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I'm planning a two week trip from Kansas to San Diego in May. I'll be towing a 10,000 lb 5ver. This is my first 5ver and I've had it for less than a year, my longest trip so far has been about 120 miles. My initial travel plan is as follows:


Leg 1 Kansas to Albuquerque 591 miles 10.7 hrs
Leg 2 Albuquerque to Grand Canyon City 399 miles 7.3 hrs
Leg 3 Grand Canyon City to Las Vegas 302 miles 5.5 hrs
Leg 4 Las Vegas to San Diego 327 miles 5.9 hrs
Leg 5 San Diego to Albuquerque 764 miles 13.9 hrs
Leg 6 Albuquerque to Kansas 608 miles 11.1 hrs

I base the travel times on an average of 55 mph. Am I be over optimistic on how I far I can go in one day? I am obviously mostly concerned about Legs 1, 5 and 6.


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Way optimistic!

I've done Durango to San Diego in one sitting several times (12-13 hours). I would NOT want to have been driving anything larger than my F-250, surely not a 5th wheel/truck combination.

After about 8-9 hours fatigue sets in, reaction times slow and judgment gets poorer. Truckers can and do go longer but they do it for a living and are "pros".

When I brought the MH home from Quakertown PA to Durango I took 4.5 days to do 2100 miles, it was just about right from a driving standpoint.


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We always average, going over interstates, 50 mph. That is towing at 60-65. I've seen that average posted for many others too. Basically, we spend 10 hours a day going 500 miles including short lunch break, rest area stops, gas stops kind of thing. We're talking only two of us, so we don't have to take multiple bathroom breaks for kids who can't seem to coordinate their needs.
So, this depends on how fast you're traveling. If you're going to tow at 55mph, then you're looking at longer times unless you don't need to stretch, go to bathroom, eat, or stop for gas.


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I also use 50 mph as an average travel speed on interstates. I don't go more than 3-4 hours without a pit stop and that really cuts into the average. The longest drive I made was about 700 miles. It was a good day with easy driving. I don't like to plan for more then 400-500 miles/day. Also I don't like driving after dark. There is nothing hard about driving at night but aftetr a long day of driving, my body wants to quit when it gets dark.





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Methinks almost your entire trip will be spent driving.

We have a moho and the few times we have driven 8 hours, DH is totally and completely exhausted. Your scheduled driving times are more than a bit optimistic.


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50 mph is probably a more realistic speed. I once did 14 hours one day towing our 5er. It was doable but I was certainly tired & relieved when we got to our destination. We had an 8 hour drive the next day. That got us to our final destination for a week's stay. When have a limited amount of vacation available, you have to do what you have to do to get the job done.


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I drove 780 miles last August in my motorhome without my toad using interstates all the way at 60-65mph; it took us 17 hours. Traffic, construction and fuel stops were the killer. We were going to Bristol from up-state NY.

I've also done 560 miles using all interstates in one drive; took us 12 hours.

By the way, anything over 600 or so miles is a real grind. I would never consider doing that back-to-back days.


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You'll be towing for 12 days of your 14 day vacation, that's a lot of driving.

That being said, I would recommend taking a 300 - 400 mile trip before you decide to do the 2000 mile trip. Since you've never towed more than 120 miles, 400 miles might be a chore and 600+ miles might be a disaster.

It's hard for anyone to say whether your schedule will work for you. When I'm traveling that far and don't intend to sightsee along the way, I like to drive 800 miles a day, that's generally 14 hours of driving. That leaves a little time to unwind and then get 6 - 8 hours of sleep and then back on the road after breakfast and a shower. That's in our motorhome. Towing the travel trailer, I do about 600 miles a day.

A lot of people don't like driving more than a few hundred miles a day. You might be one of them. You won't know until you try and if you find out on the first day of the trip that you bit off more than you can chew, it'll make for a miserable trip.

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What you are describing/planning is not the kind of trip I would call a vacation. I would need a purpose to drive like that - for instance ferrying a vehicle from one end of the country to the other for some reason. Like if I were to drive the toad from here in Mi. to Ca. to pick up a newly purchased motorhome, then return both back home.

If your purpose is to build experience, go for it. If it's to relax and actually vacation - I'd reconsider. That's me though.


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50 miles per hour average is a optimistic even running 65 to 70 when you can you have to figure in fuel breaks eating and rest area time,also in a few of these legs you will have some steep grades to contend with.


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