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Old 11-29-2013, 09:43 AM   #15
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I few trips between Ohio - Vermont (550 -650 miles) we have started at 6pm, drive to midnight or 1am, slept at a rest stop till daybreak and continued the drive. Or on our 14-18 day trips, I will pick a spot half way in between for a 4-7 day stop over. I have done 500-600 in a day, but if I don't have to I would prefer not to.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:50 AM   #16
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Leaving Minnesota for Florida we usually make it as far as Springfield, Ill. for the first night. Springfield has a year around campground right in the city that is clean and convenient. That usually gets us out of the snow. Then we start taking our time.

I really enjoy getting off the Interstates and going native. Nice two lane highways, slower speeds, more scenic Americana. I like to be on the road by ten in the morning, but that is sometimes overruled by DW, and when I get tired I ask her to find a place for the night. She looks up our route in Woodalls and phones ahead for reservations. We always try to get pull throughs if we can.

It is a lot more fun if you can take the stress off. Slower speeds and less traffic do that for me.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:58 AM   #17
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I have noticed a tendency for people to recommend Walmart parking over a night on an interstate rest area. Is there a reason for getting off and hunting Walmart?
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You use the term vacation meaning you are still employed and have a specified amount of time?

We are retired and it makes a difference as to whether or not you have to be any where on any time schedule. We do not. Our travel habits are similar to the ones you describe. When we head from Seattle to California or Arizona on I-5 Interstate our travel days are like this:

255 miles, late departure 11 am or so, off the road by 4 pm
329 Miles through a series of mountains 9 am departure off the road by 4:30 pm.
274 miles, 9:30 departure, a long stop at our favorite store, off the road by 3:30 pm
163 miles, lazy departure, off the road by 2 pm easy, stay for a few days to visit a daughter
327 Depart by 8 am, high elevation pass to cross, LA traffic to content with off road by 4:30 pm
374 miles, depart 9 am, mix of mountain and flat driving, speed limit in state increases to 70 mph, lose hour due to time change arrive 5 pm. I can hardly wait to get this one over. Sometimes we break it into two days.

California speed limit towing is 55 mph. We stop frequently, rare to drive over 100 miles w/o stopping to stretch the dogs legs and mine in the process. Between us we have two good knees and he has them both in front.

We stay at RV sites all the way, no rest stop or Wal Mart ever.

As a general rule we stay below 300 miles in a day because we can and it makes our traveling more enjoyable.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:21 AM   #19
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I have noticed a tendency for people to recommend Walmart parking over a night on an interstate rest area. Is there a reason for getting off and hunting Walmart?
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Walmart's are usually located close to a Freeway and they wont require a reservation. There are app's for Walmarts (Allstays and waypoints on GPS units too) and the phone number will be included so you can call ahead and see if overnighting is allowed. There was a thread some time ago about the Walmart rotisserie chicken too
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We don't do freebie stops always a RV facility, therefore; we have a target mileage. No less than 350 no more than 450. We average about 55 mph, make a couple of stops when the dog needs go, gives us a leg stretch at the same time. Not in a hurry but don't want to spend a lot of our time on the road.
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We do ALWAYS try to be set up in our CG before dark.
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Each year, we leave Wisconsin in early Dec, and drive south until we reach warmer, more comfortable, temps, (about 800 miles, 16 hrs).
Once in warmer temps we "un-winterize" the coach and log 50-300 miles a day, (traveling 3000 to 8000 miles each year during December-March).
When traveling we often stop to "overnight" in rest areas, truck stops, Walmarts, etc......(those stops can be made after dark without difficulty).
However we only stop and set up in campgrounds, (or in BLM boondock areas), during daylight hours.
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We try to do no more than 250-300 Mi. Per day.
Less it there is a RV. Park closer available.
Like the 3-3-3. Less than 300 Mi.parked before 3:00PM.
AND stay at least 3 days. We have a 40' MH.- CRV Toad.
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When just "touring", we would try to stick to around 250 miles per day. When we were in "travel mode"... meaning we were just trying to get somewhere, we'll push toward 400 miles but rarely more than that.

We do ALWAYS try to be set up in our CG before dark.

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For me part of the draw to the whole RV deal was to not be bound to a schedule. No check in times, no reservations, no be out by deadlines. I usually leave when I'm ready, go as far as I feel like, stop and stay as long as I like. Of course there are times when other things dictate the events, then, well what choice do I have, I'm attentive to them. Some things I usually like to do is travel when it is cooler (Oklahoma/Texas sun/heat can be a bear!), Avoid large busy cities during rush hour (Dallas, Houston, KCMO) to the extent possible. A 300 mile day is just about right for me, my RV tends to be a pretty busy package in the wind, and can get stressful if I push to far on busy interstates with lots of truck traffic.
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Someone on the Irv2, posted the 300/3 rule. That is, drive 300 miles or until 3 PM which ever comes first. Makes sense. Life is too short to "speed thru it"..Relax and enjoy the trip. Don't make the trip a "chore". Make it "fun"..
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As a disabled person I am planning on listening to my body and it will tell me when to stop. Big cities usually have a bypass, more miles on the trip but the point is to enjoy the scenery. I am very anxious to get all things straightened out on my first ever RV and hit the road.
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I have noticed a tendency for people to recommend Walmart parking over a night on an interstate rest area. Is there a reason for getting off and hunting Walmart?
i like to drive about 300 miles a day.
you really do not have to ''hunt'' for wally worlds.
we use this allstays website extensively to find walmarts and other places to park overnight. it is kept up to date by users of the site.
we usually do some shopping at wally world when we stop overnight and usually grab a quick bite to eat.
there is usually some security if the store is open 24 hrs. interstate rest areas not so.
it takes too much time to check into a cg and hookup for just a few hours of sleep. not to mention the $$.

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27 posts and we have not heard from dutch99 ??????
Where did you go?? To much Turkey?
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