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Old 02-07-2017, 02:04 PM   #1
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First long pull

We are planning our first multi-day pull and I know I can drive 9-10 hours a day but can I pull a travel trailer that long? I will be doing all the driving myself and with the new 3/4 ton it isn't stressful at all. We are going to be staying at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and traveling from Arkansas via Amarillo which will be our first day stop. Any advice ?
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Old 02-07-2017, 03:52 PM   #2
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Why the rush? 9-10 hours? Stop and smell the roses. LOL
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:11 PM   #3
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3:30 pm OR 300 miles more or less that how we to it weather its to Grandmas or the the West it doesn't matter
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9-10 hrs is doable. However you have to ask yourself, "If I do that for several days, how will I feel in the end?"
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:44 PM   #5
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Yea only two days hangout for a week then two days back.
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:48 PM   #6
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9-10 hours will get you about 400 miles.
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Pulling a trailer requires additional attention while driving; you may find yourself getting less attentive, or mentally tired at 9-10 hours pulling as compared to simply driving a vehicle with no trailer.

You will be the best judge of your mental state as you are traveling. Professional drivers drive 11 hours daily, somedays with only 10 hours downtime between driving.

I get tired after 6-7 hours. And I will never set up camp again in the dark.

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I don't know your age or your physical condition. 8 to 10 hours is very doable, but maybe not real enjoyable! If on open roads easy..... if moderate to heavy traffic, real tough! The mental fatigue is worse than the physical. I M H O. I do it, but then I'm not really a stable person! memtb
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You won't cover 1/2 the distance in 9-10 hrs pulling a TT as you will driving just the truck. Main reason twice as many fuel stops, stops for the DW pottie breaks, kiddies needing a break etc. IMO that's an insane expectation to travel that distance and back in that short a time.
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First long pull

Did it for many vacations to max the time where we were going. I also drove commercial truck for 10 hours straight with nothing but a "check the tires stop " you can do it just fine ! More power to ya ! Pack snacks and drinks hop out every two hours at least just in a off ramp or on ramp and walk around the rig .. keeps you aware and finds problems if they exist.
When you get to just you and the DW and no work to get back to ,you'll never do it again !
Now it's Leave by the crack of 10 and looking to stop at 2 and definitely in my chair by 4 with an adult beverage in my hand!
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Sure, you probably can - but why? It will be long days... We travel typically ~250 miles a day - about 6 hours or so. 400 miles / day if we are short on time.
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pD Lindy, I hope DW'ie doesn't read this!!! We drove from Baton Rouge, La. to Winchester, Wy. in two days ( a night spent in a casino parking lot just outside of Oklahoma City). Tired yes!! But not "wasted"! Left Baton Rouge in morning, arrived home the following night.Of course, it was open road and we never even saw the roses - much less smelled them! But, as earlier stated," I'm not stable"!!. memtb
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Why not give yourself an extra day each way? That way you will be much happier when you get to the end of each day and have time to get out and stretch a bit more along the route. Also makes for an earlier happy hour! Good Luck, and Happy Travels.
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Yep, use to do that in vacation mode. Not any more. I don't have any trouble watching everyone pass me by nowadays. I'll get there eventually. Must be getting older.
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