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Old 01-27-2016, 02:49 PM   #1
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On long cross country trips from Upstate New York to South Dakota or Arizona, what is a comfortable distance to travel in a day so I can make camp and set up around dinner time? I have never taken more than a two day trip before, but now want to go across country after I retire. I travel alone except for my two dogs. Any advice appreciated.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
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Whatever is comfortable for you and your style. What time do you typically get up and out at? Do you travel interstates or side roads? Do you like to stop at things that strike your fancy/are you wanting to sight-see? Do you like a long break in the middle of the day?

I tend to average 45mph for my family once I factor in stops. Sometimes slower than that. And we are late risers. I've had cross-country days as short as 165 miles and as long as 600 miles. It's me, my wife, and 2 kids (no pets). I'm be primary driver, though my wife will also.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:55 PM   #3
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Travel to the point you feel comfortable. 4-6 hours seems to be the norm for a lot of folks. I try to keep it under 12 hours these days, but have been known to do 16-17 without much effort.
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:58 PM   #4
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See this thread - many inputs here:
Miles per day for trip planning ?
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We like to sleep in and drink our coffee before loading up for the day. We attempt to keep driving time to 5 hours each day. We try to never promise some one (usually kids or grandkids) at the destination, a set time that we will arrive. If we see something of interest we stop, detour, pull into Wally World for an afternoon nap, what ever suits us. We are retired, right? Suit yourself, unless you have an appointment, deadline or funeral to attend (although they won't miss you) don't drive until you are worn out. I prefer to set up in daylight. You will learn what suits you the best. Enjoy the ride.
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Old 01-27-2016, 03:46 PM   #6
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400 miles in a day is the limit I set and that is a full day. And I won't do more than a couple of those in a row. We'll have a light breakfast, try to be on the road by 8:00, and be parked again by 5:00. We'll take several breaks along the way. Lunch is inside the RV. After setting up we go out to have a good dinner and refuel the truck.
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:19 PM   #7
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I've done 500 miles in a day a couple of times. At 60 mph, that's a good 8 hours; plus a couple of stops; fuel, bathroom, break; walk the dogs. So, for us, 500 miles is just about 10 hours. That's a long day . . . . and it's been almost exclusively freeway travel. 400 miles is much easier on you.
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350 miles is a reasonable distance to travel in a day without getting overly tired. Now that your retired why hurry. Take your time and enjoy the sites as you travel. Later RJD
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It is really what you feel comfortable with. On a 1000 mile trip we will travel 600 miles the first day when we are fresh and then finish it up the next day.
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:59 PM   #10
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To Sturgis and back twice...in order to spend more time riding my Harleys I made it out and such in 3 days...1700 miles...longest day 700 miles...
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