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Old 09-23-2019, 08:02 PM   #41
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600 miles a day for a 5 day run. My golden rule was leave early enough to get stopped by sundown, or dinner time if in the summer and longer day months.
I find I am now following my older bones needs and enjoying leaving around 9 after relaxed coffee and being parked cooking dinner by 5. So my golden rule is changing it seems.
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:46 PM   #42
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You've got the right idea.

For a long day, leave as early as possible. Fewer distracted drivers at dusk than late night.

Try to arrive before dark. I find it helpful to actually look up the sunrise /sunset for the location and date. It can be surprising but helpful.

Have healthy snacks and meals with you and ready. Stop for fuel, use the bathroom, stretch, eat, hydrate. a few jumping jacks and get back in.
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Old 09-23-2019, 10:34 PM   #43
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I don't recommend this kind of trip, but my cousin and I once pulled a stock trailer from woodburn OR to phoeonix arizona after work one day. 1320 miles 23 hours. we left at 5pm and got there at 4pm. slept that night, loaded a house into the trailer in the morning and drove back that evening. it took 30 some hours to drive back. we had the great idea to drive over hoover dam at 2am, turns out this was right after 9-11, and no more trailers over the dam.
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:03 PM   #44
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I actually watch sunset, and last light from the forecasts. I target sunset knowing I will get an extra 20 minutes of light before last light. Very relevant for me when I travel in the west and want to minimize the stress of the travel.
Good luck to what ever you decide to pursue. There will be many here waiting to hear of your travels.
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Old 09-24-2019, 06:58 AM   #45
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If still a weekend warrior, maybe find nice places to camp that are closer to home base so one can spend more time camping than towing. If only a week of vacation, pick a camping destination that allows enough time for actually enjoying the destination and getting back home without being too exhausted for the next work/school day. If trying to hit a major landmark (say, a National Park) thatís just too far to tow to-from in the time available, fly there, rent an RV and enjoy the trip vs over-doing it and being exhausted on arriving back home. Once retired, slow down a bit. We try not to tow more than 150-250 miles in a day, because more than that just isnít fun.
OTOH, itís your vacation, your time and your money, and the best way to find out what works for you is to try lots of different camping trips, ASAP.
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Old 09-24-2019, 07:28 AM   #46
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About 12-13 hrs. 650-700 miles. We usually do a long pull back home from FL but we take two days to get there. Nothing worse than showing up around dark to setup camp. If we can't spend a couple days at a camp ground it is really not worth stopping. It is a lot of trouble to setup camp then break camp and leave the next morning. Lots of work no benefit. This is a route we do once or twice a year and have been for a while. We know where the stops and shortcuts are etc. We also try to stay off I-75 as much as we can coming from N AL.



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Old 09-24-2019, 07:59 AM   #47
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Some monster big miles here!

Longest we've done pulling the Airstream is 430 miles.

I'd do that distance again, but I'd prefer to keep it shorter, if possible.

The way back on that trip was harder than the way up ó rained the whole way. That made a difference ó more stressful (and took more time).

