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Old 04-30-2021, 05:28 PM   #1
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How Many Hours on The Road?

How many hours are you comfortable traveling before pulling over for the day. I know there are many "ifs". I'm just looking for a sort of seat-of-the-pants on other folk's preferences.

For me, I would like to max out at 8 hours, but really would prefer 6 hours of driving before pulling into a site.
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:34 PM   #2
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I like about 250 miles per day. I donít set an alarm to wake up and, I have a leisurely morning for coffee and breakfast. Usually leave the campground at about 10:00am and drive for a couple of hours then stop for lunch and a 30 minute nap. Hit the road again and finish the day. That usually puts me in another campground by 3:00 to 3:30 pm.

Iím retired. No hurry.
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:39 PM   #3
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Are you retired or still working

Makes BIG difference

When I was a working stiff.........DRIVE cause vacation time was short

Retired....we leave at 10AM and or at Camp Site set up sitting under awning with adult beverage by 3PM
250 miles or 6 hours MAX which ever comes first


Doesn't much matter what I or others do
It's what works for YOU
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Old 04-30-2021, 05:40 PM   #4
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How many hours are you comfortable traveling before pulling over for the day. I know there are many "ifs". I'm just looking for a sort of seat-of-the-pants on other folk's preferences.

For me, I would like to max out at 8 hours, but really would prefer 6 hours of driving before pulling into a site.


I use mileage rather than time to determine when to stop .

On average I usually figure 250-350 miles per day . Which can be 4 hrs. up to 8 hrs. of driving depending on the road and how many side trips we do.

We've driven as few as 50 miles and as far as 500 miles in a day .

We determine around noon how far we're going to get that day , then call ahead to CG's to reserve a site . Traveled all over this Great Nation and have never been unable to arrange a camp site , unless it was early in the year and the area CG's hadn't opened for the season .
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I go by time rather than mileage. On a hwy doing anywhere from 30-60 mph I don't get near the mileage as I would on the freeway running 65+ mph.
We don't like to go much more than 6 hours. Both of us have mild sciatic nerve issues and anything more than 6 hours several days in a row brings on the pain.

So we plan our stops at 6 hours then figure out where me might be ahead of time.
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With my 2004 Southwind about 300 miles
With my 2007 Ellipse about 400 miles
With my 2020 Horizon about 500 miles, it’s the only RV I’m not tired even after doing 1100 miles in 2 1/2 days. Got up the next day and did a full day of work.
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Six hours of actual driving plus stops = about 8 hours total.
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Im not 50 yet so I have no problems with the +7 hour days. A short day for me is around 5 hours and my longest day was from Idaho falls to Phoenix in about 13 hours and 850 miles, only stopping for gas and food breaks. We go for 5-8 weeks every summer and more short, (near home) trips during the rest of the year.
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We are retired. We plan for 5 hours a day around 250 miles. In nowhere land we may push it to 300 miles. But 5 hours seems to be the sweet spot. We have noticed when we go long on hours we are not fun to be around.
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I use mileage rather than time to determine when to stop .

On average I usually figure 250-350 miles per day . Which can be 4 hrs. up to 8 hrs. of driving depending on the road and how many side trips we do.

We've driven as few as 50 miles and as far as 500 miles in a day .

We determine around noon how far we're going to get that day , then call ahead to CG's to reserve a site . Traveled all over this Great Nation and have never been unable to arrange a camp site , unless it was early in the year and the area CG's hadn't opened for the season .
Mileage don't always work though, we have traveled on motorcycle through many states and when you get on winding mountain roads it is not the same as going down a highway. We try to take back roads traveling.
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We don't wing it so our stops are planned. When I was 30 years younger 750 miles was a good day as we were working and made every moment count. Fast forward to retirement and we now plan for no more than 350 miles a day with most being about 250 miles. As stated above, leisurely start to day, nice lunch stop and set up with enough time left in the day to do some local exploring. Only you can determine what is comfortable for you but you did ask what we do.
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We do about 6 hours. Mileage depends on road type.
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Depends if I am trying to get somewhere or I’m just traveling. But normally around 6 hours. I was a truck driver for a number of years. So the 15 hour days were normal.
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We are retired and members of the 230 club. 230 miles or 2:30 in the after noon. Leave at the crack of 10.
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