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Old 04-29-2014, 02:05 PM   #1
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First long trip

We are about to embark on a 1200 mile, 17 hour drive with 2 grand parents, the parents and 1 y.o. triplets. I'm grandpa and I'll be driving. I am looking for suggestions or experience on long drives in motor homes with infants. The the kids and grand kids won't be overnight with us in the Georgetown 351 so I'm interested in the 10 hour day in a motor home stuff.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 04-29-2014, 03:32 PM   #2
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I don't have a motor home but a 5th wheel. About 350 miles is plenty for me in a day. Personally I couldn't do 1200 miles in 17 hours. It would take me three days.

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Old 04-29-2014, 04:06 PM   #3
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I feel like I'm reading this as 1/2 a long-haul of 1,200 miles / 17 hours and 1/2 as a multiple day trip:

Long haul/one shot:
I did Maryland to Florida which was right about 900 miles in a truck + fifth wheel. We had myself, my wife, a 8 year old and a 6 month old. We left between 10pm and 11pm and arrived about 6pm the next day. I slept the day before so that the wife and kids could sleep overnight.

It took us just about 20 hours once we factored in stops (breakfast and lunch and fuel/potty/diaper stops). The fuel stops were good for stretching legs and expending some pent up energy.

Doable, but painful. I needed a night/day to recover from it.

At 1,200 miles in 17 hours, you're average overall speed is 70+ mph. That doesn't account for any stops whatsoever. I assume your stops may be less frequent with a motorhome.

Multiple day trip
Our 6 month old was mostly fine. He did have a couple of 1+ hour jaunts where he lost his crap and cried for a long period of time. During the trip coming back from Disney, the traffic was buggered and he decided he was done being cooped up (after a day of being in a stroller at the park) and lost it. We went to a grocery store to let everyone burn off some energy. One miserable part was on our way back- late in the evening, dark, had pre-picked a campground that was apparently further than we wanted to drive. My wife ended up sitting back with him- he was crying, she was crying, it wasn't pleasant. Yogurt was the fix - calmed him down enough to stop crying. (It wasn't the cause- we had dinner.)

Remember, even if they're not walking much- doesn't mean that they don't want to move about.

I understand being rushed for vacation time and making time on the road- but remember, the little folks need their time, too.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:17 PM   #4
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Thanks. I should have specified. We are doing 10 hours on day 1 and 7 on day 2.

I just hope the others can keep them entertained.
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