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Old 05-20-2016, 10:22 PM   #15
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I like to travel around the clock with 1 or two hour naps pull over in a rest area Walmart Cracker Barrel when I'm tired and sleep for 20 minutes to 2 hours and then on the road again
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I stop when I get tired. 300-400 miles a day depending on the number of stops we make. 800 or more when I was younger but just can't do it any more.
Agreed, We're set to leave on the first leg of our trip to Alaska. The first leg / push will be 2300 miles from Ohio to Banff AB. I planned 5 days with 2 WalMart stops, One Cabela stop, one private campground and one Casino parking lot. Then we'll have 5 nights of reservations in the Banff / Jasper area. The rest of the trip from Jasper to Fairbanks (1800 miles) will be over 16 days.

That first 2300 miles will be a bear at about 425 to 450 a day. I mapped out 2-3 boon-docking spots at each 425 mile section. So if I want to drive an extra hour, I'll have a idea where the next boondocking spot will be. I was surprised at how small the rest area parking ( Semi & RV ) was on I-80 and I-90 west of Chicago.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:50 AM   #17
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Maple,

I am a refugee of the megopolis. I have dragged racing sloops, car trailers, utility trailers, and lots of other things all over. Mostly from eastern CT.

Your question is a lot like "How deep is Long Island Sound". It really can't be answered except in broad generalities that may not matter. The first consideration has to be how comfortable you are in the cab. That discussion ends there.

We have done 1100 mile days. Not recently. In real terms, a 500 mile day is punishing in any terms when towing. You will find that once you break out of the city (megopolis) things get markedly better. That will happen about 100 miles into Pennsylvania. I was remembering how tiring it was dragging the sloop to regattas, and that was mostly because the old Wagoneer beat us up. When later on I was towing a race car with a normal human station wagon, I made much better time and everything was better.

If you get a copy of Street Atlas (S&T will be real old), and learn to use it, you can set a day for time or distance and use it to plan the next stop.

As you are making this run a first time, try to put in stops of interest along the way. We eastcoast people are spoiled, so much is so close, but out in "fly-over" country, there is still a lot, but it may be a whole day's drive.

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I think a lot of driving is dependent on how you vehicle drives. Some MH,trucks etc rattle your very foundation and you tire out easily.

On the other hand if you are driving a MH or trucks that drive great then you can extent your mileage. My MH is a pleasure to drive so 450-500 a day is easy. I've done as much as 800 and felt okay.
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I like to travel around the clock with 1 or two hour naps pull over in a rest area Walmart Cracker Barrel when I'm tired and sleep for 20 minutes to 2 hours and then on the road again
Hope I'm not on the road with you!
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I'm in the 300-350mi group when driving our Class A. Have done 450 - 475 twice. Not something that I care to do at my age. No need in pushing it to my physical and mental limits. The stakes are just too high for my family and others on the road.
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Maple,

I am a refugee of the megopolis. I have dragged racing sloops, car trailers, utility trailers, and lots of other things all over. Mostly from eastern CT.

Your question is a lot like "How deep is Long Island Sound". It really can't be answered except in broad generalities that may not matter. The first consideration has to be how comfortable you are in the cab. That discussion ends there.

We have done 1100 mile days. Not recently. In real terms, a 500 mile day is punishing in any terms when towing. You will find that once you break out of the city (megopolis) things get markedly better. That will happen about 100 miles into Pennsylvania. I was remembering how tiring it was dragging the sloop to regattas, and that was mostly because the old Wagoneer beat us up. When later on I was towing a race car with a normal human station wagon, I made much better time and everything was better.

If you get a copy of Street Atlas (S&T will be real old), and learn to use it, you can set a day for time or distance and use it to plan the next stop.

As you are making this run a first time, try to put in stops of interest along the way. We eastcoast people are spoiled, so much is so close, but out in "fly-over" country, there is still a lot, but it may be a whole day's drive.

Frank
Hi Frank....we're both from eastern Connecticut so I can appreciate the sentiment. I've driven cross country dozens of times but never with a trailer.

I'm planning on 2-3 days to get to central Illinois where we'll stop for a a few days to visit with extended family. We typically do it in two days so I'm planning on a couple of extra days because this will be my first time towing a trailer that far.

After that, I'm planning on doing 400-500 miles days to Idaho for another longer stay with family. I feel comfortable with that because we don't have anything that we specifically want to see and I know the roads are more open than here in the east.

For the return, we are going to drive over to Yellowstone for a couple of days, then go to Cody, WY and then the Black Hills. I know that terrain is hilly and this being my first time out there with trailer, I didn't want to plan on going too far each day. Once back on interstates, we'll go back to about 400 miles a day.

I've driven over 1000 miles a day when I was younger but the most I've done in the past few years is about 6-700 miles but I don't want to do that with a trailer.
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Like the line from an old Ronnie Milsap song says - "the first rule is that there ain't no rules". We're finding that we like to cap our driving days somewhere around the 300 mile mark. However, with both my DW and I capable of driving - 600+ miles in a day isn't out of the question if/when circumstances demand it.

Our January run from Michigan to Florida this year was a 2.5 day trip (450 miles, 525 miles and 275 miles). Walmart "overnight" stops in a still winterized coach ... we were happy to endure a couple of long days of driving to flee the cold and get somewhere warm. I expect we'll likely do something similar next year.

The fact that I'm still working ... means that unless I'm willing to burn a vacation day - I can't roll between 8 am - 2 pm Mondays thru Fridays. If we've headed for a "distant" destination - we either roll some miles on the weekends - or really dawdle along on what travelling we can get in with a 2:30 pm departure on weekdays.

With both of us able to drive - we've got options to safely cover ground when it best suits our needs.
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