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Old 06-01-2015, 04:49 AM   #15
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Can't add too much to what has already been said, but I will thank you for the info on the Minuteman Missile National Park. I worked in the Minuteman III 541st Strategic Missile Wing back in the 70s stationed at Malmstrom AFB at Great Falls, MT. It was an experience I have yet to forget. I will visit the museum this summer thanks to you!

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Old 06-01-2015, 07:05 AM   #16
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A lot will be determined by your route and the unexpected things that pop up along the way. I prefer Rt. 80 in my westbound travels. This year it is pretty good I hear. It can get congested in some places so beware and road construction can just ruin your day. Not to mention the highway accidents. A good GPS may give you a heads up in time to find an alternate. We've stopped at Walmarts and even Camping world for overnights with very good experiences at both. I try to keep to a 5 hour day but often will do longer if I need to make time. Keep in mind that just getting out of Westport on the roads west may be the greatest challenge sometimes. My daughter works in Westport at the Saugatuck rowing club so we know the area well.

Good luck and see ya on the road sometime. We'll be heading west later in July

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Old 06-01-2015, 07:09 AM   #17
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When we was traveling in our mh we was on the road by ten off by three. Worked good for us
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:16 AM   #18
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Slowmover in post number nine is all one needs to know. Read it, great advice. Jim
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Old 06-05-2015, 03:41 PM   #19
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I like the 250 to 350 range depending on weather and traffic. Good camping Rand
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:36 PM   #20
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Somewhere between 250 and 850 miles, depending on how I feel, where I am going, and when I want to be there....
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Old 06-05-2015, 07:03 PM   #21
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For those of you who have been traveling via airstream for a while now....could you advise on how much mileage is 'comfortable' to drive in a day?

I'm planning the first leg of our trip out of necessity for some anchor dates that are critical that I be in a specific place by a specific date.

We will begin in Westport, CT on July 27th and have a stop planned to visit my sister for one night in Cleveland, OH.

I MUST get to Boise, ID by August 20. I'm mapping it all out using (BRILLIANT website, BTW)...but having not done this before, I am not sure if driving 200+miles on some days is reasonable or dangerous because it's exhausting?

I'd love some input.

Here's my general 'plan"
July 27-28 Westport, CT to Cleveland OH (500 miles)
July 29 Cleveland to South Bend IN (90 miles)
July 30-31 South Bend to Chicago (148 miles)
August 1 Chicago to Madison WI (210)
August 2 Madison to Rochester MN (237)
August 3 Rochester to Sioux Falls SD (272)
August 4 Sioux Falls to Minuteman Missile Nat'l Park (38 miles)
August 5-7 MMNP to Badlands (67)
August 8-9 Badlands to Mt Rushmore (18)
August 10-11 Mt Rushmore to Custer Nat'l Park (117)
August 12-13 CNP to Devil's Tower (234)
August 14 Devil's Tower to Medicine Wheel (183)
August 15 MW to Old Faithful (19)
August 16-17 OF to Grand Prismatic Spring (270)
August 18-19 GPS to Hailey ID (143)
August 20 Hailey to Boise for a week (319 miles)

Hi, I think your first day is too long. I guesstimate about 50 miles per hour [average, considering gas stops ETC] and that would give you about ten hours of driving.

I have driven farther in one day, but I'm trying to break that bad habit.

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Old 06-06-2015, 06:35 PM   #22
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I have done thousands of miles rving with my kids (son turns 4 next week and my daughter turns 3
In July) and find that leaving in afternoon and making 7-8 hour drive first day works good and then either keeping the other days drives to 4-5 hours or doing a substantial (2-3 hour) break in the middle of 4 hour segments works good. I think car seats are inherently uncomfortable and they get bored even with dvd or coloring and activity books.
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:57 PM   #23
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My wife and I co drive so depending on where we are going and our plans once we get there determines driving distance. We rarely travel less than 400 miles per day unless we have some particular side trip we want to make. If we're just passing through, we would just as soon be driving as sitting around watching TV. There are a couple of occasions each year where we travel 800 miles day 1 and 600 day 2 to get to a particular destination. We would not travel more than 400 miles per day if we had kids in tow. We do stop about every two hours to rest and refresh ourselves. Oh, the long trips are all interstate.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:14 PM   #24
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I have a motorcycle "iron Butt" certificate for riding 1,200 miles in 23.5 hours. That said, I find a 400 mile day trailering to be about perfect.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:48 PM   #25
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I think that once you get a bit west of Chicago the driving will be a lot less nerve racking and more relaxing. Much less traffic and friendlier highways.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:36 PM   #26
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Like Kira, we are on a bit of a schedule for the first part of the summer. We drove from Stillwater, OK to Riverton, OK (about 1000 miles) in four days. When we leave here we will need to drive to Tecumseh, NE in three days. After that we have a couple of fixed points, but none require more than one day's drive of less than 250 miles. Once we're really full-timers (meaning NO fixed dates) the plan will be to drive no more than 250 miles in a day and stay for at least two days before moving on.

Sooner or later, though, all of us are going to run into a situation where pressing on just doesn't make sense. Maybe the wind is just too strong, maybe someone isn't feeling well, maybe the other drivers are all rude. Whatever it is, just find a place to park for the night. Enjoy whatever is there and go on the next day.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:30 AM   #27
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Everyone has covered the key points. That said, we have done 600 miles towing the AS no issues, I've done 970 miles solo without the AS, Oralando to Pittsburgh, no issues. But neither was much fun.

We like the 250-350 miles per day schedule. Also in some other threads I've seen 200 miles per day or 2:00PM whichever comes first. I like that schedule and might give it a try.


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