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Posted: 11/25/18 02:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've recently changed from a truck and bumper pull to a Class A motorhome. We've done nearly 40k miles with the trailer. On long trips, we would average about 500 miles per day when trying to "make time". They were tough, but doable. I had a grip on what I could handle.

We've not been on a long road trip with our motorhome yet, but have 8k miles planned for this summer. I'm expecting some of the benefits of a Class A to help us (fewer fuel, restroom and food stops), but it does seem to require more attention when driving, which I could see being more fatiguing than the truck/trailer combo.

What are your thoughts comparing long drive days with different style RV's? I'm planning out next summer and don't want to over or underestimate driving days. I realize it is not only different for every person, but different each day as well.

Thanks for any input.


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I like the cushy seats in the Class A's and more elbow room than in my dually and the extra visibility is incredible. Driving all day in a Class A is much less fatiguing for me. One thing I absolutely hate about towing my TH is when we get to an overpass and the trailer bucks hard. We don't get much of that in a Class A.

One thing I learned was not to oversteer the Class A, which caused it to weave slightly. I now make smaller steering inputs than I do on my dually to keep things smooth.


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azdryheat, it is hard for me to tell...do you have both Class A and 5th wheel?

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Depends entirely on how either setup drives. Either one can be a handful depending on many factors.
I don't think you can make a blanket statement that one is better than the other in regards to faigue.


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We picked up oir MH on a Friday in Orange County,CA. Left and drove it home. When we got into the central valley I let DW try driving it. Formthe first few miles she was all over the road. I got her to look in the mirrors and center the body to the lane stipes. Within a couple of miles she got the hang of it and settled down to a smooth eady drive.
Later that fall we left Portland at 3:30 on Firday. Pulled into Lansing,MI at 1:30 on Monday. That included a few hours wasted in Salt Lake City. While I dont suggest it, we swapped drivers every couple of hours. Stopped only to eat and sleep. Bottom line, once you get used to it you can pile on the miles quite easily.


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You don’t say what type of class a... Gasser or Diesel pusher. Makes a difference. We (gasser) have limited our daily miles to no more that 250, but prefer less. With stops for fuel, bio breaks, puppy breaks, food we use 50 mph as planning number, and set cruise between 60-62 to make it a more pleasant drive.

I don’t think you will have fewer stops, but they may take less time to complete.


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I don't think it would make any difference to me. It doesn't matter what I drive, I have to stop about every hour to hour-and-a-half for breaks.

My artificial knee has to move, my bladder has to be emptied, my stomach need refilling, and my eyes need a rest, just about every hour. As you can imagine ... when we travel...and it doesn't matter what we drive...we make REALLY fantastic time. [emoticon] [emoticon]

The human body has needs, you just can't change that ... and the older you get, the more "needy" it gets!


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It's a gasser (in signature). We don't have the luxury to limit to 250 a day.

I'm not sure if I asked the right question. Generally, is one type known to be less fatiguing driving a given distance?

I will find out myself, but it is winter and if we can't travel, we can talk about it. [emoticon]

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I’m up in age and still do the 1500 miles to CO in two days BUT it’s in an excellent handling DP. Not many gassers handle that well so doubt you can average that many miles. Fortunately my bladder is good for 400+ miles so averaging 60 mph is possible by filling one tank while emptying another.


This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.

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We have a gas Class A, tow a Jeep, and easily drive 500+ miles a day when necessary. We find it very comfortable and easy to drive. I think a lot of it has to do with your age, how big of a hurry you are in, and if you are true "road warriors." And how big your bladder is! Haha! If I know that I am going to be the first morning driver, I very intentionally limit my fluid intake until we hit the road. That way I can go 3-4 hours until I need to stop.

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