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Old 05-24-2009, 03:22 PM   #1
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How many hours a day on the road

I was wondering ...If you are going on a trip.....and if time were not an issue, how many hours a day would you be on the road?
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:47 PM   #2
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How many hours a day on the road

My ideal is about three hours driving -- enough to add a little distance with time to settle in at a nice campground and find an interesting restaurant. This summer, I have planned my itinerary aroud five hours of travel per travel day.

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Old 05-24-2009, 04:01 PM   #3
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Start Early, Stop Early

I prefer to keep the days tow to between six and seven hours, or about 350 miles.

That usually allows for one fill-up and a brief lunch stop.

Start early, stop early.

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when 'wandering around', 250 miles a day is a good average.
If pushing to a destination where we will be setting up camp, we try not to go over 350 miles in order to allow time to set up/settle down, although 400 miles is not outside of our range.

Sometimes, on the last leg home where all we have to do is park in the driveway and go inside the house, we've pushed 450-500 miles.

Last year we were in Colorado when Hurricane Ike hit - it went right over our house.
On our last leg home, we drove 14 hours.

When we got in, the tree debris on our street had been cleared to a path barely wide enough to get through, and I had to chainsaw two trees out of my driveway just to park. (No damage to the house at all)
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No more than 4-5, ideally. For we back-roaders, that may be less than 200 miles.
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We like to roll out early and grab a good breakfast on the road. We definately go by the clock rather than the miles traveled. We make plenty of stops, and try to be off the road to set camp by 3:00 PM. This usually equates to an 8 hour day, with about 5 to 6 hours of seat time. Any more and I end up
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:39 PM   #7
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It's the destination rather than the time...

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I was wondering ...If you are going on a trip.....and if time were not an issue, how many hours a day would you be on the road?
For me, the destinations and interesting locations along the way are more important than the time spent on the road. Sometimes the destinations are only 200 miles apart, sometimes they are 400. When time is not the issue, stop whenever you like. Be happy, enjoy the journey, enjoy the sights along the way many of which you won't know about beforehand.
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If time to destination isn't a factor, I prefer no more than 350 miles on interstate or 200 on secondary and back roads. So no more than 4-5 hours windshield time. One day when I don't have to cram Airstreaming in between work hours, I hope I have the luxury of doing only a couple of hours of drive time if I so desire. Stop and smell the roses . . . more often.
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We have done as many as 8 hours on the road, but we certainly don't like to, and we really feel it by the time we are there. Typically we spend up to 4 hours driving and about 200-250 miles...but some of our favorite "local" destinations are only 15 to 125 miles away and up to a few hours away. We find it a much better trip if, at the end of the travel day, we still have time and energy left to enjoy our stops. So much depends on how much time you have to get from point A to point B and whether you have the luxury of taking your time getting there.
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All very good suggestions and all seem to agree on the miles and or time.

Thank you so much.
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with the hensley and a diesel,not much of a problem towing 12 hrs.of course this is on the open road,and i dont have the luxury of unlimited amounts of time.some day i will probably wander around at 300 mile intervals,which is about 5 hrs of towing,once i am retired.my limit when i had an sob,and the white knuckle ride was about 250 miles before i sweat through my clothes.
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It's definately a personal decision type of thing. We met a couple last year on our trip close to Glacier Nat Park, and they said they traveled by the rule of two's. They went on to explain they only drove till 2 PM, only drove two hundred miles in a day, and only traveled two days in a row without taking a break.

On our trip last year to Alaska, we were gone 30 days, and drove a little over 11,000 miles, and did not drive hardley at all on 7 days. You can do the math.

We would not have been good caravan buddies. It all depends on what you want to do, where you want to go, and how much time you have to do it in.
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For me, the destinations and interesting locations along the way are more important than the time spent on the road. Sometimes the destinations are only 200 miles apart, sometimes they are 400. When time is not the issue, stop whenever you like. Be happy, enjoy the journey, enjoy the sights along the way many of which you won't know about beforehand.
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Travelling time for us depends on time and destination... we have travelled only 9 miles and stopped because we found a great campground. We have travelled as much as 600 miles in a day to keep ahead of the weather and get to our destination because of snow....
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