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Old 05-19-2016, 05:22 PM   #15
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Don't psych yourself out before you even get started. Remember that there are tens of thousands of people doing the same thing that you are doing every single day without any issues at all.

This all comes down to what you are comfortable with. For me personally, I do not get caught up in artificial miles per day limit. For me, my rules are I don't start driving until daylight, until I have gotten 8 hours of sleep the night before and I stop driving before dark. If it is a multi-day trip then the same 8 hours of sleep applies.

My last rule is that if I sense myself physically tiring or having trouble concentrating on the road then I stop.

Within those rules I have done 12 hours and more in a day without issue, stopping only for gas every 300 miles. I've gone from the Hudson River in New Jersey to Des Moines straight through. I've gone from Des Moines to our favorite stopover campground in Mercer Pennsylvania straight through multiple times. I've left Orlando and driven all the way to Southern Missouri in a day and finished the rest of the trip to Iowa of the second day. In July of this year I will go from Champaign Illinois to Oklahoma City straight through and then finish it up to Albuquerque the following day.

My only point is that many people do it but only you know whether you are physically and mentally capable of handling it. Don't risk yourself and others by doing something that your body tells you to stop doing.

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Old 05-20-2016, 06:01 AM   #16
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check allstays.com for places to stop for a few hours sleep. boondocking doesn't takes up as much time as staying in cg's.

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Old 05-20-2016, 06:14 AM   #17
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Even if you drive at a slow speed (~60 mph), you should be able to do the 400 miles in less the 7 hours. This is not difficult, just make a schedule and stay with it.

One recommendation is to not let your children get up and move around in the coach, it is dangerous and a distraction.

We travel with my mother-in-law and have had to reinforce this rule. If we put her on the coach she will inevitably get up and try to move around. We've learned that if we put her in the front passenger seat my wife and I can make sure she stays put. If my wife is traveling with her alone I will sternly warn my MIL almost to the point where she is crying, sound mean but has to be done.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:24 AM   #18
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I try to explain to "walkers" that I'm not worried about them falling and hurting themselves. That's their own dumb fault. The real worry is if they fall and interfere with the driver and kill everybody. In and out of the passenger seat is the most dangerous. A little slip or stumble, they instinctively reach for something to break their fall. If it's my arm or the steering wheel we all go over the cliff or across the median.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:27 AM   #19
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Or a little kid falls when you hit the brakes. Rolls/slides under your seat, jams the accelerator and over the cliff you go.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:30 AM   #20
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I try to limit distance to around 250miles per day - why? we've found that when traveling in an rv, especially with a toad, that trying to haul long distances can be extremely taxing, and even more so when you are tryin to do for 4-7 days in a row.
Of course we've driven more than that in a day, in special situations, or even if the park we planned on stopping at did not work out, but not on back to back travel days.

I leave us plenty of time to decamp each day, without adding to the travel stress, and make sure that the travel time to the next destination certainly gets us there WELL before dark. I think that ALL of us who travel have a story about that!(and it's usually NOT good!)

During this time of year you can certainly choose to try to make many, many miles each day - you have plenty more daylight than during the winter months - but make enough time in the schedule to not have to 'hurry' so much, maybe...
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:26 PM   #21
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The best thing you can do is let your wife help you with driving. Also, with 3 small children and a dog I predict 400 miles is going to be a long day for everyone - 3 or 4 days in roll. Work in a day of rest and play. Good luck!
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:34 PM   #22
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I used to live in Clarksville, TN, about 40 miles NE of Nashville, and would spend my winters in Tucson. Most direct route is I-10 to I-20 to I-30 to I-40. For me it was 1600 miles, usually in 4 days. You need to go another 250 miles or so to get to your destination. It is doable, but as previously stated, it can wear you down. No really severe grades on this route, but can be windy on many parts. The wind gets better the further east you go as you pick up tree cover along the highways.

Good luck, and stop and smell the roses as you go. The breaks will refresh you and make the journey easier.

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We are Texans with Tucson family, and have done most of your route.

You are on a tight schedule. Recommended "splits" are: Van Horn/Ranger,TX/Little Rock/Nashville. Do El Paso on Sunday if possible. Stay south of Fort Worth and Dallas on I-20 until the east side of Dallas, then up to I-30.

Reserve a spot at the North Little Rock Riverside RV park, a nice park run by the city of NLR.

Take note of all the spots you would want to revisit on your return trip, you are racing thru the history of the Old West to visit Dolly Parton!

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