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Old 09-22-2019, 04:16 PM   #1
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Furthest Pull in one day

I’m wondering what is the furthest pull that anyone has made in one day?
We’re not retired yet and only have 7 days off for vacation and thinking about pulling 9 hours the first day to make it to our campground for the week.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:21 PM   #2
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Furthest Pull in one day

I’ve pulled up to 12 hours, in the past, about 6 years ago, but seriously do not recommend that kind of marathon.

I (now at age 71) don’t have the stamina and endurance to wrestle the rig safely for that long. Takes a long time to recover from that kind of run as well.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:50 PM   #3
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DougHeff, last month we did a 685 mile run from West Des Moines, IA to Estes Park, CO. With fuel and food stops it was 11.5 hours. I wouldn’t recommend a steady diet of this. We pushed it because we had reservations and it was too late to cancel without loosing the paid night.

*Our son was in a car accident the night before our Day 1. He and his wife were fine but by the time we got back to bed, it was 2 AM and got a late start. Estes Park was Day 2 and was a stretch without the shortened Day 1 mileage.
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Old 09-22-2019, 05:00 PM   #4
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13 hours / 687 miles, central FL to central NC, towing a 30' Excella.
I don't recommend that distance in one day.
I took my 89 year old Dad on his last trip to FL, just the two of us, so we stayed as long as possible.
I was working then, and had to be back to work next day.

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The distance or number hours behind the wheel, for me, is related to stress level while driving. If I'm in heavy traffic on the interstate highway 4 or 5 hours is all I want. If I'm out in a rural area with no traffic I can go longer.
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Old 09-22-2019, 05:04 PM   #5
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FWIW

Rushing to keep "on schedule" is a recipe for disaster IMO.

If you have 2+ drivers who can handle the rig competently, obviously this changes the equation.

The furthest we ever towed the 25' in one day, as I recall, was about 600 miles on mostly-Interstate highways, in good clear weather. We were much younger then!



Lots of variables to consider.

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Old 09-22-2019, 05:38 PM   #6
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640 miles. Don't do it often but will most likely do it again.
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Old 09-22-2019, 05:39 PM   #7
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800 miles, 14 hours. But with two drivers. Those days are in my past.
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Old 09-22-2019, 05:41 PM   #8
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Long haul

We regularly tow 600 miles from western North Carolina to Melbourne, Fl. We leave early, 3:30/4:00 A.M. Have everything ready night before. Light traffic for a good portion of the trip. Takes us anywhere from 10 hours to 12 hours depending. I do all the driving although she can handle the rig. We have practiced that.

Now, this may change things because I am a over the road truck driver and 600 miles to me is like a drive to the corner store. Not everybody can or should attempt and long, long day behind the wheel.

If this is your first go around, I would try it, but be very aware of your limitations. Happy travels.
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“Gotta get there-itis” is a major cause of accidents due to stress and fatigue. Best to avoid the syndrome.
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I’m wondering what is the furthest pull that anyone has made in one day?
We’re not retired yet and only have 7 days off for vacation and thinking about pulling 9 hours the first day to make it to our campground for the week.
I pulled a 34 Classic from Oklahoma City to Birmingham, AL We pulled over in a Walmart to let the kids use the bathroom and realized a middle tire on the trailer was completely blown out. It was about 2:00am , so I didn’t want to change the tire at that time of night. Would have kept trucking to Atlanta, but spent the night instead. About 700 miles.
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:22 PM   #11
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I forget who first posted this but I kinda follow their rule: "300 miles or 3 o'clock".


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Old 09-22-2019, 07:54 PM   #12
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715 miles is my personal best, Roanoke VA to Meridian MS. Mountains, thunderstorms, 8-year old twins, and a Labrador Retriever puppy meant we drove slowly and stopped frequently. And by "we", I mean "me". The wife refuses to drive my truck (with or without a trailer), so I'm the sole pilot. The relatively slow pace with many stops allowed me to cover that distance. When I started feeling fatigued, we stopped. My daily comfort level is anything less than 400 miles.
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560 with just me driving.

I have only done this twice in our 25,000 miles of travel with our AS.

Normally we do 350 +\- a day. This gets us to any one night stops in time to set up, chill a bit, fix dinner and relax for the evening.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:34 PM   #14
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The longest we towed in one day was 900 miles bring our new to us Airstream back from Houston to home.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:45 PM   #15
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1350 miles, Fredonia, NY to Elk City, OK. 2 drivers, a bed in the TV. That was a stretch, we routinely do 800-1000. Draw vertical line through the country passing through Denver, it’s 2 days to either coast, going west is harder because of grades.

The toughest thing for me is road construction at night. I will stop at that. We sleep anywhere and have gotten really good at finding spots.
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Did 860 last week follow by 650 the next day on way out west.
Will finish two week trip with a little over 5000 miles towing on Tuesday. One driver
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Furthest Pull in one day

300 miles? Not everyone has that luxury of time yet! That’s a potty break for me. When there’s a hard stop on the amount of time off and big distances to cover (like GMFL) 300 miles ain’t gonna cut it. But it’s up to every individual obviously and safety is paramount. But I will say that the thought of meandering around at a 300 miles a day pace sounds delightful!
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Could you drive a few hours the day before and just stop overnight at a Cracker Barrel or Walmart to break up the hours? This would make s big difference.

I drove from Orlando to JC Ohio straight through but not for fun, Had warranty work at JC (squeaky floor, they had to drop the tanks) and did not try the blank tank flush until at Fort Wilderness in Orlando water went everywhere, had to drive back up to have them fix...
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Our first day out we have and will drive about 9-12 hours to get to a particular campground, taking advantage of rest stops and planning our route for minor detours to good dog parks. From then on we "try" to limit days to just 4 or 5 hours between campgrounds. Sounds like you are going to a destination campground, so I would certainly do the long first day for that. We prefer to leave very early and arrive with daylight remaining on long days.
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720 miles. One stop for gas, potty break and grab some food out of the trailer while filling and off again. 500 the next day. Solo. I actually really enjoy driving so to me it’s part of the fun. IMO a lot has to do with your general health and how well you slept the night before, road conditions, traffic and weather. If/when I get remotely tired I will stop. Pushing too hard makes everything difficult and frustrating.
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