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Posted: 02/04/20 12:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are planning a fishing trip with another couple this spring. Will be a couple of days drive They have a pop up truck camper and we have the 5th wheel. Plan is they will haul their boat, sleep in their camper with meals and down time in our 5er. Seems like it will work out.

But while talking, the men had a bit of a disagreement with the women. Both of our wives feel like we should stay within sight of each other while on the road. Both of us men feel like we have cell phones if we need help, and trying to stay together will just make driving more demanding, especially for me with 12,000 pounds behind me.

Back before cell phones, I generally did try to stay close to the rest of the group. Even with a CB, you couldn’t spread out too far. I figure now, maybe have a mid day meeting place and just connect again when you get where you are going.

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"Staying in sight" went out when cell phones came in. I like to drive at my own pace which is usually slower than most of my friends. Did enough "convoying" in the Army to last me...forever. Besides, we stop at anything interesting along the road and that drives many people crazy.


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Posted: 02/04/20 01:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with you. Cell phones will keep you connected as much as you need or want and meeting for lunch breaks or rest stops, etc will keep you fairly close in miles.


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Posted: 02/04/20 01:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Meet up at your destination. Use the cell phones if needed, provided you have coverage.


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"In sight' all the time no way. Different driving habits and traffic can make this nearly impossible.
Set the route, try to stay close as best you can, schedule stops via cell phone to keep close together.


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I like your idea, I see no benefit to keep within sight of each other while traveling.
You, or them, may want to stop for a bathroom break, snack, something interesting, etc..
You could ask the wives to drive one vehicle while the husbands drove the other vehicle?
But, the old saying comes to mind, 'happy wife happy life.' [emoticon]

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If you have ever watched a couple of people traveling together you will notice that they are usually right on the bumper afraid that someone gets between them. Kinda comical to watch the antics trying to stay together. We travel with friends and sometimes will be a mile or two apart but never closer than 1/4 mile. This gives the idiots a chance to get around and not cause a problem. Besides, both of you know where you are going

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Maintaining in sight while convoying on a busy highway while towing is a major effort and can distract you from safety, IMHO. Cell phone reception can be iffy in some areas out west or in the mountains but work wonderful around cities. I recommend either a classic CB backup or FRP radios. I would try to stay within a few miles of each other, at least within 10. Having planned stops at rest stops or known restaurants will allow you to regroup & discuss travel plans if/when you get separated.


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we vacationed with another couple..very close friends...several times. we always traveled together. worked for us.


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In my experience, it was fun to pull off at rest stops together, but once we were separated, there was no catching up. My friend stopped to check out a produce market and we never looked back. Plus at that point, as the person towing, I did not want to dilly dally waiting for her.


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