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Old 04-27-2013, 09:38 AM   #2746
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We are considering driving to Disney as a Family Adventure! My daughter starts the College Program on 8/12/13, so she, my sister, two nieces (13 and 15) and I are thinking of driving her down for her program. It's a 24 hour/1600 mile trip, one way. I have a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with 103,500 miles on it. DH and I keep it in good shape, so I don't worry about driving it, but was wondering if the majority of folks drive the family vehicle or rent something newer/more reliable for your trip? Do car rental agencies LET you drive cars so far out of state?

If we decide to make the drive, I am sure I'll be back here with more questions in the not too distant future! (I love the smilies, can you tell?)
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:08 AM   #2747
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We are considering driving to Disney as a Family Adventure! My daughter starts the College Program on 8/12/13, so she, my sister, two nieces (13 and 15) and I are thinking of driving her down for her program. It's a 24 hour/1600 mile trip, one way. I have a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with 103,500 miles on it. DH and I keep it in good shape, so I don't worry about driving it, but was wondering if the majority of folks drive the family vehicle or rent something newer/more reliable for your trip? Do car rental agencies LET you drive cars so far out of state?

If we decide to make the drive, I am sure I'll be back here with more questions in the not too distant future! (I love the smilies, can you tell?)
If it's well maintained I see no reason to spend the money on a rental. In October I drove my 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix with 120,000+ miles on it from NJ to Minneapolis and back with no issues. Plan on going to Disney in it this fall.

The only reason I would rent a car is if I had an unreliable car, or was leasing a vehicle and was concerned about overage charges for miles.

(BTW this is my 2000th post )
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:16 AM   #2748
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We are considering driving to Disney as a Family Adventure! My daughter starts the College Program on 8/12/13, so she, my sister, two nieces (13 and 15) and I are thinking of driving her down for her program. It's a 24 hour/1600 mile trip, one way. I have a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with 103,500 miles on it. DH and I keep it in good shape, so I don't worry about driving it, but was wondering if the majority of folks drive the family vehicle or rent something newer/more reliable for your trip? Do car rental agencies LET you drive cars so far out of state?

If we decide to make the drive, I am sure I'll be back here with more questions in the not too distant future! (I love the smilies, can you tell?)
I've driven 3 times and just use my regular car. It doesn't have a lot of miles on it but as long it's well maintained I wouldn't bother with a rental.

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If it's well maintained I see no reason to spend the money on a rental. In October I drove my 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix with 120,000+ miles on it from NJ to Minneapolis and back with no issues. Plan on going to Disney in it this fall.

The only reason I would rent a car is if I had an unreliable car, or was leasing a vehicle and was concerned about overage charges for miles.

(BTW this is my 2000th post )
Hooray for 2,000 posts

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Old 04-27-2013, 10:43 AM   #2749
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I drove down in December and my car has over 100k on it. Planning on driving it to Louisiana in August. I would never think of renting a car to go unless I didn't trust mine.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:37 AM   #2750
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We drive to Florida a couple times a year from Wisconsin and this is our favorite route, it is beautiful! As for traffic anything that keeps us from having to drive through Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta is a good thing.

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Wow, this sounds like a very interesting option. I mapped it out on Google Maps, and they say it'll add about an hour to our drive vs. the more traditional route via I-65; but we spent at least that amount of time in construction and traffic through Nashville and Atlanta last year. I'd probably spend the night in Columbia, SC since I'm not interested in a straight through drive. I'm not heading back until 2015, so I obviously have some time. But you've given me something to think about.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:50 AM   #2751
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We are considering driving to Disney as a Family Adventure! My daughter starts the College Program on 8/12/13, so she, my sister, two nieces (13 and 15) and I are thinking of driving her down for her program. It's a 24 hour/1600 mile trip, one way. I have a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with 103,500 miles on it. DH and I keep it in good shape, so I don't worry about driving it, but was wondering if the majority of folks drive the family vehicle or rent something newer/more reliable for your trip? Do car rental agencies LET you drive cars so far out of state?
(I love the smilies, can you tell?)
We drive our own minivan, which is older tan yours and has more miles. I don't drive it around town often but we do use it for a lot of long trips. We looked into renting a minivan once Yowza. Might as well fly at that point. They will let you drive that far though if you are interested.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:18 PM   #2752
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We are considering driving to Disney as a Family Adventure! My daughter starts the College Program on 8/12/13, so she, my sister, two nieces (13 and 15) and I are thinking of driving her down for her program. It's a 24 hour/1600 mile trip, one way. I have a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with 103,500 miles on it. DH and I keep it in good shape, so I don't worry about driving it, but was wondering if the majority of folks drive the family vehicle or rent something newer/more reliable for your trip? Do car rental agencies LET you drive cars so far out of state?

