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Old 05-13-2019, 03:27 PM   #1
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Working to longer trips any suggestions?

I realize this is not that long of a trip but were working up slowly for longer term trips. Any advice would be welcomed. Were headed out for 9 nights total. Starting in New Orleans LA KOA 4-nights, 1-night in Biloxi, MS @ Beau Rivage Boondocking, 4-nights Sugar Sands RV Resort Gulf Shores Alabama.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:03 PM   #2
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you will be just fine. just do it. just check your vehicles before travelling and keep it safe. based upon what you learn on this excursion you can make adjustments for an even longer one later.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:17 PM   #3
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Just a word of advice,... When we were younger we would spend a whole lot of time on the road to get to destinations. Fast forward 40 years and we have found that too much windshield time rapidly takes the fun out of camping, at least for us. We'd get to the CG, and be exhausted from the drive. We stopped doing that two years ago. We now make it a point to travel no more than 300-350 miles per day, and we take our time and stop periodically to stretch out. Yes, it takes us longer to get to planned destination, but we arrive refreshed and relaxed.

Just friendly advice.
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We learned to cut back the travel time after our first month. Now we shoot for 3-4 hours on the road and a minimum of 2 nights in a CG. Most stays are 3-4 nights.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:29 PM   #5
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Good advice above. We do 6 hrs max travel, 2 day min stay. Prefer 4 hrs and 3 days. Cutting back on drive and set-up/teardown time makes a huge difference in stress vs relaxation.

It's an adjustment. Before retirement we would drive SW Ohio to middle Keys straight through. I don't miss that at all. But we only had 'x' number of days to escape the cold.

It's not always the destination if you have the time.

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Remember, there is generally no need for sewer hookups on a one night stay. Save that for the longer stays (assuming they have sewer hookups). Learned that the hard way.
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Remember, there is generally no need for sewer hookups on a one night stay. Save that for the longer stays (assuming they have sewer hookups). Learned that the hard way.

I was thinking the same thing. shorter stays means you don't have to worry about tanks being full or fresh tank being empty depending on what ammenties are available. I often stay 4-5 days with only electric and then can dump and refill for the next short stay.
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:45 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=OYO;2095776]Good advice above. We do 6 hrs max travel, 2 day min stay. Prefer 4 hrs and 3 days. Cutting back on drive and set-up/teardown time makes a huge difference in stress vs relaxation.

It's an adjustment. Before retirement we would drive SW Ohio to middle Keys straight through. I don't miss that at all. But we only had 'x' number of days to escape the cold.

It's not always the destination if you have the time.


If one is still working, we can not always afford the luxury of 3-4 day stops en-route to destination. Although sound advice if you have that luxury of plenty of time and perhaps retired not everyone has that leisure. Do what you can, be safe and enjoy.


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Old 05-15-2019, 08:41 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the great advice. We have been camping in Tent, Pop-up, Travel Trailer on and off for the last 25 years. Have not retired yet 4 years until I am eligible. In fact that's the first part of this trip to New Orleans. We are going to our retirement seminar provide by my employer. We intend to ramp up longer and longer trips until I retire. Those are mostly destination trips so we would visit some along the way. Planning to make a 4-6 month walkabout when I retire. Starting slowly now working through what we need vs. want in our rig.
its not huge but plenty big enough for us. Making changes slowly as we learn what our camping style might be as we get closer to that date. Seriously considering joining Harvest Host next year. We love meeting new people and making new friends in our travels. We were both in the USAF and have friends scattered all over the country. Cant wait to meet friends we will make on this site also. Thanks again for all your input.
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Iíve learned to take my time too!

Iím retired but She Who Let the Dogs Out is still working. She works overnights and gets out on Thursday a 9am and doesnít go back until 1am on Monday, and so we plan travel on longer trips for using only 5 vacay days sheís off for 16. Each winter we head south too. NOLA is one our regulars. We plan no more than 300 miles per day and recently started to stay more than one night on the road.
It is much more relaxing and on that first overnight is when we de-winterize!
This past winter we went to both NOLA and Destin FL. 4 days in each and a two night stay in Alabama on the way home to NJ...discovered Little River Canyon !
Much more relaxing stopping after only5-7 hours on the road.
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