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CamperMomma
12-27-2012, 01:03 PM
Hi!! Long time lurker, first time poster.

How far has everyone towed a camper to DFW? We live in ND and would love to camp, but with an almost 26 hour drive (not figuring in stops, slower drive, etc) I'm thinking it's not worth it. Has anyone else made this large of a hike? We'd be talking at least 3 10 hour days towing our travel trailer.

happycamper47
12-27-2012, 01:15 PM
I don't drive that far, but there are units at the FORT from California all the time.

North of Mouse
12-27-2012, 02:26 PM
Hi!! Long time lurker, first time poster.

How far has everyone towed a camper to DFW? We live in ND and would love to camp, but with an almost 26 hour drive (not figuring in stops, slower drive, etc) I'm thinking it's not worth it. Has anyone else made this large of a hike? We'd be talking at least 3 10 hour days towing our travel trailer.

We would personally never tow that far. We've towed 1,000 miles and that's about our limit (a special situation). Mostly we only tow up to 650mi.

Also, needing 6 days total to travel, how much *set up* time would you actually have? It would be a very expensive and tiring way to go IMO.

Tinkmom
12-27-2012, 02:28 PM
Our drive takes about 12 hours and that's about my limit! Of course, some people enjoy the drive itself (and I'm not one of those, at all.)

If you made that trek, I would definitely make it a stay that was long enough to justify it. If you would able to spend a couple of weeks, that might be OK. But then you'd have to make the drive back - ugh!

The good thing is that you can experience much of the campground staying in one of the cabins. Not quite the same, but then again staying in a travel trailer isn't the same as tent camping, but what is so cool about Fort Wilderness IS Fort Wilderness itself.

I'd vote for flying down and staying in a cabin. :goodvibes

jbrostek
12-27-2012, 02:44 PM
I run from VA to Disney, its about 18 hours total travel time and 1 overnight stop. Just shy of 1000 miles. It is definitely worth it and travel time is worked into my vacation plan. If you plan was only a week a Disney, I think once you added up all the expenses and time, you would likely find there are better ways to go.

But if you where doing a 2 week vacation with a week at disney, I would find a way to make it. Either by spending a week in a location near the halfway point, or breaking up the second week with a multiple 2 night stops along the way. If you could find a way to do a 2-3 night stop on the way down, disney, then the same on the return trip it could be a really fun vacation.

That really is the reason for RVing and Fort Wilderness in my opinion. While I may be there every year as part of my vacation, its usually just part of the vacation as I have a location for a week, or locations for less then a week planned. We are actually doing something very different this year and spending our entire vacation at the FW, the entire 2 weeks and it will be a blast even without ever going to a park.

CamperMomma
12-27-2012, 02:51 PM
Thanks all! I think I just needed confirmation that we weren't "chickening out" of driving the distance. It's sounding like flying and a cabin is the way to go! Hoping the military discount on cabins (35%!!) holds out long enough so we can go!

~Kristina~
12-27-2012, 03:04 PM
We live in Michigan about 1172 miles and 19 hours not towing the camper.

rajak73
12-27-2012, 04:45 PM
:drive:1500 miles from home to Disney. Towed the 5th wheel last year and are going to do it again this year, except no Disney :sad: this time, just Daytona week, Shootout, duals and daytona 500 :cool1: maybe a couple days at "that other place";) I figure 3 1/2 days down, around 450 miles a day. Doesn't bother me to tow that far as long as I'm not rushing and driving 15+ hrs a day.

CampingDad
12-27-2012, 05:03 PM
We drive 1200 miles. 21 hours of driving. Not including stops. We stop one night. We stay at the fort usually 11-12 nights to justify the drive and expense of getting there. Although its cheaper to drive there than fly for us. Nothing better than having your own camper with your own bed and kitchen. We love Fort Wilderness and love Disney so we make it a point to go every year in March.

anniemck
12-27-2012, 05:12 PM
:drive:1500 miles from home to Disney. Towed the 5th wheel last year and are going to do it again this year, except no Disney :sad: this time, just Daytona week, Shootout, duals and daytona 500 :cool1: maybe a couple days at "that other place";) I figure 3 1/2 days down, around 450 miles a day. Doesn't bother me to tow that far as long as I'm not rushing and driving 15+ hrs a day.

