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Old 03-18-2016, 09:49 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by CADreamin View Post
Not sure about miles, but if we have a destination, we will usually travel between 4 and 6 hours. Depending on the terrain (mountains, etc.) that usually equates to about 200-300 miles/day. We're planning a trip to South Dakota this summer and our longest stretch will be from home to Winnemucca NV, about 7 hours (440 mi). No real stops planned as we've seen the landscape from here to Reno many times and there's not much to see from there to Winnemucca.
Good info. I appreciate your comments on hours behind the steering wheel which is at least as important a metric as miles driven.

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Old 03-18-2016, 09:54 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Steve R View Post
50-60 miles per day on the Olympic peninsula sounds like a relaxing trip.
Steve with all that beauty surrounding you , you don't have far to go . Can't wait to get back up there soon . Kids want us to move there , maybe we will run into each other . Pat

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Old 03-19-2016, 10:15 AM   #13
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I can wake up at the crack of dawn, drink a cup of coffee, eat a roll with butter on it, and drive all day till the Sun goes down if I really want to get to a destination. I still think it is key that on these long days you do not drive at night or in the dark.

200 miles is easy.
350 miles and I start thinking about my limit for the day which could be much higher, but gives me an idea of where I might camp.
500 miles and I pat myself on the back.
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:44 AM   #14
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Normally we travel 4 to 6 hours or 200 to 300 miles per day . We have driven up to 600 miles in one day but it is rare and not very enjoyable . ( I do all the driving ) .We are retired so we are not under a time constraint so 2 or 3 days one way or the other is not an issue.
You pass up a lot of great / interesting sites by traveling 12 hours a day going down an Interstate at 75 MPH
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:13 AM   #15
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Depends. Curvy roads with bad asphalt can be brutal. Last year I went to the NorCal rally in Quincy, CA. Those last 50 miles on CA State Hwy 70 dang near did me in. I think the scenery was spectacular. Wouldn't know as I didn't dare take my eyes off the road!
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Old 03-19-2016, 01:53 PM   #16
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For me, it's not really either distance or total time - it's time of day; I just can't drive too late. That means that with an early start a 13-hour day covering 1500 kilometres (900 miles) of highway (not towing) or maybe 1200 km (750 mi) of highway (towing, or driving the motorhome) is no problem. We have driven between Edmonton and Vancouver in a single day several times, but not with an RV. Three or four brief stops are appropriate for that kind of full day.

A trailer does slow down our pace, since acceleration is slower, grade climbing is slower, and appropriate cornering speeds are lower. Although the driving experience is more intense (and thus potentially tiring), I don't have an issue with that... but then I like driving so the trailer just makes the drive more interesting.

An RV (such as a travel trailer) adds flexibility and makes splitting up the trip with an extra stop more attractive.

The appropriate distance depends on the situation, and it often doesn't make sense to blast by stuff instead of enjoying the places being driven through. On the other hand with limited time and a specific destination it doesn't make sense to spend the whole vacation travelling and almost no time at the destination. Those of us who live on the prairies are accustomed to long stretches of covering distance to get to where we want to spend our time.
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:06 AM   #17
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On multi-day trips we try to average 200 mpd. But that doesn't count the days we discover something special and decide an extra day or three is a good use of time.

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Old 03-20-2016, 11:16 AM   #18
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Did 600 mile days coming back from Florida. Next time I will make it a 2-1/2 day trip. Wife and I swore no more after dark setting up. Doing 450 on a " no stop let's get there" is much better.


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Old 03-20-2016, 11:58 AM   #19
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Like Brian, we, relatives and friends often do the Edmonton-Vancouver or Calgary-Vancouver run in a single day. We've done it with the Scamp.

I find that it depends on how familiar I am with the destination or camping spot I am, the further I'm willing to drive to "get there". The one thing I don't like doing is arriving in the dark at an unknown spot. Our typical "going South" routine is the last rest stop in WA., last state park in OR. and then central CA.

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Old 03-20-2016, 01:09 PM   #20
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