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Old 08-16-2015, 09:49 PM   #1
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Ottawa to fort wilderness

Hey everyone the wife and I plan on honeymooning in fw. We are looking for recommendations on overnight campground in the Petersburg Va. area along the 95 any ideas? This will be our first long haul with our x17z am I over shooting to think we can go about 700 miles a day make it in 2 days? Should I break this up into 450-500 miles in 3 days? My TV is a chev Equinox v6 AWD

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Old 08-16-2015, 10:27 PM   #2
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Wow. 700 a day for 2 days towing seems quite ambitious. I do not like 700 miles a day not towing. I try about 400 if camping or about 500 if hotels while towing. That was with our pop up, so a little longer to set up then a hybrid or hard side. With our new hard side, I would still say about 500 a day if camping. I usually plan at about 50 mph. I know you will probably drive faster then that, but that averages in for potty breaks, construction, fuel, fast food or makings sandwiches, and slower speed zones. I have been a trucking dispatcher for years, and have found that a 50 mph average is easy to calculate and fairly accurate for most drivers. Also remember you will not accelerate as quickly, may not be able to pass big trucks, will have harder times finding parking places for stops or fueling, then when driving while not towing. These all add time.

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Old 08-17-2015, 05:56 AM   #3
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I agree that 2 days is a bit ambitious. I did 2 days from Detroit (just under 600/day), and if I was going any further, I would have added another day to the trip. I would try to split it into 3 days.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:24 AM   #4
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WOW that is over 11 hours a day of driving... + fuel stops and food.. Please remember that RV (ST) tires are only rated to 65 mph.
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:37 PM   #5
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Wave when you pass through Florida and go over the St.Johns river on I-4. We are about 1.5 hours away from Disney and spent last weekend at Ft. Wilderness.

As for 700 miles a day, I wouldn't see it as a safe way to go. Maybe just maybe if all conditions were perfect and you had 3 drivers. But in reality with traffic, construction, speed traps, and everything else I would give it at least 3 days, maybe 4 .
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:38 PM   #6
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For a possible place to stay around Petersburg, Va look at Pocohantas State Park. All you would have to do is get off and go about 20 miles to get there. I am sure there are several commercial CG but they would be much more expensive.

2 Days from Ottawa to FW is way to ambitious. Without towing it is a solid 14-16 hours from Petersburg to Orlando. Might want to rethink that because if you are going through DC you are looking at a lot of delays do to traffic and construction. Figure about 3 hours right there just to get south of DC.
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Old 08-18-2015, 02:53 PM   #7
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Break it up into 400+ miles per day. 700 a day is a good way to start divorce proceedings instead of a honeymoon! (Don't ask how I know)

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Old 08-18-2015, 03:56 PM   #8
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Definetly 3 day trip

Hey Cavi,

I did the trip from the Toronto area to FW last year and travel South of the border a couple of times a year. We go down through Buffalo, I suspect you will be going down through the Kingston area?? So Our routes and stops will be different but the time lines are similar. You are looking at a 22-24 hour drive, not including stops.

I spend 9 hours a day in a car for work and am very comfortable driving long hours. There is no way I would even consider doing that drive in two days. Pulling a TT is exhausting compared to driving your car. As others have said, do yourself a favour and enjoy three days of travel time to get there.

My suggestion for day one is to only plan on driving 6-7 hours. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, you have to cross the border. I normally leave home at 0500 on the first day of travel to decrease the time spent at the border crossing. But the main reason for the short day is to allow for grocery shopping. Remember that you can not take meat, produce or dairy across the border. You will have to buy the bulk of your grocieries State Side. We normally pick a campground that has amenities near by, we arrive at the camp site first and then unhook and go pick up groceries. Plan on the trip to the grocery store to take at least twice the time you are accustomed to, the store you are in will not be your local Loblaws, the layout will be different and you will have to substitute products as they will not carry the brands you know at home.

Day two I am normally still fresh and will try to put in my "Long" day. I normally max out a 9 hours of drive time. Which realistically converts to 11-12 hours on the road. Remember you will probably be stopping for fuel at a maximum of every 250km. There are a few places where gas stations become rare so never let it get below a quarter tank.

That leaves about 7-8 hours on day three. Short enough that you still have at least some energy to enjoy The Most Magical Place in the World on your first night.

Have a great honeymoon... But be warned you are heading to Camping Nirvana... No other place on earth will compare once you have stayed at the Fort!

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Old 08-18-2015, 05:34 PM   #9
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We drove straight thru com8ng home from disney last summer. Just over 800 miles and 15 hours behind the wheel made for a very long and miserable day. That 15 hours includes stopping 3 times. Breakfasts lunch and dinner and filling the truck with fuel at each stop.

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Old 08-19-2015, 06:39 PM   #10
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i did it in 2 days from toronto, was going to do 3 but we were too excited, i drive for 12 hours a day at my job so this was really not that big of a deal for me, we did the ky route in the winter tho

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