Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-23-2015, 01:57 PM   #29
Rivet Master
 
1988 25' Excella
1987 32' Excella
Knoxville , Tennessee
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,163
Blog Entries: 1
Hooking up, traveling, I pretty much "work" 8 hour days. That is lunch, rest stops, fuel, maybe a short nap so about 6 of that is driving.
__________________

__________________
Bill M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 02:08 PM   #30
4 Rivet Member
 
dstalzer's Avatar
 
2005 25' Classic
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 367
Since retirement we have slowed down more to around 2 to 6 hours a day driving, which ends up being 100 to 300 miles. That also changes when we decide to stop and investigate something interesting. We do like to be camped no later than 5:00 if and earlier if it works out.

Dennis
__________________

__________________
dstalzer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 02:20 PM   #31
Rivet Master
 
John&Vicki's Avatar
 
1990 25' Excella
Sisters , Oregon
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 887
Images: 4
200 miles when wandering, usually a max of 300 when we actually want to get somewhere. I always figure 50mph average, so 4-6 hours.

I've spent my whole life hell bent for leather when on the road. Now I *love* stopping at the slightest provocation: photo op, lunch in the trailer, roadside attractions (really like mobile BBQs and really enjoy the super cheesy tourist traps), etc.

Always tucked by dark.

Cheers,
John
__________________
John & Vicki
WBCCI #4291

Grown men don't need leaders. ~ Edward Abbey
John&Vicki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 03:12 PM   #32
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,928
Images: 2
lots of reasons for stopping early.... Setup before I collapse from fatigue, "tea time" 😜, other "worthy mention" activities....
__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 08:51 PM   #33
3 Rivet Member
 
2014 27' Flying Cloud
Stowe , Vermont
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 248
We can do 500 to 600 miles fairly well - single driver. If my son and his family are joining me and my wife, we can pull off 700 mile days on the interstates. I'm a morning person and handle that time slot. My son gets extra zzz in the mornings and reads and does business items until noon. He is rested and ready to take over after lunch to finish the day. We are on the road by 6:30am and want to end by late afternoon.
__________________
VT Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 08:26 AM   #34
2 Rivet Member
 
2007 31' Classic
Buhl , Idaho
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 33
Driving Time

While we try and drive around 250 miles each day, it varies a lot. We have driven as far as 1200 miles in one day and as short as 50. If we are traveling between points A and B, we usually only stay overnight. If B is a "destination" we may stay a week to soak in the "culture" or, if it gets boring right away, we are off to the next place. With gas stops, rest area stops and "doggie stops", 250 is about right. But that is just a target and if a stop is a little closer or a little longer, so be it. Just remember, when you get there, you have to "setup" before you can "rest up" so you have to factor that in. "Setup" being said, if you're just there for the night, you don't have to unhook, but it is nice to have water and electricity, so it does take a moment or two.

Remember while life is the journey, you are in charge of each trip and making it as "comfortable" for you as possible is one of the "journey's" challenges. We enjoy our travels, what we can see as we travel and what we do when we get "there"!! If you're really tired at the end of the day, then you probably over did it. If you're ready to go again after set up, then you probably under did it a little - so what!! Enjoy the trip - if you're traveling in an airstream, home is where you park and enjoying the destination is what you put into it.

Meet some new people, walk the dog an extra mile while you enjoy the birds, view or weather. You're on vacation or whatever you call it (retirement) so if you don't want to "work" at it, don't. While we have a set mileage to try and travel, we also have maps, friends advice, a thought process and our eyes to help us decide if that is too much or too little. Its your time, enjoy it in the manner that makes it a "comfortable" journey. One thing to remember, you only have one trip through life, make it as nice as you can!! For us, its Airstreaming, enjoying the USA and whatever comes along that can be determined to be enjoying HAS to be included in the "TRIP"!!!!!

