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Old 03-11-2021, 02:43 PM   #43
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Im willing tk do 12-14 straight at times, but i mich prefer to keep it under 8. 75% of my traveling happens in a 150 mile radius from my home though.
Im also only 34, and have to deal with shorter windows for vacations. We take a week to hunt in wyoming from washington. I drive straight through there and back, as i want the most time there possible and ive only got 9 days to do it in.
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Old 03-11-2021, 07:32 PM   #44
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Lots of good suggestions, but only you can decide what is right for you. It is good that you will start out with short local trips so you get a feel for towing first prior to venturing out. My shortest drive was from one campground in Quartzsite to another, the the longest is over 1000 miles.
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Old 03-12-2021, 09:04 AM   #45
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Retired - part-timer.
Get up around 7, make coffee (DW tea), watch morning news, have a bite of Breakfast around 8, hit the road by 9.
Drive for a couple of hours stop for lunch, read a little of my book (known a taking a nap) then driving until about 4. Find a spot to park the rig, set up, help the wife fix dinner (that is staying out of her way). Relax for the evening and plan on the next days travels or sites to see.
We're not in a hurry..... we'e retired.
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Old 03-12-2021, 02:17 PM   #46
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Whatever the situation calls for. Anywhere between an hour to about fourteen hours for the maximum. At the end of the day, we have averaged 50 miles per hour. At my age the 700 miles per day are pretty rare events, but still doable.
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Old 03-12-2021, 03:49 PM   #47
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300 miles is about my limit, so about 7 hours. I have driven 2 different class A's in the dark and never want to that again.
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Old 03-12-2021, 04:19 PM   #48
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daily hours

It varies on our destination, and since I still work, some days are longer that I would like to get there or back. Going the 1100 miles to the Keys for our winter break, we take 4 days to get there but return in two days which puts us at 500 - 600 mile days. Unless we have a known good boondocking stop we start looking to park at 3pm and look to be having happy hour by 5pm. Some travel days are easier than others, 300 miles across South Dakota is a lot better that going 300 miles thru the West Virginia mountains. (nothing against WVA, just a lot of twisting roads).
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:22 PM   #49
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How Many Hours/miles Per Day?

We've traveled close to 100,000 miles across the US and Canada. Our goal is ~250 and in by 2:30 PM to ~300 or in by 3:00 PM. That gives is a chance to enjoy our trip and avoid becoming overtired while driving. We've had one long day of close to 525 while coming back across the Rust Belt in November when most campgrounds were closed ... and perhaps 4 or 5 in the 400-plus mile days due to unusual circumstances. Given we try to take a break every 2-3 hours, while we can travel at highway speeds, for planing purposes we plan on making only 45-50 MPH.
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:22 PM   #50
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Suggest you start with some shorter trips, 200 - 300 miles and see how tiring that is for you, then you can increase or decrease the distance based on your preferences. Keep in mind that conditions can vary widely. 200 miles on I-95 in Virginia is totally different from 200 miles on I-90 in South Dakota. You'll figure out what works for you in time.
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:29 PM   #51
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We haven't taken delivery of our new TT yet but I'm already fantasizing about where to go and trips I want to make.

I know pulling a trailer is more stressful than a generic road trip in the car. I know we'll have to stop for gas more often and we'll be driving at lower speeds than in a car.

What does everyone use as a rule of thumb as far as how many hours a day you feel comfortable driving while towing a TT?
After about 2 years and my wife's urgings we have settled on 6 hours per day....on the road by 9..parked by 3...set up by 3:30PM. We average 50 miles per hour, driving at 65mph but deducting for pee breaks, gas up, lunch it knocks it down to 50 miles travelled per hour. We will do more if destination dictates, reservations etc. do less if there is a site just up the road a piece but most travel days we stick to the 6 hours on the road.
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Old 03-14-2021, 03:34 PM   #52
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Depends on you

Depends on who you ask.

Some are ready, willing and able to drive great distances in a day. Some will not. Age and physical condition certainly is a big factor.

I have gone as far as 975 miles / 17 hours but I used to work a lot of midnight shifts. Being in my 60ís , I probably limit it to about 500 miles. I have been running and exercising since 1978 and can go out and run 3 miles at anytime.

How far can and should you drive in a day ? That has to be your call. Go a little shorter at first and see how it goes.
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:30 PM   #53
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I have several "Iron Butt" awards (1000 mile days) from my early days traveling on motorcycles, but nowadays, my wife and I prefer to mosey our way from place to place, with a target range of 300mi as a maximum, and 200mi as a minimum, but like everywhere else in life, variances happen. As long as we find a place that suits us for the next stop, that fits our distance plan, that is great. If we have to go a little further to avoid a 1-star dirt park, so be it. If it looks like our choice is to stop early and have a nice spot, vs. driving an extra 75 miles, we'll generally opt for the shorter hop.
I don't like night driving anymore, or being in a hurry to be somewhere by some pre-ordained time/date.
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Old 03-14-2021, 04:59 PM   #54
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Try never to do more than 400 miles ever. For most trips we try and plan 300-350 miles on any given day. We set up reservations well in advance and try and plan on this road distance. I can push the speed up as needed but now that we are retired won't push that aspect again. Once you are retired it's about less stress, more views and more enjoyment. Our next trips are all around 300 miles a day. Now that road traffic is picking up again less is more!!
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:10 PM   #55
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We haven't taken delivery of our new TT yet but I'm already fantasizing about where to go and trips I want to make.

I know pulling a trailer is more stressful than a generic road trip in the car. I know we'll have to stop for gas more often and we'll be driving at lower speeds than in a car.

What does everyone use as a rule of thumb as far as how many hours a day you feel comfortable driving while towing a TT?

We are a senior couple who both drive, though my night vision isn't great. I usually use google maps, which gives me an estimate of driving time. We assume we will be in the truck and on the road at least two hours for every hour of drive time listed. We mostly keep it under 4 hours driving time, as it keeps us from getting utterly exhausted.
We are in a fifth wheel trailer, and yes, it was pretty stressful when we were first learning to drive the thing. Just getting in and out of gas stations can be a ticklish business with a 34' trailer hooked to a 12' long pickup truck. We are both quite comfortable driving the rig now, but we still don't want to kill ourselves with driving. Some RV parks also don't allow late check-in.
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:14 PM   #56
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My longest day ever was 14 hours. I was beat but had to meet a deadline. It was also 8 years ago when I was younger and dumber. Today, we target 6 hours on average, but if we have to go a bit over or under to find a good place to stay that's fine. The first day is usually a bit longer as we're excited and ready to be somewhere else. I think everyone finds their own rhythm and what works for them.
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