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Old 05-19-2014, 09:56 PM   #29
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There was a psychological report out some time back
that said that "driving" makes us feel happy. So those
that drive for a long time should be pretty HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY.

We made a 1200 mile trip last week. I tried to figure a half
way stopping point but felt pretty good so went even further.
Thought it would give us a better second day.

On the way back I was really feeling pretty good and thought
I would pull a 24 hour drive. But my GPS kept taken me off
the path and we would up in Atlanta, GA during evening rush
hour..................ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhh. I was such a mess
we pulled up in Rome, GA and made it another two day trip.

I just laid out a route for our next trip down that will take
NO Interstate and we will by-pass ALL big cities. About the
same distance, but will go through towns every 5 to 10 miles
with some 30 to 40 miles apart. I have no idea what the driving
time will be, so will just have to plan on taking however it will take.
It may take twice as much time. But should see something other
than asphalt shoulders.............LOL

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Old 05-19-2014, 10:04 PM   #30
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Ditto Donna. My time is finite, so I'm getting where I'm going so I can relax instead of sitting in a vehicle.

She's all loaded up and ready to go in the morning!

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Old 05-19-2014, 10:15 PM   #31
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I don't like towing and driving because I never see a flippin' thing! Two lane roads are worse. I stick to the interstates and get where I want to go as soon as I can get there...SIGH.
I agree with donna about sticking to the interstate. If I'm driving a long distance, the interstates make it easier. You don't have to deal with local traffic, and You don't get to see anything. That being said, I like to plan my driving so that I only do 300 to 400 miles in a day. When I know that I will just be stopping for the night, and not unhitching, I also tend to start out late morning or early afternoon. Kind of backfired on me a few weeks ago when I found myself driving through Houston, TX in rush hour traffic... Live and learn
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:36 PM   #32
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We prefer to do no more than about 250 miles a day (often doing less), but we've done more than that when we've had to. Now that both my DH and I are retired and in our "senior" years, we find that our bodies start protesting loud and clear if we put in too long a day behind the wheel even with frequent breaks to stretch our legs. Keeping our mileage low allows us plenty of time to stop and explore interesting places when they present themselves. I do understand that those with limited time, because they're still working or have other obligations, have to put in long days of driving but I'm glad we no longer have to do that very often.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:55 PM   #33
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I find that the best trips are those without plans. I have no set amount of time to drive or when to stop. Sometimes I drive 3 or 4 hours sometimes up to 16 hours. The seat in my truck is quite comfortable, curse control allows me to move my feet a bit, power seat allows for changing sitting position. A rest and stretch every couple hours is pretty important. I stop when I get sleepy, what ever time of day that is. In the middle of the day a 1/2 nap sometimes is what's needed. I never worry about where I'm going to sleep. I think in the past 10 years of using the Scamp I've spent about 3 single nights in an RV park or campground. I hate paying for simple nights sleep. Rest areas, casinos, Wal-Mart, Truck stops all server for a little sleep.
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:37 AM   #34
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My wife and I just drove from Dayton, OH to home near St Paul, MN yesterday with our Scamp. It was a bit over 700 miles and a bit over 14 hours. We would have liked to stop along the way to stop and smell the roses and see the sights, but sometimes that is not possible.

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Old 05-20-2014, 10:56 AM   #35
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In Houston it is always "Rush Hour" 24/7
RV There yet??
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:49 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by reeves99 View Post
We found about 250 miles was comfortable. That's about 4 hours @ 60 mph but with stops for lunch and coffees the trip often took more than 6.

The longest days were through Texas where we did about 350 miles in one day which I found tiring.

We're retired so there was no rush


I drove across Texas at its widest 730 miles. Then across New Mexico--only another 160 miles before stopping at the rest area a few miles into Arizona. I did not want to spend two days in Texas, and had a second wind so I decided to set a goal of sleeping in Arizona. I was not towing.

My record unladen non stop was 1500 miles in a day. I was dead tired when approaching St Louis and pressed on to avoid the morning traffic and road construction. It would have been hell. Then on the other side there was nowhere to stop. I eventually found a casino parking lot and crashed there in the back of my pickup--which had a cap and comfy long twin bed in the back.

Traveling laden I tend to stop more frequently perhaps 40% of what I drive unladen. When you have the comforts of home it is easy to stop, slow down for whatever reason. Sometimes I'm fresh but the truckers passing me at high speed are annoying. I try to keep up, to minimize the passing but often feel it is not worth it at night and find a place to stop. I no longer feel rushed and enough taking a leisurely breakfast and stop more frequently. It is much nicer and the dogs are happier. I also tend to avoid the interstates, like many of you have mentioned, because I like the slower pace.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:01 PM   #37
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Some people are into "shunpiking" where they avoid the freeways. Not me. Two lane roads, scenic though they may be, are often stressful with tailgaters pushing even if I'm doing the speed limit. Don't get me started on the Olympic Peninsula!
It's not the size.....
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:30 PM   #38
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If I drive, then I drive... Usually 800-900 miles/day when I travel in my Grand Marquis from motel to motel for a night sleep, or ~500 miles/day when pulling Scamp 16 behind from RV park to RV park. I love to drive...
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:04 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by Don'n'Deb View Post
In Houston it is always "Rush Hour" 24/7
It sure is and if we go north we always have to go thru Houston!
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:26 PM   #40
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It sure is and if we go north we always have to go thru Houston!
Makes mental note:
Never ever go to or through Houston..........LOL
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:58 AM   #41
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It varies for me depending on where I'm going, what I'm planning on doing. It could be 12-14 hours and maybe 600 miles or it could be less than 100 miles. If I'm going to Colorado or Arizona or somewhere else from Michigan, I tend to get the in between behind me as fast as possible.
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:15 PM   #42
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i generally apply the "2, 4, 6 rule" to determine daily stopping points...

200 miles, 4 hours or 6pm...whichever comes first.

i'm retired and can take my time finally.


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