We took our slide in to Charlotte in 2010, camped right across the street from the track and would LOVE to do it again, if we could take it with my Expedition. But I will NEVER travel long distance in dh's pick up again.. its old and not comfy. So JEALOUS of you doing Daytona week... considering a couple days though as we will be on the way home from dd's wedding in TN and we are only 3 hours from Daytona.

my3princes
12-27-2012, 08:27 PM
We've towed from Vermont several times. Straight through with just gas stops takes us around 28 hours. Not worth it for less than a 2 week vacation, but well worth it if you've got the time. We love the Fort.

CDNCruiser
12-27-2012, 09:12 PM
From our home in Kingston, ON, Canada it's 1,405 miles - 23 hours. We take 4 6-hour days to get there.

We drive a Class A and tow our car . . . we drive to Fort Wilderness at least twice a year and stay for at least two weeks each time!

Hey . . . somebody's gotta do it! :)

2goofycampers
12-28-2012, 06:48 AM
I agree, it's worth it if you have the time and aren't rushing.

Disney Fan Katt
12-28-2012, 10:16 AM
We just towed our new camper from NH in December and I am ready to do it again. We had quite the adventure along the way. Through 84 and 81 it was 33 degrees and raining with lots of fog in the middle of the night, then once we hit 95 it was pea soup fog. I did most of the driving (I haul horses all the time) and had bruises on my palms from gripping the wheel. We stayed at the truck stops and slept in the camper in the parking lot. My 6 year old son thought that was great.

I would leave in a heartbeat to get back to the campground. We loved it there, and I am not a camping person by nature.

Goofyseven
12-28-2012, 02:12 PM
We drive from northern IL and take three days. Day one is to the Nashville area where we overnite, day two is to southern Ga or into FL, and day three is to the Fort with only a three to four hour drive.

We time our trip to go thru Atlanta on a weekend or, if we do make it to Chattanooga, to go thru after 9 am. Keep in mind that an RV can utilize the HOV lanes as long as you keep up with traffic and have at least two folks in the vehicle.

Paul

CampFanatic
12-28-2012, 06:18 PM
It's DEFINATELY worth it in my opinion. We've driven from Michigan to WDW many, many times - dating back to the 1980's. We now try to go every year or every other year due to the grandchildren. We do the drive (24 hours or more) in 2 or 3 days - depending on our work schedules, and spend 14 nights in Fort Wilderness. :cool1:

sirenia88
12-28-2012, 07:32 PM
From my very limited experience at the fort, I found the West Coasters were generally those who were retired and didn't mind the drive out. They tended to stay for a longer around a month or so. Most of the people I talked to said they were pretty much East of the Mississippi with a 2 day travel range. When the family and I drove down from New Jersey, we were at 1150 miles one way. We planned 2 nights down and 1 night back. It would have been one night going down if we had left in the early morning instead of noonish. However, one thing with RVing, don't rush it. However, if your time is limited, I would suggest to looking into flying into Orlando. It might be worth having those extra days.

Good luck with your travel plans.

msbegin
12-30-2012, 09:35 AM
We have driven from CT to the Fort many times (approx 1200 miles) We usually do 7 hours, 10 hours and 7 hours.... but always play it by ear depending on weather, traffic and how tired DH gets.

We are in the process of trading our 5th wheel for a Class A. We may actually be able to drive almost straight through this trip because we will have 3 drivers (DH, myself and my 19 year old son)... with the class A we can take turns sleeping while the others are driving. Not gonna push it though..

Good luck and enjoy your trip!

lodge
12-30-2012, 06:57 PM
I would love to park a unit down in Florida and visit multiple times yearly! I'm sure there are places that would do this, but it would have to cost less than renting one or wouldn't be worth it.........
:moped: Then ride a two wheeler down!

