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Y-Guy

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Posted: 11/28/18 02:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Back when we first bought our Class A I'd gone to the same camp ground with a TT and then our 5ther Toy hauler. With the Toy Hauler I arrived tired and tense, plus it added more time to the trip. The first time I drove the Class A the same route, I arrived feeling relaxed and ready to go ATVing. One of the pluses was we didn't have to stop a bunch of times, just one stop... for me. Being higher up made it easier to see traffic and manage our rig better. Hands down for me the motorehome is easier and less effort to drive, and back in.


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If you are in a big hurry, what's the point of being an RVer? I have a DP and usually drive 400 to 450 miles a day and wherever I am going, it is still there when I get there. Stop and smell the roses.


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Many miss the point of the question...OF COURSE I want to drive 150 miles a day and stop at noon.

What's the point of being an RVer in a hurry? The best memories of my life have been had because I'm willing to drive long days.


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Mr. Pinky wrote:

If you are in a big hurry, what's the point of being an RVer?


Some of us work for a living and only get a couple weeks of vacation a year. Taking 3 days to get somewhere when I can do the drive in one just wastes vacation days. One of these days I will have the luxury of taking my time to get where I am going but with both of us working, we have to use are time wisely.

The most I have driven in a day was a little over 500 miles and it was no big deal. Next year we have a trip planned that is over 700 miles from our house. I do plan to cut that trip into two days driving.


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Mr. Pinky wrote:

If you are in a big hurry, what's the point of being an RVer? I have a DP and usually drive 400 to 450 miles a day and wherever I am going, it is still there when I get there. Stop and smell the roses.



For many people to do and see the things they wish the timing isn't very flexible. Just to stop and smell the roses could mean not getting to see the things that they "really want to".

For us not driving 8-10 hours a day meant we would never have seen Yellowstone and Mt Rushmore the way we wanted to in the time I could manage. I can say without doubt that was the best vacation we've ever done with our rig. And the actual driving across this great country was breath taking for us and every bit enjoyable. Not one time did we complain about the long hours driving each day. It took 4 days there and 4 days back actual driving.

Not complaining about it, and it never occurred to us we were " in a hurry". Fabulous trip. I was glad to be a RV'er.

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^^^ Same with us. 5,500 miles round trip, every bit of it was fantastic!

We made the trip with Sully and his wonderful wife Nancy. Just another memory thanks to friends we met on RV.net. RIP Sully.


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Posted: 11/29/18 07:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Class A. I prefer to tow the little thing with the big thing, rather than the other way around.

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For me it is night and day.

We’ve traveled from Texas to Florida, California and Canada. I have a job and limited time off. I’ve loved every trip we’ve ever taken in the trailer and RV and love the places we’ve run into unexpectantly and spent time exploring (Little Big Horn, Pertrified Forest National Park, etc), but sometimes we just need to get “there” and make a note of those unique places for next time.

We started out with a 26’ travel trailer (4500#) and an Expedition. We never really took it further than 300 mi and I was done when we got there. Trailer was well under the tow rating of the expedition, but driving a safe speed (60ish) and fighting the wind wore me out. Not to mention traveling with 3 young kids (and the dog most times) in the back, stoping for bathroom and gas entirely to often (6 mpg).

It would have been better with a diesel 3/4 ton and I might feel different, but I doubt it.

We moved up to a DP. Now when we have long travel days we only stop when I need to. Usually every 3 hrs, but I’ve driven 6 hrs with out getting up. We Walmart camp, so I don’t see the need to stop early and will drive until 10-12 PM. On these long travel days we’ll often travel 600-800 mi.

For us, everyone is more comfortable and relaxed. I can’t tell you how nice it is to not start a trip hearing the kids squawk about who did what to who because they’re crammed in the back seat together. I don’t have to stop because someone needs to use the restroom. We take our own food so we eat better. When the kids were younger we would find a park for lunch so they could run around for a few min and we could stretch our legs.

It’s infinitely better for me. Part of it is the switch from a truck/trailer to an RV and part from gas to diesel. Hope this helps.

* This post was edited 11/29/18 11:31pm by Gig em *

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tragusa3 wrote:

Many miss the point of the question...OF COURSE I want to drive 150 miles a day and stop at noon.

What's the point of being an RVer in a hurry? The best memories of my life have been had because I'm willing to drive long days.


Those slow easy days are for us Slow old Fa*ts [emoticon]

With the Coach you will be able to Just Do More - As it is Soooooo much easier in the Coach.

Retirement will come soon enough - Go and See as Much as YOU Can - the Kids will Love you for it.

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