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randster

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Posted: 07/07/20 06:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi everyone, new to the RV world and we are first time renters. We plan on driving from Florida to New Hampshire in a 32 foot class C (Entegra Esteem). How many miles a day could we reasonably drive, given we know driving around 60-65mph is reasonable? Do you think 500 miles per day is too much? I know we would miss out on the true adventure side by just driving all day but we have a small window of time where we can go.

Thank you for any advice; this forum has such wonderful information!

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Posted: 07/07/20 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you eat in the camper and dont have kids, maybe. Thats almost 8 hours straight at 65 mph. Thats no side roads all highway and no traffic.


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500 miles a day is doable, especially if you can switch off driving duties. But I wouldn't string too many of those days together. Fatigue is cumulative and mistakes with RVs can get expensive.


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8 hours on the road also means no stops for restroom breaks or fueling. Traveling at a speed of 60-65mph is more like 50-55mph when factoring in stops for fuel, food and restrooms. That brings each travel day to 10 hours. Doable but I wouldn't advise it unless you're in your 20's.


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Posted: 07/07/20 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As far as you can safely drive in a day. I've done over 700 miles in a very long day getting home after a couple of weeks out. I've also done the same in the snow season trying to beat the weather and get through a window of dry roads heading home.
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Doesn’t sound like much fun to me....500 miles a day


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No, 65 is not reasonable. Being new to rig you will need to get the feel of the unit.
You should be looking more in the range of 350-400 miles.


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I've gone just over 400 miles a couple of times and really don't like to do that, unless I have to.

My max is more in the 350 range. After that, I really start getting irritable and tired. It's not like driving a car. You are much more focused, and while driving 60-65 is what most of us do, everyone around you are doing 75-80... so you are constantly watching, looking, reacting etc...

It can be a grind...

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Thanks very much, everyone! I really appreciate the fast feedback. Seems the consensus is we're pushing the limit a bit too far as:
1) we have kids
2) NOT in our 20s as one poster replied
3) First timers, meant to take it easy!

Going to save our trip for when we can actually enjoy the trip and keep the mileage much lower per day.

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How fast does the RV go and what are the speed limits?
East coast, how will the traffic be (probably fine, it's still good here due to the work at home Rona fear)?
Most importantly, how old are you?

Avg age here on this forum, umm probably born when Truman was president, and still drive like they're in an Edsel on Route 66, IE, most of the answers will seem shockingly low unless you yourself also are eligible for AARP.

I would assume 500mi a day minimum with 1 driver and those pesky 65-70 mph east coast speed limtis. 2 capable drivers, 700+ shouldn't be an issue as long as noone has an overly active bladder (problem solved, you have an on board potty) or has narcolepsy. This still allowing for a decent night's sleep.


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