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Old 04-07-2015, 08:57 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by mark0224 View Post
Good topic It's one of those thing I have yet to do , I had figured about traveling about 5 hrs a day max , mostly because that's all I figured the wife can take, with a couple of pit stops along the way, again because she can't sit that long. It may take me 4 days to do a trip like Florida but I'm going to be in no hurry to get where I'm going will be retired in 17 working days.
Sounds like you've got the formula down before you even get out there. I love listening to campers talking about "making good time" now that I've learned to relax by leaving around 9 or 10am and putting into a cg between 3 and 4pm. We typically cover between 250 and 350 miles per day - if we feel like it...... Congrats on your upcoming retirement and enjoy your new adventures!

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Old 04-07-2015, 09:00 AM   #12
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I like some sort of plan. a good app on the phone that might help is called we find this app very helpful and it is FREE.

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Old 04-07-2015, 09:06 AM   #13
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We have been active Rvers for about 5 years now. The wife and kids love it. We are looking to make a long run from Dallas to Yellowstone in June. We have our spot in Yellowstone but no reservations on the trip up. Should we? Just curious on the long drives if you just drive till you get tired and stop at a KOA or Walmart? What do you guys do?
On that destination trip we do Overnight RV, Amarillo; Strasburg, CO KOA and Rawlins, WY KOA or RV World Campground. 287 north from Rawlins to Tetons and Yellowstone. We typically do not un hook for overnight except maybe to hit the Big Texan in Amarillo. Start from Waco.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:18 AM   #14
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We did an over 9600 round trip miles from North Carolina to California and points Southwest, by doing what Old Coot, Asquare, and others suggest. No parking lots, either.
Traveling with two dogs, they help us find stops along the way-along with easy refueling stops (thanks to "Next Exit").
We usually are on the road moderately early, but stop early (around 3-4pm) by calling ahead on a daily basis as we travel along. This gave us time to explore local areas, park easily, have a great supper, and be back on the road, reasonably early.
We did reservations at Grand Canyon, so we could stay on the property-well worth it; but otherwise daily stops were easy.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:31 AM   #15
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Will I am a planner and my DW and I like our comforts, that why I tow a 5er. I like full hook-ups and do not like to un-hook for the night when we are staying for one night only. So we do make the reservations to get pull thru sites and travel only 300 to 350 miles a day to make this less stressful on us.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:46 AM   #16
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I've stayed in we several Walmart and camping world lots for a quick nap. Get coffee inside the next morning, with whatever else i want then hit the road. Camping world sometimes has electric hookups.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:03 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by MeepMeep View Post
Sounds like you've got the formula down before you even get out there. I love listening to campers talking about "making good time" now that I've learned to relax by leaving around 9 or 10am and putting into a cg between 3 and 4pm. We typically cover between 250 and 350 miles per day - if we feel like it...... Congrats on your upcoming retirement and enjoy your new adventures!
Thanks first of all.
I think I need to get one of the "Next Exit" books to know where and when to stop. One thing we have planned was having the smallest amount of food with us and buying what we need for that night just before we stop for the night to cover the next morning and only carrying enough water for the days pit stops keeping the load as low as we can.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:32 AM   #18
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Like a lot of you, we only drive 5 or 6 hours per day. We get started about 9:00 or 9:30 and usually stop around 12:30 or 1:00 for lunch. Then we decide where we want to stop and call ahead for a pull through. When we travel known routes like home to FL, we know our stops and will call early to assure a place. We find the snowbird migration times tend to flood campgrounds along the North-South routes.

We don't do Wal-Marts or other parking lots either.

We love the Next Exit book and use a Good Sam campground app on the Ipad to look for campgrounds when in unfamiliar territory. The GPS also is a help.


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Old 04-07-2015, 10:49 AM   #19
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I just drive until I'm tired. I haven't had an issue. However, if you need to "drive" during a major holiday, get reservations SOMEWHERE and just sit until holiday is gone, then keep driving. I got caught in this once when I drove to Kentucky for a volunteer job. I didn't need to show up until July 8. But I didn't have reservations for July 4th. Let's just say..... the only thing I could get was some really SEEDY place in West Virginia and I shut the door and didn't come out for three days! Not to mention, my cable hookup didn't work at that "seedy" place and.... you don't want to know how they got cable to me..........
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:32 PM   #20
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Just completed a three week trip and this was the big question. We often didn't stay where we originally intended. But we did have a couple of occasions when we wished we had made reservations. (i.e. Sedona during Spring Break on a weekend)

Obviously you need to be cognizant of very popular destinations and travel dates.
It is wise to have reservations for weekends, and/or at National or State parks during peak travel times.

I wish campgrounds were more like hotels where they usually allow you to cancel a reservation before 6 pm on the day of arrival with no penalty.

We made a couple of reservations where we realized that we may have to forfeit our first night if we didn't show. Occasionally this is okay, but it would run into real money if we had to do it very often.

We were early in the season for the first week of our trip and many campgrounds weren't open; but those that were had plenty of room. We only had to resort to a parking lot (Little America, WY) once. Not too bad if all you want to do is sleep.

We noticed what we called the 9 am exodus from most campgrounds. So, if you are looking to score a spot in a first come first served popular destination, arrive at 9:01 am and hang out. (At Willow Flat Canyonlands NP you probably need two stakeouts with walkie talkies and even then, good luck!)

Here is a question: has anyone ever approached a hotel and asked if you could spend the night in their parking lot for a nominal fee? If so, what response did you get?

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