It's DEFINATELY worth it in my opinion, and spend 14 nights in Fort Wilderness. :cool1: THAT is AWESOME... 2 weeks there!!! WOW!

jbrostek
12-31-2012, 07:49 AM
I would love to park a unit down in Florida and visit multiple times yearly! I'm sure there are places that would do this, but it would have to cost less than renting one or wouldn't be worth it.........
:moped: Then ride a two wheeler down!

THAT is AWESOME... 2 weeks there!!! WOW!

We are doing that this year. But we take a 2 week winter vacation every year and its usually a week in FL near or at the beach and a week at Disney.

kellyla
01-01-2013, 02:59 AM
We towed our 35 footer in October from Ontario,Canada.Towed it Charlotte for a NASCAR weekend(1 14 hour day) then down to Fort Wilderness1 9.5 hour day)So worth to have your own place even though we spent about 1200 bucks on gas.We ended up going home through the Blue Ridge mountains during a snow storm thanks to Superstorm Sandy.Doing it again in October.

tlkgt76
01-01-2013, 03:13 AM
Well, we're not towing our 32' Holiday Rambler, because my husband's truck gets 5mpg towing (not a mistake, he's got a F350 with a V10!), but we are planning on driving from the Central Illinois area.

I used to trek down with my dad to Pensacola and Cocoa years ago, but haven't been on a long roadtrip in years.

We decided to drive this time because last December we ended up taking the same amount of time to fly as the 18 hour drive (three hours to O'Hare, then spent the night, then flight with one stop in Atlanta). This time I figured heck, might as well just save some $$ and take my car!

I'm hoping we can get down there by driving straight through and back at the end doing the same.

Anybody got any suggestions coming from the Peoria, IL area to get down there FAST??

4daubers
01-01-2013, 09:46 AM
We tow from central Texas. We usually stay the first night at the KOA near Minton, Florida and push to WDW the next day. We have taken three days when time allows and stayed an additional road night at a state park near WDW.

For us, the trip is part of the adventure and adds to the excitement. We love the FW magic and comfort of our own camper.

jeepfreak
01-01-2013, 06:14 PM
We've driven our class A motorhomes down almost every year since 1999. It's about 1400 miles and we stop twice on the way down. Useally drive 12hrs the first day 8-10 the second and arrive at the Fort around 2 pm the 3rd day.

RoyalBlunders
01-01-2013, 11:14 PM
HEY Fellow Midwest mama!!!
Excited to see your post. What part of ND are you in? We live in Moorhead MN (work in ND) but I grew up in Jamestown ND. We just did the drive this past Aug and we will do it again this coming Aug. We are in a 36 FT Class Super C (Diesel) but we also tow a 30 ft trailer. I think the biggest issue is making sure you have time for breaks. DH does all our driving so for the rest of our family we are able to get up move around but for him it's the stops that make the difference. We broke it up into 3 600 mile days. We also boondocked the way home so once we found a Wal-Mart around our 600 mile mark, we called it a day and ran in to restock on food, snacks, and a few new games or toys for the little ones. We had a blast but traveling is part of our life for work as well so being in an RV was a real treat. Some don't have the luxury of time on their side to take the 3 days there, 3 days back plus play time while you are there. How much time do you have total? We have stayed in the value resorts, moderate and deluxe. This summer was our first time camping and when we asked our kids which they liked best they all said CAMPING! They are so excited to go again this summer. We are headed down for work again but we are staying there the entire time plus a little extra for some down time. All this really is just to say, if you want to drive, don't get discouraged. We did it with 4 kiddos and we survived and are doing it again!!!

5stljayhawks
01-04-2013, 08:31 AM
First off , yes it is worth the trip, just make sure you have that 11- 14 nights to stay, otherwise not worth it. We were 12 nights and only parked 6 days last trip to the fort.

I am out of St. Louis. 1050 miles - It takes two days. 12 hours & 8 hours. With two primary ways to get there.

