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Old 03-27-2012, 04:34 PM   #11
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I seldom tow over 250 miles a day and plan for less if possible. Driving 500 miles is very tiring on everyone. One exception is the last leg on the way home, then I'm like a horse headed for the barn.

Anyway, we are not in a hurry anymore like working people who have to make the most of a vacation.

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:39 PM   #12
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Our First year towing a big rig ( for us at least)

I cut my expectation to less than 300 miles per day last summer and intend to keep it near that level. I woudl rather have a longer relaxing trip per day. Out here gas can be an issue particulary if you are price sensative. A laptop with wireless and a bit of common sense can help you save money. Pilot has a discount if you have one of their courtesy cards and even more if your a Good Sam member. Maps to Costco with gas and prices can help a lot as well.

But make sure you have enouh to make the next major town and then some. I came awfully close last summer with a head wind from new Mexico to Flagstaff on I 40. I am really sure now i have 36 Gallon+ Tank. The computer estimating our range had been at zero for quite some time ... When i pulled up to the Gas Station I still wonder how much I really had left..

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Old 03-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Jayco24T View Post

We just bought a 24T and have a 4000 mile trip planned. Some of our overnight stops are over 500 miles apart, is this feasable? We would be leaving from DFW area, to Alberq NM, then to Grand Canyon, up to SLC UT and then into Yellowstone.

At 10.5 mpg fuel stops are also a concern for me with the new TT. TV has 26 gallon tank, and it looks like around 200 miles I better find a gas station! Which raises my other concern about gas stations being able to accomodate TV and TT.

Thanks for your comments
Don't let that bother you. Use truck stops for fuel fills in unknow area's. I pull for 10.5 hours a day. I cover 600 per day
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #14
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Go to Transfer Flow's website. They have several configurations for both gas and diesel. I have a hard cover on my bed, so I went with the tank that replaces the factory 26 gal tank with a steel 47 gal. tank. Be sitting down. They ain't cheap..
Thanks for the info.

I'll have to study the catalog to better understand the options but I see they have an in-bed auxiliary 37 gallon tank that fits with the Truck Covers USA retractable... so that's encouraging. You're right... they ain't cheap.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:26 PM   #15
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I will tow up to 700 miles a day, but I do make sure I'm well rested before I head out on the first day.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:04 PM   #16
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We live in DFW and have made that tow a few times.

500 miles a day is doable but you'll be tired at the end of the day..

Expect to average 50 miles traveled per hour. 500 miles is 10 hours. 400 miles, 8 hours. That factor includes fuel stops.

In 2002 we did a 7,000 mile trip in 22 days.

I've towed 770 miles in a single day. NEVER again!

We routinely tow 400 miles in a day. I'd prefer to stay in the 250 to 350 miles in a day. That equates to 5 to 7 hours towing (remember the 50 miles in an hour rule).

We have towed a trailer with our 3 daughters through all the lower 48 states and 5 Canadian provinces. I've logged plenty of time behind the wheel towing.

My advice, go for it. Get as much rest as you can, when you can. Plan your fuel stops at truck stops like Flying J. They are RV friendly and easy(er) to get in and out of than regular gas stations. If you must get fuel at a regular station, look for the pumps on the ends and avoid the stations that require perpendicular entry.

You'll enjoy the trip. Don't let others frighten you.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:36 PM   #17
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I have towed over 700 miles in a day (14 hours), and would not want to do that long of a trip again. 500 miles (10 hours) is do able for me, but I enjoy driving. Once drove from central CA to central PA in less that 2 and 1/2 days. If you don't enjoy driving 300 to 350 miles a day would be better. With stops for gas/restroom/fast food, we average 50 miles an hour on a long trip.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #18
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When my wife and I were working the ten to twelve hour pull was common. Now we are retired and usually limit it to six or seven hours.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:16 PM   #19
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That sounds crazy to me. I can drive for up to an hour before I start falling asleep, no matter how much sleep i've had. We always camp with 50 miles or so of the house, but then again Friday night and Sat. night is all the time I have.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:06 AM   #20
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I am the only driver so I keep my travel distance to no more than 350 miles. On occasion I went further but was exhausted by the time we stopped for the night.

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