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Old 07-13-2013, 07:07 PM   #57
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I use my AS for work, the least I drive is 300, most is 780, usually 500 to 650. I am 90% solo. I always seem to average with stops, 50mph, so days r long. Weather has been very interesting this year.

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #58
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When I picked the trailer up in Los Angeles to drive to the east side of Phoenix, about 400 miles, I left in early afternoon. A flat rear tire on the TV created a five hour run a round getting that fixed. I arrived in the destination area at 4:30am. I drove at 55mph the entire time I was moving. Not a preffered way to travel.

On our first trip, we drove about 360 miles to our camp site with a substantial part in California at their trailering speed of 55mph. That seemed like a reasonable distance. Our longest trip this fall will be to Albuquerque for the Ballon Festival and I will drive the 370 miles in one day. The elapsed time will be longer driving through Salt River Canyon at the posted 35mph or slower using engine braking going down the mountains than the highway speeds of 55mph.

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:34 PM   #59
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We aren't retired yet (will we ever???) so we try to keep it to a 300 mile radius from home figuring 50 mph average or 6 hours on the road. On a weekend we can't get away, we try to camp 30 miles from home so we can hop to a campground in an hour and enjoy the weekend. Funny, even that close, it feels like worlds away!
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #60
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About 250 miles is about right - that's still around 5 1/2 hours of driving with stops. The times we've done multiple days of 300 miles or more started to be tedious. However, sometimes you have to get to a certain place by a certain date, and you end up pushing a bit. Someday I'm going to learn to remember that and plan better.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:13 AM   #61
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We don't go so much be miles but by hours.
We try to get out of the campground by 10, then drive and stop drive and stop until about 6 when we start looking for a campground.

We try to be off the road by 7 or 8 and still have daylight to set up the camp.

We like to stay 2 nights in a campground, that gives us a day to do the tourist stuff or just kick back and relax.

This past June we made it from Springfield MO to Durant OK which was too far-- 69 highway was horrible, potholes and frost heaves. We stayed at KOA at a casino outside of Durant--- won't be staying there again.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:55 AM   #62
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The most I have driven in a day is about 420- the distance from my home to the Magnolia Messenger RV rally in Grapeland, TX. That number is subject to be higher whenever I get around to going to Fort Wilderness campground at Disney. Driving all day doesn't bother me, but I think my wife gets bored on the passenger side.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:33 AM   #63
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What helps a great deal to pass the time while driving is to have not only historical information about the route (read before you travel), but also good paper maps. We travel when we can in the Navajo region, and this book provides really good historical and cultural info, organized by route:

Native Roads: The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations, Newly Revised Edition: Fran Kosik: 9781887896689: Books

Still, we do a couple hundred miles per day, give or take a bit, with more than just one night in between jaunts, if feasible.


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Old 07-15-2013, 10:49 AM   #64
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We just finished a trip where we had a couple 500 mile days each way. We figure our mileage at 50 MPH divided into number of miles we need to go (as many others do also). That gives us time to stop for potty breaks, change drivers, get gas, etc. We generally travel between 55 and 62 MPH. We prefer to do 8 hour days but not always possible depending on where we're going. We trade off drivers every 2 hours roundabout. I think it is important that all adult travelers on the trip know how to drive, hitch and unhitch, and set up camp. I'm shaky on backing but I CAN do it when I have to. I'm still trying to convince my daughter-in-law she should learn to drive with their trailer on. They're young, but you never know when someone will get sick, etc.
We also do not rely on our GPS (named Bubbles), as our only map to get us around. It has routed us through downtown Detroit on our way thru Michigan, and Chicago can be a real trip.... It IS fun to watch her frantically trying to get us to turn around when we don't take the way she recommends sometimes. We keep the sound off. I know, little minds, little amusements.....

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:07 AM   #65
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We figure our mileage at 50 MPH divided into number of miles we need to go (as many others do also). That gives us time to stop for potty breaks, change drivers, get gas, etc. We generally travel between 55 and 62 MPH.

Unless traveling on interstates most of the day, I find it hard to average 50—more like 45 taking into account bathroom breaks, gas fillups, driver changes and lunch. Lunch takes the most time, even eating in the trailer; eating at a restaurant is an hour usually, in the trailer 30 minutes. If we stay on interstates we might average close to 60, but that's only if we snack while driving and skip lunch at the dinette.

We usually don't go more than 2 hours to switch drivers, but some days one us is more energized than the other and drives a lot more. I agree it is important for both of us to know how to do everything, but Barb has avoided backing for more than 48,000 miles. She does the rest though. Because towing requires more thought and energy than not towing, switching drivers periodically means a more alert driver and seems to me a safety consideration.


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Old 07-15-2013, 11:36 AM   #66
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When we travel with the Airstream, our travel distance per day is determined either by desired stop locations, or how far we have to go. If our stop locations are only a couple hundred miles apart, that's what we drive.

If however, like our recent return trip from Michigan is a dead-head home, we frequently go on the high side of 500 miles, and have done a couple of 750's.

I do all the driving, by choice, and I don't much care for the 750's. That said, when we get headed for home, I'm like an old plow horse at the end of a hard day in the field.

Our preference is to be AIS by 8AM, and hooking up utilities by happy hour, and that can be any time from 3PM on.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:56 AM   #67
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We usually decide destinations and drive whatever time it takes to get there.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:20 PM   #68
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Terrain and the season/weather is a big factor, especially in B.C.

- we have two seasons in Canada: winter and summer road construction

- getting from A to B in B.C. will usually involve mountain driving

Fifty miles of this will wear you out faster than 200 miles on the flat. And here they are going down. How fast do you think you are going to go going up?

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:32 PM   #69
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Ideal for us is 6 hours travel time, including stops. When on the highway we average 50 mph including stops, so that makes a 300 mile day. Seems about right for us.... This pace allows us to cover a little distance and still arrive without feeling thrashed. By the way, I tend to keep my highway speed at around 62 mph.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:03 PM   #70
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I just got back from working 2 weeks in Alberta. Jasper to Burlington, Ontario, 4 days, 570 miles per day, only 13 miles per gal, but we had a nasty head wind on the prairies and the north shore of Superior is not very flat. Only trouble was a TPMS sensor that refused to work and fuel (diesel, gas is more expensive in Canada) at $1.38/liter near Wawa. That's $5.23 per US Gal. ouch. Sometimes it is easier to take the US route but then you have to pay tolls around Chicago, put up with the traffic around Chicago, throw away your oranges befor crossing the boarder and idle away some time waiting for border security to do what they are paid to do. So as in all things Airstream, compromise is the required skill. Some day, when not travelling for work, I will happily join the enviable 200 mile per day club.

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