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Old 02-16-2016, 03:13 PM   #1
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Long Distance Travel Preferences

Our camping style is to make several short local trips with one or two long trips a year although we are still relatively new to the Escape lifestyle. Living on the Texas Gulf Coast means any trip to the Pacific Northwest, Glacier NP, Utah, the Black Hills or even the northeast can be 1000 to 2000 miles one way. My question is what are people's preferences for long trips? Average miles per day? How many nights at a stop "in transit"? What time of day do you stop? Etc...

I'd like to understand others preferences and travel styles as we plan our longer trips such as New Hampshire next fall.

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Old 02-16-2016, 03:27 PM   #2
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So much of this depends on your time frame. The best trip is not to have a schedule and just loaf along. This is one main reason we don't like reservations. You have to be at a certain point at a certain time. And yet if you don't have them, you sometimes have to stop earlier than you want to get a camping site. Basically we like to "play it by ear". Loren

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Old 02-16-2016, 03:52 PM   #3
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Agree. Most of the time we have an end point and a certain day to be somewhere. We can back up the start date to give us more time. We usually like to travel no more than 300 miles in a day and arrive NLT 3pm as a general rule. We are going to NH in September and its 1800 miles therefore six nights if we drive straight through stopping one night each. I'm thinking we will want to stop for two maybe three days in one or two spots along the way.
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:40 PM   #4
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I certainly would have liked far more time to see those parts of Canada we went through in a few weeks, but we did manage to see many spectacular places. I just know there are many more spectacular spots in those provinces that we missed.

I like to try to see something along the way instead of just driving across country. If we are going to do that, might as well have taken another mode of transportation with no trailer. The problem is that there is always some kind of schedule. We don't do many miles in a day unless necessary and see what we can at just about any stop. We do not do only one-nighters a great distance. Try to stay somewhere at least two nights and see the sights.

We also often arrive mid-afternoon unless held up by construction or wrong routes or some such. That may give a little time to see or do something.
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:29 PM   #5
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I have no musical talent. I know what I like, I recognize good talent, arrangement and general musicianship. I have experienced highly structured concerts and totally loose jam sessions. My thoughts are that camping is like music, sometimes you have to play it by ear, sometimes only perfectly executed reading and playing are necessary. When traversing the first 500 miles from our home we often will run that distance on the first day. We aren't usually bypassing anything we haven't seen in the past 50 years. Other days, we travel 150 miles and set up for three or four days. We like to stop by about three p.m. but will run later to make a destination. I don't like to make reservations unless it's for a rally or a holiday weekend or to get a specific campsite somewhere. My take, most of the time, you gotta play it by ear. The best memories start out as mistakes or suprises.
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:05 PM   #6
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I don't like to drive more than 200-250 miles on a travel day. So I'll drive this distance, stay at a location for a week to ten days, then continue. I try to travel on a Sunday, Monday, or Wednesday, and if I arrive in early afternoon I can usually find a site without making reservations. Exceptions are the popular national parks such as Yellowstone, where reservations are necessary. Also, on my current trip I have discovered that south Florida state parks are full in the winter (surprise, surprise) so reservations are needed there as well.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:36 PM   #7
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There are too many variables to answer that accurately, as some have pointed out. We like to wing it, generally. That is of course, provided we have the time. For the upcoming trip to the Osoyoos Rally for example, we aren't going to be winging it at all. We've got about 4 days to travel over 2150 miles - so that means alot of driving each day. Not our preference, but I couldn't swing more time off.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:41 PM   #8
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and then there are weather issues, particularly in spring and summer where you need to get through Tornado Alley quickly, that was my issue last year getting across the US to California quickly and then north to Osoyoos. We had to dodge storms in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:43 PM   #9
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we spent last year living on board and traveling/ working around the US. 20,000 miles /7 months. we figured an average of 50 MPH including fuel/ rest and food breaks. we split decent fast food with DIY meals. Our longest days were in the 500 mile range when we had to be somewhere. shortest was a couple hunny when we were on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Start times were 0800 - 1000 and looking for camping generally an hour or 2 before dark. we were generally moving for work so when we weren't we stayed in one location for numerous days.

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Old 02-16-2016, 07:43 PM   #10
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Sometimes I drive 600 miles in a day, sometimes fewer. I rarely stay at a stop longer than overnight unless there is something I want to see or do there. I don't hang around for the sake of hanging around. And I generally do not drive after dark. Even on a marathon drive, when the sun starts to get low in the sky, I find a place to stop. If I have a destination in mind, I want to get there without dawdling and then think about staying for an extended period.

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