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Gas Prices vs Road Trip Fun in the Jeep

So I am already thinking about summer vacation with regards to my 08 JK. I usually fly out to Tucson AZ for a week to see my dad and sister but this year I am itching to drive it. This is the problem, Nashville TN to Tucson AZ = 2 days of 12 hr driving. I want to take the scenic path through New Mexico. So is it worth the money spent in gas/hotel versus a plane ticket? At 2.35 PPG, sounds tempting but that price will be triple by the beginning of June 2009.
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Just one guy's opinion but, I really feel that life should be enjoyed as much as we possibly can. If you have the extra time, why not try to plan a trip. I know that with screaming kids in the back seat that it may not prove to be as relaxing, however if you are solo, the journey may prove very invigorating and even rewarding. I like the aspect of planning a trip and then maing it happen. Even if the route or conditions change, it will likely be very fun...Even the challenges of a road trip can be it's own reward. Think about some scenic or camping opportunities along the way. I would never trade any road trips that I have ever taken for a quick, mundane flight on a plane. I personally have had my "ultimate road trip" mapped out for several years now...from Texas through Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, to Canada and back. This trip is supposed to take one month (up to two- depending on the time spent at each stop and any side trips)...and although I doubt it will ever happen, it was great fun to plan and to dream about. Depending on how much time you want to allow to spend with the family, and how much time you have overall...I say "GO FOR IT!" Life is too short not to enjoy yourself when you can. Good luck.
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Gas is going to be $7.05/gallon in June? Holy Moly. Take your vacation NOW!!!



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We drive from FL to WV twice a year. 11-13 hours each way. We could fly it for $300 this year, but we are still gonna drive. We would just rather take our time and stop where we want. We take the wifes car with the built in DVD so my son is in heaven, but I'd take the JK! It may be getting DVD screens soon anyway.

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I say drive. Stub got it right for me, explore the county some and see the sights. I too am planning a road trip to the Rubicon Trail in CA with a detour in Yellowstone up in Wyoming along the way from Atlanta, GA. It is set for summer 2010 currently and man I canít wait. Some people have said why not fly out and rent a jeep or get a company to ship my Jeep and my answer is why? I have never been further west than New Orleans and I got a lot of country to see along the way. I will probably do some research and find some campgrounds along the way with a shower that way I can avoid some nights of paying hotel cost and pay a cheap camp site fee.


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I drive from Beaumont to Tuscon twice a year, christmas and summer. Summer we usually take a few days and have a mini vacation going to amusement parks in either San Antonio or Dallas. One year we went to Carlsbad Caverns, WORTH the drive alone!

I just got the Jeep this year and we usually take the 7 seater SUV (their are 5 of us traveling) but I'd like to take the Jeep because there are so many trails out there.

I say if you have the time, do it! This country really has alot to offer even in places you'd think never do

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i'd rather fly than spend that much time in a vehicle....even if it is a jeep.
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Drive it!
We went from north Georgia to Mt Rushmore to Glacier to Banff to Jasper to Glacier to Yellowstone to Rockie Mountain National Park (and then home) back in July.
7300 miles in 17 days. Only $1500 in gas....
But the memories are priceless.

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i'd rather fly than spend that much time in a vehicle....even if it is a jeep.
With that thunk you have I am not surprised.

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Drive it!
We went from north Georgia to Mt Rushmore to Glacier to Banff to Jasper to Glacier to Yellowstone to Rockie Mountain National Park (and then home) back in July.
7300 miles in 17 days. Only $1500 in gas....
But the memories are priceless.

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That's really cool- Part of my planned "Ultimate Road Trip" goes through all of those places (except N. Georgia)...up to Jasper/ Banff and then back down into the states. That must have been one awesome vacation!
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I spent better than $4.50 per gallon (US) to spend eight days in Nova Scotia this summer. Pricey? Yes. But it was the most fun the wife and I have had in years. I say, go for it. The bills fade but the memories last forever.
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Even if it costs more the road trip is worth it. Ask my 3 teenagers - the best vacas are the roadtrips. Usually 2 weeks of as many dirt roads as possible. NO FREEWAYS !! Let them choose places to check out. Make it a family effort. Be flexible.

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i have actually made close to that drive in a jeep...from davis monthan afb to little rock afb...close enough to where you are headed. its actually not a bad drive....its alot of the same stuff but its nice.
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Heck i drove 3200 miles 2 weeks ago in 1 weeks time. Great exciting fun..

