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Old 05-20-2016, 02:24 PM   #1
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How many miles per day?

I'm planning my first cross country trip this fall with a travel trailer. We'll be travelling from Connecticut to Idaho and I'm wondering what would be a good estimate for the number of miles per day that I can expect to make when travelling between longer stay stops. I've done this trip dozens of times with regular driving but I know that driving a trailer is different.

My route will basically take me on interstates going out but coming home we will go through Yellowstone and across Wyoming to I-90 in South Dakota and interstates home from there.

I'm just wondering what different drivers cover on days when they are travelling between places where they will be stopping for several days.
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My own experience was with a TT or boat I could do roughly the same as without.
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My own experience was with a TT or boat I could do roughly the same as without.
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.
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350 miles is my benchmark. A little less or a little over is acceptable.

Use to work all day, then drive all night on vacation day. Can't do it anymore.
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Unlimited time? Then 250-350 miles a day is my limit.
In the next nights campground and set up by 3-5 PM works for me.
Travel time includes a restaurant breakfast stop and maybe 1 fuel stop.
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When I towed a TT I could usually do 550 to 650 miles a day without a problem. That was pulling at about 60mph.
Quite often we would have an overnight stop picked out at about 550 miles and find ourselves there too early to stop for the night. No need to stop before about 7pm so we would pick the next overnight spot and aim for it. Usually a Walmart but sometimes a rest area and occasionally a Cracker Barrell or Cabellas.
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When we're just traveling to get from here to there, 650 is about right for us. If we're in a hurry, we've done 850 with multiple 750+ after that first one. My record is 1020, Red Bay, AL to Delaware with a 20 minute fuel stop, solo. But I like to drive and the Allegro Bus facilitates that.
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I used to like to drive, but not anymore. We do usually 250-300 miles a day. Sometimes 400-450, but don't like to. Prefer to launch mid morning and land mid/late afternoon. We travel with pets in carry cases, so minimize the hours for them as well.
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We travel 5 -6 hours a day depending on weather and road conditions. If we don't have to make it in for a reservation, we don't worry about it. GREAT being retired with no timetable on us!
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There are large stretches of 'not a lot to see' in the mid west. I've done Atlanta to Amarillo TX, 1,100 miles in one stretch.
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I like to stop earlier than I have to. This is because if i find a campsite and it suits us i'm ahead of the game.
Nothing worse than trying to make do with a crappy camp site.
I leave a little gas in my tank if I have to keep going.
When it comes to camp sites I don't settle. I travel.
Normal miles 300 to 400, but 500 is doable.
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We belong in the 300-350 mile club.
We've done over 500 a few times but not our style.
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Thanks for all the responses. That gives me a good range to work with and I still need to figure out whether we will make reservations or just find other places to stop. I think I might also factor time into our travel plan. Travelling with an RV is a little different....but that's a good thing.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:47 PM   #14
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My rule of thumb is 400 miles per day on Interstate highways. Less on 2 lane roads.

This equates to 8 hours a day with stops for fuel and lunch.

Treat it just like a regular job.

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