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Old 05-10-2016, 10:17 PM   #1
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I'll be honest, I'm nervous about my upcoming road trip to MT!

So, not only is this my first motorhome, it will be the longest road trip I have ever been on. I have had a TT for about 3 years and the furthest trip I've ever been on was 200 miles away. I haven't even taken my MH out camping yet to christen her. My rig has 53k miles on it, but this is a whole new world to me. I have driven it around town and in traffic and feel comfortable, but I am still weary about driving from Ventura CA to Kalispell MT. I have my route picked out and reservations for 5 nights on the way up.

I tried to keep my daily driving to 200-300 miles a day. Would this be too much? I'm going to take my time, I just don't know if I will be fully prepared!

Guess what I'm saying is, I hope my MH does good on the road. Can any of you guys who have done long trips like this add to anything I should bring? i.e.. extra motor oil, radiator fluid, tools etc.....

Besides all of that, we are super excited to get on the road!

Edit: Forgot to mention, I am bringing MH to get alignment and suspension service a few days before I leave, as well as changing oil etc...
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200 to 300 should be an easy drive, for me that's an easy morning drive. I've done over 700 on one trip a couple of days. I was alone and needed to get to my destination. That was in our last rig, not this one and I think I could go further in this one with no trouble.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:26 PM   #3
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200 to 300 should be an easy drive, for me that's an easy morning drive. I've done over 700 on one trip a couple of days. I was alone and needed to get to my destination. That was in our last rig, not this one and I think I could go further in this one with no trouble.
Roger that Mr D....I just hope my ole 460 does well on the hilly drive up there. Wish I had 1900+ft lbs torque on my side
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I'm sure you'll do fine. If you are comfortable driving it in City traffic, highway driving will be a breeze. We have taken several long trips in ours, but on the first one I was nervous too. Once you get on the road you will be fine. 200-300 miles a day is a breeze, you may even find yourself wanting to drive further.

I would bring an assortment of tools in the event you have any problems on the road you can easily fix. I have one whole bay for tools, extra oil for the engine, transmission, and hydraulic system. I carry an assortment of fuses, screws, nuts/bolts. hose clamps ect. If you have a Harbor Freight near you, you can pick all this stuff up in sets for really cheap. Hopefully you'll never have to use it, but it gives you peace of mind. I have given away more spare parts to other RV'ers than I have used.

Look at it this way, you have done all you can to prepare for your trip. Hit the road, have fun, and deal with any bumps in the road, as they come, if they come. The journey is the best part of the destination. Have fun and good luck.
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Yup, a couple three hundred miles a day is what we like to do. Pretty easy driving this long. Leave out mid morning, be at stopping point mid afternoon. Avoid driving after dark, avoid busiest drive time if passing through metro areas, stop as needed for a break and if something interesting is found along the way.
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Roger that Mr D....I just hope my ole 460 does well on the hilly drive up there. Wish I had 1900+ft lbs torque on my side
You'll be just fine, just a little slower than we would be but at the end of the day you'll be at the campgrounds at about the same time anyway! Hills and climbing them are usually a minor part of travel.
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Relax....Enjoy the trip. Carry a few know item that can fail. Like, fan belt, water hoses, and ect. That may make you feel better. X2 and the Harbor Freight deal. If you have a good road side service program, that would be a plus for making you feel better. I think everyone has been were you are right now. We could play the "what if game" forever. If things happen, they happen. I would say most people have made several long trips without any problem. The 200 to 300 mile ranch is a good start. You will learn more as you drive. Good Luck and enjoy the ride!
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For me driving an RV has been easy. Started with my parents renting a 17' TT using a clamp on bumper towbar. In 1958 they special ordered an 18' Ken Craft. Way overweight and continually blowing out tires. Lots of down time and tire changing. In 1967 I got my first TT and towed it with a 1967 Camaro four on the floor. Then a succession of larger TT's and heavier tow rigs. In 1988 we bought our first MH, a 1988 Type B MH that was my daily driver for few years. In 1997 we got a 27' Type C towing a '95 Honda Odyssey on a dolly. 1998 we went to a 35' tag axle Type A MH. 2000 we ordered a 38' 2000 Dutch Star DP, in 2002 we ordered a 40' 2002 Dutch Star DP. Then last year we got the present rig. I just kept moving up the ladder over the years so there was no big transition from one to the next, just a few feet at a time, just like we did with boats!
Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the drive, practice in a large parking lot if you need to. Figure out where the rear wheels need to be when making a turn and be careful of the tail swing!
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Sounds like this is going to be a fun trip, I know each to his own but do you not plan to do any stops at truck stops or do WalMart over nighters?


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Just a thought, have you checked tire age? You mention mileage but I didn't see anything about age of tires. I would suggest you ensure they are no more than about 7 years old before you start off on your trip.

Also try not to overload your coach. That will help with performance and mpg. Full tanks of water, gray and black, etc are heavy, especially in the mountains.
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Having huge bays and not being a fulltimer, I tend to carry a lot of spare parts (some particular to weak points on my coach like a 12v relay and cummins fuel shutoff solenoid I rebuilt to use as a spare).

Here is the minimum I would take:
self bonding rescue tape (seals radiator hoses/water hoses/etc...)
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I'd suggest "camping" in your rig before the trip in front of the house to make sure everything works and you have what you need "where's the forks?!"

Also, 2-300 miles is no problem at all. When I bought my rig I flew to Wisconsin and drove it back to Texas in 3 days (would've been two but I didn't leave on the first day till around 4 in the afternoon).

If you are "app savvy" the allstays app is very helpful in finding overnight parking and campgrounds, etc... I used a walmart and a truckstop on the way back...I like walmarts a lot better.
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Leaving in the springtime, weather should not be much of an issue. But this year, being El Nino, we are still getting snow at least a night or two up in the mountains here in Colorado. Afternoon thunder storms are normal and can be a challenge if caught in one with hail or high winds. But, only driving a few hundred miles a day, if you check the weather along your route each day, you will be able to determine when to leave to miss any weather events. You will have a great time.
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Treat your MH just like you treat your car before a trip. If you carry tools and spare parts in your car then you likely should in the MH as well. Mechanicals are much the same only bigger. Stay away from trying to change a flat tire, however. The only secret to climbing hills is a lower gear. Look likes a nice trip--relax and enjoy!
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