If you want easy no mountains, come down 29 to KC - 70 to stl then 55 south to memphis - Graceland RV park is a must!!!!! and Marlows BBQ has pink limo that will pick you up and drop you off for dinner from the campground. then you cut across and hit 10 in FL west of tallahasse. it is around 50 - 100 mile longer but way easier drive with out major surprises that atlanata route can offer (also have chattanogga/nashville) and highway 10 across top of flordia is a breeze to 75

OR you can take the nashville route through atlanata which can be a breeze OR OR OR the 2-3 hour parking jam... If you do go through atlanta, there is a KOA 10 -20 miles south in Foryth. Nice place easy on and off. From STL it's 650 miles leaving 450 the next day to fort (sleep in alittle and a late afternoon arrival.)

serenitygr
01-04-2013, 09:42 AM
We are coming for the first time in motorhome this Christmas from northern mn- almost 1800i miles! Staying 12 nights. Husband is a truck driver, so that's a big advantage! Can't wait!

whiplash
01-04-2013, 09:50 AM
Former DVC owner for 6 years, visited the "FORT" on one of the trips.........sold our DVC, bought a 5th. whl and now FORT WILDERNESS is our "Home Resort". We are about 1200 miles away (Sandusky, Ohio) and LOVE the trip! Plan at least one trip a year, next trip 63 days out with 3 of our Grand Kids (their 1st time):cool1: By the way, DW and I are 65 years old
and 25 when we're at Disney:yay::yay::yay: Never too old !!!!!!!! Enjoy !!!

lodge
01-06-2013, 10:10 PM
As far as Forrest Gump will run... then back.

CamperMomma
01-08-2013, 12:08 PM
HEY Fellow Midwest mama!!!
Excited to see your post. What part of ND are you in? We live in Moorhead MN (work in ND) but I grew up in Jamestown ND. We just did the drive this past Aug and we will do it again this coming Aug. We are in a 36 FT Class Super C (Diesel) but we also tow a 30 ft trailer. I think the biggest issue is making sure you have time for breaks. DH does all our driving so for the rest of our family we are able to get up move around but for him it's the stops that make the difference. We broke it up into 3 600 mile days. We also boondocked the way home so once we found a Wal-Mart around our 600 mile mark, we called it a day and ran in to restock on food, snacks, and a few new games or toys for the little ones. We had a blast but traveling is part of our life for work as well so being in an RV was a real treat. Some don't have the luxury of time on their side to take the 3 days there, 3 days back plus play time while you are there. How much time do you have total? We have stayed in the value resorts, moderate and deluxe. This summer was our first time camping and when we asked our kids which they liked best they all said CAMPING! They are so excited to go again this summer. We are headed down for work again but we are staying there the entire time plus a little extra for some down time. All this really is just to say, if you want to drive, don't get discouraged. We did it with 4 kiddos and we survived and are doing it again!!!

Hey there! Sorry, I'm terrible about re-checking my threads. We're in Grand Forks! (on the air base actually) Sadly, we'd only have about a week to do all the travel, so hauling the camper I think will need to wait. But the perk about the military is maybe *fingers crossed* our next base will be closer to FL and we can do a trip! Or, maybe my job will become more giving with time off! (ok...so that'll never happen :rotfl2:)

CamperMomma
01-08-2013, 12:11 PM
Thanks all! Definitely sounds do-able, just need the time available off work to do it. Hmm...maybe shoot for the long haul late 2014 and a cabin late this year. :cool1:

RoyalBlunders
01-14-2013, 11:42 PM
OH We are nice and close! We pass the base all the time when we have to head to Devils Lake! Hopefully one of these days you will be able to take your own camper. I just like that I don't have to haul suitcases. In the summer, we leave the RV pretty much packed the entire time so our kids are always running back and forth between the RV and the house to find their clothes...we LOVE it,lol! Have fun at the cabins!

dsdeleon
01-15-2013, 08:16 AM
We drive far but don't haul. We have two young sons and after our last trip we got a car specifically for driving back and forth to Florida. We were in NJ but are now in Upstate NY. We stay over just one night in NC.
It's nice to have our car at the fort and everything all setup for us when we get there (we rent a fifth wheel).

sapdaddy2
01-15-2013, 09:44 AM
We tow our 24' sportsman TT 1500 miles from NH. DS 15 wants to help drive when he turns 16. I think not:) Home boss is nervous enough when he drives now in just the truck without the camper.

heartsy77
01-15-2013, 09:56 AM
We towed our small TT in Oct from Upstate NY to WDW; 3 adults and 5 kids :scared1: It was actually ok and we would do it again. We made it to SC the 1st day and then we only had 6 hour trip to WDW the next day.

