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Old 12-23-2014, 07:32 AM   #41
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Since we retired we take a lot longer to do a long trip. Anywhere from 250 to 350 miles a day. We know where we are going to stop every day and very seldom make reservations. We get in early enough in the afternoon to set up, sit down and relax have a drink or two, have supper, relax and go to bed. We don't unhook from the TV so the set up is usually getting the 5er level if needed and hooking up to water and hydro. We get up early enough to be on the road by 7 AM. Sometimes when traveling we will do a 500 mile day or so so we can spend a couple of days at a campground we really like. We used to do 2000 miles in three days but I was working then and had limited time off. We do make reservations at campgrounds where our stay is anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month or more.
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:04 AM   #42
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Thanks everyone! My take from all the replies was that most of you recommend around 300-350 miles and 7-9 hours a day as a safe and sane goal. What did surprise me, however, was how many of you DO NOT make CG reservations (for overnight stays only) in advance, but use a CG Directory to find a place about 3-4 hours up the road when you plan to stop for the day. As I mentioned earlier, one of my concerns was being unable to get a spot for the night, but I can see where having an advanced CG reservation could work against me if I were to encounter problems that prevented me from getting there; then I'd be looking at a CG Directory for a nearby place too! So, for our first long haul I will see how we do without the overnight reservations and just enjoy the trip and stop when we feel ready for a rest. As many of you have pointed out... if you're retired (which I am) then don't be in a rush.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:30 AM   #43
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We like truck stops for long hauls that require a stop in the middle - off the road at 10 and back on at 9 am. We've had issues at Wal-Marts so we rarely use them now.

Whatever travel time Google Maps shows you, multiply it by 1.25 for the long hauls.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:38 AM   #44
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I towed a popup with my kids for 20 years (1st kid was 9 mos old when we bought the pup). When they were very young, kids music tapes keep them occupied (but you'll start to hear them in your sleep!) When they got a little older, we bought a small 12" TV with a VCR in it and ran tapes all day. We could do 600 miles a day easy.
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:58 AM   #45
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I'd say it all depends on your rear end. How long can you sit in the truck?
We go to Myrtle Beach every other year or so. We drive straight through, with the normal fuel and bathroom stops. It's a 7 hour trip by GPS but 9-10 with stops.
Where do you start from and what highways? Planning a trip this summer there from Lexington KY.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:35 PM   #46
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Try to do 350 +/- 50 miles a day. Pull off at around 250-300 miles to see what campgrounds are ahead and make reservations. Average 60mph. My goal is to get setup at the campsite before dark.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:39 PM   #47
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For me it is about the driving conditions. I used to go all out working puts you in a time crunch. But now slow is good, I don't travel at that speed 65 to 70 for me but, I go mostly by time 3 to 4 hrs but no more than 5. I don't leave very early in the am 10:00am or so There's no ware I have have to be that bad. I'm going to Fayetteville after the first of the year and I plan no more that 4 to 5 hrs each day and will down there on the 3rd day. No crack of dawn leaving for me.
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Old 12-23-2014, 01:07 PM   #48
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The rush is usually limited vacation days and maximizing vacationing time. For instance, I could only take 1 day off of work to make it from MD to FL (900 miles) before I needed back on the clock the next day. You do whatcha gotta do.
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The last vacation I took in my working days was a 2500 mile trip to Charlotte NC for NASCAR. 3 days to get there and then had the daughter's grad to attend so it was 3 days to get back...

Now I'm retired with the 3 or 300 method.. 3PM or 300 miles which ever comes first!
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My wife & I are old (81), sleep late and not in much of a hurry anymore, so we say three hours or 3:00 PM


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Old 12-23-2014, 02:04 PM   #50
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3 hrs in morning, break for lunch, 3 hours in afternoon. Usually means about 350 miles at 60 mph.
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