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Old 09-10-2019, 09:28 PM   #1
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Is 1100 miles in one day a lot?


I have been lurking these forums for some time but finally decided to register to join in on the fun!

Long story as short as I can make it: My wife and considered going full-time without ever having owned a coach when I was struggling to find work a while back. We researched for a couple years what to buy etc. Fortunately, I found gainful employment to help us get closer to retirement age but alas, the RV seed was firmly planted. We pulled the trigger on a well maintained 2015 Newmar Ventana last December to make sure full-timing would be something we really wanted to do.

So, about the title- we initially ventured further and further out as we gained confidence in the coach and ourselves. The further out (and longer) we went, the need for a 4 wheeler became obvious. Rather than fit a toad with all the necessities, we decided an enclosed trailer would give us the option to take different cars depending on the destination and need.

Stick with me- the trailer we chose is manufactured in Napanee IN and they wanted more than fuel cost to deliver it to the Denver area. Moreover, Napanee just happens to be where Newmar is built. Road Trip!

I'm getting there- so, we planned 2 days travel there (Denver to Napanee), one day to tour the Newmar plant and pick up the trailer with 2 days return. 550-ish miles per day seemed reasonable to me...

Where it went wrong- all was going according to plan except for the Lake Michigan sized pot hole I hit in Illinois (quick evasive maneuvers don't seem possible in a DP) The impact knocked out the alignment to the point the steering wheel was at 11:00. Not wanting to risk ruining the big bucks front tires, the wonderful folks at Newmar found me an alignment shop. The only problem was staying an extra day to get it aligned. We needed to hold to the schedule because I had to be back to work. Remember the job I found that delayed full-timing? We now had just a day to return home.

The 1100 mile day- with the fresh alignment done, we set out at 4:00am ET and drove straight though only stopping for fuel once and a brief pit-stop for the pup and your's truly (and a detour to return a cell phone found at a rest stop- but that's another story). We arrived home at 10:30pm MT. That's 20.5 hours and 1100 miles later. It was a surprisingly easy trip...

So far, we're really enjoy this RVing thing! Thanks for reading!

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Old 09-10-2019, 09:33 PM   #2
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Ugh, we did 751 miles in one day about 2 years ago. I hope to never do it again. You sir, have earned your steel buns award.

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Old 09-10-2019, 09:39 PM   #3
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Ouch! I drove 14 hours trying to outrun a cold front. You win!
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:40 PM   #4
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Better you than me !

I have zero interest in driving that many miles straight! 450 is a long driving day to me.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:42 PM   #5
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We took an Econoline Van from Knoxville, TN to the far west edge of Oklahoma (Sayre) for 1016 miles. We left early in the morning and drove until we had enough.

If you can share driving it can be done. MickyD's will be your friend for strong coffee.

The days are getting shorter so plan your city encounters accordingly to avoid rush hour tie ups.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:45 PM   #6
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Well, I guess

On our motorcycle or in our 90 Supra Turbo, it would take next to no time . LOL! 20 years ago.

Seriously, that is waaaaaaaay long to safely drive a 20,000 lb vehicle, or any vehicle at highway or even secondary road speeds.

Do you plan to stop or do you wear a leg bag?

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Old 09-10-2019, 09:51 PM   #7
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Did 1100 miles from Mansfield OH to Dallas TX in a car with no AC/non-stop for many years. But I was 35 years younger then. Wouldn't dare try that now, even in a coach with AC & air-ride.

Hats off to you.

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Old 09-10-2019, 09:59 PM   #8
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Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I'm sure that will not be repeated. My longest drive was 880 miles. I arrived the next day. I was beat.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:00 PM   #9
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Sept 13,2001 I drove almost non stop LA to Portland. Never again. Took me three days to recover.
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Originally Posted by 450Donn View Post
Sept 13,2001 I drove almost non stop LA to Portland. Never again. Took me three days to recover.
Yep. You sure couldn't fly....
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:23 PM   #11
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Wow Brymat;
You beat my record by 50 miles.

Albuquerque, NM to San Jose, CA when I was 30 years old. Coming back from college over summer. Left at sunrise, in late May, and made it San Jose by 11PM the same day. 1150 miles in about 16 hours.

In the RV, me and the wife, we try not too exceed 350 miles in one day.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:40 PM   #12
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Only time I ever did anything like that was back in 1972.
US Naval Station San Diego CA to Casper WY and BACK over a weekend.

Had 3 day pass---asked a buddy if he had ever been to WY.
Loaded up the '71 Mustang Coupe and hit the road

Left the Base at 5PM Friday Night...........16 hrs/1135 miles....got there 9AM Saturday
Looked up friends/partied
Left Sunday 2PM and got back for 'Roll Call' 7AM Monday

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Old 09-10-2019, 11:02 PM   #13
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I've done my share of 1,000+ mile days. It's a long day, but definitely possible. I try to stay under 750 miles in a day now for personal trips. Work is a different story. I'll still do 1,000 mile days for work.
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I can do 1100 miles in a day, but it's in a Airplane.

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