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Old 10-29-2020, 07:43 PM   #15
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Just know that, if you have to make it somewhere in a day or two, you can do it. I've done the Minnesota-to-Key West trip in one leg five times. 1900 miles in 28 hours. (With two drivers.) It can be done. But you pay a price for it, in recovery time on arrival.
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Old 10-29-2020, 10:16 PM   #16
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It's potentially doable, but I wouldn't look forward to it if it was me and I was the only driver. What are your plans for stopping? I think by about the 3rd day you may be ready for that break, but for more than a day.



Do you have a return trip? If so, what's the time frame for return? A solid week of driving 6+ hour actual driving time days (some may/will be much longer due to unknowns) may be OK, but it also depends on what you plan to do after you get there and how quickly you have to turn around and do another solid week of driving.



Another factor is what happens if you run into delays? Are you tied to a specific arrival and/or return date? It's one thing to make "plans" with the knowledge you can adjust, if necessary. Its an entirely different and more stressful situation if you "have" to be somewhere on a given schedule.
Plan is an extra day in the middle and then 5 nights in FL, then going home can do some sightseeing if we feel like it.
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I will generally drive (2) 8-10 hr. days. 500 miles per leg. Then I spend a day not travelling to recharge my batteries. It keeps me rested and alert like that.
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Old 10-29-2020, 11:09 PM   #18
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Plan is an extra day in the middle and then 5 nights in FL, then going home can do some sightseeing if we feel like it.
Wow! All that distance for 5 nights in Florida?
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Just guessing, but does the Trailways bus picture in your profile tell us you were a cross county driver in your recent (or maybe not so recent) past? If that's correct, then I'd think this trip isn't far from what you're already used to. But regardless, if your arrival date in Florida is set and is dictating your travel schedule heading East, I'd sure take my time on the return trip to enjoy the land and sights that you'll be traveling through. Andy Rooney once made a very astute observation, saying "Life is like a roll of toilet paper - the nearer you get to the end, the faster it goes. I'd just suggest that you make full use of the opportunities you've got. Safe travels.
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I will generally drive (2) 8-10 hr. days. 500 miles per leg. Then I spend a day not travelling to recharge my batteries. It keeps me rested and alert like that.
I like this strategy - you make good time and it keeps the DW happy too
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Just guessing, but does the Trailways bus picture in your profile tell us you were a cross county driver in your recent (or maybe not so recent) past? If that's correct, then I'd think this trip isn't far from what your already used to. But regardless, if your arrival date in Florida is set and is dictating your travel schedule heading East, I'd sure take my time on the return trip to enjoy the land and sights that you'll be traveling through. Andy Rooney once made a very astute observation, saying "Life is like a roll of toilet paper - the nearer you get to the end, the faster it goes. I'd just suggest that you make full use of the paper you've got. Safe travels.
In the 80's I owned this model bus as charter operator. Driving 4 hours without a break was the norm. But then again no dogs and a bladder that could make it.
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In the 80's I owned this model bus as charter operator. Driving 4 hours without a break was the norm. But then again no dogs and a bladder that could make it.
I spent a lot of time on those in the 60s going up to Yreka and back to visit a family ranch. Id always sit up front and talk the drivers ear off. Then at the meal stops Id sit at the counter and eat lunch with him. Not sure how much the drivers actually liked that but they tolerated it well. Lots of good memories..
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I have kept track of miles and elapsed times for a while now. We drive the coach at 62 miles per hour. On the average, we make 45 miles per hour, portal to portal. This includes everything: Bio- and stretch-breaks, lunch, one fueling stop.

Six hours at 45 miles per hour is 270 miles in a six-hour day. Eleven-and-a-half days to cover 3130 miles, at that rate.

Make it an eight-hour day and we can cover 360 miles. That knocks almost three days off.

I've done more than that in a day, but I would not want to cover more than 250-300 miles a day for days on end. I'm not a safe driver when I'm fatigued.
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We tow my CRV and per the owner's manual 300 miles is our limit. At speeds of 55 - 65 mph, add in fuel stops and lunch we manage about 7 hours from point A to Point B.
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With two older dogs (12 and 11.5) and large dogs, we find they are too excited on the day we leave. They know they're going for a ride and even though we send them outside or take them for a short walk they want IN!.

So our first stop is about two hours after leaving, at a rest area usually around lunch time. The dogs sometimes do a large one and then they're good for the rest of the day. We grab a sandwich, already made and in the fridge usually, and press on.

About 350 miles is our maximum for a day with a gasser. We fill up as close as possible to the destination for the night so we can just pull out the next time. With the dog stop and the fuel stop our longest day so far has been about 6.5 hours although we prefer less.

One thing I totally forgot about when I made the reservations for a long trip next week is the EDT to EST "fall back" time change. It will be dark an hour earlier when we hit the destination so we'll need to leave sooner than planned to assure we have plenty of daylight when we get to the campground.

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When we had our class C, and one dog, we could usually plan on drive time to destination @ 60 mph plus one hour. Fuel stops combined with bio breaks, so tried to limit a trip leg to 6-7 hours.

Now with our DP having 105 gal tank, our range between fuel stops is such that some days, we dont need a fuel stop, BUT, those doggies still need a stop every 2-3 hours and since now Im the only driver, I do, too. I started wearing compression travel socks on a long day of driving and getting out to walk dogs gets a little exercise.

We have found it much more enjoyable to take our time and shoot for getting to our next stop by before the sun goes down. With the possibility of construction delays, that still doesnt put us into our next stop, too late.
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You have to do what you are comfortable with.
Our plan is usually 3 to 4 hours per day. Ten AM to 2:00 PM.
That way when we arrive, we are not overly tired, have time to set up and enjoy the new place.
We took 13 days to go from Quartzite to Myrtle Beach.
The journey can be as much fun as the destination.
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I always figure an average of 55 mph with stops. How many hours per day? depends on how I feel and how far the destination is. Last trip was 516 miles one way, took about 9 hours of driving. Still working - so time is valuable. Stops are what kill covering distance (and mpg), limit those and you'll be surprised how much further you can cover in a day.
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