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Old 02-06-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
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Vegas bound????

My DH came home from work tonight and announced he was spared from the latest round of layoffs...and told he could keep his job by commuting to Las Vegas....from Connecticut!

Trying to make the best of a bad situation...I thought of a road trip this summer (I work in education and have the time off). My (79 yo) dad and I, along with the dogs, could take a trip to see Sin City and of course my DH.

So my questions as I try to make lemon aide from these lemons...how many miles per day can I reasonably expect to travel with AS and dogs in tow? I haven't towed (yet), is it too ambitious to think I could handle a trip like this?

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Old 02-06-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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Go for it-just take your time. Break it up so that you aren't on the road more than 6 hours a day. Dogs and Dad will need to stop at least every3-4 hours, unless they are camels! This advice is coming from a newbie who has towed her 28foot amabassador 5 miles
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:57 PM   #3
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Definitely go...you'll enjoy the trip. I've towed by myself everywhere and anywhere.
You can do it...as Dannie ^ said, just take your time and try to arrive at your camp site before dark for ease in getting set up.

Practice towing around the neighborhood to get comfortable before your trip. And do a "dry run" at a local campground
for a night or two to make sure you have everything you need...and not too much that you don't.

Have fun!
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:33 PM   #4
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We've found that when towing with my 86 yr old father-in-law and his min. shnauzer, and our dogs, stopping every 2 hours works well. We make sure everyone gets a little stroll, some water and a potty break before heading on out. We're usually not ready to "break stride" and feel a little restless, but the passengers are always very appreciative...They never ask for a stop, but always make good use of the time.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:04 AM   #5
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PLEASE go for it. I would plan to arrive at any campsite by 4 . Time to set up . Most places have drive thru sites. Many of us can help you as you go so do not worry. I would not tell my DH that I can do it alone but with your dad and dogs you are good to go. We used to live in Ct sorry to hear about the move, maybe you can all follow to Nevada. Good luck ! I think 4 days or 5 to get to Vegas and not driving too much a day.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:39 AM   #6
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My DH came home from work tonight and announced he was spared from the latest round of layoffs...and told he could keep his job by commuting to Las Vegas....from Connecticut!

Trying to make the best of a bad situation...I thought of a road trip this summer (I work in education and have the time off). My (79 yo) dad and I, along with the dogs, could take a trip to see Sin City and of course my DH.

So my questions as I try to make lemon aide from these lemons...how many miles per day can I reasonably expect to travel with AS and dogs in tow? I haven't towed (yet), is it too ambitious to think I could handle a trip like this?

Mary
Mary.

Many ladies travel the country towing their Airstreams.

The "BIG" key, is to plan the trip.

How many miles can you tow in a day?

That depends on the time of year, the weather, how you feel, how the kids (dogs) behave, and the game plan.

A route should be picked, with planned stops, especially "where" would you stop and spend the nights. That should also include alternates, just in case you feel great, the kids are happy, and you want to drive further than your original plan.

Your plan should also include grocery stops, and of course refreshing the trailer stops, like filling the water tank and dumping the holding tanks. The kids will also have to have their potty stops too. If it's cold weather, then a propane refill stop should also be included.

A "PM" check should also be made on the Airstream. Are all the exterior lights working? Is the running gear properly balanced? Is the spare tire OK? Are the brakes working correctly? Are all the appliances in the trailer OK?

Your husband can find a nice campground for you, along with directions, once you get to Las Vegas, aka "Lost Wages."

Keeping a cell phone at your side, is an important plus.

A sound "travel" plan, carries a lot of peace of mind with it, too.

I think once you got started, that your trip would take only 4 to 5 days, depending on the weather, and of course, the kids.

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Old 02-07-2009, 11:43 AM   #7
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If you have never towed before, I would suggest...

#1 Read all you can about towing ( how to, how not to )
#2 Talk to everyone you know who has experience towing
#3 Take some short practice trips.
#4 Use check lists for hooking and unhooking

I think one of the reasons to take it easy, is that it is tiring to keep up
the higher level of concentration, needed for towing.

Anyway, I would guestimate it being about a 50 hour trip towing to Nevada.
3 to 6 hours a day traveling. Take time to smell the roses. Give your self
two weeks to get there. Although it is good sound advice to plan it out,
I enjoy playing it by ear.
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You are looking at around 2700 miles each way. I don't like to travel more then around 500 per day. Give yourself plenty of time. There is a lot of stuff to see between point A and point B.
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When you get out there check out Parumph,,,about 40 mi outside Vegas. Real layed back 3 casinos....one of them has a monthy 350.00 fee for camping along side with full hookups included and use of the casino facilities. Easy shot to Vegas, cheap to stay.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:17 AM   #10
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Lots of good advice here. We easily do 5-600mi/day stopping every few hours for a potty stop and to stretch the legs. More for me than the dogs.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:39 PM   #11
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Wow each of you has offered nothing but great advice and a world of encouragement! Thanks for the resounding support!

I was thinking we could take the month of July...a week to get out there and a couple weeks to visit and then return. It is my hope that my DH will be able to rent a house while he is there. We could avoid the need for a campground in Vegas.

I am game for this adventure...

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Old 02-08-2009, 06:52 PM   #12
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Leave the Airstream in Vegas

I was going to suggest that you leave the Airstream in Vegas for awhile and you could commute back to CT because there is so much to see and do around Vegas..especially in the non summer months....when you would have school breaks.......but then I remembered the dogs......oh, well, it was a good idea....the trip sounds like a great idea......don't forget to post your progress.....we will track you on the road if you would like, and your lemonade sounds delicious......paula
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