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Old 03-03-2014, 09:04 AM   #1
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How Far is TOO Far ?

Planning a trip around 4th of July weekend to Texas. It's about 1400 miles from home in Ohio.

Is it doable in two days ?

Would you do it in two days ?

I drove our 1999 model for six hours straight and survived, but I would hope the new one would be a lot easier. (I know I'm looking at a very long day, at least 13 hours behind the wheel)

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Old 03-03-2014, 09:21 AM   #2
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You're talking about 700 miles per day. If you can average 60 mph, that is almost 12 hours [U]driving[U] time. That doesn't take into account fuel or meal stops. That would make a long, long day for one person. Sharing the driving with someone might make it doable, but it's still a long time to be stuck in an RV. I wouldn't do it.


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Old 03-03-2014, 09:39 AM   #3
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That is a pretty big bite to chew all at once. If you're going to do it, be sure to stop often and stretch your legs (about every 2 hrs), and switch drivers each time you stop. Be sure to get plenty of rest and try to always have a co-pilot/navigator awake to interact with the driver. You would be surprised how much playing childish games like "20-questions" and "I spy" and "The license plate game" and "The ABC game" will keep the driver engaged in their task. DW hates it, but I'm a bit of a gear head, so I'll talk to her for hours on end about things like how an internal combustion engine works, or how 4 wheel drive works and is different than all wheel drive, or little tidbits of knowledge I have about a particular manufacturer...

Come up with ANYTHING that will keep the driver's brain engaged and his/her attention off those hypnotic dotted lines.

I've made that drive a few times in my day. As long as you stay engaged it's not so bad...

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Old 03-03-2014, 10:02 AM   #4
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I did a 14hr day a couple of years ago and I was toasted. 10hrs is about it for me. Sharing the driving would be the only way I could attempt that.

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Old 03-03-2014, 10:22 AM   #5
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I think you could do it one way, but not both. Also depends on your "cargo". Kids, dogs, etc. Weather always is a consideration on a long trek. Down pouring rain and white knuckle winds can take a few hours off you due to stress not to mention the added time due to slowing down. Then there is the traffic scenario which can always rear it's ugly head and kill a day.

I am doing 2+K over 3 weeks in the summer and will limit my daily to 250-400. Another option is a 3-4 hr break with a nap at a WM lot then get back on the road. You would be surprised what a few hours can do. Perhaps an evening departure the night prior to your original projected date to get out and drive for 4-5 hrs then park and rest will give you the head start you need to complete 2 full days. I break them up with a long haul day then a shorter one to follow. 2 back to back long hauls are tough, especially when you just did it and the crew is done with being cooped up for another 8hrs +.

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Old 03-03-2014, 10:36 AM   #6
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I drive a truck for a living. So ridding down the road is a five day a week road trip. I have driven 1100 miles in one day. When I got home I was still vibrating from the truck and the road for about two hours. That will never happen again. Do what is comfortable for you. If you are feeling good after 7,8,9,10 hours just keep ridding. Be safe!!!

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Old 03-03-2014, 10:50 AM   #7
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It would be a little like running two marathons in two days.

I have traveled for a living for years and have budgeted at 50mph for years, I know you don't drive at 50 but add in stops for food, gas, potty, stretching and so and it's fairly accurate. So you'll be driving more than 25 hours. If it were me I'd break it up to 4 or 5 days if possible. There are a lot of beautiful things between here and there to see and that's one of the greatest benefits of an RV.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:13 AM   #8
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Get yourself a StadiumPal before you leave, that could help on cutting down the stop time!!!!
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:30 AM   #9
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That is a lot of driving. Last year I drove from West Glacier to Minot ND, about 670 miles. Stopped about every 150 miles for fuel (that is the distance between fuel stops out in that country). My DW does not like to drive so I drove the entire time, our stops where very short including one food stop. The DW and kid grabbed another bit to eat at almost every fuel stop. It took about 14 hours to drive.

I agree with 3’senough, if you can jump on the road the night before and get a few hundred miles under your belt it diffidently will help.

Also remember you will see time changes if you are traveling east/west. That may help or hurt your drive times.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:01 PM   #10
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Would you do it in two days ?




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