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Old 11-03-2016, 07:06 AM   #1
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Travel time vs mileage per day

So I am wondering, if I go 55 mph traveling with DW and 2 pooches how far can one go in a 12 hr day, I figure 10 hours of actual driving and the rest would be pit stops etc. is this realistic ? Seems like around 500 miles per day.


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Old 11-03-2016, 07:20 AM   #2
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The math seems about right. I normally plan trips at 400 miles a day. 12 hours on the road is a very long day.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:22 AM   #3
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If you're going 55 for 10 hours that's 550 miles.
Not sure what you want to know....
I usually "google" my planned route and add at least an hour or even two
to the time it gives. I drive in the right lane and basically keep up with
the majority of traffic in that lane. Around here that's usually the speed
limit or just a mile or 2 below. We stop at least every couple of hours for gas
and bathroom and once for lunch. We made it from Gulf Shores AL to
The Museum of Appalachia north of Knoxville in about 10 hours.
Google says it's 550 miles and should take 8 hours.
We had one accident and heavy stop and go traffic thru Knoxville that
cost us an hour plus gas stops and lunch. Right on schedule at 2 hours
more than Google prediction. Again- we're going at or just below the
posted speed limit.

The unknown is often traffic tie ups. Some days you go all day at your'
speed and some times you sit or crawl along.
A 550 mile day is a long one but we do them fairly often.

I agree with Chuck, a 12 hour day is a long one.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:26 AM   #4
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We have found out we usually don't like traveling more than 400 miles a day. That's about 7-8 hours total time for us with stops. We usually stop every 2 hours or so to stretch our legs, fuel (rarely get below half tank), and maybe eat.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:51 AM   #5
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We have found out we usually don't like traveling more than 400 miles a day. That's about 7-8 hours total time for us with stops. We usually stop every 2 hours or so to stretch our legs, fuel (rarely get below half tank), and maybe eat.
X2. The bladder and fuel tank only goes so long before a pit stop.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:57 AM   #6
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With potty breaks and fuel stops you will average 50 MPH.
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:13 AM   #7
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I see this as 2 Separate Issues "Traveling or Vacation"! Traveling on a Mileage/Time schedule is Not a Vacation to us! By the same token we Don't make reservations so No need to be on a Time schedule,we are on Vacation! Youroo!!
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:13 AM   #8
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With potty breaks and fuel stops you will average 50 MPH.
^^^this. When we plan trips that include mainly interstate driving, we plan our trip time based on an average of 50 mph.
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:43 AM   #9
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Everyone is saying the same thing....

At the end of the day, when you take everything into consideration, you really only cover 50 miles of distance in any given hour.

You may be cruising at 65 or so on your speedometer, but when you factor in traffic, pit stops, or "nature breaks", multiply your drive time by 50 miles, and you'll see your actual distance travelled.....if you're lucky.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:00 AM   #10
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Half a lifetime ago, following the Grateful Dead around the country, first in a Dodge/Mitsubishi SUV and then in a RamCharger, it was "easy" to drive non-stop from Chicago to Portland Maine or Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

With the TC on our back, we were happy to get a good 8 - 9 hours behind us, enough to get from Minneapolis to Chicago in one day, and Chicago to Niagara Falls the next. Another half-day and we would be on our boondocking land in the Catskills. That was the 2000's.

Now, we are happy to put 6 - 8 hours on in a day. The driving and towing, and going a little slower and enjoying the scenery and the stops we can make ... become more a part of life and not just the journey.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:41 PM   #11
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We like stopping no later than 4:00. Leaving at 9:00 gives us about 7 hours of drive time. Mileage depends on traffic, accidents and construction
We call for reservations 2 to 3 hours out. Makes for easy trip and relaxing evenings enjoying our new environment.
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Yet another- 50mph is a good average to plan for.

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My family personally travels even slower than that. Usually right at or just below 45mph. But we're admittedly a little slow.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:59 PM   #13
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I have found that on long multi-day trips, fatigue sets in quicker as you go from the 1st to 2nd to 3rd day, and so on, and I end up driving fewer miles in successive days. I am the only driver, so if you have someone to help you drive, this may not apply
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When we first bought our motor home, I went about 65-70 on the interstates. After the first year, I made the decision to travel at 62 regardless of the limit. I found this much more relaxing. I just stay in the right lane, or the middle lane if one exists , everybody else has to work their way around me. This is a bit slower, but both of us are far more relaxed at the end of the day. I do about 45 miles per hour of being on the road, with stops, lunch, and fueling. Fuel mileage went up about 5% as well.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:11 PM   #15
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The math seems about right. I normally plan trips at 400 miles a day. 12 hours on the road is a very long day.
I try to plan 12 hour days, but does not usually work. Except in rare "just pull off the road to sleep" stops DW wants to be at days end, in our camp site, even if just over night, set up before dark and then insists on a leisurely morning before we pull out with TH tightly buckled down for the road.

Actually I think I have come to agree with her. Now we just plan our days for no more than 7-8 hours travel time, including stops. That's about a 300 or 350 mile day.

So happy wife happy life prevails and I consider myself lucky when I get to see much over 300 a day.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:26 PM   #16
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What is the rush if retired? 4 hrs a day is good and 50 milles is also good if the road permitted and safe.
If not retired, you should do the same if you want to make it to be retired. (NO STRESS) HA!HA!
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When we go to TT Orlando in Kissimmee, FL, it is approx. 580 miles which we have driven in one day, but we normally take 2 days going and coming. We have taken 5 days. Needless to say, we never get in a hurry.
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We tend to average 60 mph. We fill up after passing 1/2 tank of diesel. I pump and wife grabs snack in mart. We use rv for my pit stop. We never stop for more than 15 min. An eight hour drive is plenty for me. We leave really early to get to site early in day.
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My family personally travels even slower than that. Usually right at or just below 45mph.
I figure 45 mph as my average, also. Penny and I don't like to do much over 350 miles a day. If my destination is 500 miles away, we'll stop at 350 mi. and do the rest the next day. Early cocktail hour on day one. Easy morning and early arrival on day two. Works for us.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:43 PM   #20
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I once drove from Bigfork Montana to Las Vegas with only a 1 hour nap and 3-4 20 minute rests. It was a bad decision. When I encountered the wrong way driver at 2:30 AM in Utah, I was not as alert as I should have been , putting my family in danger.

Earlier this year, driving to Yellowstone from Los Angeles, I drove 6- to 9 hour days (including meal and potty breaks). It was a very relaxing trip. Maybe 300-400 miles per day. This is how I will plan future trips.

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