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Old 02-03-2014, 05:00 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the advice...I'm taking note.

Originally Posted by dalenoel View Post
Have fun and leave possibilities to change the schedule if you find other things to do.
I'm trying to leave time in between long hawls with multiple nights in 1 central location, but how do you leave a night open? Are there usually spots open in the campgrounds even late in the season? We plan to travel the week before and after Labor day. My DW does not want to camp in a wallmart parking lot due to potential safety issues with 3 kids.

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Make a few easy to reheat meals in the fridge in case you can't find a good restaurant on the road
We will do so! Eating at restraunts is a luxury. With all the food alergies, there will always's be food in the fridge. I actually need to plan for some grocery store stops in areas where they will have gluten free/dairy free supplies. I don't want to be stuck in the the wilderness and not be able to stock up on food.


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Old 02-03-2014, 05:04 PM   #12
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My point is that the truck drivers are out there driving 60 - 70hours a week, RV'ers travel no where near that much and it is more difficult for an RV’ers to recognize when fatigue is setting in. Of course taking breaks will extend the amount of time you can drive, but the amount of time before fatigue starts setting back in is short.. add those long driving hours to mountain driving and you have a prescription for disaster... I prefer to limit my day of driving…
Just my thoughts!!
This is one of the reasons I asked the question about long hawls. I remember running an excavator for 12 hours when doing some home improvements. I couldn't believe how exhuasted I was and I was just sitting there. The concentration needed takes it's mental toll.

I'll take note of this. The stats are interesting. And at a max of 65 mph (ST tires max rating) it limits the distance per day even on the flats. We are trying to keep the long days at the end and beginning of the trip.


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Old 02-03-2014, 05:54 PM   #13
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I have a long haul at the beginning and end of our planned trip. If you are doing this after Labor Day you should be able to find sites in most places. School is back in and that takes alot of campers off the road. We never make reservations between September and May.

I plan on spending a week at two different locations and will make that reservation ahead of time cause we want to be in a certain place, but most of the rest, unless it is more than one or two nights, will be made while driving towards that location. This allows me to adjust for weather, traffic, unusual things we want to see, or other problems that might delay me.

If I spend an extra day at one location then we just need to adjust the remainder, until the next firm reservation, to accommodate the changes in travel. I can take three 250 mile days and make them into 2 375 mile days which are still not too stressful.

I usually calculate we will average 50 miles per hour and if we get less then it is a bonus. We travel around 60-62 MPH cause this is the most relaxing for me. If in a city I find this is also a little ambitious. This provides a cushion for fuel, food, walking the dog, and specially with kids, a rest stop because 'I can't wait!'.

Some of the adjustments I do may not work for you as we are retired and you are more on a schedule. I remember the times and I also remember without the trailer to make a straight run from Orlando to Michigan after a vacation. The last 4 hours were hell and we won't do that anymore.

Have fun planning and leave time to enjoy.

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Old 02-04-2014, 09:36 AM   #14
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The questions your asking I will assume that you have not towed very much... So I will frame my answers based on that. that is a lot of distance a day. Even IF you can handle it can the wife and kids? RVing is supposed to be more like slow down and enjoy the trip not how fast can I get there.
Holding tanks... Only empty your black tank when it is at least 2/3's full. Now if you want to empty it before then fill it with fresh water and then dump. Fresh water tank.. I almost always tow with a full tank. I tow over 5000 miles a year and have found that on the highway the extra weight does not matter at all.
So slow down enjoy the trip as much as the destination and always remember that RV (ST) tires are only rated to 65 mph.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:19 AM   #15
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SOunds like an awesome trip!
Even a 500 mile day can grow tiring day after day. I just came back from 8 days on the road / 5113 miles, half of those miles i was towing. That's averaging 639 miles a day,. Yup you can do it but when you notice you are tired pull over. I find planning your rest stops 1.5-2 hours apart breaks up the day nicely, even a 15 minute break is nice. Every 4 hrs i like to stop for half an hour and walk around. Plan your nightly stops and then you have a target to aim for each day. BTW i travel alone and not with kids, with the kids i drive about 60 miles to the beach and that's it lol!
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:09 PM   #16
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Let me first say that I was pleasantly surprised to learn that you're planning to upgrade to a F250. https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...536#post172536. Great news.

Here's a helpful link about travel routes in and out of Yellowstone -- http://www.rvcruzer.com/ystonervroutes.php

If you're planning to enter Yellowstone via the East entrance, I recommend getting off the interstate (I90) at Buffalo and taking Hwy 16 to Worland, then to Greybull and then to Cody. There is a nice KOA in Greybull and a nice KOA in Cody. (I'm making reference to the KOA's b/c of your kids). It is hoped that you'll have some driving time with the F250/TT combo before heading out west.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:56 PM   #17
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I agree with always having fresh water on board. Makes it nice to pull over whenever the opportunity is afforded to have "bio-breaks" and/or to stop and have a meal. Rest area's or sparsely populated parking lots, depending on where you are at. We have taken to mixing it up with the kids between RV parks and dry camping camp grounds. The kids love KOA and it gives them a pool and time to burn some energy. We typically will not empty tanks while dry camping and then plan to hit a RV park in between and then we always stay with full hook ups and dump then. Ideally 300-400 miles per day. We've pushed and had 12 hour jaunts on the first leg of trip, our kids are used to traveling long hours though so it is somewhat dependent on how your family will deal with the time. After six hours of travel you are ready to stop and take a break, just depends on how far you need to go and how much time you've budgeted. I do like to try and spend 2-3 days in a row at one spot, often time just doesn't allow.


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