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azdryheat

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Posted: 07/09/20 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wife and I did Tucson to Tampa towing our toy hauler in 4x500 mile days. Depending on your stamina, it's very doable.


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This a large question. When we were 19 and traveling long distances we would shoot for 700 miles a day. I did that for years even driving alone. Now 500 miles seems like a lot. The old cars and highways were much slower.

The amount of miles you can drive and the amount you should drive are not the same. You have to carefully judge how tired (and cranky) your crew or family get under the conditions you subject them to. You can have a big day if the next day is a rest day. Multiple driving days in a row can wear everyone out.

You have to experiment to find out what is right for you and your companions. Now I am retired and older so I like 300 miles or less and to be stopped by 1500.

For some, traveling long days and taking pictures of the entrance signs of NPs is enough. It does not work for me at all.

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Posted: 07/11/20 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Easy-peasy. We do 500 milers every summer going from the West Coast to the East Coast and back. To string a few to get from NH (love the motto) to FL shouldn't be any problem.

I like to get on the road early, by about 5am. Hit the gas station, grab a cup of coffee and bang out a couple hundred miles before stopping for breakfast (this is a lot nicer out west where it's not so congested). A couple hundred more and then lunch. Then it's only a couple hours more and done for the day.


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Posted: 07/11/20 06:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I didn't see the time line for the round trip?
If time permits there are quite a few cool spots to stop over. Personally we aren't in a hurry in more and we try to do 300 a day or less. We have a 39' Class 'A' with a KIA Soul pushing us. It's not always about the destination,but the journey. Have the kids do a daily journal and they will always have the memories. We have done that for 10 years and they still look back on the journals.

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What I don't really see here is "hours" per day, only "miles" per day. THAT is what you need to figure out.

Some years back, while we were still young, we drove straight through from SoCal to Eugene, Oregon in a 23' class C. Switched out drivers each fuel stop (one slept while the other drove), prepared/ate meals while on the move, only stops were for fuel; nothing else. 1,000 miles, 17.5 hours. It averaged out to about 57 miles per hour. 60-65mph over the long haul is just not reasonable in an RV; just fuel stops alone will drop that number significantly. If you are going to stop to eat, or even to just stretch your legs occasionally, then figure on 50.

So while 500 miles is just over 7.5 hours at 65mph, at a much more realistic 50-55mph average it is 9-10 hours. Are YOU comfortable being behind the wheel for 10 hours? If you are, then more power to you; I'm not.


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Posted: 07/20/20 02:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With kids plan on 350 t0 400 so they can play at rest stops and campground also taking time to stop and eat in your MH. That would be 8-9 hours. You will make good time from FL with 70 mile per hour but slower going around the cities further north. We do 500 but wouldn't with kids

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Posted: 07/20/20 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Considering the poster posted in the Class C section, I would assume the question is in regards to hours / miles while operating that specific veh ! Rule of thumb would be 50 miles per hour, with all the reasons already mentioned ! 500 miles is doable, I prefer about 350 .......and then a nice drink !


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When I first retired we drove from Massachusetts to the RGV. It was 2500 miles and we did it in 5 days, never again. Towing our 5’er to Florida it’s 1500 miles and we take 4 days to do it. I’m most comfortable with 300-350 miles per day. Typically we average 50 miles per hour at days end.


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I posted before but here is more, I think. Went to West Palm Beach for New Years, 700 mi one way and drove both directions non stop except for a couple of bathroom stops. End of Feb did the same thing to Tampa non stop except for bathroom stops. I am 80 now and might have to take a "rest" stop now and then in the future. Some of our trips in the past year have been maybe 150-200mi between campgrounds. Do what feels good to you.

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500 miles is easy but figure 50mph average.


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