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Which type of car?
July 10, 2012
9:06 am
Mimi
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We are planning a three week Route 66 trip for our honeymoon in May 2013 but we don't know which would be the best sort of car to travel in?  Would it be too hot for a convertible? As it is a long distance would an SUV be better?  Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

July 10, 2012
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kylielance
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Hi Mimi
We are also doing route 66 for our honeymoon in May 2013 and were just discussing cars!!
Will be interested to see what people suggest!!!
Might see you on the road next year lol

July 10, 2012
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Wow, I guess 66 is a popular wedding celebration destination. We want to travel Route 66 for our Anniv. (20th in 2014).

 

Going in May, I would think you would encounter some nice, mild temps. compared to those in July or August. With kids in school still through June, I'm envious of your trip timing.

 

If you can afford a convertible, I would think that would be an awesome way to go. If/when it gets too warm, just put the top up and turn on the A/C. What we will end up driving is still to be determined.

July 11, 2012
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Best wishes to all!  One person on this site has encountered difficulty renting a convertible--so if this is what you REALLY want--reserve it well in advance.  An SUV isn't necessary but may be what you prefer.  An ordinary car does just fine. 

May-June is the best time, combining lots of daylight without the heat of mid-summer.  To Mimi: the real heat will be in AZ-CA roughly Kingman to Barstow--likely hotter than anything you have experienced in the UK.  There's more about this on my site, referenced elsewhere.

The Ford Mustang is the only widely-rented convertible, but there's supposed to be a Chevy Camaro (a similar-type sporty car) available as a convertible in 2013--and it may be available for rentals. 

July 19, 2012
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I've hired a convertable mustang and the novelty soon wears off. You can only drive at lows speeds before the wind noise becomes an issue. So after half a day you want to put the top up. The other problem I had was there is very little luggage space and it is really only a 2 seater. I would go for an SUV. The roads are not that great and you will be on par with most of the road users.

August 14, 2012
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Just finished going from NYC to California picking up Route 66 in Oklahoma and driving in my Yukon XL. You need a vehicle like this for a ride like that. Plenty of room. You can put the car carrier on the roof rack for you storage. The long big windows in the back let you see everything and if you want you can open the sun roof to get that air blowing through your hair.(If you have hair,which I don't. HA HA) Its like driving your living room cross country.

August 15, 2012
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The previous poster (reils133) makes an interesting point.  Many Americans drive huge vehicles like his Yukon (Google it if you're not familiar).  If you are from overseas, you may not be expecting these to be so common, especially from OK to AZ.  The hoods (bonnets) on many of these vehicles are literally higher than the roof of a conventional car.  That can be intimidating, especially when it hurtles past you on a narrow 2-lane stretch of 1930s concrete called Route 66.

That said, a conventional car is just fine for most people unless you have a LOT of stuff with you.  The big vehicles are thirsty and you ride high above the road.  In places along original 66 (such as the Tank Farm Loop in OK) two of them would have to edge onto the shoulder to get past each other. 

August 15, 2012
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I was really surprised to see how many big suv's (suburbans,yukons ,expeditions and excursions) I had seen on my trip along Route 66. I have to say that at no time did I have any problems navigating the big truck even with other same size vehicles along the way. I even had a chance to talk to these other drivers of the big suv's and all said the same, there is no better way to drive the Route other than an RV. Driving the Route is not a race and the speed limit in most areas are 25 to 35 mph. Although I did not drive in the area Tank Farm Loop in OK.,can't say that I ran into any part of the Route that seemed to small to pass. Also I was getting some great miles per gallon on the trip. Now some of the smaller cars will get you better mileage but it's a better trade off for comfort than mileage. On my next trip I will pass by this Tank Farm Loop in OK since I had not seen it on the trip. Thanks to Frank for pointing this out,I believe he knows more about the Route than I!

August 15, 2012
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We're hoping to go for our honeymoon next year too, seems a very popular idea.  Does anyone have any suggestion for places to rent a car from Smile6

August 15, 2012
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Major car rental websites are in the Travel section of my site: https://www.rt66pix.com.  If you are from Europe, note that one agency has many favorable mentions here at drivingroute66.    

August 24, 2012
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we have done parts of route 66 over the last 3 years and are planning a 3 week trip next summer to drive the rest. We have always had an SUV (yukon Xl this year) but that is due to the 4 kids..lol.. 

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