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Old 11-23-2010, 08:11 AM   #1
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Just bought our first TT,a used Flagstaff 23', in preparation for my upcoming retirement. Going to try the camping life.
We are planning a trip from Florida to the Grand Canyon and beyond.
I would appreciate recommendations for a web site to plan the trip. I figure we would travel 300 miles per day when on the road. So far Good Sams' web site seems to work the best, but it it seems to have drawbacks just like the rest.


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Old 11-23-2010, 08:22 AM   #2
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Sounds like you want a free site, Mapquest may work, however I recommend you purchase Streets & Trips for $39.99. It is a very good mapping/routing software package with a lot of information. I use it all the time to plan/route trips and if you have a laptop you can take it with you on your trip in case things change.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:30 AM   #3
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I would re-think my miles per day, especially this time of year. Towing the camper, you will not average 50 mph. With one fuel stop, and a food stop, that is at least 7 hours on the road. With one hour to set up, that is 8 hours, but let's not forget, it took an hour to tear down, so now we have a 9 hour day. Somebody is going to be working in the dark a lot. Just some thoughts.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:23 AM   #4
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I would suggest picking yourself up a GPS and use it. I currently have a Tom Tom 330 and while not the best at some Canadian roads, it does a good job for the most part. Best of all I picked it up for $89.00 cdn awhile back. As to miles a day, I am kinda weird and we travel anywhere from 800 to 1000km a day (500 - 600 miles), although I really need to stop that as we don't get to do much in the way of sight seeing on our way to whatever our final destination is.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:21 PM   #5
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Pat,
As to miles per day we generally do between 250-300miles a day. Typically break camp 8-9AM then on the road generally get to stopping point between 2-3PM. This includes 1/2hr lunch, 15 minute breaks every 2 hours. Also gives us planty of time to set-up during daylight and do a little sightseeing, shopping or relaxing with a drink.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:16 PM   #6
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Miles per day

20 years ago I gave my mom and dad a hard time when they would take 2 or 3 days going from Tulsa to St. Louis...about 400 miles.
Now.....with my own trailer.....and retired.....I understand. 400 miles is a LONG pull...AND.....we are retired so, whats the hurry??
We just did a 2600 mile trip in 21 days and our longest day was 300 miles. 250 is so much easier and a lil tail wind helps too.
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