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Old 03-03-2014, 01:15 PM   #11
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Its doable. But it really depends on you and what you can tolerate. I have driven as long as 15 hours in one crack from Milwaukee to Wall, SD on the way to Yellowstone. On these types of trips we make sure we're on the road no later than 5 am. Earlier if we know the run will be more than 12 hours. Realistically as I get older 12 hours is about my limit now.

Figure 2 hours for every 100 miles of travel. That includes stops for stretching legs, getting gas, and eating. Realistically you are looking at 14 hour drive times assuming you can stop in the middle.

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Old 03-03-2014, 01:35 PM   #12
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We did just over 1400 mile in two days last year driving our Greyhawk. Southern California to Glacier NP. We did about 14 hours the first day and 12 the second. I did all the driving. Our average rate with stops was 55mph. We have found that to be pretty consistant over several long trips. It wasn't much fun, but we got there in the shortest period of time. The bummer was that it took probably 2-3 days to relax after that. I couldn't get into "vacation mode" until day 5.

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Old 03-03-2014, 03:49 PM   #13
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I do Austin to Jackson Hole in two days. It's two 15 hour days and it's tiring, but I do enjoy driving and for me it's all about the destination. I would not do it as a short trip, but with some recupe time thrown in it's not that bad.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:15 PM   #14
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While a student at Ohio U. in Athens, OH in 1972-73 I made several trips between Athens and Austin, usually leaving in the evening and arriving about 24 hours later. But I was young and full of fire then. Not now.

We made 2000 miles this past Aug., Austin to Bend, OR in four days. I told my spousal unit after the four 500-mile days, never again.

Having said that, I think if you budgeted 3 days, it would be a) safer, b) easier on the driver, and c) less stressful for everyone. And, TX in July you can be sure of at least one thing: it's gonna be HOT! That's harder on tires, cooling systems, all that stuff, and roadside rest areas won't offer the chance to cool down. (And yes, driving at night it will be cooler, but my 61-year-old eyes don't work as well at night as they did 40 years ago!) As always, YMMV!

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Old 03-03-2014, 07:47 PM   #15
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I have made a couple of long trips with the kids, wife and dog....it can be LONG with them. If I was by myself it would be easier to do, but it would still be long days. It really comes down to what you can handle and make sure you are safe!! THAT IS THE IMPORTANT PIECE
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:53 PM   #16
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I've done some 600+ miles several times, that's not reeeaall bad, 2 700's is definitely pushing it!! Doable in good weather though, I would take one more day if possible though.....
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:14 PM   #17
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Thanks to all for the sage advice. Three days it is ! The last leg, Texarkana to campground is only about six hours.
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:54 PM   #18
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We have made some very long trips in a single day. We left west Yellowstone at 9 am mountain time and arrived in auburn wa at 11:30 pm the same day! That was about 800 miles pulling a 35' trailer. All of us stuffed into our truck! We only stopped for fuel and ate take out. The longest we ever did was 1200 miles in a single day! This was on mountain back roads and passes. I was exhausted by the time we got done.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:20 PM   #19
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I drove from SW Michigan to Dallas n two days years ago and was completely toasted! Made the same trip last spring pulling a small travel trailer and took 3 days. That was much, much more manageable. I sure wouldn't recommend trying to do it in 2 days in a motorhome, but that's just MHO.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:47 PM   #20
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If you have the time, take your time. Personally, I enjoy driving and 7 to 800 miles a day is nothing to me, especially if I wasn't towing anything. Of course, at the end of the day, I relax the best way I know how, watching the sunset with a nip of some 12 year old scotch with my wife.

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