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Yeah, I am going to tell him when I fly out for Christmas. Never really thought about the camping option so tons of money saved there. How about the drive through NM, anyone have any good ideas for scenic routes?
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Drive it!
We went from north Georgia to Mt Rushmore to Glacier to Banff to Jasper to Glacier to Yellowstone to Rockie Mountain National Park (and then home) back in July.
7300 miles in 17 days. Only $1500 in gas....
But the memories are priceless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr63wj1-jTw
Man, I really like the last song on your vid. Sounds like....ahhh, cant remember his name but he did "Convoy" back in the 70s. Great vid by the way, looks like you guys had fun.
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With that thunk you have I am not surprised.
if i could get rid of the damn thunk, then it would be a hell of a lot nicer trip!
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Assuming you would be taking I-40 into Albuquerque NM...
You could then pick up I-25 south into Socorro NM.
From there take 60 west through (very scenic) Magdalena Mts/ Gallinus Mts/ Datil Mts- through (more scenic) Cibola Nat. Forest.
Then you could take St. Rt. 12 for a very beautiful drive through the Mangas Mts and through the Apache Sitgreaves Nat. Forest.
Then pick up HW 180 into Silver City NM.
Take 90 south/ west to Lordsburg NM.
There you would pick up I-10 and take it straight on into Tucson.

You could also (instead of taking SR 12)...stay on 60 into Edgar AZ (another scenic drive).
There you could either pick up HW 191 south all the way to I-10 (then head west into Tucson).
...Or you could stay on 60 and go through the Fort Apache Indian Reservation all the way to Florence Junction AZ...(also very scenic).
There you would pick up HW 79 straight into Tucson.

*If you do any of that - Please be sure to try and camp and be prepared to take lots of pictures. Just let me know if you need some names of camping spots/ State Parks/ National Parks. Glad to help.
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Great advice guys My wifes brother lives in Corrales, NM. We flew out to visit in '04 then took a 2100 mile ten day tour of NM and AZ in the rental car.

My oldest step son and daughter-in-law moved out there two years ago and spent a while in bro's house before finding a place to buy. They are somewhere south of Albuquerque now. We haven't been out to see them in the new house yet, but we drove out last October to visit while they were still in Corrales.

There was some advantage to flying there on the first trip since we got plenty of driving in once we got there. But like others said, the memories of a road trip more than make up for any difference in cost if you have the time. AND when you get there, the Jeep will be right there with you

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Assuming you would be taking I-40 into Albuquerque NM...
You could then pick up I-25 south into Socorro NM.
From there take 60 west through (very scenic) Magdalena Mts/ Gallinus Mts/ Datil Mts- through (more scenic) Cibola Nat. Forest.
Then you could take St. Rt. 12 for a very beautiful drive through the Mangas Mts and through the Apache Sitgreaves Nat. Forest.
Then pick up HW 180 into Silver City NM.
Take 90 south/ west to Lordsburg NM.
There you would pick up I-10 and take it straight on into Tucson.

You could also (instead of taking SR 12)...stay on 60 into Edgar AZ (another scenic drive).
There you could either pick up HW 191 south all the way to I-10 (then head west into Tucson).
...Or you could stay on 60 and go through the Fort Apache Indian Reservation all the way to Florence Junction AZ...(also very scenic).
There you would pick up HW 79 straight into Tucson.

*If you do any of that - Please be sure to try and camp and be prepared to take lots of pictures. Just let me know if you need some names of camping spots/ State Parks/ National Parks. Glad to help.
Great ideas. I am leaning towards option 1 but may want to travel towards Roswell hitting up the Extraterrestrial Hwy. Figure I will do half camping and the other in cheap motels unless my girlfriend wants more comfort, something she will have to pay for..ha ha ha.
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i have actually made close to that drive in a jeep...from davis monthan afb to little rock afb...close enough to where you are headed. its actually not a bad drive....its alot of the same stuff but its nice.
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its funny that is is brought up... Me and about 4 other buds are trying to plan on renting an RV to take from here to Buffalo to see a race (Watkins Glen) in August. This was just brought up this week.

If you have the time, drive it.
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This past summer the family and I took a week long excursion around Pennsylvania. It was worth it regardless of the gas prices. Nice days without the Freedom Panels and we could stop and go at our leisure visiting various sites along the route.

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