Ray and Sherry Hoem
__________________
goodshepherd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 09:45 AM   #35
2 Rivet Member
 
2006 25' Safari
Retired , Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 45
RE; point a to b

I hope that my reply gets to the folks that responded to my question. That being said, thank you. The consensuses appears to be what I had considered to be a comfortable experience for my wife and I. Your personal quotes at the end says it all; here's mine. IM not here for a long time; IM here for a good time. Eight weeks to retirement, can't wait.
__________________
LakeState is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 10:50 AM   #36
Rivet Master
 
webspinner's Avatar
 
1971 25' Tradewind
Menlo Park , California
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,269
Images: 15
I want to put in another vote for having a copilot, not just a navigator, but someone who can take a turn at the wheel.

My husband and I trade off when we're doing a long trip. I can sleep when he's driving which does leave me rested enough for another shift.

We're not retired yet and our main summer destination is about 900 miles away. We maximize our time at our destination by doing only one night on the road, so we often do 500 mile days. They leave us tired, but we'd rather be tired at our haven than spend another day on the road.

Realistically, I'd say 6-8 hours on the road, shared between two drivers, is a comfortable pace for us. I can easily do a 4 hour shift if I get a break halfway through to stretch my legs.
__________________
Barbie
Our travel and renovation blog: http://tinpickle.blogspot.com/
webspinner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 01:40 PM   #37
3 Rivet Member
 
Wolf Alaska's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Currently Looking...
Madison , Alabama
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 154
Images: 7
Something else to consider

Not only does the driver need to consider his/her tolerance for fatigue and discomfort to determine time spent on the road, but one should consider the contents of the refrigerator.

I've found that the typical propane RV refer can hold the temperature to a safe cool level for around 5 to 6 hours. While traveling, the trailer is not being heated or cooled. In the summer, the interior can approach 100 on a really hot day or 90 on most days. If you are traveling longer than 5 to 6 hours, you will need to consider stopping for an hour or two in a spot where the trailer is level or even breaking out boards to level the trailer. Then turn on the propane and let the refer run for one or two hours until the thermometer reads 25 degrees again in the refer compartment. Shut off the propane and resume the journey. Your refer will be good for another 5 or 6 hours.

If any of you are running with the propane valve open and the refer set to run on propane, you should admit the error of your ways and stop this dangerous practice. You may have gotten away with it so far, and think its OK. But it is not. The refer flame or starting spark may ignite fuel vapors in a gas station. If there is an impact on the road, the refer flame could be a source of ignition if fuel is spilled on the road.

There is no RV expert writing RV interest columns whom advise users to run with the propane valve open and the refer running on propane.

NASA adopted a "flight experience" thought process for Space Shuttle. If a flight "got away with" some anomaly, then that became the "experience base." That kind of thinking resulted in the loss of 2 Space Shuttles and two complete crews. Don't think that you can forever "get away with" running down the road with your propane tank's valve open and the refer lit so it will keep the contents cool.

If anyone wants to comment on how many times they have run with the propane on, I'm not interested in hearing about it. I can't believe that practice could be safe. I won't do it, and I advise all A/S owners to run with the propane off, which means there is only so many hours before one needs to stop and run the refer. I think that is 5 to 6 hours.

There is an option. Remove all perishable foodstuffs from the refer and only leave items like canned drinks, bottled water etc. in the refer. Then the refer can be left off for more than 6 hours or so without possibly letting food spoil.

We must consider fire safety and food safety.
__________________
Wolf Alaska
M.S./CFI/IR/ME/CP
FMCA SKP GS GPAA NRA USN (Ret)
Wolf Alaska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 01:43 PM   #38
Rivet Master
 
m.hony's Avatar
 
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 11,828
I might have a co-pilot, but I absolutely do not have a navigator. I'm in it alone in that department.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 01:47 PM   #39
3 Rivet Member
 
Wolf Alaska's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Currently Looking...
Madison , Alabama
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 154
Images: 7
Something else to consider

Not only does the driver need to consider his/her tolerance for fatigue and discomfort to determine time spent on the road, but one should consider the contents of the refrigerator.

