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Old 04-24-2013, 08:46 PM   #11
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We've done close to 700 before, but don't really like to. I'm comfortable with 500 or so. I have headrest DVD players installed in the truck and we bring plenty of other activities with us so the kids are entertained.

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Old 04-24-2013, 08:52 PM   #12
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We would do 400,but we always left early (5+/-) and the kids would sleep until about 8:30 then we would stop for breakfast. Get to the campground around noon, they would go play or swim and I woud take a nap.

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Old 04-24-2013, 09:15 PM   #13
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I pulled my trailer 855 miles in one day last fall but wouldn't recommend it. That was a long day. I have done 500 plus with young kids and just kept them entrained. They were used to long road trips though, at least one 1200 plus mile road trip (one way) every other year minimum.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:34 AM   #14
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Don't know the mileage off the top of my head, but we went to and from Destin FL (from Knoxville) one day each way. That's with 6 kids ages 15 to twin 4 year olds. The longest I've done in a single day was Ft Wilderness to Nashville TN. We were wrapping up a vacation and had a sick child. I was starting to fear I'd get it and didn't want to spend a night on the road.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:58 AM   #15
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It's not the driving that's going to get you- no matter how many miles you travel in a day, it's the number of consecutive "one night stands".

Riding all day, setting up camp, making dinner, clean up, go to bed, wake up, get ready for the day, eat breakfast, clean up, break camp and get back on the road again. Repeat this cycle for about 2-3 nights and you’ll quickly find out that it’s a drag for both children and adults. You’re never truly “refreshed”. You've got to stop, relax, play, see the sights. After all, this is what it’s all about. The Cunard Lines has a motto: “Getting there is half the fun”. It should be yours, too.

I learned this lesson way back in 1989 when I planned a two week trip to Nova Scotia with my wife and two sons who were 11 and 7 at the time (and back in the days when electronic gadgetry to entertain children was non-existent). A complete itinerary was planned- where to stop, what to see, etc. The plans included a visit to Prince Edward Island. Starting From Pittsburgh, the first four nights were “one night stands”- Hazleton, PA, Sturbridge, MA, Bangor ME and Penobsquis, New Brunswick. The mileage wasn’t much (the most about 300 miles between stops) and we occasionally visited an attraction or two along the way. But, by the time we reached Penobsquis, everyone was frazzled. The constant “go, go, go” combined with being confined in a vehicle for "X" hours a day, plus the repetitious cycle mentioned previously had literally made zombies of us all.

Penobsquis was originally supposed to be a “one nighter” also, but it turned into two, and, in the process, put a family back together again. Instead of traveling, we actually enjoyed some of the amenities of the campground other than the shower house. We spent the day at The Rocks Provincial Park learning about the huge variance of the tides which occur in the Bay of Fundy. As for visiting P.E.I., we never made it. It got pre-empted in favor spending more time at other places.

From that point on, I’ve always tried to stay a minimum of two nights every time I stop, and if I do a “one night stand”, it is never consecutive.

Not to ignore your original question: The longest mileage I ever covered in a day was on that trip and it was from The Ovens Natural Park, near Lunenburg, NS to Christie’s Campground, near Newport, ME which, according to Google, is a distance of 517 miles. I have to admit, though, it was a long, grueling day. We didn’t get to Christie’s until about 1:00 AM. To me, there’s nothing worse (except if it’s raining too) than to come into a park for the first time at night. Even with a campground map, it’s difficult to orient yourself to where things actually are because often, the maps are not to scale. However, the real surprise occurs when you go outside for the first time in daylight, look around and say to yourself out loud, “Oh, so this is where we are. Look! There’s the lake that was on the map, and there’s the playground. Over there’s the…” .
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #17
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Hauling commercially as I do I 700- 800 miles towing per day (Today was 812)with kids I dont know if id get 150 miles per day! As someone else stated its the repetitive days that get to you. Make frequent stops to stretch it helps.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:40 PM   #18
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Personally I would split the trip from Seattle to So. California in two days, roughly 600 miles per day, even with kids.

I would however recommend for the average person to split it into 3 days, make two of them at least 450-500 miles, and make the final day 250 or so miles, it makes the final day much easier and you will arrive early in the afternoon.

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Old 04-26-2013, 03:46 AM   #19
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We weren't pulling a trailer but just did 800. Went slc utah to Seattle. With a 3 yr and 1 yr. with my kids they are better being restrained for one loooooong day. Than for two days.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:38 AM   #20
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With a trailer in tow, I have done 800. With a trailer, 350 to 400 sounds about right.

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