View Poll Results: How long after your scheduled departure time do you actually get on the road?
We are packed and hooked up the night before- we always leave on time. 27 24.32%
With-in an hour of when we wanted to get on the road. 49 44.14%
We have kids or dogs, and don't get on the road till about 2 hours after our scheduled departure time. 19 17.12%
I guess it would help if I owned a watch- but normally 3 or more hours after my wife thought we were going to be on the road. 16 14.41%
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:05 PM   #15
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When we bought the trailer we thought we would come home from work, grab the trailer, and go almost every weekend. I think we've done that once in the six years we've owned it. But someday...


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Old 10-02-2009, 06:23 PM   #16
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I laughed at all these replies to your many hours AFTER your planned departure time do you really leave?? With us, it's a matter of how many hours BEFORE the planned time we pull out of the drive, Gypsy in tow. Somehow, anticipation and that urge to get on the road again override any sensible pre-made plan, and we inch the time for leaving up and up and up....often leaving a full day or so earlier than we had thought we'd leave. Are there any other early-on-the-roaders like us out there? ~G

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Old 10-02-2009, 06:25 PM   #17
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During camping season, we pretty much go camping every weekend after work/school on Friday, and I'm continually surprised that we actually get away on Fridays. What with work schedules, kids after school, bringing dogs to kennels, forgetting the last-minute whatever, traffic... We grow at least 20 gray hairs each by the time we're on the road.

But once we've arrived at the destination, everything just seems to be OK in the universe.
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:48 PM   #18
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I'm supposed to be gone now. Traditionally I am 1 day and three hours later than others would expect.

The whole purpose of having a travel trailer for leisure is to move at ones own pace. I am a slow poke. There is no need to be at a destination or even leave to begin to relax and enjoy the time.

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Old 10-02-2009, 07:05 PM   #19
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People who leave on time probably have tidy desks.

Oh wait, my wife has a tidy desk and we never leave when she thinks. Another theory down the drain.

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:50 PM   #20
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I want my wife to read this thread!! We never leave when we plan. Usually we leave about 20-30 minutes late and my wife is beside herself. Of course I'm relaxed and ready to go and have hold ups from everyone else. Yeah, right.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:26 PM   #21
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Time is subjective.....It's always 5 o'clock somewhere!

We never plan to leave much before 12 noon, as we are not early risers. We always wait too long to start a project on the AS and don't allow enough time to get everything done, so we are always rushing around at the last minute trying to finish. Then as Terry said something always seems to conspire to make us late. On our last vacation it was having to re-adjust the hitch in sweltering 105 degree heat.

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Leave on time? You're funny!
Inevitably something happens, usually a day from hell at work, lights suddenly stop working on the trailer, flat tire, something conspires to make us late. The last time I wanted to leave work early so we could leave at 2, I not only didn't leave early, but had to work an hour later than I was supposed to. Instead of leaving at 2, we left at 5:30, in rush hour...

You forgot to mention the brush fire that added to the traffic .

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When we bought the trailer we thought we would come home from work, grab the trailer, and go almost every weekend. I think we've done that once in the six years we've owned it. But someday...
That was sort of our plan too, but life has other plans and it always seems there is something else that gets in the way. We are looking forward to "someday" too.

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Old 10-03-2009, 01:44 AM   #22
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Do you ever get on the road... on time?

Even before buying the Airstream, it was unusual for me to leave anything other than an hour late. Once the Airstream became involved, one hour would be a minimal delay. Today, I typically end up giving up on departure on the planned day and head out the next. I am to the point of scheduling my departure a day earlier than the must leave date to be certain that I will get away on what should be the schedule. . . .

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Old 10-03-2009, 04:39 AM   #23
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It's Saturday Morning

It's Saturday Morning about 6:30 am and I just read all the answers to this interesting question again. I guess the answer is how many other thing you have to do to prepare to leave home for a few days as to weather you get out on time. We need to leave on Monday morning for a week long trip to Ky. As I sit here typing I am thinking of all the things that need to be done before we leave and my guess is that unless I don't go to sleep again between now and Monday at 8 am I might get finished on time. Because of the rains we had for two weeks we are behind on the fencing for the horses. We spent about 10 hours a day on fencing this past week and still didn't finish. So we had to go to plan B as to how they would be taken care of while we are gone. The 17 horses that will be left at home will be in two locations and 4 different pastures. So of course we have to make sure all locations have water and food. The dogs are also in two locations: farm and house. They have to be taken care of wether we leave on time or not. Then we have to pack everthing we need for us for the week and for the horse. Cart, harness, feed, blnakets, buckets , well you get the idea. Then this morning we will be going to an auction to buy more fencing. There went a good part of today. I don't know how we ever get away much less on time. Maybe if we could have and extra day each week we could catch up. Or not. There are always more projects.
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Old 10-03-2009, 05:09 AM   #24
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So far we leave on time. I am a stickler for time - If I say I am going to be somewhere at at 12:00 I will be there from 11:30 to 12:00 - I hate to be late. Drive new girlfriend crazy with my time thing. I am sure it will change as we spend more time together - The only time she is on-time is when she has to be at work. Otherwise - who knows when she will be ready. (LOL)

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Old 10-03-2009, 06:46 AM   #25
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I travel extensively with work, my schedule is controlled by deadlines, meeting times, and flight schedules. As such we're not "set" on precise departure, or arrival times unless it impacts others we are meeting, and traveling with.

We love the life of leisure that comes with RV'ing.



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Old 10-03-2009, 07:10 AM   #26
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The 17 horses that will be left at home will be in two locations and 4 different pastures.
Have the horses tow the Airstream—problem solved.

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Old 10-03-2009, 10:36 AM   #27
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Interesting.....some of the responses.

As with a previous poster, 30 yrs. in the Air Force made me very punctual.......and it is very frustrating when others aren't. If I tell you that I will be somewhere at a certain can take it to the bank. However, I have resigned myself to the fact that not everyone is as "time conscious" as I am. But, if a person is consistently late, I consider that to be an insult and just leave without them.

Some would consider me a bit anal, as in the following example. We are leaving Tuesday morning for our first regional WBCCI rally. The Airstream and TV are washed, tires checked, gear stowed in TV and wife's clothes packed. We just need to add the perishable food to the reefer, hookup, and hit the road......and we have three more days before we depart.

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Old 10-03-2009, 11:12 AM   #28
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My approach is that we always leave on time whether it be the crack of noon, 1 pm, 10 am, or whatever.
A great philosophy! Never forget we are doing this to have fun.

I was amused by the choices on the poll:

We are always hooked up and (mostly) loaded the night before, but we still seldom leave when we planned to.

We have dogs, but the dogs are seldom the reason for late departures. In fact, the dogs get so excited when we are getting ready to leave that we usually put them in the truck an hour or two before we leave. Once they are assured that they're going, they settle down and go to sleep. (They always go, but they were all stray or rescued, so they have understandable anxieties.)

The only time we are rigid about departure is on winter cross-countries when the short length of daylight and need to stay ahead of the weather are factors.

See you down the road (usually behind schedule),

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