It comes as no secret to regular readers of Automotive Traveler that I have an interest in vintage RVs, especially the landmark 1973-1978 GMC MotorHomes and classic Airstream Travel Trailers.
But when setting out for two weeks on the road, covering the deserts of Southern California and the tourist attractions of San Diego, there's something to be said for making the trip in a fully equipped and self-contained modern motor coach. Specifically, a 34-foot Georgetown motorhome manufactured by Forest River, equipped with a slide-out that expands the living and dining room by 18 inches on the driver's side and a second, smaller slide-out for the master bedroom.
The Georgetown comes courtesy of Apollo Campers, an Australian-based RV rental organization with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Denver. Their rates on almost every classification of coach, from van-based Class-C models to a Class-A rig like the Georgetown, were as much as 40 percent lower than other RV rental organizations. Renting a home on wheels from such a travel company is a cost-effective way to take an extended vacation.
My agenda for this RV road trip was powered by a desire to map out an off-the-beaten-path Southern California itinerary for overseas visitors. We would put ourselves in the place of visitors from the United Kingdom flying in to LAX to spend up to four weeks in the sunny Golden State. We're producing this for a twice-annual British publication, Discover Touring (available at many Barnes & Noble bookstores coast to coast).
The plan was simple. My travel companion, Susan Convery, would fly in from New Jersey, and we would head north to Death Valley National Park for the first few days. While there, we'd give up the comforts of the Georgetown for one night in order to stay in the historic Furnace Creek Inn, the same spot I stake out each summer in search of automotive prototypes.
(A and N) Start and finish, Los Angeles International Airport; (B) Apollo Campers, Hawthorne; (C) Ontario International Airport; (D) Country Hills RV Park, Beaumont; (E) Emerald Desert RV Resort, Palm Desert; (F) Hemet; (G) Falkner Winery, Temecula; (H and L) Escondido RV Resort; (I) Julian Pie Company, Julian; (J) Borrego Springs; (K) Palomar Observatory, Palomar Mountain; (M) San Diego RV Resort, La Mesa.
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