I prefer to leave at the crack of dawn, or even earlier. Those early-morning miles are like free driving.
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:01 AM   #48
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Hey franklyfrank - I know what you mean about getting used to and enjoying the shorter distances that allow for "meandering". When I first started trailering, I set my limit at 400 miles/day (I was still working). Once I retired, I dropped to 300/day. This past season, I decided on 250/day; that is until I joined an AS caravan in the Rockies this past spring. Our longest day was 289 miles, shortest was 60, average miles/day was 126. The caravan ended 3 weeks later and my attitude had changed forever about what trailering is all about. I really love to drive so I thought the much shorter distances would be a downer for me. But instead, I discovered I REALLY loved going off road to follow a sign to a monument; stopping in turn-outs to read historical markers; pulling over to hike up to the hieroglyphics; diverting 20 miles off route to eat at a dive recommended by my Lonely Planet guide or Roadfood book, all of this while driving on state roads or scenic routes only. And I really liked getting into campgrounds early afternoon versus late evening which gave me time to chill/read in my chair, talk to neighbors, check out local trails for a walk, go to a grocery store or fill up the tank, make dinner. I wasn't so tired anymore at the end of the day. Shorter distances = more time for enjoying life. It was transformative. I understand many on the forum are still working and must get to where they want to go quickly to enjoy their precious vacation time (I used to be in that camp). This post is just me trying to convey the "secrets" I learned from that caravan experience and how it transformed the way I now plan my long road trips. Cheers!
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:33 AM   #49
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Most ridiculous drive we made Lake Havasu to Stratford, Ontario 2700 miles 32 hours non stop. Done in January many years ago, ice storm chasing us all the way so kept going. Too old for such now, just stop and wait for better weather.
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:43 AM   #50
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Old 09-24-2019, 11:18 AM   #52
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Hello and thank you, yes weíve been looking for just the perfect AS and I think we found it in a 2007 Safari 27fb. Weíve pulled it a few times less than 3 hours away for a long weekend but this will be our first long trip.
If we start and see it being too difficult we will just stop and divide it into 2 days.
600 miles, you should be OK. Make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before, even 2 nights before. Stay at the speed limits, watch out for everything.

27' is a nice length for an AS. Congratulations on the acquisition, enjoy the miles and adventures.
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If still a weekend warrior, maybe find nice places to camp that are closer to home base so one can spend more time camping than towing. If only a week of vacation, pick a camping destination that allows enough time for actually enjoying the destination and getting back home without being too exhausted for the next work/school day. If trying to hit a major landmark (say, a National Park) thatís just too far to tow to-from in the time available, fly there, rent an RV and enjoy the trip vs over-doing it and being exhausted on arriving back home. Once retired, slow down a bit. We try not to tow more than 150-250 miles in a day, because more than that just isnít fun.
OTOH, itís your vacation, your time and your money, and the best way to find out what works for you is to try lots of different camping trips, ASAP.


Thatís good advice. Thank you. I agree with probably needing a vacation from a vacation like this. Im getting this feeling weíre not getting full use out of our airstream with these small trips and want to bring her somewhere in the hills. Being in central Louisiana anything worth while is 6 hours away. I need to start looking at possibly a closer destination. I canít wait to retire, board up the house and have no time restraints.
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Most ridiculous drive we made Lake Havasu to Stratford, Ontario 2700 miles 32 hours non stop. Done in January many years ago, ice storm chasing us all the way so kept going. Too old for such now, just stop and wait for better weather.


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600 miles, you should be OK. Make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before, even 2 nights before. Stay at the speed limits, watch out for everything.

27' is a nice length for an AS. Congratulations on the acquisition, enjoy the miles and adventures.


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You've got the right idea.

For a long day, leave as early as possible. Fewer distracted drivers at dusk than late night.

Try to arrive before dark. I find it helpful to actually look up the sunrise /sunset for the location and date. It can be surprising but helpful.

Have healthy snacks and meals with you and ready. Stop for fuel, use the bathroom, stretch, eat, hydrate. a few jumping jacks and get back in.


They have to be healthy?!! Lol
Joking. I always liked leaving early and the airstream pulls like itís not back there. I may purchase a Hensley before the trip which I hear make pulling so much easier.
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I actually watch sunset, and last light from the forecasts. I target sunset knowing I will get an extra 20 minutes of light before last light. Very relevant for me when I travel in the west and want to minimize the stress of the travel.
Good luck to what ever you decide to pursue. There will be many here waiting to hear of your travels.


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I always follow my 230 rule. Drive no more then 230 miles and shut down by 2:30pm. What's the rush?
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The cool thing about traveling with an Airstream is that I can stop whenever I want..... Whether I want to drive a little or a lot, I can just do my part and then pull over and sleep.

I don't suppose I've gone much further than 750 miles in one bite, I might do 600 fairly often, but I prefer it a little more casual than that.
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We just finished 4884 miles in 7 actual travel days over 14 total days on the road and had a wonderful time.
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