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Posted: 02/04/20 01:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DarkSkySeeker wrote:

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.

Yup, that cat and mouse game gets old fast. Best to meet up at the destination.


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I would just meet at the destination that way people can stop for whatever reason without making the other wait.

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I've been RV camping with friends for a number of years now. We always just agree to meet up at the campground, although sometimes we meet or pass each other on the highway. The hardest part was trying to get campground reservations with spots next to each other, but I solved that this year. Gave one of my credit cards to the gal who makes all the plans and told her just tell me when, where and how much it cost.

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Well though it is best to caravan within sight of each others.

nothing wrong with using phones and/or radios to "Spread out" My preference is radio.. but then sitting here in Seneca SC I was talking to a fellow radio persion up in S.E. Michigan. and a truck driver in Tenesee and .. Well you get the idea. (NOT CB however)


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Go it alone until your destination.

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As long as all parties have the same interests and are in agreement about where, when, and how long to stop, . . . . no problem. (IME, that's rarely the case) "Oh honey look, . . . . let's stop and see the worlds biggest ball of string." No thanks!

I like to travel in the least complicated way. IMO, the more people and the more vehicles, the more complicated things get.

I much prefer, . . . . . . "Hey we'll see ya when ya/we arrive. You have my number, call me if you need me."

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EDIT: Of course, sometimes there are KNOWN mechanical issues, health issues, weather, road conditions, traveling through KNOWN high crime areas, remote areas, etc. where the value of being in a group is worth its weight in gold, . . . . . usually not though.

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I generally agree with the majority of the above people, don't convoy. Just agree to meet at rest stops, maybe a particular restaurant that is along the route for lunch or something. Cell phones will let you stay in contact except maybe in mountainous regions where coverage might be limited, but if you have a few rendevous (sp?)spots along the way there shouldn't be any problem. I've been in several convoy situations and somebody is always tailgating or talking too much on the CB, etc. Have a good trip and catch some fish!

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Different spin. We go RVing with two other couples. We generally stick together. Not anally to the point of getting worried about someone between us, but we all have similar driving habits (speed at 63MPH for best fuel mileage, and stay in the right lane). So, by default we are together. The wifes will coordinate where to stop for lunch. We don't get upset if we lose sight of each other, but more times than not, we are together.

It's no stress either way. We don't sweat the small stuff.

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5 couples, 4 cars. Two of us were lead, and we switched back and forth. Group agreed to 75 on posted 70 highway, off highway posted limits. One car accused us of speeding up and slowing down. Our cars cruise controls were perfectly aligned, never needing adjusting up or down. The guy who couldn't hold a steady speed, we got stuck behind a log hauler doing 35 in a 55, he was almost a mile behind us, so passing would have left him behind. No smart phone, no GPS, he was dependent on us...

Don't get me started on his attitude on the house boat we were on for a week. NEVER AGAIN!

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Frequently travel in group of 3 rigs. We agree on meal stops and final destination for that day. Otherwise we run on our own. When first rig gets close to a stop, they call the others to see how far behind. If someone stops for "ball of string" they will often opt out of a meal stop so that they can arrive at final stop for the day at about the same time. Works for us, do what works for you.


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