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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As we sit around in our RV we can’t but get into those conversations that ask…
What would we change if we did it all over again? What is it that we absolutely love about our RV and what do we hate?… we hate is kinda rough.. what, if we had a magic wand would we change in our RV or what would we like in our next RV?
So here are some of the Good, the Bad, and the.. well we really don’t have anything Ugly.
We Love the layout and the space of our RV. It gives us lots of room to hang out with friends, play games, and relax. I love the fact that when you walk around in the trailer you don’t have to walk sideways or wait till the other person moves. There is plenty of space. With the Rear Lounge layout we have great seating for socializing and relaxing in the RV. I love the big rear window and the views it affords.
We love the two rocking chairs that are in the rear lounge. They are comfortable and are in the perfect place for relaxing and being social.
We love the Bedroom, or specifically the queen size bed. With the added memory foam the comfort is incredible. We also love that the bedroom is completely apart from the main living area and has a pocket door that allows for privacy during much-needed nap time.
The restroom is a good size, but the feature I love the most there is shower. There is plenty or room in the shower and we don’t have to hunch down to get wet.
The kitchen area is serviceable. It does what it is designed to do. The stove top is nice with its three burner cook top. The oven is small, but works for what we need it to do.
There is not a lot of counter space, but the dinette is right across from the galley, so prep work can be done there.
Where we do have a lot of space is in storage. There is a ton of cabinets and storage space in this trailer. We love to have a place for everything and have everything in its place.
There is nothing so bad with this trailer that you can’t live with. But as we are always looking for the next best thing, or things that can be better here are the things that we would change if we had a magic wand.
First, and what will more than likely be our next project is the bathroom sink, specifically the faucet. It is positioned under a medicine cabinet that does not allow for you to really get over the sink. This makes even washing hands and brushing teeth a bit of a challenge. A faucet with a longer arm or corner placement would have been better.
The space around the bed in the bedroom. This is a tight area and makes walking around the bed tough, Another 4 inches or so would be nice. But then we would sacrifice the Queen bed… that’s not an option. Maybe in the next RV we get a slide out in the bed room too.
The couch in the living area. It is a fold out bed and seats two. It’s not the most comfortable, but then again, it’s not terrible. I would replace it with recliners or two more rockers though. It would be a better use of seating and space.
The table at the dinette. It is a good size table as is… but when we get in the trailer to play cards or board games with our friends, it can get tight. A table with about 6 more inches in width would be perfect.
And that is it. We love our Passport Trailer. It is our Happy Place. While we can dream and wish and fix things up, at the end of the day this trailer is a gem. We love it.
If you could change just one thing in your RV… what would it be? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts.
This last weekend we spent in McMinnville, Oregon at the Olde Stone RV Park. The RV Park is right next to the Evergreen Air and Space Museum. It’s been about 10 years since we have been to the museum and we were looking for a good “winter” outing so off we went.
The RV Park. The Olde Stone RV park is a very nice park. Spacious pads that are just about as level as you can get, I think we had to raise up the passenger side about half an inch. The spaces are full hook up with cable. At first they looked pretty close together, but once every one got there and set up, there was more than enough room on all sides. The park is very quiet and clean. I was very impressed. There is a swimming pool, but at temps in the upper 30’s and 40’s, it was not on our list of things to do.
We spent the better park of the weekend at the Evergreen museum. This is one of the best Air and Space museums I have been to. They have done an outstanding job with the collection. The Air museum is the home to the Spruce Goose. I remember when the brought it here, it was a huge event. The literally built the building around the Spruce Goose.
The collection in the Space building is second only to the Smithsonian. The collection is fantastic and tells the story of our journey to space. The high light for me was the Apollo Soyuz exhibit. It is out of this world (no pun intended).
If you are ever in the Portland area, take the hour drive out to McMinnville and pay a visit to the Evergreen Air and Space Museum. It is worth the trip.
Our Trailer at the Olde Stone RV Park
A section of the Berlin Wall
The Spruce Goose- Massive Airplane!
The Spruce Goose