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Old 04-24-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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How many miles per day have you driven with young kids in tow?

We're planning a trip from Seattle to So. California, and I'm just curious what others think is reasonable for 1 day of driving with the camper. I'll have my wife and 2 young kids, and they have done well with long drives in the past (Seattle to Sandpoint, ID). However this is much longer. We are planning on 3-4 days each direction.

The hope is to get 6 hours on the road +/- 360 miles per day. This will allow us a full day including stops for meals and bathroom breaks, etc. but not too aggressive

Any thoughts or advice?
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:11 PM   #2
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400 in one day was the most I`ve done towing the TT, and I was wore out.....but the younger crowd may not mind it. That was also with the 1500 and on a windy, rainy day so conditions were far from ideal.
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Well, the farthest we've gone is 625 miles. Of course we were younger then....now 400 miles is our limit.
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How many miles per day have you driven with young kids in tow?

When we have made long trips( houston to new mexico and houston to orlandp i drove at night. The kids slept the whole way. I would rest when i needed but it was easy driving with everyone asleep. When morning came we would stop for breakfast and recharge my batteries. I would crash after getting set up.
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snip.....The hope is to get 6 hours on the road +/- 360 miles per day. This will allow us a full day including stops for meals and bathroom breaks, etc. but not too aggressive....snip
If your 360 miles is all freeways, IMO 6 hours "drive time" is doable under ideal travel conditions..., but I would add "drive time" if non-freeway travel is part of your route.

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If your 360 miles is all freeways, IMO 6 hours "drive time" is doable under ideal travel conditions..., but I would add "drive time" if non-freeway travel is part of your route.

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Just make sure you have activities for them and lots of snacks. I hate to say this, as I hate them. But if you have a portable DVD player or an Ipad with movies on it, it makes the trip a breeze, for you and the kids.

Depending on your plans you might be able to get a couple hundred miles jump start if you leave after work, instead of leaving in the morning.

Without the trailer I have gone 10 hours of driving with our son (sleeping a good amount of time too, and over 12 hours with when flying somewhere. However, he is a very seasoned traveler and is always looking for the next trip.
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410 miles in one day with grandkids...thank goodness for game boys or nintendos, whatever they are.
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If your 360 miles is all freeways, IMO 6 hours "drive time" is doable under ideal travel conditions..., but I would add "drive time" if non-freeway travel is part of your route.

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Yes, we'll be on Interstate 5 the entire time. All RV parks are within a mile of the freeway. The goal is to get an early start each day with meals planned, and hopefully get in early enough to give the kids a couple hours to swim. We do have a DVD player so that may be my lifeboat if it gets too rough.

I guess I'm of a different breed because I enjoyed road trips at a young age, even all nighters. As you can see from my sig that I'm a railroad nut. Put some tracks or trains next to the road and I'm entertained indefinitely!
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I love to drive. My 16 year old son and I did 700 miles in one day! Don't recommend it! 500 is my new max! Class C pulling a Honda CRV. I can easily do 500. But my preference would be 300 -400 pr day
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So far 200 miles (1 way) has been our max pulling the TT. I would not hesitate to do 400 in a day on the highway, just have not needed to go that far yet. Thankfully both our girls were built for road trips And yes, DVDs and game systems help keep them occupied but my girls also bring coloring books and stuffed animals to occupy themselves. We still limit their digital interaction even when on the road.
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