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Old 09-18-2010, 01:04 AM   #15
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We are planning a trip from the left to the right coast, about 3,000 miles, and have it roughed out for 10 days to get there. We're going back to see the Fall Colors. Haven't made any reservations, but have a list of possible overnights. Reservations tie you down to a set schedule. We will call ahead if we think we will be close to the planned stop. Normally I would rather stay closer to 200 miles a day.
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Old 09-18-2010, 02:49 AM   #16
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It all depends on where we are going and how soon we want to get there! I am always raring to go the first day out and that one is quite often our longest day! Yet on the return home, if we have been out for several weeks and we are ready to be off the road, that last day can cover a lot of miles and added hours on the road as well! The long stretches of Nebraska can intice me to stay on the road longer since we have been there and done that so many times that all I want to do is get through it!
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:47 AM   #17
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We are planning a trip from the left to the right coast, about 3,000 miles, and have it roughed out for 10 days to get there. We're going back to see the Fall Colors. Haven't made any reservations, but have a list of possible overnights. Reservations tie you down to a set schedule. We will call ahead if we think we will be close to the planned stop. Normally I would rather stay closer to 200 miles a day.
Having a list of camp grounds ahead of you works for me. I don't need to have reservation but know were they are. I then can travel and change my travel time, if I decide to pass a site I know there is one ahead.
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We have this rule: When I get tired my DW gets out the one of the books for exits and what's at them. She will let me know if there is a rest area, Flying J or last, Wally World. For overnighting and traveling through, I don't want to deal with the hassle of finding and driving to a campground.

We don't have any daily goal or time limit, just how I feel.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:33 AM   #19
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We kinda go by the 230 rule - either around 230 miles or 2:30 in the afternoon - whichever comes first.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:09 AM   #20
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well the DW is still not retired, so I still drive 5 to 600 miles per day, but I am use to driving that & more miles per day, other wise my intention once the DW ( & she needs to hurry up too) retires ,it will be 3 to 400 miles per day.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:25 AM   #21
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I like 200 a day...
Remember, if you go 500 miles that'll cost you about $200, which makes it an expensive day
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:25 AM   #22
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Over the last few years our average trip is about 80 miles and we usually stay about three days before hitting the road again. So our average per day is less than 30 miles. We like to go to a state or area and spend a few months seeing everything. We just left Michigan after spending 55 nights in that state.
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The way we travel is a bit more complex. If we have a specific destination in mind, I'll calculate how far it is, and how many miles or hours a day we want to travel. I'll look for a place to spend the night within 50 miles either way of that point. If it's within 500 miles of home, we'll leave early and arrive late that same day. If it's more, I'll split the trip into roughly equal travel days.
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Wish we had the time to do leisure trips, but only have a few vacation weeks. DH loves to drive, so we go by his schedule, and I have a list of places to stop throughout the trip, just in case. Plus we get out for the dogs, the kids, and if I say STOP! I do like the 230 rule, though that I saw on the thread.
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Yup, we're usually cruising around a 300 mi. day (give or take). Generally about 6 hrs. or so but it all depends on things we might stumble in to that we'd like to visit along the way.

When we first started full timing, it took awhile to get over the tendency to pound out 400, to 500, and sometimes 600 miles a day like we formerly did on vacations during our working years. This is MUCH more enjoyable these days. No hurry.

Also, when we first began, I always felt I needed to have a campground destination set up ahead of time when departing for a days drive,....BUT....no longer. Now as we cruise down the road, we kind of figure where and/or when we'd like to pull in for the night, then either look on-line or in campground books for spots around some town down the road for a likely stop over. We call ahead, and generally on the first call seem always to get a spot to pull in. Works great, and have yet, in 5 yrs. of full timing, ever had a problem easily finding stop over spot. Often, if we find we like the campground and the area we find outselves in, we'll extend our stay a day or two, or longer. Sometimes ya really stumble into a gem of a place to hang out in for awhile.

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The 2:30 rule sounds like a good one. I might move it to 4:30 and leave by 8:30. With a few pit stops could be a 6 hr driving trip. I found when we started traveling with bigger coaches I could drive from tank to tank and feel great. When we bought our 2000 33' Windsport If I had a 2000 gal tank I could drive till empty. This is why we only buy Class A coaches. All this was in my younger (55) days. Now that I am 69, 2:30 to 4:30 feels best.



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the only reason I can run 5 to 700 miles per day is , I am use to this type of driving, as i use to own semi's (7) so its not a big deal, and being young at 53,
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Hi All,

Well I started traveling solo in 2007, added a dog in 2009 so it is pretty much doing what I want! At first it was the 2-2-2 rule which is 200 miles a day, off the road by 2pm and stay a min of 2 nights! Now it is start and stop when I want, and just deal with things as I go, but they are never long days anymore milage or time wise! Remember Live, Laugh & Enjoy!
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