KristinU
01-15-2013, 12:48 PM
We have driven from CT to the Fort many times (approx 1200 miles) We usually do 7 hours, 10 hours and 7 hours.... but always play it by ear depending on weather, traffic and how tired DH gets.

We are in the process of trading our 5th wheel for a Class A. We may actually be able to drive almost straight through this trip because we will have 3 drivers (DH, myself and my 19 year old son)... with the class A we can take turns sleeping while the others are driving. Not gonna push it though..

Good luck and enjoy your trip!

Also from CT here, though our preferred route is about 1300 miles, but worth it to us to skip NY, NJ, and DC. We tow a 26 foot trailer now, but sometime in the future we'd love a class C...and in a mere 9-10 years we'll be in your shoes msbegin, with a 3rd driver! We've already been planting the seeds since our DS is a night owl and I'm an early bird and DH is somewhere in the middle.

For us, the trip is part of the adventure and adds to the excitement. We love the FW magic and comfort of our own camper.

Totally this!

We've done it for just a week-long trip and I still think it is worth it...two weeks would be ideal, though.

whumpus
01-15-2013, 01:12 PM
Our drive is at least 24hours. We usually leave on Friday evening: pick up the kids from school in the camper and begin our trip south from there. It's a great way to surprise the kids :love: We too will drive 7 hours Friday evening. Then do as many miles as I can stand on Saturday and finishing up on Sunday.

We are known to be a bit meandering . . . we like to extend and expand vacation as much as possible. It's not unusual for us to swing into a state park for a few hours for a hike, nap, picnic, site-seeing, etc. It truly is a road trip for us.

allaboutthemouse
01-17-2013, 08:03 AM
Hello,
We have a 31 foot TT that we tow with our older Suburban. Older, like maybe ten years. We live 15 hours from DW. For those of you that tow 15+ hours to FW, what kind of vehicles are you towing with? Are you all driving newer vehicles? Should I be nervous to tow (well, not me, my husband would be driving :) ) with an older vehicle? Would we kill it? That is a long way to go. We have not camped further than 3 hours from home. If it matters, I would plan FW to be "part" of the vacation, not the destination - i.e., stopping along the way multiple times for a couple days each direction. So maybe a 2-3 week vacation, summer time. What do you think?:confused3

pocomom
01-17-2013, 08:17 AM
I drive from North Eastern PA- We made the trip down a part of the trip we took 4 days and did 2-3 hour stops in fredericksburg va, jekyll island ga, a manatee viewing areas and a few other places. (one was just shoe shopping :) We actually went to Naples Florida first and then back up to disney so I think it was 24 hours of driving to naples. over the four days it was fun- on the way back we had a tighter schedule and I made it in 3 after leaving the Disney at 2:00pm, 2 overnights and got in around 9pm the third driving day )close to 500 miles of driving after winterizing the rv in the morning! It was TOO MUCH! This is my second day home and I'm still exhausted. I think it is totally doable if you take your time and it is part of your trip- if you are driving straight it is really tough... of course I'm the only driver in my crew and I'm travelling with 3 little kids and dogs normally...if you have a spouse switching off may make that easier.

