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Old 05-30-2013, 05:27 AM   #1
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How many hours/miles a day.

I spent about 11 hours driving to accomplish 575 miles today. With breakfast, lunch, rest stops and fueling I'm talking 13 hours on the road. It's the end of the day and I'm feeling like I pushed too long and too far to be calling this a vacation.
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So I'm wondering what other people set as their object for mileage, or hours on the road every day. I understand this is totally subjective, and everyone will have a story about a heroic effort to get somewhere on time. What I'm hoping to hear about is the ideal objective to balance the need to arrive with an attitude of enjoying the trip.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:39 AM   #2
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No set miles or time. Just drive until I am tired, see something I want to stop at, or a place I want to stay. We know when we leave home and when we have to return. The rest of the trip is unplanned.
To answer the question; I do not like to drive over 6 or 8 hours but I have driven a lot longer.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:48 AM   #3
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For us this changes day to day while on the road. It just depends on how we feel and if we NEED to get somewhere. I'm semi retired and we spend several weeks on the road each year. Try to spend a good part of that in Colorado in the summer. But sometimes we have to get back to the SB. We've done 200 mile days and we've done 700 at one time. It all just depends.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:08 AM   #4
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We are from Minnesota, and are taking two weeks in July to visit friends in Cape Cod. We try to plan the travel time from 7AM to 3PM, which will include rest and fuel stops. Now, those times are not etched in stone, just used as a general time frame if there are long distances to be traveled. We travel in a motorhome with a toad and conditions permitting, keep speeds at about 60mph or posted if less. I know exactly what you're talking about, been there.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:13 AM   #5
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We try to keep it around 250 miles or less and 4-5 hours of driving each day. We also plan a day or two of rest at a campground every third day of travel or so. This summer we are driving from Florida to Alaska and our longest day is under 300 miles.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:31 AM   #6
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I have found I am less alert at 3 or so hours of actual driving so we try to schedule 150 -200 miles each day ... we are not in any hurry. I also try to stop and walk around the vehicle a few times every hour or so. DVT is not a good thing ...
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When we are on the road I always declare we will leave by eight in the morning. The dog and DW dictate, however, that 9 to 9:30 is more realistic. We are always parked by 4 pm for the night, most times earlier. We, also, stop for an extra night or two every third day. When planning trips, 250 miles is our absolute maximum one day distance. If we have to be somewhere at a specific time, we leave early enough to get there at our pace. For emergencies like funerals or family crises, we take alternate, faster, transportation.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:56 AM   #8
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Being retired, we use this schedule when driving. Leave the campground at 9:00 and drive until 11:30 stopping for lunch. Lunch last till 12:30. Nap time is from 12:30 till 1:30. back on the road till 2:30 and stop for an hour for a good cup of coffee and fresh croissant. Back on the road till 4:30 when we head for the campground.

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Old 05-30-2013, 07:14 AM   #9
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I used to do the long drives and not take time to see this once great country. Now we try to be someplace no later than 3pm to set up and unwind.
Traveling with two puppies makes us stop more often as well.
6 hr is tops now and mostly back roads of America.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:25 AM   #10
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I never just "drop in" at an RV park and hope they have a spot for me. So, I plan my trips according to the distance between parks, that I have reservations for. In setting them up, I always plan on driving about 250 miles per day. Obviously, the parks are not laid out in that way, so I may have to increase or decrease the miles per day, to stay within the 250 range, but I never drive over 300 m/d, if I can help it. However, I will favor decreasing, rather than increasing the miles. I am retired, so I don't have to be in any hurry.
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We try to keep it under 400 miles per day. Most days average around 350. Much less than that and it takes another day or two to reach your destination. More than that leads to late arrivals at the campgrounds. No one wants to listen to you pull in and setup at 10:00 in the evening. Late arrivals also cut into prime driving time the next day.

We like to get an early start. Over the years I've noticed most mornings start with calm winds. Around 10:00 am things start to pick up. It's nice to start the day without the wind and the traffic.
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Like most post we spend a max of five hours on the road and that includes stops. We have done the seven to eight hour days but it now takes too much time to recover. As mentioned pushing too hard takes away from the enjoyment of seeing our great country!!
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Being retired, we use this schedule when driving. Leave the campground at 9:00 and drive until 11:30 stopping for lunch. Lunch last till 12:30. Nap time is from 12:30 till 1:30. back on the road till 2:30 and stop for an hour for a good cup of coffee and fresh croissant. Back on the road till 4:30 when we head for the campground.

Tough life, but someone has to live it, right?
That is what I want to be when I grow up. RETIRED. We've done those long drives, but 5 hours is about our limit. Unless there's some emergency, we just don't take the long trips until we have enough time off to make it comfortable. I'm a teacher and DH is military, so we arrange his leave during the summer or school breaks so we can go further without stressing the long drives.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:52 AM   #14
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Four or five hours is what we usually shoot for. No rules though. Before we retired we would leave the cold north to travel to the south and go twelve or more hours. For two reasons. One to get as far into warmer climes as we could, the other because we only had so many vacation days and the road part was wasting them.

We do plan a lot of our stops to be sure to find a campsite so Google maps or whatever is helpful finding about how long a trip each stop is.
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