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Old 01-01-2017, 03:23 PM   #1
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How far do you drive a day?

Happy New Year!

We pick up our new 31SL in a couple of months, and are excited about hittin' the road soon. We still work, so our time off is limited to a few weeks each until we retire.

My question is this, how far should we plan to travel in a day when we're just trying to get from point A to point B?

We share the driving, and typically plan an occasional 10-12 hour day mixed with shorter days when vacationing by car, so we're not adverse to burning some miles when we have to. I understand that we'll be driving slower, but will we tire out faster towing the 5er? Is a 650 mile day realistic or is that too much to expect?
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:35 PM   #2
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You're probably going to get a lot of opinions here, but it really depends on how much time you have. I can tell you from our experience when we were working we drove further to maximize our camp time. Now that we are retired we enjoy the journey as much as the destination and are not in a hurry. We try to plan a maximum day at 4-5 hours drive time using Google maps. 6 to 7 hours easily turns into a 10-12 hour day on the road. I try to plan a 3:00-4:00 arrival time at the latest so I can be completely set up before dark.
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You're probably going to get a lot of opinions here, but it really depends on how much time you have. I can tell you from our experience when we were working we drove further to maximize our camp time. Now that we are retired we enjoy the journey as much as the destination and are not in a hurry. We try to plan a maximum day at 4-5 hours drive time using Google maps. 6 to 7 hours easily turns into a 10-12 hour day on the road. I try to plan a 3:00-4:00 arrival time at the latest so I can be completely set up before dark.
Paul,

I'm definitely looking forward to the journey, but we're not quite there yet... How long does a 4-5 hour Google map trip take you to actually drive?
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:59 PM   #4
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Generally about 6 to 7 hours. We try to be out of the campground between 8 and 9 am and a gas/bathroom/lunch stop will get us there by 3-4 pm. I tow at 65 routinely. Seems to be the sweet spot for the RW. The Ford will go as fast as I ask it to
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I should have added: a simple gas stop can turn into a one-hour delay pretty easily. You can find yourself number 2 or 3 in an RV lane, or fishing around for another station that is more RV friendly, or finding a place large enough to do a U-turn. You get the idea.
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:25 PM   #6
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Fortunately these 5ers tow like a dream, you'll hardly know it's back there, but it's more tiring to me (DW doesn't drive while towing) so our typical day is 200-300miles & stop no later than 3pm so set up before dark. With both of you sharing the driving I could easily see you driving 10-12 days to reach you destination, but in those hours you won't make as many miles driving slower, more fuel stops, more potty stops, just average you'll actually drive about 50 miles in an, or at least that's what I figure from.
Enjoy your trip & safe travels.
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:55 PM   #7
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We have done 10 to 12 hours many times. But if I try that for thee days in row I am usually wiped out. I do this once a year going from Oregon to IL for a three weeks vacation to see family. Thinking I may skip it this year. Older I get less I want to drive.
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I try to avoid parking in the dark.
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As AA said we always try to be at our next stop and set up before dark. I really don't want to end up with a back in site when dark. Not much fun when this long.
It all goes back to how much time you can spend on the road. When we head out on our longer vacations I will do about 13 hours the first day then less after that. Best part since adding the extra fuel tank is now I have 109 gallons onboard so we don't need fuel until we unhook that evening.

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Old 01-01-2017, 10:41 PM   #10
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We now pull over before dark. In past years I have done the trip Montreal to Florida in 2 long days. This year we said let's try 4 days and you know what it was worth it. Not wiped out for 3 days after arriving. Also if we get up a 7am or 9am that is when we leave.
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