KristinU
01-17-2013, 12:34 PM
Hello,
We have a 31 foot TT that we tow with our older Suburban. Older, like maybe ten years. We live 15 hours from DW. For those of you that tow 15+ hours to FW, what kind of vehicles are you towing with? Are you all driving newer vehicles? Should I be nervous to tow (well, not me, my husband would be driving :) ) with an older vehicle? Would we kill it? That is a long way to go. We have not camped further than 3 hours from home. If it matters, I would plan FW to be "part" of the vacation, not the destination - i.e., stopping along the way multiple times for a couple days each direction. So maybe a 2-3 week vacation, summer time. What do you think?:confused3

We tow with a 2007 Toyota Tundra. Personally, I think as long as you keep and have kept up with maintenance I don't think you need to worry. I'd discuss it with a trusted mechanic just to be sure that you have a professional agreement. I also recommend getting behind the wheel yourself and getting comfortable towing unless there are conditions that prevent you from doing so. It sure helps having two drivers to trade off! Plus, last spring on the way back from WDW my DH got hit with a 24 hour bug - we would have spent a whole day somewhere in GA waiting for him to feel better if he were the only driver.

...of course I'm the only driver in my crew and I'm travelling with 3 little kids and dogs normally...if you have a spouse switching off may make that easier.
Yes, this! Trading off with a second (or third!) driver really makes a difference in this conversation.

bama_ed
01-17-2013, 06:56 PM
Hello,
We have a 31 foot TT that we tow with our older Suburban. Older, like maybe ten years. We live 15 hours from DW. For those of you that tow 15+ hours to FW, what kind of vehicles are you towing with? Are you all driving newer vehicles? Should I be nervous to tow (well, not me, my husband would be driving :) ) with an older vehicle?

I have an older Suburban that I use as my tow vehicle. Granted, I am pulling a popup and not a 31' TT. But as long as you are not anywhere close to your tow limit (most 1500 Suburbans our age can pull 7500-8000#) it should continue to be a workhorse for you.

Older Suburbans have a well-earned reputation for being tanks AS LONG AS you keep up with routine maintenance (true for most vehicles too). I took my Suburban/camper on a 1,000 trip to Key West two years agon and it pulled just fine. Bama ED's Key West Trip Report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2682601)

Just get it checked out at your favorite car guy before you go, don't be in a hurry, and drive with your ears. :drive:

Have fun and I hope to see you at the Fort!

Bama ED

rajak73
01-18-2013, 08:25 AM
Hello,
We have a 31 foot TT that we tow with our older Suburban. Older, like maybe ten years. We live 15 hours from DW. For those of you that tow 15+ hours to FW, what kind of vehicles are you towing with? Are you all driving newer vehicles? Should I be nervous to tow (well, not me, my husband would be driving :) ) with an older vehicle? Would we kill it? That is a long way to go. We have not camped further than 3 hours from home. If it matters, I would plan FW to be "part" of the vacation, not the destination - i.e., stopping along the way multiple times for a couple days each direction. So maybe a 2-3 week vacation, summer time. What do you think?:confused3

We drove 1500 miles down last year with 35' fifth wheel, 1995 Dodge 2500 v-10 truck. Had the truck serviced before we left and no problems whatso ever. This year another trip, just not to disney, but to Daytona 500, bought a 2008 2500 Silverado Diesel in June, curious to see how this one pulls down. We drive about 400-450 miles a day so days are not to long. Took a 3 week vacation last year.

rajak73
01-18-2013, 08:32 AM
[QUOTE=KristinU;47220225]We tow with a 2007 Toyota Tundra.......... Plus, last spring on the way back from WDW my DH got hit with a 24 hour bug

I had that a few years ago heading back from Yellowstone! Don't know if it was something i ate, :confused3(I blamed it on the food at the Indian Reservation leaving Little Bighorn, LOL, but it could have been just a 24 hr bug) Stop every 100 miles during the day and puke and was good for another 100 miles! DW did offer to drive but I wasn't that bad.

allaboutthemouse
01-19-2013, 08:31 AM
Thanks for the words of encouragement :) Just talked to hubby, I was thinking Big Red (how we affectionately refer to our fire engine red 2500 camping burban - our other newer every day burban is Black Beauty:thumbsup2)was only about 10 and a couple years old! He is actually a '94, so a bit older than I was thinking! But just reading up there someone took a '95 that far gives a bit of encouragement! Would love to do it, but we will see. Would definately have it looked over for sure. Have a lot to think about. Thanks!
Love the Key West report!

