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Old 07-07-2018, 10:30 AM   #1
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How Do You Plan a Long Trip

Next Friday, yeah the 13th, my DW and I will be heading out for our longest by miles and days trip. Leaving WNY State for three weeks and 1500 miles each way, heading to South Dakota to travel the Great 8 as South Dakota likes to call it. As we get ready for this adventure, with great ideas provided by the Forum, my DW asked "How Does All of Your Blog Friends (that is her term for the Forum) Plan For Their Trips?" So, here I ask; How do "You" plan for extended time and distance trips?
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:39 AM   #2
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Number one for us is to make certain we actually take enough prescription medicine for our trip plus a few extra days.
Then we call the credit card companies to let them know our plans so that a freeze isn't put on the cards.

Then we pack an extra dose of patience and laughter.
Anything else we can buy on the road.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:50 AM   #3
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Number one for us is to make certain we actually take enough prescription medicine for our trip plus a few extra days.
Then we call the credit card companies to let them know our plans so that a freeze isn't put on the cards.

Then we pack an extra dose of patience and laughter.
Anything else we can buy on the road.
Yep,thats us also,Biggest Decision we have to make is "Turn Left or Right" out of our Driveway! Youroo!!
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:58 AM   #4
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Hey, I wrote about this exact thing:
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:02 AM   #5
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We are leaving in a little over a week for a 3 week, 2000 mile trip from Montana down the Oregon Coast and visiting family in WA.

I used the trip planner on the Good Sam website for the first time and I really liked it. Not only does it show Good Sam member parks near your route, it will also show private campgrounds and COE campgrounds. It will also let you know of things to do/see in the area.

I use Google Maps to check out the RV Parks. I also use RVPark Reviews to read reviews. I use gasbuddy to find fuel and I then check out the station on Google Maps to make sure it is an easy In/Out.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:04 AM   #6
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Make sure we have reservations at the farthest destination, count back the no. of days at 300 miles a day, pack the trailer and leave on the designated date. Also take our meds plus a few days.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:15 AM   #7
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Number one for us is to make certain we actually take enough prescription medicine for our trip plus a few extra days.
Then we call the credit card companies to let them know our plans so that a freeze isn't put on the cards.
I pretty much spent the month of June on the road traveling just under 4,000 miles. Per your "number one", I asked my Doctor for hard copy prescriptions of my medications that I could carry with me rather than just relying on being able to get a refill on the road. The way it's supposed to work is that any pharmacy can call your home pharmacy and "transfer" your prescription so they can provide refills. Problem is how do they do that when your home pharmacy is closed? Also, if you are out of refills then you have to sit and wait for your Dr's office to provide a new prescription and in my case the Dr's office says to allow 48 hours for refills. Add to that weekends and days off. If you hit it just right that could be up to 3-4 days.

I had to refill my Blood Pressure med's and I merely took my hard copy prescription into a small pharmacy in Northern New Mexico. 15 minutes later I walked out with a 30 day refill. Whether or not your Dr will do this will depend a lot on your relationship with your Dr. and whether or not he/she feels you are able to manage certain med's like painkillers without abusing.

As for notifying the Credit Card Companies, easy for me. I use just one. Make sure to include any state you might travel through even though it's not on your original itinerary. I listed all the states on my anticipated route but I also listed those that were along my alternate route. Good thing I did because I had to use "Plan B" to return home due to not just hot weather along my planned route but SCORCHING weather. If you use mobile banking it's easy enough to do from the road. Just do it BEFORE you attempt to use the card or prepare to spend a lot of time on the phone.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:45 AM   #8
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We plan our trips pretty systematically. This is in part due to:
-We are still working (limited time off)
-We are goal oriented (look forward to our travel day destinations)
-We have specific places we are looking to visit

Our strategy is as follows;
-Use google maps
-----Plot a route to our desired destination stops
-----Identify required overnight stops (to keep under our 500mi/day max, 2 max back to back), add to route
-Use RV Park Reviews - Trusted Reviews of Campgrounds & RV Parks to find/select our parks/campsites
-Book sites
-Max out our freezer with meat/frozen veggies. (other stuff can be purchased along the way). Max out fridge.
-Pack favorite beverages (one night's worth cold at a time, refill fridge each morning)
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:52 AM   #9
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You won't regret the trip. Been in the hills many times. Don't know how much you looked into where to go in the hills, but if you look, there are attractions before you get to the hills I.E Corn Palace, 1880 town. Wall drug, badlands nat. monument. All along the interstate. There is so much to see in the Black Hills, that you can't see everything in a short time. You can park at a campground and have a short drive to all. We liked to move to different sites. Don't want to be a downer, but make sure your motor home or TT/TV are in good shape. Mechanics in that area love vacationers this time of year. There are long grade pulls. Keep an eye on temp gauge. Our TV is fairly new and saw temp spikes pulling up grades. Told friends the turbo was probably glowing. LOL. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:01 PM   #10
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We just finished a 5 week, ,4,100 mile (towing miles) trip on 7/3...I used rvparky.com to map out the basic trip...with a good dose of google maps thrown into the mix due to the fact we primarily drive secondary roads and rvparky won't allow for that type of routing.

Allstays and rvparkreviews provided additional campground reviews.

The 14 state trip was completed with a minimum of campground reservations (mostly for the 5 days before the July 4th holiday).
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