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Old 03-12-2008, 11:33 AM   #15
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hi sk8r

with time constraints and enough caffeine...

sure u can do it.

towing usually means less milage per day, but not for everyone.

another floridian, pulling aluminum, drove basically straight through to salem 2 summers ago...

i think he made the trip in 3 days, and looked fine.

it would cut 1000 miles (rt) to NOT include north carolina and stick to the big westward interstates, 10, 70, 80, 84, 5....

again the nice thing about pulling the house is the bed, bath and chow are always nearby...

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Old 03-12-2008, 03:57 PM   #16
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Welcome to WallyWorld, this it the best place for all things Airstream!!

Sorry to hear about the reason for your trip.

It sure is an ambitious adventure you have planned.

IMHO, I would suggest several "shakedown" trips with your new trailer

and Durango. Make sure your very comfortable towing. Double ck your set-up

AND BE SAFE
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:01 PM   #17
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Hi, and Welcome

I noticed "my wife Amy and I" in your first post.

That is your true key to safely going farther than 300-400 miles per day. You certainly DO have to be ready to do some long distance hauls to see your friend.

Make absolutely sure your wife is as comfortable towing - and as expert - as you are. With a roomy tow vehicle, you can take turns sacking out in the back seat or even the passenger seat while your partner drives. Regardless of who does the majority of the driving, a 2 hour "snooze break" is a great thing to give the primary driver a second wind.

I'm a "Rivette" (single female towing) and I do get road fatigue fairly easily. I frequently pull into a rest stop, use my own private restroom, then sack out for a nap of 15-20 minutes. It is amazing how refreshing that can be. I'm also not normally someone who starts at 5:00 am, but in heavily populated areas, that is an optimal time to start... then take a breakfast break during morning rush.

I do tow at night occasionally - and frankly it can be very dangerous so you have to be super alert. I put myself in this mindset: All deer are trying to commit "suicide by Silverado" and all drivers are angry, psychotic and drunk!

I find a full moon really helps night towing. I also never go off the interstate grid at night, and I also limit my speed to 55 mph after dark - just to have more control if I have to react to anything on the road. When it comes to major congestion after dark... I just get my silver tail off the road until 3:00 am! Then I find a trucker and trail him/her at a safe distance. Let the trucker "troll for troopers and deer".

Be safe and best wishes to both of you. Paula
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:06 PM   #18
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Wow, I didn't expect so much feedback from everyone. I really appreciate the responses.
Let me give you a little more data. First, I'm not retired yet and don't have an unlimited time for travel. Second, I've done the trip out west quite a few times in the last half dozen years so I know I can drive 800-1000 miles in a day but I've never tried doing it pulling a trailer. My theory is drive like heck to get there so I have time to spend where I want to be. Third, I have a good friend in Eugene who is dying of Lou Gehrigs disease and I want to spend as much time there as I can. I do have some flex time in my schedule so I don't have to kill myself getting somewhere. Maybe I'll just have to plan on a little more flex.

Jim:

You can handle the travel. We often cover long miles because we, too, have careers and have to get a lot done in little pieces of time! We try to plan 400-500 miles a day, but often end up with at least one 600 mile 'long' day at the front end of a trip. At those times we schedule a clump of long-driving days and stop when and where we want (for example, from Chicago to the Rocky Mountains, if that's our vacation 'destination').

Some Walmarts, some rest areas, some truck stops, some Flying Js, some wonderful small local campgrounds, we do it all for overnight stops. The great joy is that often they are not overnight. We might pull over at 10 pm, sleep until 4 am, then get going again; we also LOVE mid afternoon naps in rest areas in our own bed!


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