If we decide to make the drive, I am sure I'll be back here with more questions in the not too distant future! (I love the smilies, can you tell?)
2005 Grand Caravan, 133,000 miles, (new transmission last year), new tires, handles the drive wonderfully. It's been to Disney 7 times without a problem, other than the time we spun out on a snow covered highway and dented the passenger door on a road sign.

We love the room, the multi-disk DVD, the stow and go seats for more cargo room - it's the perfect Disney road trip vehicle!
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:33 AM   #2753
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We are considering driving to Disney as a Family Adventure! My daughter starts the College Program on 8/12/13, so she, my sister, two nieces (13 and 15) and I are thinking of driving her down for her program. It's a 24 hour/1600 mile trip, one way. I have a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with 103,500 miles on it. DH and I keep it in good shape, so I don't worry about driving it, but was wondering if the majority of folks drive the family vehicle or rent something newer/more reliable for your trip? Do car rental agencies LET you drive cars so far out of state?

If we decide to make the drive, I am sure I'll be back here with more questions in the not too distant future! (I love the smilies, can you tell?)
We drive our 2006 Chrysler Sebring convertible to FL several times a year (at least 3 times a year, last year we did 5 trips) some of which contained an extra 1200 mile leg as we visited Houston either on the way to Disney or the way home (saved us 1200 miles by combining visiting the TX grand kids with our Disney trips instead of two separate trips).
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:54 AM   #2754
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I'm so glad the topic of driving higher mileage cars has come up. I'm shoppin for a used Honda Odyssey and probably getting one with @60-80K miles on it. I can't wait to drive it to Disney this November. The room in the van will be wonderful and I won't have to hear my long legged son whine how he doesn't have enough room.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:38 PM   #2755
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I'm so glad the topic of driving higher mileage cars has come up. I'm shoppin for a used Honda Odyssey and probably getting one with @60-80K miles on it. I can't wait to drive it to Disney this November. The room in the van will be wonderful and I won't have to hear my long legged son whine how he doesn't have enough room.
If he's anything like my teenager he'll find something to whine about, don't worry. Lol.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:08 PM   #2756
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We are leaving in about 13 hours for our drive from St. Louis to Disney World. My head is spinning with all the last minute stuff we need to do, but I'm also very excited!
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:46 PM   #2757
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Chipper10- please report back when you gets chance. We are doing the same drive in three weeks!!!

Also, between St. Louis and WDW, are there any areas where you go for miles with no available restrooms? I try to stop before if possible
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:47 PM   #2758
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I'm so glad the topic of driving higher mileage cars has come up. I'm shoppin for a used Honda Odyssey and probably getting one with @60-80K miles on it. I can't wait to drive it to Disney this November. The room in the van will be wonderful and I won't have to hear my long legged son whine how he doesn't have enough room.
We bought a 2006 Honda Odyssey with 60,000 miles on it last March through our son (he sells used cars). It was supposed to make the trek to WDW a month later but the trip was cancelled. A year later (and I wish I could tell you how many miles I put on it last year), we finally made the trip. I drove and I have to say that this vehicle was a delight to drive for hours. My last vehicle was a Toyota 4Runner and that tired my leg and hip on just short trips. I didn't start to ache with the Honda until toward the end of our trip. I am so thankful for that van! Never thought I'd own a van this nice in my 50s as an empty-nester, but it has turned out to be quite the blessing. I say if you can find one, go for it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:46 PM   #2759
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I'm so glad the topic of driving higher mileage cars has come up. I'm shoppin for a used Honda Odyssey and probably getting one with @60-80K miles on it. I can't wait to drive it to Disney this November. The room in the van will be wonderful and I won't have to hear my long legged son whine how he doesn't have enough room.
We just drove our 2004 Honda Odyssey to WDW a couple weeks ago, from Maine, 24 hours each way. It's our fourth drive in the van, the first time it was brand new, now it has over 120,000 miles on it. It's been a great vehicle, and I'm hoping to get a few more years out of it. Our other vehicle is a CR-V, and I'd buy another Honda in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:44 PM   #2760
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Our three-year Honda CRV lease ends in November; however, our frequent WDW drives have caused the odometer to break the 44,000 mile mark (we have a 45,000 mile limt).

We are debating whether to initiate a new lease with a new 2013 model within 30 days or buy the vehicle in November. Decisions....

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