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Old 11-29-2013, 04:42 AM   #1
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How many miles per day

We are going from Michigan to FL and I was thinking, how many miles per day is my goal? There is just one driver, and this is a vacation, and we want to be safe. Some of you get up early and go, that’s not me. I have been using the bladder as a gauge, with maybe 2 hours then a stop and rest. Do we need to get to your camp ground before dark?

When traveling long distances how many miles a day do you want to travel?
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:01 AM   #2
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How many miles per day

We are going from Michigan to FL and I was thinking, how many miles per day is my goal? There is just one driver, and this is a vacation, and we want to be safe. Some of you get up early and go, that’s not me. I have been using the bladder as a gauge, with maybe 2 hours then a stop and rest. Do we need to get to your camp ground before dark?

When traveling long distances how many miles a day do you want to travel?
Hello, Are you folks retired? if so don't worry about the miles, just wing it and stop when you want to. If on a time schedule, I have driven as little as 100 miles in a day and on the other end of the stick I have driven a mere 900 miles in a day, depends on your time frame and where you "HAVE" to be. You will know when you have had enough for that day........
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:17 AM   #3
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I consider large cities I have to go through/around. I try to arrange my schedule my driving so I can go through Atlanta, GA around 10-11 am. Others will suggest other hours I'm sure.
I try to not push my luck by driving when I'm to fatigue. Sometimes I don't realize how tired I am until I stop for a break. So, stopping like you do is a great idea.
When I stop, I can't take a nap. Because, it takes an hour for me to go to sleep for a 5-10 minute nap.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:26 AM   #4
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How many miles per day?

Our daily mileage varies depending on weather, campground availability, our destination/plans/schedule, etc…. We've traveled as much as 850 miles and as little as 75 miles in a day.

For our upcoming Florida trip, we'll travel about 540 the first day (due to the lack of campground availability), then return to our daily target of 300 to 400 miles per day.
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We have not done the Florida thingy for the winter but many of our club members have(WIT). They have mentioned that you may not find a camp ground open at this time of year until you get down to lower Kentucky, so you should call for reservations well ahead of time. If you plan on Walmarting over night then the distance wont matter. As has been mentioned you don't want to go thru Atlanta during their morning or afternoon "rush" hour. Those that do the trip every year can tell you what the best time to get thru Atlanta will be. When we travel I like to leave early but DW is a late riser so if we leave at 9am that is early for her. I do all the driving and usually will do between 300 to 600 miles a day depending on weather and road and traffic conditions. Going to Florida, if you are on a couple week stay, I would consider driving till you are getting tired and then find a Walmart for overnight.
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The plate on the front of our MH say's "LAZY DAZE" so that being said I like to limit my driving to 3 or 4 hours. We will be heading south in the early spring and I will probably drive much longer the first day just to catch some warmer weather.
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When we had limited vacation time, and just had to be back to work on a specific date, we'd drive 12 or 14 hours in a day, making our Wisconsin to Florida trip in just two days.

Now we're retired. We generally plan for 4 to 6 hours, max, with stops every 2 to 3 hours. The distance travelled will depend on what type of roads and speeds we'll be travelling. We don't have to get up at the crack of dawn, and we like stopping mid afternoon (we haven't set up camp in the dark once, since retiring).
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How many miles per day

We are going from Michigan to FL and I was thinking, how many miles per day is my goal? There is just one driver, and this is a vacation, and we want to be safe. Some of you get up early and go, that’s not me. I have been using the bladder as a gauge, with maybe 2 hours then a stop and rest. Do we need to get to your camp ground before dark?

When traveling long distances how many miles a day do you want to travel?
I like to leave at 9 am and stop between 3-4pm....I don't stop for lunch but will stop for a bathroom break and walk around the RV.......
Now, this time a year ,all bets are off,as alot of campgrounds are closed as you get in the North...so have to fit that into our plans....the last thing is we have campgrounds we like over others...or a restaurant near a campground we would like to got to campground...we will pull in for a night but unhook to go eat..really not a hassle at all......
We also plan as we go...so things can change..lol.....Chuck
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When I was in my 40s I had a fixed vacation period and would drive from the Midwest to Florida in two days. It was 650-700 mi a day.....yeeech. I'm still working but I don't try to come close to that. My max is 500 mi, only if I need to do so. I prefer the 350 mi or less. I don't Walmart camp. I always try to park before dark which is quite early this time of year.
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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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We try to do no more than 300 miles a day. With stops, that's 6 to 7 hours on the road.
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We are retired and drive at 60 mph and are not in a hurry. 300 miles is a comfortable days drive. We estimate we will average 50 mph with stops for fuel, food, potty stops, etc. So a 6 hour day is about right.

The longest day in an RV was 640 miles when we were going to my Mom's for a holiday. It was a killer the next day. We have made a few 500 mile back to back days when we were younger, but they were too long.

So I guess the best thing to do is to go at your own chosen pace.

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Blue Highways or Interstate? ...limited time or UNlimited? Just go with the flow! There's no rule that says you can't drive just 50 miles in a day if you are appropriately "distracted or curious," you know! \ken
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I agree that taking your time when your retired will get you to your destination on time. If it doesn't matter, slow down and enjoy the view. I'm sure the first little bit when I retire I'll be rushing around to get chores done, driving 400 miles a day, until I finally figure it out.....That I don't have to anything anymore....can't wait.
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