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Old 08-22-2011, 07:29 AM   #1
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We will be picking up our AS on Wed and because of commitments will need to bring it home the same day. It is approximately 200 miles and I was wondering if one leaves around 3PM is that a one day drive.

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Old 08-22-2011, 07:42 AM   #2
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We are terrible at getting Lucy off in the morning. We consider it an early departure if we are wheels up by the crack of noon. Even with a rather late start, we can usually do a 300 mile day on the road with Lucy. With a 3:00 PM start, we could easily do a 200 mile trip. You should be able to depart at 3, cover 200 miles, and still set up before dark.

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Old 08-22-2011, 08:00 AM   #3
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on a good straight highway one can travel 100 miles in about 2 hours.....possibly a little less...our mode of travel these days is to travel about 150 miles a day, give or take a few,,,,,we remain on texas time throughout our travels and so in the pacific northwest ,as we are now, we leave about noon and arrive around 3...which is 1 pm local time.....sometimes we get confused about the time zone we are in.....

but hey...everywhere you are it is some time
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Unmor,

200 miles is reasonable distance for a 3PM start (depending on what kind of traffic you may encounter).

On our long trips, we try to limit our daily distance to 350 miles, although we have traveled in excess of 500 miles when making our treks to Florida (we are signed up for the 2012 TAC Disney Rally for next November). If I had unlimited time, I would limit the distance to 300 miles.

We usually use 50 miles per hour as an average for calculating travel distance, allowing for gas, stops and the occasional unplanned sightseeing opportunity (you know the largest ball of foil, etc). We usually tow at 60-62 miles per hour.

Make sure you know how to use the weight distributing hitch they install on your AS, and I would personally check the tire pressure when they deliver your new baby.

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We are terrible at getting Lucy off in the morning. We consider it an early departure if we are wheels up by the crack of noon. Even with a rather late start, we can usually do a 300 mile day on the road with Lucy. With a 3:00 PM start, we could easily do a 200 mile trip. You should be able to depart at 3, cover 200 miles, and still set up before dark.

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Sounds fair to me.

We also have great difficulty getting going in the mornings so I can sympathise, Brian. If we have a long haul (our max is around 400 miles a day) then I do work very hard to get everyone moving so we can be up and running early; night time unhitching is a pain.
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We're in the 3-400 mile a day bunch traveling with 2 doggies. We also use 50 mph for estimating purposes, which is about right and we never go over 62 MPH. We try to trade off drivers every 2-3 hours.

However, being working folks, we have also done the mad dash home driving straight through on 7-900 mile trips "just to get home". Don't enjoy those much...at all!

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Someone once told me the '2' rule: Only go 200 miles in a day, arrive at your destination by 2pm, and stay for a minimum of 2 days. It seems to me to be a very good rule. I don't think it applies to your situation since there are extenuating circumstances. But if you think about the '2' rule, don't you all think it makes a lot of sense?
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Someone once told me the '2' rule: Only go 200 miles in a day, arrive at your destination by 2pm, and stay for a minimum of 2 days. It seems to me to be a very good rule. I don't think it applies to your situation since there are extenuating circumstances. But if you think about the '2' rule, don't you all think it makes a lot of sense?
That's a great rule as long as you don't have to go '2' work
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:58 AM   #9
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After several 12 and 14 hour days towing, I have decided not to exceed 8 hours ever again. I was more tired than I thought and almost RUINED our AS - better to take more time and get there in one piece. This is frightening - I'm starting to sound like my Dad!
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:25 AM   #10
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Great advice by all

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Old 08-22-2011, 09:34 AM   #11
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The Crack of Noon!

Yep, I have that problem too. The only time I get off early is when I hitch up the night before. I'll do all of the exterior stuff except disconnect the power, water and sewer, and I leave the truck umbilical unplugged too.

Next morning I can fix breakfast, shower, stow interior gear, secure the vents and antenna, then go outside, fold up the steps, disconnect the power, drain the black tank and flush it, stow the hose and sewer solution, plug in the umbilical, test the trailer lights and brakes, and take off.

You wouldn't think that hitching itself would take much time - but boy it seems to - between chocking the wheels, tightening the sway bars, putting away lawn chairs, etc, it's half an hour to 45 minutes. Just knowing the truck is ready seems to inspire me to get my lazy butt out of bed and hit the road. I'm always euphoric when I start a new day with the silver trailer behind me.

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If your in a hurry, as we were on last seasons Cross Country, it's good to have two pilots averaging 300 each, which is about the max I can do at this stage.
That was a rare trip where the destination was the priority not the trip itself.

On our camping excursions it's usually 300mi, 150 each, leaving us with enough energy to set-up.

Guess I'm lucky...have always had a willing co-pilot.

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How far do you pull in a day

As a long-time Free-Wheeler, I try to limit my travel days to no more than 200 to 250 miles. With many miles more than that, I generally arrive too exhausted to set-up camp, prepare dinner, and unwind for the next day's activities. If I am certain that I will have a pull-through site when I arrive at the campground, I have been known to extend my travel day to no more than 400 miles. I could see extending the travel distance where one has a traveling companion with whom to share chores, but when you are alone it is necessary to budget time and energy to perform all of the travel and camp necessities.

While I am a night-owl by nature, when traveling, I make it a point to be up and around by no later than 9 a.m. so that I can be on the road by noon as I like to be in camp and set-up no later than 6:00 pm. I am dreading what my career change is going to do to my travel pattern as I will no longer have the advantage of the eight to twelve weeks of summer break in which to travel.

Good luck with your deliberations!

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Someone once told me the '2' rule: Only go 200 miles in a day, arrive at your destination by 2pm, and stay for a minimum of 2 days. It seems to me to be a very good rule. I don't think it applies to your situation since there are extenuating circumstances. But if you think about the '2' rule, don't you all think it makes a lot of sense?
I love the "2" rule, but we now use the "3" rule: Only go 300 miles a day, arrive by 3:00 for tea time, and stay 3 nights.

We wore ourselves out spending 10 hours on the road pulling 500 miles a day, for one night stops. As an earlier post mentioned, you don't know how tired you really are, and you make stupid mistakes. Plus, tired, cranky, campers are not happy campers.

50 miles per hour has proven to be true by our 25 years of towing experience. We would rather be on the road at 0900 and at our destination by 1500 (3:00 pm) to park, walk the dogs, explore...
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