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Old 04-14-2015, 02:22 AM   #1
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Trip planning

We have had fifth wheel campers since 2009, and have used them exclusively for weekend trips which were always a straight to the campground on the same night we left.
This comming July 4th weekend, we are planning our first long haul trip to upstate NY from Florida. I figure it will be a 3 day drive with 2 night stop overs each way.
Just currious, so I have a few questions for those who make long distance trips.
1. what do you use for an average day milage for trip planning?
2. Do you base your planning on miles or hours of driving?
3. How do you decide where to stop?
4. I would like enough time at each stop to set up the 5'er, cook dinner, and drink an adualt beverage or two and still get an early start, so what time should we plan on getting into a camp ground (or walmart parking lot).
5. anyone know of a good trip planning guide to make life easier? we have the Good Sam's travel atlas but.....

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Old 04-14-2015, 03:07 AM   #2
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I do about 2 to 3 long trips a year and a few short ones....I go by hours driving and sometime if I go where traffic is I cut down a hour....Most of the time I drive 4 to 5 hours, then I add Gas and Food stops, so add 2 hours for total of 7 hours, I look for camp grounds that I can get in, pull thru, because I'm 43 ft long and 60 ft with the Truck...I leave early from spot to spot, so I can get to the next spot early, so I can be set up, and ready for the Sunset...If I want to get to a place quick, I don't set everything up, water, Sewer, etc. In the AM I just add the truck, close the slides, and I'm gone.. I look at Good Sam and KOA for spots, then check GPS for mileage, that gives me about how many hours to next spot. Good Luck on your first long trip, you will love it...Happy camping
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:51 AM   #3
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Thanks RVNevada,
I forgot to mention that we will have 2 drivers and will be switching off every 2 hours to stay fresh.
I would love to hit the road early every morning but no matter how hard I try, I cant get my Goddaughter to move before the crack of noon (even though she sleeps the entire time in transit...... Teenagers, what a life!)
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I remember that, our son is now a dad, and what.......he sometimes is up before me LOL....maybe because he has a 5 yo and 1 yo....it sure is nice, put his family way in the back, close the doors and sleep late...
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This may be hard to do on the eastern seaboard...

With the way things are spread out in the west, I can usually plan my travel to avoid the large metropolitan areas during rush hour. This can be as easy as stopping in the late afternoon before town and getting up early to beat traffic or driving through at night.

I've had a 30 minute drive in Houston take over two hours at 5 o'clock, and that's no fun pulling a fiver.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:17 PM   #6
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When we travel, it is usually longer distances and we used to try to limit it to 5 hours in a day when the boys were little. Now they tolerate the drive better and we can do 8 or 9. We always try to break camp early and beat the afternoon heat, and that gets us to our next campsite in the early afternoon. We have never overnighted at a Walmart, we always find ourselves an RV park where we can plug in electric and water, and dump tanks if we need to. (Long showers).
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:56 PM   #7
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Depending upon were we are going we normally drive about 400 miles per day. I also plan on were I'm going to stay & try & get reservations ahead of time. I have a Coast to Coast membership & koa. Never stay in Walmart parking overnight. Have overnighted in truck stops.
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Same here 300 to 400 if my wife isn't with me I have gone 500+ men are tough/dumb. Easy these days to go online to find and reserve spots. Sometimes we are 50 to a 100 miles out break out the smart phone boom you have a spot. And sometimes something else appears. Aha boondocks. That's half the fun
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5. anyone know of a good trip planning guide to make life easier? we have the Good Sam's travel atlas but.....

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Try the online trip planner tool at the Good Sams website. I've been using it for three weeks now to plan out my summer trip to the NW states.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:12 PM   #10
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I'm a GPS guy. Right now I have four of them, all Garmin. You can download Garmin's BaseCamp software for free. And use it for a planning guide. Pick your start point. Then pick a spot to end that "day"...if its a town you can zoom in and it will show you all the amenities in that town. Gas, lodging, camping, eating, etc. The route log will show you how far it is and how many hours traveling at the posted speed limit. So you can do unlimited "what ifs" to hone in on the route you want to take and how far you want to go, and what's at the end of the day. Been using Garmin's Mapsource and now BaseCamp for more than 20 years and its always worked for me. And I was always the one planning the bike trips!! Now the RV trips are just us! Getting older, I've been setting the day at about 350 miles. Not in a big hurry, time is no longer a limiting factor...so I pick spots to stop that look interesting or that I can find some POIs on the web.

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