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Old 04-26-2015, 09:07 PM   #21
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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.
We are similar to Jim. We are still working and vacation time is limited so we will do a couple longer days to get where we are going. Usually we leave early in the morning, do a long day, stop when we get tired (1am?), sleep somewhere like a rest area/walmart..., and continue on the next day to a campground by supper for showers, a relaxed meal, and early bedtime. We can do 14-16 hours the first day and 10 the next day. We have multiple drivers and I can sleep while others drive. We could push even harder if necessary, but I think safety has to come first.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:00 PM   #22
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We drive in a similar fashion to ericw and cpaharley2008 when we want to get to a destination rather than take our time with the journey. On our long days we'll put in about 900 miles. We spend the nights at a WalMart or similar. If restocking is necessary, the store tends to be quiet late in the evening. It really helps being able to swap drivers every few hours. Listening to audiobooks also helps the miles fly by. Get some great "reading" in this way too. I wouldn't want to put in more than about 3 days in a row driving like this though.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:18 PM   #23
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I forget what state we were in recently; thinking Utah- where there were highway signs posted fairly often warning of driving tired. There is a syndrome that one can check out on the web where they say it is as bad as DUI.
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I forget what state we were in recently; thinking Utah- where there were highway signs posted fairly often warning of driving tired. There is a syndrome that one can check out on the web where they say it is as bad as DUI.
Yes, a large percentage of accidents are single vehicle and that would be the reason for many of them. So get your beauty sleep!
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:20 AM   #25
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We usually plan no more than 500 miles per day, and I much prefer 200 miles. Once we did an 800-mile day, although I wouldn't recommend that. Before leaving home we use googlemaps.com to plan the locations of our camping stops and to predict the daily drive times before we go on a trip. Because we typically drive 60 mph, and need gas, rest breaks and meal stops, we add 10% to whatever drive time googlemaps estimates.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:00 AM   #26
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Cannot provide a specific number of miles but I can provide a list. I drive/tow until:
1) I reach the intended destination; or
2) Evening Darkness is approaching; or
3) I notice fatigue setting in.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:22 AM   #27
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If need be, I can do a couple of 10 hour days of driving with little trouble. We do this when destination RVing a lot. Get where we want to go, and settle in and relax there. I learned years ago, that one night here, and one night there, is not enjoyable for us, as we always seem to be on the go. Thus when we drive, we drive lots. When we stop, we like to stop for a longer time.

Of course, once I retire this will all change, and I will gladly do much less driving in one day. Heck drive 2-3 hours and stop for a few days. Nice......

Unlike others, I MUCH prefer driving at night, or in the early hours. Darkness does not bother me at all, and I actually feel safer knowing other vehicles are more visible with the lights shining down the road. Plus, there is way less traffic outside of the 6AM-8PM drive times.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:50 AM   #28
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I find as I get older, night time driving is less relaxing, especially pulling a trailer. Most construction is done at night to alleviate back ups and pulling a trailer thru some of those "restricted lanes" at night time gets a little hairy. Plus there are the night time animals to deal with, deer and other nocturnal animals come out at night to feed. On familiar roads night time is okay, but I prefer daytime on new routes, so that sightseeing can relieve the boredom. With long days in the summer, one can easily get in 12-14 hours of daylight and setting up is definitely more enjoyable in the day time.
Just to show you that each one has their now preferences, some like night, others prefer days.
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Old 04-27-2015, 10:13 AM   #29
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I find any driving relaxing, pulling a trailer makes no difference to me. Around here, most road construction happens during the day.

Another plus with night driving, is that big rigs are the majority of the traffic, and they tend to move along at a good pace.

One of the bigger reasons I like driving in the dark, is I find it easy less tiring on my eyes, sunlight tends to wear on them.

If driving new routes, I prefer daylight too, especially if there is good scenery around.
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Old 04-27-2015, 05:38 PM   #30
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We aim for no more than 500 miles per day. We travel at 60 mph and that makes about a 10 hour day including stops. I heard a blogger promoting 330, that is no more than 330 miles per day or stopping by 3:30 pm whichever comes first.
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