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Old 07-12-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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First long RV trip....

Back home now for a couple of weeks from our first long RV trip. About 5000 miles. In 3 weeks ! I feel like long distance RVing must be a learned life style, as we arrived home completely worn out. Vacationing without the motorhome and with time restraints has always made us plan everything down to the minute to be able to see everything in a short amount of time, so it was very hard for us to just stop and camp. The longest we stayed in one spot was 4 nights in Yellowstone.
We do absolutely love our 3011 Forester. A couple of complaints are the bed and that Jackknife sofa. After we got home I bought a memory foam topper for the bed, hope the next trip we sleep better. The sofa... I want to replace it with a couple of recliners or a loveseat recliner. Still researching since the sofa in in the slide.
Traveling from place to place we found it very convenient to stay at Walmart or the rest areas over night. There is even an app where you can check the area you are in for Walmarts and it tells you if they allow stopovers or not. Found it very helpful. The only negative for staying at Walmart was it being so bright due to the lights. I made black out curtains for the bedroom to resolve any future issues in that regard.
Most of the campgrounds we stayed at were KOAs. Never knew there were so many. Satisfied with all of them.
As far as finding gas we never had a problem there. DH always started looking when he got down to half tank. Now some of the stations were a little tight as we were pulling a 10 foot trailer with our motorcycle. We never checked our gas milage because we figure we have the thing and have to buy gas so what good is it knowing ??
Anyway we had a great vacation. Was a great learning experience. Once we learn to slow down I think RVing will be amazing !! Our next trip will be in November for 2 weeks in Florida to go Red fishing !!

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Old 07-12-2014, 08:30 AM   #2
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Glad to hear your trip report. I fully understand on how you can wear yourself out trying to take it all in, as there is always more to do than there is time to do it.

The most "relaxing" trips, are to not have anything planned, and just go to a favorite campground.............and leisurely do stuff. Cookout, walk around the park, sit in front of campfire, etc.

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Old 07-12-2014, 09:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for sharing. We did our first long rv trip a few weeks ago also. 10 day run to Camp Gulf Destin Florida, with a couple of days in Birmingham for sight seeing on the way. At Camp Gulf we only planned one outing, the rest of the week was just on the beach, cooking out and hanging out. There were 9 units in our group and it was a lot of fun. We did our fuel stops and overnights at Pilot Flying J truck stops. I mapped it out so we stopped at the locations with RV lanes which has fresh water, dump station, and LP on the RV lanes. They also have separate parking for RV's. You can download their app for free and get the next location along your route to plan stops. It worked great for us.. I even got a RV plus card which is a charge card not credit card for more discounts on fuel and diesel vehicles can use truck lanes also. That would be my suggestion because they have plenty of room for units. Just make sure and try to stop at only the locations with RV lanes to make sure there is plenty of room for you. We were also exhausted when we got home. I took an extra day after the trip to rest, but I was still tired. Next long run will be the Grand canyon next summer.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing as it sounds like a good trip. I hope your Florida trip is as much fun too.

It's common to pack a lot into a trip between traveling and sight seeing alone. My brother and his wife used to split up traveling - longer distance one day and shorter distance the next day. They found arriving at the campground earlier 2-3 hours helpful after traveling longer the previous day. For their longer trips they would stay an extra night every so often just to get more rested.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:51 AM   #5
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I just got back from a 10 day trip, my longest so far, and found that I was well rested. We spent 1 night in Chattanooga, 3 nights in Nashville, 3 in Memphis, 1 in Tupelo, MS and 1 in Birmingham, AL. Even with all the switching up, we got plenty of rest. We didn't bother getting up early as nothing was open before 9 or 10 anyway. Now if we were sightseeing in the wilds, I would be up and out early to catch the early light and wildlife. So I guess it depends on the type of vacation on whether you get to rest.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:17 AM   #6
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Didn't know Pilot Flying J's even had those. Nice to know.

Glad you had a good time.

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Old 07-26-2014, 08:52 AM   #7
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Went on a trip in June and July through New England ending with a weekend in Niagara Falls in Canada. Me, my wife and our two girls (5 and 7). 15 days and about 2500 miles total. Drove from Maryland to Massachusetts and spent 3 nights there. Then drove to New Hampshire for 2 nights. Then to Maine for 4 nights. Then Vermont for 3 nights. Finally 3 nights at Niagara Falls. We obviously spent a lot of time taking in the sights, but we tried not to do too much in any one day and plan on a few down days. I felt very rested during the trip. It's hard to get back into the groove of going back to work, but it's worth it. Heading to the Outer Banks next week. That is going to be a total relaxation trip. We went last year and spent some time seeing lighthouses and Kitty Hawk etc. This year, it's all about sitting on the beach.

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