erbeaman
01-19-2013, 07:02 PM
I just booked a trip for spring break this year :cool1:. Our first time at FW, and our first time towing a camper more than 150 miles. We don't even have our new camper yet, but have narrowed our purchase down to a couple of different pop-ups. I am so excited, but now that I look at this thread I'm nervous our 6 night stay won't be worth our 2200 mile round trip drive. We have driven before without the camper for that amount of time and had a great time! Is it that much more taxing towing a camper? Am I making a mistake? Btw, we will be towing a large pop-up with a Traverse.

DL55
01-20-2013, 03:25 PM
I just booked a trip for spring break this year :cool1:. Our first time at FW, and our first time towing a camper more than 150 miles. We don't even have our new camper yet, but have narrowed our purchase down to a couple of different pop-ups. I am so excited, but now that I look at this thread I'm nervous our 6 night stay won't be worth our 2200 mile round trip drive. We have driven before without the camper for that amount of time and had a great time! Is it that much more taxing towing a camper? Am I making a mistake? Btw, we will be towing a large pop-up with a Traverse.

If you drove to Disney before and had a great time, you should be fine this time. :)
150 or 2200 miles, towing is towing, just more fill ups and setting up and breaking camp. We think the traveling getting there is part of the fun.

Personally, since it takes us 4 days of straight travel, we stay for 10 days. We've only driven once and it took us longer since my DH likes to check out golf courses on the way.

jenny2
01-20-2013, 03:27 PM
We drove from MA - it was a 24 hour drive in a car, longer while towing a camper. But soooo worth it! We had a great time!

tabbytrekker
01-21-2013, 06:53 PM
This probably has already been covered, just thought I'd add my two cents.

When I was younger (like twenty years ago) my parents would pull the pop-up camper down from Michigan. Usually they would drive all night too. That was about a 24-hour drive I think.

loislane
01-22-2013, 11:36 AM
We'll be towing from Upstate NY, pulling a popup. Haven't decided yet if we are stopping overnight on the way or taking shifts and driving through as much as possible with some rest stops. My husband is more than happy to stop in a parking lot and let everyone sleep in the car for a few hours. So, we'll see how it goes.

We'll be staying for 11 nights to make the drive worth it.

jeffrey66
01-24-2013, 07:46 PM
We'll be towing from Upstate NY, pulling a popup. Haven't decided yet if we are stopping overnight on the way or taking shifts and driving through as much as possible with some rest stops. My husband is more than happy to stop in a parking lot and let everyone sleep in the car for a few hours. So, we'll see how it goes.

We'll be staying for 11 nights to make the drive worth it.

We are also from upstate NY and planning on pulling our new to us hybrid down to the fort in 2014.
Curious if you will take 95 the whole way or maybe an alternate route? We traveled 95 the entire time last trip and ran into a lot of slow traffic until we got south of Richmond. We are considering a route to the west since our trip will take place after the snow stops.

articfox676
01-25-2013, 07:20 AM
To us making a few interesting stops along the way make the trip more pleasant. We always included some fun and some historical stops from PA to FL. Age is also a factor. When we were 20 years younger the miles traveled per day were different then they are now. Most important don't over due or you spend the next day recovering. Safe travels.

CDNCruiser
01-25-2013, 07:55 AM
We are also from upstate NY and planning on pulling our new to us hybrid down to the fort in 2014.
Curious if you will take 95 the whole way or maybe an alternate route? We traveled 95 the entire time last trip and ran into a lot of slow traffic until we got south of Richmond. We are considering a route to the west since our trip will take place after the snow stops.

We normally take I-81 all the way to Virginia and then catch I-77 to I-26 and finally hit I-95 in South Carolina. It's a nice route, no big cities and no heavy traffic!

Another option is I-81 to I-64 which connects with I-95 at Richmond.