'll be alright!
     
  18. [TW]Fox

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    Careful with October - weather can be very variable and if the snow begins it might stop quite a few of your plans. Canadian hire cars do not have winter tyres, IME.

    No - there is generally an excess on Canadian rentals.
     
  19. richyfingers

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    Hoping we will be ok. We arrive on the 16th of September and fly to Vancouver on the 30th. I do have some backup hikes planned at lower elevations if snow starts falling though.

    Just best booking through the Canadian rental sites then?
     
  20. [TW]Fox

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    I think I ended up with Avis as the least expensive way into something that didn't suck.