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Old 10-16-2021, 05:30 PM   #15
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I have taken several 1500 mile one way trips and find if I drive about 200 miles, plan a stop for lunch (in the coach) then about 200 miles to a planned overnight gets us in around 4:30 to 5 (just in time for dinner). I have done 500-550 in a day but it seems to make for a long day and I don't like to do the longer runs unless we are staying a couple of nights or so.
I always plan where stops will be including fuel. I have driven 750 miles once in a day but no thanks.
Are most of you driving solo, or does your wife pitch in? Although, I think I am more relaxed when I am driving. I will deny it if you tell her that 😄
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In the days before retirement, the wife and I would do as many as three 600 miles days in a row to get to our destination. We cruised at between 62 and 65 MPH, timed the trip to avoid big city rush hours, stopped every 3 hours to change drivers. The first and third stops were literally just long enough to change drivers. The second was always fuel stop only. Grabbed lunch on the go when not driving. Total time on the road was always between 11 1/2 and 12 1/2 hours. Sure we were tired by the end of the third day, but the next 2 or more days were sightseeing and didn't involve early mornings.

We stayed at CGs, but just leveled, put out slide and hooked up electric. Carried enough fresh water for quick showers every night. Dinner was usually something from the crock pot that cooked while on the road, quick shower and a program or two off a DVD. Still do the same while traveling, but the wife's arthritis has ended her driving days so it's just me driving. Mileage is down to 450 per day and a break every 2 1/2 to 3 hours to stretch. eat, etc. Even retired I'd rather fill most of a travel day on the road. But never more than three travel days in a row.

Our schedule isn't for everyone, but you might want to try it on a shorter trip to see how you do. Using the longer mileage per day would free up several days to spend seeing the sights if the driving schedule doesn't leave you too tired.

If you stop at Rushmore, take the time to visit the Crazy Horse monument . Better experience for me than Mt Rushmore. Safe travels.
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I would not do this. Drving an rv is far more tiring than a carÖ
Says who? I would rather drive my motor home than my car any day! I find it relaxing, quiet, and very enjoyable. Iíve done as much as 650 miles in one day over 13 hours and felt fine. A typical day for me is 350 to 450 miles. And Iím 75.

I think the OPís plan is quite doable.
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Says who? I would rather drive my motor home than my car any day! I find it relaxing, quiet, and very enjoyable. Iíve done as much as 650 miles in one day over 13 hours and felt fine. A typical day for me is 350 to 450 miles. And Iím 75.



I think the OPís plan is quite doable.
You need a better car. LOL.
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As I read your question to the wife, all I got was a nope nope and nope. I get her to drive long enough to let me go to the bathroom (wont mention how we swap) so I try to keep it to about 6 hours no more then 3 days and then stay somewhere for a few
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That does sound ambitious for a trip, but I have never attempted one like that, so I can't say for sure.



This summer we did a trip of 600km (about 375 miles) in one day there, 6 day stay, and then one day back. That was pretty manageable with such a break between. I remember mentioning to the wife that I wouldn't want to do much more than another hour on the road, so that would have me tapping out around 450 miles. But I sure wouldn't want to do it multiple days in a row. And I personally wouldn't want to spend my whole vacation driving every day. By the time you get to your daily destination and set up camp, it's almost dark.


Again, that's just my feelings on the matter
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I would not do this. Drving an rv is far more tiring than a car (add to that even g set up and morning breakdown). That long series of very long days will absolutely fry you, and probably leave you tired and not really driving safely. I would take each of your daily legs, and do them in two days each instead of one.

Fwiw...

Depends on the rv. Ours is a dream to drive. Iíd sell it otherwise. Why own an rv that wears you out traveling? Thatís what itís for.

That being said, one night in the places they want to see doesnít leave much time for sight seeing.
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You need a better car. LOL.

You need a better driving rv lol
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We recognise those road warrior driving itineraries from years ago when the children were still in school and we were working full time. Some days/nights we'd do over a 1000 miles, just to be close to somewhere for when it opened in the morning so we could look see and then carry on further down the road afterwards often stopping late at night or early hours of the morning. Typically though after 2 or max 3 days driving we'd be at a target destination.

If you are young enough and trying to get a taster you can do it, but yes you will likely need a vacation to get over the vacation so to speak when you get home!

Nowadays hubby 64, we find 3 hours or so a day enough, sometimes much less. Just very odd days on the last leg heading home or first leg heading out do we do 7+ hours.

It's good you have an extra 3 days wiggle room, so you can change on the fly if need be. Don't drive tired whatever you do = Arrive alive!

Happy and Safe travels.

PS: We boondock or dry camp extensively so to us overnights at many different locations from stores to churches to marinas as well public lands were and are our comfort level for flexibility amongst other reasons.
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We have a rule of thumb:

Two nights in a spot yields one day of sightseeing.

One night in a spot gives you little or no time to look around.

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Way too aggressive schedule! You do NOT want to try to find campgrounds in the darkÖ..trust me.

Road construction and traffic is getting worse by the month, if the GPS says itís a xx hour drive, it will end up being longer with the delays you will encounter usually.

Add my voice of reason to the others you have read here that say cut this in halfÖÖ. Shorter drives, and longer stops.
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Says who? I would rather drive my motor home than my car any day! I find it relaxing, quiet, and very enjoyable. Iíve done as much as 650 miles in one day over 13 hours and felt fine. A typical day for me is 350 to 450 miles. And Iím 75.



I think the OPís plan is quite doable.


Driving a big Class A is more stressful/tiring to me not because of how it handles (though if yours does not handle well, that adds a lot of stress), but rather because of the higher level of planning and mental monitoring of the environment that you need to constantly put out. Setting up and breaking down are cognitive shifts in mental "attitude" from driving. On the road, where and how are you going to stop for a break (MANY rest areas are closed, and if you are towing youcant back in at a truck stop like the trucks do). On the road you are constantly monitoring for obstacles in the road, trucks and cars merging (responsibly or not). Is your following distance to the vehicle in front of you sufficient, is traffic dead stopped in front of you (that DOES happen with zero warning), how tight are your side clearances in that narrow construction lane (especially with concrete barriers, is that truck coming up on you from behind keeping a straight line, or are they weaving out of their lane ... especially important to monitor when they are actually passing you (i recently had a truck enter a foot or more into my lane as they were passing me ... only reason they did not hit me was because i had a shoulder to shift over to), etc, etc.

In a car, for all of that, you have much more leeway. In a class a, the tolerances on all of those are much tighter, and requires a higher level of non-stop awareness. On a wide open road with no traffic and easy stop access the drive can be quite pleasurable. But that is not the reality of pushing these things down the road.
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You need a better driving rv lol
Spartan K3 with CS and active air management drives pretty good for a 25 ton coach, but no way it's as easy to drive as any of my vehicles.

But I get your point. Some coaches take less wear and tear on the driver than others.
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You better calculate weather in there as well. It's already snowing in Montana, has been for 2 weeks.
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