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Hello, we are in the research stage of planning a six month holiday travelling around USA. My research shows me we could potentially get a fairly decent camper trailer 24-26ft and a older ford f250 for around $12,000 to $13000. Craigslist advert indicate these would be mechanically sound. If anyone has any tips for this trip it would be hugely appreciated.
We plan to arrive in LA around late September/early October. Is there a cheaper place to buy a camper and F250 or is Craigslist the best option?
Thanks in advance

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