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wbwood

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Posted: 05/28/13 06:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are getting a new Class C motor home this weekend. Got the approval call today. We will put it to great use. With that being said, it got me wondering as to non stop driving. With it being a Class C, my wife won't have any issues driving it, especially on the highway. How far have you gone with switching off drivers and not stopping for the night? We would love to go out west as far as we could, but with only having a two week period. It's not really feasible to go too far out. I've driven between South Carolina and California 3 times. Each time taking me 3 days of 12 hr driving. So week to just drive out there and back is a bummer. But if we could get it done in half the time, then not as bad. Would go all the way to California, but maybe to the Rockies or Yellowstone.

Has anyone done the trade off driving to get somewhere in a shorter period? How far did you go?


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wow!!! slow down and smell the roses, you,ve driven thousands of miles and haven,t seen a thing. you,ll injoy your rv more if you pick a site closer to home. did you ever walk the caves in kentucky.

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Not us...
RVing for us is vacation, relaxation, sight-seeing, exploring..Non-stop driving sounds too much like work to me..

Someone said, "It's the journey, not the destination that counts."


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Posted: 05/28/13 06:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had 4 drivers, only stopped for gas, leaving Oak Harbor Wa, and arrived Ilion NY in 48 hours. old Chevy C-30. Winnie 21' Diesel.

12 hours behind the wheel is too long. we switched every 4 hours. ( on the run ) = dumb


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downtheroad wrote:

Not us...
RVing for us is vacation, relaxation, sight-seeing, exploring..Non-stop driving sounds too much like work to me..

Someone said, "It's the journey, not the destination that counts."

X2 for us also.

We don't go "anywhere." We just drive to different states and look at things along the way. Then we drive back home and look at things on the way back.

Nothing wrong with what you are going to do it's just not for me that's all. If you want to drive to a destination and spend time there and drive back home; nothing wrong with that.

Just be careful. Tired drivers are just as dangerous as drunk ones.


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I wouldn't want to travel like that. You are too exhausted when you reach your destination to enjoy vacation.

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I'm talking about getting to a destination in a short period of time. Not wanting to stop overnight along the way. Not looking for opinions of "stopping and smelling the roses".

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When we had our C-Class, we would switch off drivers. (Still do!) When sleep would hit, change drivers. Even allowed our daughter & son to do some later on. Can't remember how far we did, miles or hours. Never had to do any short (time wise) trips (both teachers, 2 1/2 months to travel each summer).

Might give New Mexico a Look See, a lot of Cool Mountains to enjoy. Somewhat closer than California.

Best Value - NM State Parks ::::: $10 Without - $14 With Electric & No Entry Fee if Camping. Often with Free Showers (not all, most).

Bandelier Nat'l Mon't is off US 285. We were there in August last year. Not too hot at all. Cools off quickly after sundown each evening. I believe we were there years ago in July. Warmer during the day, but cool nights.

Los Alamos is a very neat small city in itself. Free bus system with very neat buses. Very pretty setting up in the high country. Somewhat of a gated community as well. We only drove through & stopped at a SuperMarket. A nice town. http://www.visit.losalamos.com/
http://www.losalamosnm.us/transit/Pages/default.aspx

More on Santa Fe an older post. Hope the links still work.

Some same but with some new (maybe) More New Mexico .

Might consider doing quick overnight stops as well as long hauls. These have been helpful in finding a place to overnight or stay (Help for the Budget as well):

FreeCampgrounds.Com

freecampsites.net/usa/

Boondocking Sites

Bob's Cheap & Free

Wal-Mart

OverNights Not Camping

Casino OverNighting Never used one yet, but many do.

COE Campgrounds

Senior Pass for Federal Parks & Camping (Free Entry to Nat'l Parks, 1/2 off camping @ Many Nat'l Forests & Nat'l Pks; Also BLM & COE) Not 62 yet, a Annual Pass for $80 might pay for itself & more for the Battle Fields, etc. But not 1/2 Camping, I believe. Might save a little $ if visiting many Nat'l Pks & Monuments. There is a Free Access Pass if one has permanent disabilities. Passes

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Posted: 05/28/13 07:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I could not sleep with the DW driving. Would always have one eye open.


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I just plotted a little trip for you on my MS Streets and Trips. From Troutman to Yellowstone is 2,043 miles. You COULD do it if you began driving at 7:00 am and ended at 7:00 pm. We have driven like that before (when we were younger, in our 30's) but we were grouchy.

The trip is doable but that is a whole lot of miles. It would take you three days to get there @ about 650 miles a day. Stay in Yellowston/Grand Tetons for about nine days and then drive back for three days again at about 650 miles a day.

May I suggest that perhaps you go to Colorado instead? It would be a shorter trip and just as beautiful (IMHO) as going to Wyoming. I only say this because of the time frame you have given to us.

Just some food for thought...


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