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Old 06-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #43
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Wow some big numbers in here, but I can totally understand it for folks who are part timing. We're full timers so our norm is 150. We just recently did our longest drive ever at 400 miles and that was exhausting....we're total wimps
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I have a little different approach. I need to be parked and setup by 2:30 pm to make 3 pm Happy Hour.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #45
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I also believe it makes a big difference as to whether you're full-timing or just on vacation. Personally speaking, when I was still working I spent way too many years on the road doing 450 miles plus each day, every day at least 5 days each week. Now that I am retired I have two speeds; mosey and meander. That limits us to 350 miles or less each trip. There is just way to many things to see and do to not spend at least a few days at each stop. Our last 5 trips have been under 200 miles each.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:06 PM   #46
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I would think 350 - 400 miles per day in a gas motorhome woud be about all your backside could reasonably handle. We've done as much as 900 in a day, but we were tryiing to stay ahead of a snow storm.

Personally I like the 400+ mile days, but experience has taught us that the better RV parks fill up early unless you have a reservation. Since I refuse to stay at Walmart or in the Interstate rest areas that limits the miles to 400 or less. We stop every couple hours to exercise the dogs so some days 400 miles is a push.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:23 PM   #47
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In the past, when we would leave Alaska to the 'lower 48' I would plan on starting at 0700AM and drive till 700PM. This included time for lunch and letting the 'girls' out every few hours or so. There were times that this just did not work out as we were not at a place to stay for the night. I have not been able to get my mind around 200-300 miles a day! There have been times that we have driven 350 miles for a buffalo burger and go back home in the same day. It seems that it is a waste of day light, just to be sitting some place. The DW will be retiring in August so the next trip that we take to the 'lower 48' will be at a slower pace, I hope. I enjoy driving so sitting in a nice comfortable pilot seat is no big deal. As for how far we have driven, that seems of be about 950 miles or so. On our last trip I went from Reno NV to just north of Seattle WA in one shot. Yes it was a long driving day but being that it was at the end of a long weekend, I DID NOT want to hit Seattle on the frist day back from their long weekend. Also have driven from Medfor OR to Palmer AK in four days but that is NOT a trip that I would want to repeat! DW was not doing well and wanted to be back here to see her own doctors!
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I have not been able to get my mind around 200-300 miles a day! There have been times that we have driven 350 miles for a buffalo burger and go back home in the same day. It seems that it is a waste of day light, just to be sitting some place. The DW will be retiring in August so the next trip that we take to the 'lower 48' will be at a slower pace, I hope. !
Congrats to the DW on her upcoming retirement.

I'll bet your trips do begin to take on a different pace when that happens and those days of long drives will be fewer and farther in between.

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Old 06-04-2012, 12:39 PM   #49
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We are retired and in no hurry, we drive 1-1/2+ tanks of gas out (250-350miles max) and find a cg. Orthopedic surgeon that worked on my back said "Every 2 hrs, get out of your vehicle and if nothing else, walk around it and then get back in and go another 2 hrs." Been doing that for yrs without fail and am not exhausted at the end of our 5-6 hr driving days.
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Have done Oregon to Mexico in 2 days; probably no more, although my travel is completely unpredictable.

I just left a nice one month stay in the woods, drove 75 miles and set up next to a different trout stream for another month. No rules. Miles per day? No idea....
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:30 PM   #51
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I have a little different approach. I need to be parked and setup by 2:30 pm to make 3 pm Happy Hour.
Thats my MOTO 230 miles or 2:30 in the afternoon, whichever comes first! I might also need a short nap after lunch!
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Thats my MOTO 230 miles or 2:30 in the afternoon, whichever comes first! I might also need a short nap after lunch!
Amen to that, sounds great!!

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I have a little different approach. I need to be parked and setup by 2:30 pm to make 3 pm Happy Hour.
Now that's a formula that makes sense!!
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I use the 3 - 3 - 3 rule.
No more than 300 miles
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I once drove 700 miles (in my car) in a day for what? To satisfy my ego? By the time she convinced me to stop she had developed a blood circulatory problem in her leg that she has to this day. Now many years later,my approach to daily distance is tempered with the wisdom of age and a more grown-up attitude.
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We are retired and I subscribe to the 1-2-3 driving method. That is 100 miles by 2:00 Pm(campgrounds are nearly empty at that time) and stay at least 3 days(take in the local sites).
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