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Old 04-17-2015, 06:18 PM   #1
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Miles per day for trip planning ?

I did a search, but didnt find what I was looking for.

We will be first time owners, hopefully in a week or so.

When planning a trip, how many miles do you all travel per day? Our parents live in IL and it will be an 800 mile trip. One that I have made in 12 hours flat once, point A - point B. So now that we will be pulling a trailer, I need to know what to expect for our travel plans. Maybe 400 miles? I figure that might be a 7-8 hour day traveling with dogs.
Sound reasonable?


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Old 04-17-2015, 06:28 PM   #2
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400 miles is a good day, but we've done 500 (and been darned tired). Road and weather conditions can play a big part. Also be aware of the time you will be going through a big city and what campgrounds are available.

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Old 04-17-2015, 06:40 PM   #3
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Sounds reasonable. Figure 8 hours travel time. You will have more gas stops and will welcome the breaks. Remember your trailer tires at rated for 65 MPH maximum speed.

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Old 04-17-2015, 07:08 PM   #4
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I'm a solo. It took me a few trips to get my "travel rhythm" going. If I travel 300 miles a day, I have to stop every other day for a "rest period." So, it's like this:

Day 1: 300 miles
Day 2: 300 miles
Day 3: don't travel
Day 4: 300 miles
Day 5: 300 miles
Day 6: Don't travel

And so on.

BUT.... if I travel 200-250 per day, I can travel every day without stopping on LOONNNNGGGG trips (2000 miles or more)

I do not drive at night.

Couples where both can drive can accomplish more, especially if one can drive at night.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:12 PM   #5
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Depends if you are retired or not and total days traveled matter. Back in our working days we would pound it 500+ to get somewhere in a hurry. Nowadays, 300 to 350 tops and no more than 2 days in row before staying put for a day or two, more if someplace looks interesting. As fuel prices increased over the years, we just slowed down and allowed the "monthly" fuel cost to moderate a bit.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:13 PM   #6
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For point A to point B "just get their" interstate highway trips we plan on 450-500 miles a day. As already mentioned traffic, road construction and weather can make hitting that mileage range a really loooong day.

For more leisurely trips, with stops to see the local sights, we plan on a maximum of 300 miles a day. I've found that I'm a lot more relaxed after a 300 mile day than a 450-500 mile day.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:27 PM   #7
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An 8 hour day travelling pulling trailer, I find it a long day. Remember once you get to campground you still have to set up. Make sure you arrive before it is dark.......
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:43 PM   #8
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Good input all. We are not retired yet. I really think the only time we will be looking to get point a point b would be when going form TX to IL. The rest of the times are hopefully short enough trips or can take our time.
Although, next year for our 35th we entertained going to the New England area, and that would be a haul.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:32 PM   #9
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I plan 400 miles per day but often make 500. Going from point A to Point B I take the interstate highways to get their and stay in truck stops/rest areas. Saves a lot of time not looking for an RV park and you stay on the route. Normally stop before 8:00PM before the truck stops or rest areas fill up. I always check the state laws to be sure there are no restrictions parking for the night.before I leave.

Pick a level spot and at most only have to crank the hitch down to take load off tow car. Do not have to unhook.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:45 PM   #10
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When I first retired, we pulled from Concord, NC to Weslaco, TX in 2-1/2 days, got there 2 days before we could get into campground due to reservations. While we were sitting there twiddling our thumbs for 2 days, we came to the conclusion that what we did was idiotic as we left early enough and then drove like we normally did when on vacations. Vowed right then, we would drive 6-7 hours and definitely stop by 4pm regardless of the miles traveled. On one trip to FL, it took us 5 days to go 580 miles. Coming home this year, we drove the entire 580+ miles in one day to beat the weather. BAD mistake, we should have stayed in FL for another month.

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