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Old 02-19-2015, 09:44 AM   #11
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Your retired.. time to change your thinking.. it is not the destination it is the trip. Take your time enjoy the sights.. some days I only go 100 miles some days I go 600.. it all depends on how I feel and the weather.. There are many beautiful places to see stop and see them. Also remember the ST tires on your trailer are only rated to 65 mph.. A blow out can ruin your day.. or even worse your trip..
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:10 AM   #12
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Also remember the ST tires on your trailer are only rated to 65 mph.. A blow out can ruin your day.. or even worse your trip..
110%!!
I cruise less than 65mph for that reason.
That sounds like an excellent adventure that you are considering. Our longest trip to date has been about 2000mi which isn't far compared to some other posts.
To prep for a trip like that I'd:
1) check the tires carefully
2) check (or have checked) the brakes and bearings
3) get a tire pressure monitor
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:54 PM   #13
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Completed 8400km's last year over 23 days and plan on over 10,000km's this summer over 30 days. I would have kept going if I had more vacation time.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:07 PM   #14
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The distance is no problem at all with your trailer. I would put a set of Maxxis tires on it and check into shocks if your having the bounce problem.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:32 PM   #15
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How far you want to go is all a matter of how much you want to spend and how much time you have.

In 2005 we took our old 17ft hybrid on a trip out west and did a total of almost 6000 miles. We had a fantastic time.
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Old 02-19-2015, 03:36 PM   #16
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I made the trip cross country a long time ago. I would suggest, that if you have the time.....a week out and a week back gets awfully short. That was the schedule we had and it was tough, without pulling a trailer. 450 miles/day is going to be tough if you expect to stop and see some things and there are tons of things to see and do.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:44 PM   #17
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tawoo, I think it's very doable with the month you have. But, you might want to consider 10 days driving each way so you can stop and see sights that interest you along the way. You would still have 10 days to visit with your family when your here in the west. Driving with an RV can be more stress than a car, so if you can drive less per day, you will be less frazzled at the end of the drive.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:09 PM   #18
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More great tips and encouragement! Thanks all especially the folks that have actually traveled while pulling a travel trailer that distance. You speak from experience.
That will be the balancing act; time with family versus sights to see. One month does not seem so long after all.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:23 PM   #19
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If I had the time I would drive all over the country and Canada. I try to limit myself to 500 miles a day or less. Fill up with gas in the morning, fill up with gas around 250 miles or so (stupid small tank in the Tundra) and stop for dinner. 6 hours driving in a day is usually enough for me, especially with a 2 year old and a boy who will be about 4 months when camping season comes around.
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That will be the balancing act; time with family versus sights to see. One month does not seem so long after all.
When I was about 14 the family took a 6 week cross country trip. Left MD, went down south, across the Gulf Coast and northern Texas, through New Mexico and Vegas, back down south a little through Cali, then up the Pacific Coast Highway (best drive of the trip was the PCH!!!), then back east through Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, up across the Great Plains and northern US and back to MD. 6 weeks wasn't enough. When I do it again I plain to take 3 months or more. Enjoy the places you like and scoot through places you don't. Take a couple days or a week in nice locales and truly enjoy the experience...
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