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Old 07-06-2016, 11:56 AM   #11
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I think coming out of Boston and expecting 650 miles the first day is tough. Taking the NYS Thruway?

We have done 600 miles in our rig but... I dont think you need to. Did you factor in the hour difference? Maybe two.. dont know your destination. It helps going West. Not good going East.

We always reserved ahead. Maybe not much ahead but at least a few hours. The trouble is that in CG that you are just parking in you get no time to enjoy the pool etc.
I have never done WalMart.

And we have been on the road for 55 nights this year. The most nights in one place was four.

Winds can make your travel a real un joy with a big unit and much more tiring than a car.

I and most in my family have traveled Maine to South Carolina in one fell swoop with no stops save eat and etc and also CT to CO. Not a big deal to put on 1000 miles in 16 hours. But its different with the trailer.

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Old 07-06-2016, 12:10 PM   #12
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If it was a weekend, particularly a long weekend, I would try and book those nights in advance to make sure I am not driving around looking for sites when tired at the end of a day. During the week, I have never had a problem finding a KOA or similar with a pull through to drop anchor overnight and be on our way in the morning. I like the flexibility so that if we are are delayed during the day due to traffic or construction or we feel like driving a couple of hours extra to shorten the next day we don't have to worry about reservations.

I would also second the Casino option. This spring for $22 we had water and 30/50 amp, free wifi and access to the Casino Hotel pool and hot tub which was nice after a day of driving.

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Old 07-06-2016, 03:41 PM   #13
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You can place me squarely in the Anal Camp. We are heading west to Colorado in a week and will be pushing hard the first three days. Yes, I am aware of contingencies but booked the 2 nights we will be on the road. Did not want to sleep in Wally's world/rest stops unless necessary. I already checked Google Maps/Satellite for Fuel Stops that can accommodate TV and Trailer. Listed all on a Spreadsheet with Towns/exits, Mileage and approx. times.

One 'advantage' we have is that I/we do not mind leaving early. DW & I will be leaving our house @ 3 am the first day I will have 3 hours on the road before the Sun & most people will be up . Next 2 days I hope to leave as early as possible without disturbing neighbors. Plan on staying hooked up to TV if possible.
Once there it will be time to relax and have a cold one. Trip home will be over many more days.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:25 PM   #14
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Definitely plan for fuel stops and stay overs. You can use an app like Rv parks to plan your stops. We just returned from Denver(1000 mile trip) and camped overnight once. I drove twelve hours the first day it make for a rough day. On the way back I broke the trip in half. Plan for things to happen I went through Kansas and the winds cut my fuel mileage in half plus made me slow down..
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:09 PM   #15
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I may be a bit late for you, but another vote for "wing it".

We just got back from a 4500 mile trip out west to Glacier. We push it hard to get out there and back to maximize time spent at destination. Driving 14 to 16 hours is fairly common for us. With this, and all the "unknowns" of traveling with an RV, traffic, floods and who knows what else you may come across.

When I start feeling like my limit is approaching (about an hour or two), DW gets out her iPhone and starts looking at our options. Usually Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrels, Cabela's, Bass Pro, rest areas, truck stops. Rest areas and truck stops are usually a last resort due to the noise. She uses an App called "All stays" to look for stuff. Used to be free, but apparently costs a few bucks now. I also use an App called Iexit.

In the trip we just got home from, we stayed at a Cracker Barrel in Illinois, a Wal-Mart in North Dakota, a rest area on a two lane highway in Montana (heard only 2 trucks at that one), a Wal-Mart in Fargo North Dakota and a noisy toll road plaza in Indiana. We are literally pulling in, going to sleep, getting up and leaving, so no parking lot camping. There are times when a campground sounds like a good idea, but I don't expect that anyone would be happy with me pulling in at 1 am and parking only to leave by 8 am.

I don't worry about running the generator if I need to. Have only needed to do it twice due to outside temps, but I have a Yamaha 2400, so is fairly reasonable noise wise.

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Old 07-09-2016, 08:11 PM   #16
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We have a general idea of where we want to stop, and a couple of hours before we stop, I hit the interwebs for possible campsites. We are finding that County Fairgrounds are some of the best and cheapest places to stay, especially just for an overnighter. Most have campgrounds for exhibitors during their fairs, and the rest of the time rent spots to whoever comes through. The best bathrooms/showers EVER, from RV parks to campgrounds, are at the TriCounty Fairgrounds in Bishop, CA, and are only $15/night.

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Old 07-11-2016, 06:53 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone for the advice and suggestions. Iíve decided on the way out to book the two nights we will be stopping. First night is at a KoA 575 miles from home. Second night is also at another KoA, 478 miles away. Both sites are pull-through so I donít have to disconnect. That leaves the last day of traveling at around 425 miles. Iíll see how this goes and then decide if I want to Ďwing-ití on the way back home or plan overnight camping stops again.

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Old 07-11-2016, 08:09 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Aero_Dave View Post
Thanks everyone for the advice and suggestions. Iíve decided on the way out to book the two nights we will be stopping. First night is at a KoA 575 miles from home. Second night is also at another KoA, 478 miles away. Both sites are pull-through so I donít have to disconnect. That leaves the last day of traveling at around 425 miles. Iíll see how this goes and then decide if I want to Ďwing-ití on the way back home or plan overnight camping stops again.

Smart move, at this time of year it's not uncommon for a campground along a major route to sell out fairly early. And finding a pull through will be almost impossible. Have a great trip and thank your kids for their service.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:42 AM   #19
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650 miles is a long day. I have done it, took about 16 hours with fuel stops, food, road construction, etc.

Personally I would wing it. If you are tired you can stop a few miles short, or energized go a few extra miles.

An alternative driving option; A few years ago, the DW had a trip planned for us, to leave early morning for 550 miles. I convinced her that the HTT was already going to be packed, letís leave after rush hour the night before, and put a few miles (170) on the rig that night to make the next day a bit easier. Traffic was light, we were energized, it was cool (for being near the 4th of July). We actually went about 270 miles instead. When we decided to keep pushing ahead, the DW was on her phone looking at options ahead for the next 150 miles. We pulled into a State Park at dusk. Slept in an hour the next morning and got on the road again, fully refreshed, and way ahead of schedule.

Run with a few gallons of water in the FW tank, this way if you need an unexpected nap keep a Walmart, Cabella as an option in the back pocket. By the way I have been told the Cabellaís in Mitchell SD, has power points in the curbs for RVers, per a good friend of mine, I have not personal verified. He said it was the best treatment from a business he has ever experienced, he said a Cabellaís employee came out to his TT, told him about the power, gave them discount coupons for the store and their restaurant, and other local businesses.

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Old 07-13-2016, 04:34 AM   #20
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I have done 2 trips cross country, VA to MT and Wyoming and back to VA. I just winged it and used phone apps to find campgrounds along the way. Was only turned down once, but the next campground down the road had a spot. I did the drive in 3 days from VA to Wyoming, but it was grueling! We drove from 7am to usually about 7 pm. I don't recommend it unless you are used to it! I use a tpms for my tires and checked everything all the way around at every stop. I was lucky, knock on wood, and didn't have any issues except some real bad storms in South Dakota. Good luck and safe travels to you!

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