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Old 03-22-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Point A to Point B travel time limits

IM curious as to the driving time/miles Airstream folks are allowing themselves to safely get from point A to B??? Avoiding fatigue and arriving at the destination in good shape is my intent.

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Old 03-22-2015, 01:56 PM   #2
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No more than 5-6 hours.

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Old 03-22-2015, 01:57 PM   #3
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We have done 500 miles in one day (8 to 9 hours) but feel most comfortable with 300 miles and 5 to 6 hours if we are in a major "repositioning" mode.
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:17 PM   #4
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We're in that same time frame. We finish breaking camp about 11, stop for a bite on the road and drive until 5 or 6 PM, sooner in winter. I don't want to set up camp in the dark. We're retired so no rush.

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Old 03-22-2015, 02:22 PM   #5
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I prefer 300+/- miles as the regularly planned daily mileage. Of course, there are times when more or less occurs, but those days are infrequent. My re-positioning mileage when crossing the Great Plains tends more towards the 500-550 number and gets governed by passenger requested stop times. Setting up camp before dusk is my determining factor on longer hauls, so departures tend to be early on distance sprints and before rush hour traffic when passing through major metropolitan areas nearby.
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Question Time or distance...

Do you have a co-pilot?

That will make a big difference in how far you can comfortably travel in one stint.
Plus having a driving partner can be very important in an emergency.

On a cross-country destination centric trip, 500-800 miles is not all that unusual for us. 4-6hr rest and go again.

Other than that it's usually 4-8 hrs at a time, distance not all that important.

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10 hours is still comfortable and doable, if we need to get somewhere.

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Originally Posted by LakeState View Post
IM curious as to the driving time/miles Airstream folks are allowing themselves to safely get from point A to B??? Avoiding fatigue and arriving at the destination in good shape is my intent.
I don't go by time; I go by distance. Makes it easier to plan your stops on a map.

Long explanation follows— you have been warned!

I used to work for the Federal Government, and the Department of Defense Joint Travel Regulations call for a travel limit of 350 miles per day— unless stopping at 350 miles leases you closer than 50 miles from your destination. So the rule is, total distance divided by 350 is the number of travel days; if the remainder is 50 or less round down, if it's over 50 round up to add an extra day.

Doesn't matter how many drivers are in the vehicle, either; it's 350 miles per day for one driver or for four. That's based on the assumption that being a passenger in a moving vehicle is no more restful than is driving, and the next driver will start out just as tired as the one he or she is relieving.

The Corps of Engineers Safety Manual adds another useful rule, that applies to all work including driving: Take a 15-minute break every two hours, and at least half an hour for lunch.

Doing this, it will take you at least eight hours to drive for seven hours, and even poking along at 50mph, seven hours of actual on-the-road time will get you 350 miles to where you are going to stop for the night. So a 350-mile trip is a full day of work.

End of long explanation, finally!

I have violated these distance rules on occasion; when my dad went in the hospital for the last time I drove 750 miles straight, solo, more than twelve hours of actual driving time on the Interstate not counting stopping to fill the fuel tank and drain my tank, no stops for meals or anything. At the time it seemed like the thing to do, but I was so worn out when I got there that in hindsight it was a stupid thing to do. Now that I'm retired and I have no family left other than one younger brother I don't get along with, I will never drive more than 350 miles per day (400 the last day of travel) for the rest of my life. It's more important to arrive alive than it is to arrive quickly.
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One of the best rules I have ever heard is 2,2,2... No more than 200 miles in a single day, arrive at the campground by 2 and stay 2 days.

Now in the "real" world, I try to keep it under 8 hours of driving a day while towing, 5-6 of driving is my target. I have broken that rule on occasion when I was trying to stay ahead of a weather front and drove nearly 18 hours straight through, covered around 1100 miles. Don't recommend it.

Everyone is going to have their own tolerance level, the road condition, weather and traffic will play in to it also. I watch the weather very closely, if the weather goes bad I will typically pull over and wait it out.

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5-6 hours, after that I get tired quickly and the back starts screaming at me.

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I have generally set a 400 mile a day target, which is a full day when you include the stops. However, over the course of a trip, some days will be 420, others 250, so it kind of evens out. We've aslo taken to stopping for two nights when we're on a longer trip; it gives an opportunity not only to recover from the previous day's drive but to get a look at the place you've stopped.

I have to say that as I get older, 300 miles is going to be a more realistic target.
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On average one tank of gas per day or 250 miles at 55 MPH plus or minus
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I did a little over 700 miles on the first leg of my vacation last summer. I was pretty well beat by the time we got there. Pulled out at 7:00am, got there about 6:00pm. Hammer down the whole way. Dagnab campground we overnighted at shut the pool down at 5:00pm. I really wanted a "Detox Swim."

300 miles is a lot more comfortable.

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