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Old 04-26-2015, 03:34 PM   #11
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We're not at point yet in life where there is no time frame for a trip, even if it's an 8 week trip, there is a start and finish date.
We're not at that point either. Gotta get on a plane in the morning and go work.
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Old 04-26-2015, 03:44 PM   #12
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We traveled, weather permitting, 4 hours a day ...from 10-2pm.

Missed the individuals who are still in the rat race going to work and back.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:04 PM   #13
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Bummer. So how many days does that leave you with to get there and back?
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I'd also want to factor in terrain. For example mountains/prairies will make a huge difference. Also, since the whole towing thing is new to us, we don't bite off long daily distances. For example, last year we drove from Peachland, BC to Manning Park, BC. I don't remember how long that day was. But we had lots of hills and curves to deal with and then getting into a provincial park for the first time. I was quite tired when we finally were set up at the camp site. (FYI we really liked Manning Provincial Park.)

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Old 04-26-2015, 05:19 PM   #15
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We have made many Ohio to the Rocky Mountain West trips over the last 40 years. When you are working, or have to get back to school you just don't have a choice. 500-600 miles is a good target. 860 miles in one day was a stupid mistake not to be repeated. We choose a quick breakfast before breaking camp (or coffee and a muffin on the road). Lunch is a sandwich at a rest area. Travel is easier out west than in the east.

Although not perfect (or free) KOAs are convenient and usually reliable. Like McDonalds...you know what to expect most of the time.
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:15 PM   #16
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With the extra insulation and double windows, truck stops are not that noisy, I'll pull over around 2 am and sleep till 6 am and then off for breakfast and another day of driving, then the second day stop at a KOA, shower and clean up and get in bed by 8 pm. Then repeat the same the next 2 days. That way I get in close to 12-14 hours one day and 8-10 the next. "Next Exit" is a good book or APP to have. I also fill up at 1/3 to prevent those, "I wished I had stopped at that last gas station 4 exits ago" scenario.
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:51 PM   #17
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Bummer. So how many days does that leave you with to get there and back?
Ruthe, I have a window of time myself August 11th to Sept 11th. They have the kids reporting to school the Thursday before Labor Day weekend. My daughter will be entering 7th grade, so I doubt even any homework that weekend. Knowing our district, bet a few other kids will miss those two days too.

Recently I've done a few day trips to Boston and DC for sight seeing. These have involved the return trip being at night. I use to love night driving, not so much anymore. In my 20's I drove across a few times. Sometimes in a rush, other times stopping to smell the roses. Even limped a 1978 VW bus across once. Some legs being 800 miles. IMO 300 or less while towing would be great, but don't want to have to drive everyday.

Heading west I see my wife helping out, heading home once hitched, I don't see her being interested in driving. I'd be ok with the trip as long as we scratch the surface at Yellowstone, soak at a few hot springs, and not spend the entire trip on the interstate. Not a whole lot I want to see between here and the Dakotas, beside maybe an Amusement Park in Ohio. $3000 to have it deliveried to NJ at the tail end of the season would not sit well after all the traveling sacrifices we made this harsh Winter. I want to do the trip, but be safe and have fun at the same time.
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Just remember Vinny,
The tolls going back will be a lot more than the ones going out, if you do travel on the turnpikes.
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:06 PM   #19
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We have made 3 trips of over 4000 miles and one of about 2500 miles in the last 2 years .
The daily average for miles driven was a little less than 150 miles /day . The longest one day drive was approx 500 miles . I do not enjoy driving ,that thrill was lost when I was a teenager plus we are retired so 5 to 6 hours per day of driving is more than enough for us. Driving 10 to 12 hours a day seems more like a job then a enjoyable vacation IMHO
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We did 1450 miles back from Chilliwack in 2 days, pretty average for us.

Most of our (long) weekend camping will be within Colorado or a neighboring state; but for vacation we're inclined to spend more days at the destination and less commuting.
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