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Old 03-06-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Encinitas, CA
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Moving from East TN to San Diego in late May. We plan to leave our son with my folks (who will fly out with him later) and drive a Budget truck towing our vehicle. I was thinking it would take about 3-4 days if we drive at least 8 hours every day, is this a reasonable timeframe??

If anyone has done a similar move I'd love any advice.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: United States
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Depends on your speed, how many times you stop, etc. I've done VA to Los Angeles in 4 days but was wiped out afterward. I'm old though. I'm going back to VA next week and am planning on 5 days.

I think you can do it in 4 days if you want.

Safe travel to you.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Encinitas, CA
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We are planning on driving from dawn to dusk and splitting the driving between the two of us. Averaging about 60-65 mph.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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San Jose Ca to Northeast Iowa.....U haul and a trailer....By my self....3 days...no hotels slept in the truck.......Me and another guy drove it once in 36 hrs, but that was when I was young and dumb....
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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Google says Knoxville,TN to San Diego,CA is 2,200 miles or 35 driving hours. Their calculations are pretty accurate.

If you were doing it in 3 days that would be 12 hours of driving per day
4 days would be 9 hours of driving per day.

This is assuming there are no hiccups on the the way.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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It depends upon how long you can stay in the saddle, how often you stop and for how long. If you're really feeling good, just keep going. I've done Los Angeles to Dallas in 22 hours in an 18 wheeler and Portland, OR to Dallas in 31. On the other hand, I've been all day going from Dallas to Houston. It just depends.

Tips if you want to make good time:

1. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

2. Don't snack on sugary treats. It'll make you sleepy.

3. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

4. If you must eat in the middle of the night, load up on proteins, not carbs. It helps keep you awake.

5. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

6. Get coffee to go every time you stop.

7. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

8. If you have to get out and stretch at night, try to pick a place with florescent lights. They have the same effect on your body as sunlight...it wakes you up.

9. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

10. Stop for breakfast just as it starts to get light in the east. That's the most likely time for you to fall asleep at the wheel and a good, high protein breakfast will wake you up. You can go the rest of the day on it.

11. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

12. Take power naps whenever you need one.

Do that and you should be able to make it in 2 days or less. Maybe 3 if you get lazy.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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It depends upon how long you can stay in the saddle, how often you stop and for how long. If you're really feeling good, just keep going. I've done Los Angeles to Dallas in 22 hours in an 18 wheeler and Portland, OR to Dallas in 31. On the other hand, I've been all day going from Dallas to Houston. It just depends.

Tips if you want to make good time:

1. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

2. Don't snack on sugary treats. It'll make you sleepy.

3. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

4. If you must eat in the middle of the night, load up on proteins, not carbs. It helps keep you awake.

5. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

6. Get coffee to go every time you stop.

7. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

8. If you have to get out and stretch at night, try to pick a place with florescent lights. They have the same effect on your body as sunlight...it wakes you up.

9. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

10. Stop for breakfast just as it starts to get light in the east. That's the most likely time for you to fall asleep at the wheel and a good, high protein breakfast will wake you up. You can go the rest of the day on it.

11. Keep the left door closed as much as possible.

12. Take power naps whenever you need one.

Do that and you should be able to make it in 2 days or less. Maybe 3 if you get lazy.
Excellent tips!! Especially the odd numbered ones If travelling with children, I would add keep all passenger doors closed as much as possible lol
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:27 PM
 
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6 days from Maryland to Washington in December with 2 drivers. If you're driving in good weather you should have an relatively pleasant time.
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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If you want to amuse yourself, you can count the number of times the big truck drivers that DON'T keep their left door closed will pass you after every time they trash around at some truck stop and get behind on their schedule...
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If you want to amuse yourself, you can count the number of times the big truck drivers that DON'T keep their left door closed will pass you after every time they trash around at some truck stop and get behind on their schedule...
It was a rare day when somebody had a faster truck than mine, but I have had my doors blown off by the same truck 3 or 4 times because he couldn't keep from stopping.
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