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Old 12-22-2014, 04:02 PM   #1
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Reasonable number of hours or miles to drive each day when towing a Travel Trailer

DW and I are planning our first long haul with our travel trailer, about 2800 miles round trip, primarily driving on Interstate highways. I'm not sure if I should base my daily travel on the number of hours behind the wheel, or the number of miles I'd like to make per day. I cruise at 60 mph when towing and have to stop every 150-200 miles for fuel. For you experienced long-haulers, what have you found works best for you in terms of reduced stress and less fatigue.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:05 PM   #2
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I like you like to stop every 125 to 150 miles to use restroom and stretch the legs. About
400 to 450 is enough. Sometime we even go less.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:07 PM   #3
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DW and I are planning our first long haul with our travel trailer, about 2800 miles round trip, primarily driving on Interstate highways. I'm not sure if I should base my daily travel on the number of hours behind the wheel, or the number of miles I'd like to make per day. I cruise at 60 mph when towing and have to stop every 150-200 miles for fuel. For you experienced long-haulers, what have you found works best for you in terms of reduced stress and less fatigue.
Longest haul I did was to the Rally in Goshen. ~3 hours by GPS, ~7 hours with all the stops, kids bathroom breaks, etc... By the time I was there I was still fine and could have maybe pulled a couple of more hours.

On the other hand, I've done trips at ~1 hour where I was wiped by the end of it. All seems to depend on the day, weather conditions, etc....

If you have the luxery of time, then your best bet is to know when to give up. It's better to not go as far and be happy than to make it there and be miserable.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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I have found that my family has an overall travel schedule of about 45 mph once we include stops and whatnot. That means, to go 450 miles - it'll take us 10 hours from the time we get in the truck in the morning until we get out. 350-450 miles is my goal for a day usually. Much less than that, it just takes too long to get to the places we're going and my vacation time at work doesn't support it.

For us, we have 2 drivers. My wife will usually drive midday while my son is napping so that I can catch some shut eye.

We've done up to 600 miles in a day at about 13 hours- I was wiped by the end of that and still had more driving the next day. We did do 915 miles in one long haul- starting at 10 or 11pm and arriving at 6pm.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:21 PM   #5
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Longest haul I did was to the Rally in Goshen. ~3 hours by GPS, ~7 hours with all the stops, kids bathroom breaks, etc... By the time I was there I was still fine and could have maybe pulled a couple of more hours.

On the other hand, I've done trips at ~1 hour where I was wiped by the end of it. All seems to depend on the day, weather conditions, etc....

If you have the luxery of time, then your best bet is to know when to give up. It's better to not go as far and be happy than to make it there and be miserable.
I agree, but I am trying to determine where to stop each day so that I can make reservations ahead of time for overnight stays along the way. I don't want to end up being unable to find a safe place to park at night.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:26 PM   #6
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For reduced stress and less fatigue, I'd opt for 250-300 miles maximum each day. If you're an early riser, you can be done with that while it's still daylight and relax each evening before continuing on.
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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.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:59 PM   #8
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I travel with the grandkids and plan on 300 miles max with one or two stops on the way.
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I travel with the grandkids and plan on 300 miles max with one or two stops on the way.
My experience with my own kids is at least 2 stops in a 70 mile run. Only 1 or two in 300 might be optimistic, (depending on the kids of course.)
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When towing, we like to shoot for about 350 miles per day +/- about 50 miles. That equates to about 6 hrs of travel time per day for us. We prefer to reach our destination before dark and leave some time for sightseeing along the way or for troubles like flats (had 2 in one day once).

Our tow vehicle's max distance is about 380 miles one one tank of diesel - but we prefer refueling as soon as the tank goes below half as diesel can be tougher to find sometimes. However, I prefer to park the 5'er before refueling whenever possible so fuel stops can and do play a role in our total travel distance for a typical day.
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