I've found that the typical propane RV refer can hold the temperature to a safe cool level for around 5 to 6 hours. While traveling, the trailer is not being heated or cooled. In the summer, the interior can approach 100 on a really hot day or 90 on most days. If you are traveling longer than 5 to 6 hours, you will need to consider stopping for an hour or two in a spot where the trailer is level or even breaking out boards to level the trailer. Then turn on the propane and let the refer run for one or two hours until the thermometer reads 25 degrees again in the refer compartment. Shut off the propane and resume the journey. Your refer will be good for another 5 or 6 hours.

If any of you are running with the propane valve open and the refer set to run on propane, you should admit the error of your ways and stop this dangerous practice. You may have gotten away with it so far, and think its OK. But it is not. The refer flame or starting spark may ignite fuel vapors in a gas station. If there is an impact on the road, the refer flame could be a source of ignition if fuel is spilled on the road.

There is no RV expert writing RV interest columns whom advise users to run with the propane valve open and the refer running on propane.

NASA adopted a "flight experience" thought process for Space Shuttle. If a flight "got away with" some anomaly, then that became the "experience base." That kind of thinking resulted in the loss of 2 Space Shuttles and two complete crews. Don't think that you can forever "get away with" running down the road with your propane tank's valve open and the refer lit so it will keep the contents cool.

If anyone wants to comment on how many times they have run with the propane on, I'm not interested in hearing about it. I can't believe that practice could be safe. I won't do it, and I advise all A/S owners to run with the propane off, which means there is only so many hours before one needs to stop and run the refer. I think that is 5 to 6 hours.

There is an option. Remove all perishable foodstuffs from the refer and only leave items like canned drinks, bottled water etc. in the refer. Then the refer can be left off for more than 6 hours or so without possibly letting food spoil.

We must consider fire safety and food safety.
__________________
Wolf Alaska
M.S./CFI/IR/ME/CP
FMCA SKP GS GPAA NRA USN (Ret)
Wolf Alaska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 03:54 PM   #40
3 Rivet Member
 
2015 28' Flying Cloud
Newtown , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 198
Getting out of bed is also a risk, but we all do it.
__________________
AstroBruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 04:03 PM   #41
Rivet Master
 
mefly2's Avatar
 
2015 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Western , ** Big Sky Country ** Montana
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,283
We go by time NOT distance ... 8-9 hrs behind the wheel with rest stops. The time spent on rest stops and eating (often, however, eating is as we go - right in the TV) as well as your average mph will determine the distance. Professional drivers are limited to the hours behind the wheel; should we be any different?

Having my partner with me makes me a better driver and more efficient ... less food stops as she does a wonderful job preparing the on road snacks in advance! Another pair of eyes adds to safety ... especially on inclement roads or after dark arrives.
__________________
mefly2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 08:48 PM   #42
Rivet Master
 
m.hony's Avatar
 
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 11,828
DOT limits professional drivers to 11 hours driving, 14 hours combined driving and on duty not driving with a 30 minute break period between the third hour and 8th hour on duty ending up with a 13 1/2 hour day. DOT also requires a 10 hour rest period before taking the wheel again. After 60 hours combined driving and on duty a 10 hour rest period followed by a 24 hour period of duty for a total of 34 hours off is required. These rules are designed to keep fatigued drivers off the road.
I drive no more than 65 mph for safety and economy. Driving 65 on the interstate creates space in front of your vehicle and saves fuel.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________

__________________
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Airstream Speed Limits? silversled On The Road... 62 12-04-2017 10:50 PM
Limits of cold weather Boondocking handn Boondocking 17 03-26-2012 12:05 AM
Axle weights limits vs. combined weight - What am I missing? Section8 Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 25 02-15-2011 08:46 PM
Size Limits in Olympic NP? jglabrown On The Road... 0 07-04-2009 08:31 AM
'98 30' Excella 1000 Weight Limits - Walt & Lyn Driver1 Member Introductions 25 09-10-2006 06:32 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:19 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.