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Old 03-10-2020, 08:37 PM   #1
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I planned my trip from Virginia to Yellowstone, Redwood Nat. park, down the Pacific coast hwy from Carmel to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Branson and home again 30 days later, I used the good sam trip planner to get what roads I want. I will upload it to my Garmin and use the warnings if required to modify. I also have the mountain driving book which gave me a few warnings.

One such warning said truckers over 30 ft kingpin to rear axle are not advised.
So my question is from my 30 ft rv the tow bars and toad are about 20 feet. My total is about 50 feet. Should I be concerned?
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One such warning said truckers over 30 ft kingpin to rear axle are not advised.
So my question is from my 30 ft rv the tow bars and toad are about 20 feet. My total is about 50 feet. Should I be concerned?
What road and where is this?

That's a very ambitious trip for only one month.
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As twogypsies said, that's ambitious.



I hope that all you want to do is drive, and not sight see, or stay anywhere for a few days.



A quick Google maps search says that, using Richmond, VA as a start/end point, that loop is about 6,700 miles. In 30 days, that's ~224 miles per day of just driving every day. At an average of 60 MPH (optimistic...) that's 3:45 driving a day.



You mentioned Yellowstone, Redwood, Carmel, Las Vegas, and Branson. That's 5 destinations. If you want to spend just one extra night in each location, that knocks 5 travel days off your trip, leaving 2 days to drive, or 268 miles per day, or an optimistic 4 and a half hours a day of just driving.


Two extra nights per stop, and you have 20 days to drive, or 335 miles per day, or about 5.5 hours a day of driving.



I say optimistic because you will not be able to average 60 mph, allowing for gas/potty/food/driver changes/traffic/construction/etc.


And, here's the one thing that gets overlooked. Time zones. On the way west, you gain an hour of time every time zone. But, on the way home, you lose it back. It's a psychological thing, more than anything.
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What road and where is this?

That's a very ambitious trip for only one month.
Pacific coast highway between Leggett and Fort Bragg. The warning says tractors-semis over 30 foot kingpin to rear axle not advised. I figure my hitch to the rear axle on the Jeep is 15 foot.

The trip is 32 days. I know it is a lot of driving. I have done it once before 2 years ago. I still work so I kind of have to need to drive more. The breaks will be Yellowstone 4 nights, Bend Oregon 3 nights, Los Angeles 4 nights, Las Vegas 2 nights, Branson 3 nights. the average drive is 347 miles each day.
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[QUOTE=SLOweather;5180388]As twogypsies said, that's ambitious./QUOTE]

374 miles per day / 7 hours per day @ 50 mph.
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To answer your question, your length will be fine.
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To answer your question, your length will be fine.

While the speed limit on that stretch of SR 1 is listed at 55 you will be hard-pressed to be doing better than 25-30 mph most of the time. It is a narrow, twisty road. We did it a couple of years ago in our smart car - we saw a guy in a big diesel pusher: at every curve he would hit the brakes and the outside front corner of his coach would scrape on the roadway.



It's a great road for small cars and motorcycles - large RVs? Not so much!
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I planned my trip from Virginia to Yellowstone, Redwood Nat. park, down the Pacific coast hwy from Carmel to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Branson and home again 30 days later, I used the good sam trip planner to get what roads I want. I will upload it to my Garmin and use the warnings if required to modify. I also have the mountain driving book which gave me a few warnings.

One such warning said truckers over 30 ft kingpin to rear axle are not advised.
So my question is from my 30 ft rv the tow bars and toad are about 20 feet. My total is about 50 feet. Should I be concerned?
50' in the mountains is not really a issue--Just remember to be very careful in the Mountains on your Brakes-- Yellowstone has some steep grades and some of the roads are a little narrow in places but with common sense you should be GOOD TO Go ENJOY !!!!
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