In a recent video I watched from a great couple that I follow there was a discussion on how far or how long are you comfortable driving when traveling with your RV.
I thought this was not only a timely subject as we are planning our big cross country adventure, but it was a discussion that we have had repeatedly.
The video got me looking into our plan for June and as a result we actually added a day to the trip to accommodate our limitations on how far and long we like to be in the truck pulling the trailer.
I am typically ok within a five hour circle from home. What ever that distance is, typically about 400 miles, we are comfortable with traveling. It does require a stop or two to stretch our legs and take a bio break. The nice thing about having the RV is that you bring your comfort station with you. Bathroom, kitchen etc. is all just a rest stop or view point away. I can stretch that to ten hours if we need to, and we will on our trip, but those days need to be spread out and have a great destination when we arrive.
One of the other things that we consider when planning is our arrival times. Whether that has to do with check in times for camping near us or the time and distance that we travel, arrival times is a factor. If we want to arrive and be able to see some sights we need to get into our camp site before 3:30 PM. So that is what we usually plan around. Again, when planning for our June trip and knowing that we are only staying in most places for one night, if we want to see anything we need to be in by 3:30. So we back out our distance and the time it take to cover it and come up with our departure times so as to arrive by 3:30.
Like I said based on the time and distance and looking at how much I am comfortable with we added a day. The spreadsheet above is the tool I use to plan. It does not reflect the added day which will be at the beginning of the trip on the 16th. That will cut the 10:45 drive in half and that way I won’t have to do two back to back long days. We also through in a floater day (30th) the grey block that will allow us to either go home for a night in the way to LL Stubb Stewart or spend another day en route from Butte.
Without taking a look at the plan we would not know to make changes. I know that some people don’t plan as much, but I like to know what I am getting myself into. I also like to know that it’s doable. On this trip we have not allowed for too much flexibility, but that is because we have places and people that we need to see and get to. The fact of the matter is that we do have a few days in the middle that we can shift, move, or do nothing with.
Planning for us is key. When we look at space and time, we want to fill it with how we are comfortable and keep it safe for our travel. Its all about having fun and so we feel the need to plan to make it that way.
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