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Jnccpf

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First let me say I am a newbie when comes to the RV. My wife and I are planning a trip from CT to Yellowstone, but due to limited vacation time, we are going to try to get their as quickly as we can. In your experience, when making a trip like this how many miles a day do you an to drive and how long does it take you? My thought was we could make about 600 or so miles a day doing 12 hour days. That would give us time to take a brake, get gas and perhaps stop at a roadside attraction. I am looking for you real life experiences. Thanks!!

Edit!!! We have two children, 13 and 15.


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How many miles is it from your home to Yellowstone?


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We have never driven 12 hours in one day. The most was 8 hours and we left way early in the morning so that we arrived at the next stop in the afternoon or early evening. Driving an RV is more stressful and tiring than driving an automobile, and you need to be very alert because of the time it takes to stop it if anything happens. It can be done but we don't like to do so. We drive about 5-6 hours now that we're not in a hurry. I would try the 12 hours the first day to see how it goes but have your schedule flexible in case you change your mind.


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I have two kids also, in our motorhome (highway miles) we'd complete 550-600 miles per day. This is tolerable for 2-3 days in a row but after that becomes a test of will (IMHO). The family and I have been from Maine to NM, and Maine to AZ - Also to Michigan and PA from Maine.

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Just doing some math I think that 600 miles in 12 hours may be optimistic for a cross country trip. That would be an average speed of 50 MPH and wouldn't leave much time for breaks/fuel stops.

I know the feeling of limited vacation and trying to pack a lot in, but spouses/children may make covering a lot of ground in a short time troublesome.


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From Southbury CT to Cody WY it is about 2100 miles give or take. The plan was to leave mid day once I got out of work.

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How much time do you have for vacation? If it is 2 weeks you will be pushing it. You will average about 50 to 55 MPH and with 2 teenagers 12 hours each day on the road is pushing it. You won't have time to enjoy anything. We are planning a trip from the PNW to Disneyland and we are taking 5 to 6 days or more to travel to Disneyland. With a 5 day stay there. Average about 6 hours a day driving. Fortunately we have the whole summer to travel.

Your plan is to travel all the way accross the country and back, I'm assuming in 2 weeks, and enjoy Yellowstone.

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Total vacation time is about 2 1/2 weeks. The thought was to leave the Wednesday before July 4 and return on July 21, so 18 days. I was hoping to get to Cody on the 6th, and arrive in Yellowstone on the 7th

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We did it from New Hartford, CT with an 11 & 13 year old. We traveled pulling a pop-up trailer. We stopped in western PA on day 1. We stopped in western Nebraska on day 2 (I think that was 15 hours). On day 3 we stopped in the Badlands. On day 4 we made it to Cody, WY. However we had more time, so after day 2 we started to take it a little easier.

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That can be rough on the family. I would strap my kids down and a little tape over their mouths wouldnt hurt. I hope the kids have stuff to keep themselves occupied. I have never done more than 400 miles in a day with kids on board. Best of luck to you on your trip!

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