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Old 02-16-2010, 03:39 AM   #1
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Question How far to travel?

We have three dogs. A 105 pound Malamute, a fifty pound Arkansas Sheep Dog and a thirty-five pound Cocker Spaniel. We are planning a trip from the Olympic Penninsula Washington to Pennsylvania this fall and it is our first long trip. What is a reasonable per day travel day? Should there be lay over days built into the trip (We will leave in August and must be back in mid October). On week end trips we have made stops on the hour and taken them up to two hundred miles in a day. Is too much to expect? Thanks. DL Whitaker
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:44 AM   #2
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You know your dogs and what they need. Do they go out hourly at home? Probably they don't such frequent stops. As long as they go before we start the trip, ours usually don't need to stop more frequently than we do.

But again, you know your dogs.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:27 AM   #3
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I'm sure dogs, like people, are different, but our 14 pound Poodle/Havaneese mix can go longer than we can. We frequently travel 400+ miles in a day when we have a long way to go. But, we are early risers, and normally get on the road by seven.

Your mileage may vary....sorry, just couldn't pass it up.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:53 AM   #4
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We have two 52# Poodles and they too can last longer than I. We may stop every 2-3 hours to stretch, pee, or eat, but we run 400mi. or more a day when going cross country.
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We traveled over 7,000 miles in four weeks with two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, 90-100 lbs each. Our mileage per day varied 150mi to almost 500mi. They ride, sleep, stop to pee and love to have their chow just like the routines at home. Only problem for us may have been slight dehydration when constantly on the go. Both dogs tanked up every day at lunch and at supper. It was good to have a couple ball toys along so they could get lots of exercise with games that retrievers love to play.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:22 AM   #6
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i take my dog out on every stop(fuel,rest stop etc.).she will usually sleep the entire time between these stops,and thorougly enjoys the journey.on a long trip usually drive 500 miles per day,but in a pinch have gone as far as 1000 miles a day.my tow rig(diesel)and hitch setup(hensley),make this all possible.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:48 AM   #7
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I have a 115 lb lab, 2 40 lb lab mix, and 2 mini weenie dogs, and we are originally from Louisiana and now live in Kentucky. The commute between the state are 780 miles....we have 3 regular stops and let the dogs out between, have never had any problems. We make sure that they get a little to eat at each stop with some water, then when we stop for the night they get to fill the belly up a little extra then once again walked then good for the night. Happy trails, we never go anywhere with out our dogs.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:31 AM   #8
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I show my dogs and we travel often. They get out almost every time I do. Sometimes they pee, but mostly they just need to stretch their legs. In an eight hour trip, we'll stop every 2-3 hours. They seem fine with that.

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we are originally from Louisiana and now live in Kentucky. The commute between the state are 780 miles....we have 3 regular stops and let the dogs out between
I have a trip in June from Dallas to Lexington. I'd appreciate it if you could recommend a place to stop with the dogs. We will not being driving straight through, but rather staying the night somewhere in TN.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:02 AM   #9
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If you have the time & flexibility to have a casual journey, I would suggest just letting yourselves go somewhat "unscheduled". Some days the straight open road might take you 400-500 miles, other days you might see a great campground in a beautiful area after only going 50 miles. Trying to stick to a rigid schedule can take the fun out of travel.
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I haved traveled thosands of miles with my dogs and have found that their bladder usually isn't the issue. Once we drove nearly 700 miles in one day; started early, stopped briefly every two or three hours for potty breaks, food, etc. and drove well into the evening. At the end of the day the humans were exhausted, but the dogs arrived well rested and fed. Two tired humans and two big dogs that are very ready for "playtime" in one small airstream.........well, we don't do that anymore!
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janie, what part of TN do you think you will be stopping? We are about 1hr and 1/2 from Lexington, Ky. Not sure of when your trip is in June, but if we are not out traveling we do offer courtesy parking!
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We are new to the RVing world, just bought our new AS, and one question we have: we currently have 2 lab/border collie mix four legged family members. One is 95# and other 75#. We may have an opportunity to add to our wonderful furry family with a dog we currently keep during the day (a neighbors), she is a 125+ great pyranees. Do you have problems at CG with more than 2 dogs? We would gladly make room for her if we can travel without worry of being turned away! If you have ever met a Great Pyranees, they are very lovable, stubborn and lazy....perfect fit with the other two.
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janie, what part of TN do you think you will be stopping?
We'll be traveling along 40 and plan on stopping in Memphis (or close by). Our national breed show is the first week in June at the Kentucky Horse Park.
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We are new to the RVing world, just bought our new AS, and one question we have: we currently have 2 lab/border collie mix four legged family members. One is 95# and other 75#. We may have an opportunity to add to our wonderful furry family with a dog we currently keep during the day (a neighbors), she is a 125+ great pyranees. Do you have problems at CG with more than 2 dogs? We would gladly make room for her if we can travel without worry of being turned away! If you have ever met a Great Pyranees, they are very lovable, stubborn and lazy....perfect fit with the other two.
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My experience when traveling with dogs is that if they are quiet nobody will ususally say anything. Make sure you walk them on a leash and when they do their business be prepared to pick it up and head to the trash can. When walking them, it might be easier to do it in shifts instead of all at once. Just don't give anybody any reason to complain.
Check ahead at campgrounds as to what their rules are about dogs. I have never seen a rule about how many you can bring camping. But I have not been everywhere yet.
I take mine camping all the time.
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