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Old 04-07-2016, 07:34 PM   #1
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Trip to Kissimmee Florida. Had one stop at SOB. Next day I reach my Sister,s house w/4 acres. Beautiful place.. 5 night stay. then off too Daytona Turkey Run car show. Mon. morn at 4 am I leave KOA in Daytona. heading home. 95 n to 26 w to 77 n to 81. Driving in 35 and 40 mph gust winds. not fun, But I stayed with it for 20 hrs untill I back it in my driveway. In Pa. I was tempted many times to stop at a KOA. Yes I should have stayed at one. But the funny thing is on the way home. at a rest area I noticed a RV 5th wheel all slides were out and that boy set up camp there. Im not to keen on staying at rest areas like that. This was my first time ever driving a 31' MH 2200 miles, But it was fun, and lesson learned.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:29 PM   #2
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Congrats on a successful 2200 mile trip!
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Was there a real reason that you had to stay with it for 20 hrs.......personally short of death or someone dying there ISN'T.

Pull over....wait it out. Guy at rest area had the right idea.

Wind gusts WILL get you.....just not worth the white-knuckle drive

Glad you made it home safe

Glad others made it safe too
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Old 04-08-2016, 12:52 AM   #4
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There is a reason why over the road truck drivers are restricted to 14 hrs behind the wheel....just saying. Glad your safely home
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There is a reason why over the road truck drivers are restricted to 14 hrs behind the wheel....just saying. Glad your safely home
Adam, when I was driving OTR, it was 11 hours of "behind the wheel" driving time in a 24 hour period! You could have "on duty, not driving" time logged to, to equal up to 14 hours, for fueling, eating showering time.
and 10 hours sleeper berth time, to equal the 24 hours! Regardless, 20 hours behind the wheel in one sitting is very dangerous, and glad the OP got home safe and sound! Rail!
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It is called planning......................
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:54 AM   #7
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The title is, " lesson learned", and i think he learned his lesson. Just not worth taking a chance but we all sometimes do unwise things. I know i have.
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getting ready for several trips the next couple of months........personally, 8 hrs behind wheel is plenty in MH (my opinion)................probably do more like 5 to 6........retired, so who cares if it means a couple of extra nights in campgrounds....................
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Was there a real reason that you had to stay with it for 20 hrs.......personally short of death or someone dying there ISN'T.

Pull over....wait it out. Guy at rest area had the right idea.

Wind gusts WILL get you.....just not worth the white-knuckle drive

Glad you made it home safe

Glad others made it safe too



Certainly not a good move, but I'm sure you realize it now. Could have ended a good trip for you or someone else.
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I don't find the motor home harder to drive than the pickup pulling our previous 5th wheel, but, after about 6-8 hours I'm ready to stop. I'm not sure what the difference is, but it is more tiring for me.
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I am not retired and have driven for extended periods of time in my coach. Sometimes you just got to get where your going. If it is really long i let my GF drive the highway for a few hours and get some rest, if by myself i'll find a rest stop for 1 or 2 hours of rest. few weeks ago i picked up my coach from extended factory work, 16 hour drive home and bad winds outta Ind. all the way to Tulsa. I tried 3 rest stops for a spot and all full. I finally found one spot and pulled in around 4AM. Did not realize how darn cold it was (37 degrees out) woke up and did not want to get outta the covers to fire up the GEN to heat the coach LOL should have just ran the GEN like the trucker beside me LOL
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