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Old 08-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #21
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places to take a break ?

We also try to keep in under 500 Km per day (about 300 miles) sometimes a bit more sometimes a bit less. We also like to take breaks every couple of hours (coffee, lunch, sight see, quilt shops, ETC). Remember, life is short!

What I would like to know is what other people do when they need a break. If you're on an Interstate the rest stops are usually good, but what if you take 'the road less travelled'?? There are few is any designated rest stops, so what do you do? We have used everything from a gravel dump (maybe not the best place) to a quite street in a small town... how about you?
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:15 PM   #22
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Last year which was our 1st year of having a camper we took a trip where we drove about 700 miles in 14 hours the 1st day and about 425 miles the 2nd day. I did all the driving while my wife kept the kids entertained. We also stopped for gas alot as 26 gallons doesn't really go that far. It wasn't great but we were on a schedule.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #23
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This is a good question and hopefully we can keep this message area going.

With my motorhome pulling a car my max I drove was 380 miles into Los Angeles to the coast.

On all other vacations we plan 275 to 350 miles depending on where we are in the country. When my BIG gas tank gets close to half a tank is when we start looking where to stop.
I can go longer but why. Slow down and enjoy the views.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:37 PM   #24
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I can go 4 or 5 hrs then I'm ready to stop but I have when needed to driven 8 hrs. The Dodge Ram 3500 CTD I have is easier to drive I don't feel like I'm fighting it when it's windy and passing trucks so I'm not as tired than when I had my 3/4 gasser
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #25
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On an average 1,000 mile trip we usually do about 600 miles the first day and 400 miles the second.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:47 PM   #26
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With young children, we plan on destinations no longer than 6-8hrs drive time for most of our trips.
If and when we do far off destinations, we'll travel 10/12/14 hrs to arrive same day due to maximizing our vacation on site.



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Old 01-03-2013, 07:04 PM   #27
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250-300 rule

We generally use the 250 to 300 mile rule with stops for meals, stretching etc.. Both of us are retired so there is no reason to make it a marathon. My last three tv's (2005, 2008, 2011) have been loaded F150 Super Crews set up for max towing. The 2011 has the 390 hp 5.0L motor and tows my 829fkss (7100lbs) very well. I use 1200# bars to keep sway to a minimum. It makes the ride a lot less tiresome.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:05 PM   #28
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We recently completed a 6,000 trip - part of it with F.R.O.G. (Vegas, Grand Canyon, Albequerque) - and part on our own. 250 to 300 miles/day seemed to be a good pace, allowing us to stop and sight-see along the way. I'm the only driver; Danforth has never driven the truck pulling the trailer. That distance also gives us an opportunity to stop for a while or delay departure if we have particularly bad weather. Amazing what you can find and stop to see when you don't have to rush to get into a campground before dark.

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I'm the same as most the guys. 400 miles a day at most. I have drove more but I would rather do less.
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When I was towing a trailer I could drive forever; driving the MH I need to take a break every 2-3 hours and I try not to drive more than 6-8 hours in a day. I am thinking about towing a car this year and I will drive less.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:05 PM   #31
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Back in our younger days we would drive to Colorado nonstop, all 1300 miles. We didn't have air-conditioning in the tv, so driving through Nebraska at night was a blessing.
But these days, I would rather take it easy and enjoy the trip. I still like to get an early start, on the road by 8, but we take rest-stops whenever we feel like it, and like to be off the road before suppertime. That usually ends up being about 400 miles, depending on the road. Interstates are easy-squeasy, winding two-lanes obviously more work.
The main purpose of out travels now is to enjoy every minute, and not to add one moment of stress. The world heaps enough of that on us as it is.
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The main purpose of out travels now is to enjoy every minute, and not to add one moment of stress. The world heaps enough of that on us as it is.
Well said, my friend, well said!

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Old 01-07-2013, 03:02 AM   #33
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We are nearing the end of our first long distance camping adventure. 18 days, 7 campgrounds and something like 1200 miles. We're relatively new to towing a trailer and I have to say that some legs of our trip have been very exhausting. We've been travelling up and down Oregon and Washington and some of the roads have been VERY twisty and hilly and sometimes, bumpy. Forever slowing down, speeding up, keeping on top of the braking, hanging onto the steering wheel with two hands, watching other vehicles around you, etc. ...... Buffeting from the wind seems to be particularly tiring. Am dragging a shorter TT at 20' and it is easy to handle and manouver and I can almost fling it around corners now. The hard part is keeping the truck solidly planted in the center of the road at all times with all the corners, bumps and wind.

A couple of the legs of our trip ended up being about 5-6 hours. Still under 60 yrs old (just), but am finding this can be a real grind. Seems to take a day to recoup at the destination campground. Oh, my aching body and tired head at the end of a drive.....

Just wondering if some people have a rule of thumb for driving time and distances? Does a self-imposed mandatory stop somewhere for a rest help that much? We're hoping to do some much longer trips in the future.

ps: Regardless, we are having the times of our lives. What a hoot a camping holiday towing a TT is!! Have seen some great sights and met some great people.
I've found that 6 hours is my limit.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:31 AM   #34
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300 Miles a day is our max...we have been known to drive less than 75 miles, see something interesting and stop for the day!
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your original post/trip should give you an idea of how long a travel day should be for YOU - too many variables - weather, road conditions, terrain, traffic, traveling companion(s) requirements to give a definative answer to the question.....Bill
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When I was working(been retired for a bit over 10 years now), we used to really push when we were headed out west. It was a 2000 mile trip form here. We used to do it in 3 days. Some days were very long and my better half used to get upset with me. Now we will do that same trip in 6 days. We start out at 7 AM and drive to our next destination which is pre planned. We are usually in a campground no later than 3 PM. That gives us time to get settled in, sit down and relax with a "pop" or two, have supper, relax, watch a bit of TV if we want and go to bed when we feel like it and do it again the next day. No more getting in, eating , going to bed and driving like there's no tomorrow the next day. Much more relaxed trip and my better half is fine with that way of traveling.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:46 PM   #37
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We usually travel for 300 - 350 mi/5 -6 hrs but it all depends on: traffic, weather, cost of fuel, cost of meals, whether I am bitchy or not (she says always), are we lost, do we want to stay lost and explore. All have said, in many ways "Do what works for YOU". That way everybody is happy and still talk to each other at the end of the day.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:01 PM   #38
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We did a 18 hour drive from Des Moines Iowa to sterling Colorado one day. But that included
1 leaving a flooded camp ground with water rising in Iowa a 6 am water was about 6 inches in most placed and coming up
2. Trailer wiring rubbed on the highway an shorted the wire- so I had to stop and find a store selling wiring harness cable in a flooding Omaha when stores were not real worried about being open
3. Once I bought that and had to replace it myself in a Walmart parking lot
4 had to pull off 80 to let a tornado cross ahead
5 finally pulled into the camp ground 18 hours after leaving Iowa. Didn't even unhook Extended the slides out went to bed and got up the next Morning for leg three a short 5 hour drive to Colorado springs
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I usually do 300 miles or six hours with stops along the way to stretch.
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