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Old 03-26-2022, 02:12 PM   #1
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Hi. Were Alan and Brenda from sunny Fresno California. Purchased our Cedar Creek 5th wheel last August. Nice upgrade from our tow behind. Planning our first big trip since retiring last year. Since we havent pulled this rig a long way before (trip: California to South Dakota), what is a reasonable mileage to anticipate each day for towing. Trying to make plans and reservations along the way. Not planning much site seeing along the way. Will do it on the return trip. Thanks for your insight and excited to be part of the group.

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Old 03-26-2022, 02:22 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the rig & retirement. Welcome.
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Old 03-26-2022, 03:18 PM   #3
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Welcome from Fairfield, CA.
I too am planning a longer trip this year, for my daughters wedding in Arkansas.
I usually get 17 or so empty with my CTD pre DEF truck.
I guestimate I will be close to 10 with my 30' #9500 5th wheel. This is based on relatively short trips to pick it up and then test camp. (200 miles each way on those trips)

I have read on the CTD, every 1 mph over 55 = -.01 mpg, so speed will play a part in what you will see.
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Old 03-26-2022, 03:22 PM   #4
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Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the forum!
I have no experience pulling a rig that large, but from what I read, most people get 8-10 mpg. If you plan for the lower number, you should be safe.

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Old 03-27-2022, 04:18 PM   #5
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Thanks Marc. I guess I stated my question wrong. I'm wondering how many miles per day you can drive comfortably pulling a trailer when planning a trip. Without a trailer, I would plan on driving 6 or 700 miles a day. Is that practical with a large trailer or is it just dependent on each driver.
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Old 03-27-2022, 04:34 PM   #6
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Before retiring, I often did 500 miles a day with our motorhome. Now that I have retired, my plan now is 300 (400 tops) per day camped out in the right lane at 65mph. This allows me to walk a bit before we hit the road, stop and see something interesting along the way and get in before dinner/dark and have time to relax and hike a bit more. My take is this will only add a few days to any trip and make it more enjoyable.
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Old 03-28-2022, 12:28 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forums from SoCal! Daily miles will differ from one driver to another but I like the idea of allowing time to relax & rest up. My estimate would be maybe 5-6 hours driving and adjusting longer or shorter as needed.
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Old 03-28-2022, 08:19 PM   #12
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Thanks Marc. I guess I stated my question wrong. I'm wondering how many miles per day you can drive comfortably pulling a trailer when planning a trip. Without a trailer, I would plan on driving 6 or 700 miles a day. Is that practical with a large trailer or is it just dependent on each driver.
It depends on the driver. However, it depends a lot on how you're traveling. Pulling in before sundown is recommended so that you can hook up your utilities in the daylight. As long as you don't unhook at night, taking off can be a lot easier.
We drove between 300 - 350 miles a day pulling a small trailer. Some days were longer and some shorter depending on road conditions and distance between campgrounds.
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