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jdc1

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Posted: 07/14/20 12:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Putting road conditions aside, how many miles/hours a day are you truly comfortable driving?

I always leave the task of long distance trip planning (5 or more days) to my wife. Then we haggle (usually for an hour or less on a 2,000 miles trip)about drive-times. I can still drive 6-700 miles a day, but not with her and the two small dogs. The dogs would eat me during the wee hours, with guidance of my wife. I myself would love to do a 200 mile 4/hour a day drive with a $100/day limit on site and food. That leaves me relaxed and ready for the next leg of a two week trip. And leaves me with change in my pocket. The $100/day limit use to include site, food and fuel. That was when fuel was $1.25/gallon, and meat was $4/pound.

So, what is your idea of a relaxing drive time and expenditure rate?

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Posted: 07/14/20 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We like 300 mile days. We will often have to go further, but never over 400 miles. We only travel budget for diesel and campground costs. If an RV Park seems too expensive we find another. We don’t budget for food because we buy food even when at home.


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Not sure I've ever had a relaxing drive, when we go to Central NY, I usually drive like 12 hours, that includes stops, twice for fuel, all stops include fuel, dog walks, potty breaks, and food which is generally a sandwich and snacks, not a meal. Plus an extra stop for the dogs. All stops are less than 30 minutes.
Last trip returning from Cape Cod was about the same.
I'm more of a "Get there" guy, I relax After I get there.


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These type of threads are always fun. I have found that on main roads your average speed will be 50 MPH. So use that number for planning. One of my fav statements is"on the road by 9 off by happy hour". Lots depends on what you are driving, are you still working? Sad for you if you are. I hate to tell you but RETIREMENT is better than you heard it was.[emoticon] I have done as few as 23 miles on a drive day to a max of around 300.
I just use what discounts are available like Passport America, I saved over $600.00 last year with just that discount.Lots of cost depends where you are traveling. Be happy diesel is lower now. I remember filling up in Ca a few years back when the cheap diesel was over $5.00 gal.
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Depends. If I have a destination I can go a loooonnnngggg ways. Rest when I get there. Otherwise if just browsing around the country layover every few hundred miles and take a look around. Last Christmas I drove straight from here to West Palm Beach, 700mi, none stop at 79 years old. Yes non stop except for a couple of rest areas to go to the bath room....you don't drink you don't pee!!!!!

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We follow the rule of 3,s. 300 miles or 3:00 pm whichever comes first. 3 cocktails, 1 for her and 2 for me.

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Neal47 wrote:

We follow the rule of 3,s. 300 miles or 3:00 pm whichever comes first. 3 cocktails, 1 for her and 2 for me.

Great idea! Gotta remember that on next trip.


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The first day of every trip when going from Wisconsin headed west is almost always 650 miles. That is how far it is from Baraboo, WI to the Badlands. After that, a day's driving could be 50 or 400 miles, depends on what we want to do. If there is nothing on our "to do" list, we drive to the next point of interest. Since retirement, we take one month long trip every year and that is usually about 5000 to 7000 miles.


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Posted: 07/14/20 03:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Comfortable? 200 to 300 miles. Any more is an effort in the RV.


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300 - max 400

I don't worry too much about the budget at this point. Maybe when I retire and Im on fixed income it will matter more.

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