Question What time do you typically depart a campground?

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I am a casual departer, I typically won't intentionally wake up early to depart. I'll get up, do my things, leave around 10'ish I'd say is the typical time. Recently due to this covid-19 virus stuff I had to long haul to avoid (go entirely through) Louisiana and get to Jackson MS, at least 8 hours driving then add fuel and rest stops (dog/lunch). I left prior to sunrise, 6 AM. I have to say this made the drive much better and seemingly less exhausting as I didn't get late into the day. Granted, I wouldn't do pre-sunrise departures unless necessary as we all want to avoid driving in the dark with poor headlights in these motorhomes. But I'd say getting up early and hitting the road by 8 AM may be in my future as I seemed to do better with the earlier drive.

What is your departure time preference? What works best for you?
 
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Pre-stage everything possible that goes in the basement the night before. Up the next morning around 7AM for breakfast. I don't like starting the engine until least 8AM if I have neighbors. Air up pull the slides in and load the basement, do a walk around, hopefully everything goes as planned on the road by 9AM. I like to be at my next stop well before dark. I'm with you on driving in the dark, too many chances for things going wrong. Such as missing a corner and the toad takes out a post or rock, not seeing a low hanging limb or one cut right at the road edge.
 
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i follow the sun I am going when it rises and I’m down when it’s down. Just the way I’m wired
 
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We shoot for a 9:30ish departure, but sometimes don't get on the road until about 10:00 am. And, we try to limit our drive time to 6-7 hours plus a couple of brief stops. That way, we get to our destination well before dark and in time for our regular dinner hour.

TJ
 
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You will all recall I learned the hard way driving too many hours and having a minor fender bender in a parking lot in January.

I try and avoid driving in the dark if all possible. Leave by 7:30 am and try and stop after 6-7 hours. Doesn’t always work out that way.

I remember someone’s advice a while back, don’t navigate a campground at night especially one with tight turns and with a back in spot that you have never been to. You are asking for trouble.
 
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10ish has always works for us. We almost never drive in the dark and thus never arrive at a park after dark. Not good for us, not the best for neighboring campers either.
 
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Keeping our mileage to 300 or less, that's 6 hours ish. So we pull out by 9 and arrive at our destination around 3.
 
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It depends on what I’m doing. If I’m traveling across the country trying to get somewhere on a tight schedule, I’ll sometimes leave before sunrise. My longest driving day was 12 hr. I won’t be repeating that.

If it’s a 5-6 hr trip to the beach or other point of interest, I’m lazy.
 
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We shoot for a 9:30ish departure, but sometimes don't get on the road until about 10:00 am. And, we try to limit our drive time to 6-7 hours plus a couple of brief stops. That way, we get to our destination well before dark and in time for our regular dinner hour.

TJ
We generally do like TJ. There have been travel days come up that we needed to do 600+, so we have departed when it was still dark. Those types of runs only come around once or twice a year thank goodness.
 
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I like to get an early start to the day (up between 5-6 a.m. each day), the Boss however prefers a later start. Based on the time constraints and planned distance we leave anywhere between 7 a.m. and 10 ish. On our trip back from Nappanee this year we were rolling by 8:00 a.m. each day. Checked in around 3 p.m. at the destination.
 
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As full time we are not in a hurry, max driving distance is 300 miles per day. I figure 50 mph average including any stops. Never leave before 9am and hope to be parked no later than 4pm.
 
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Uhhhhh, it completely depends on what time we want to arrive at our next destination. We might leave at noon or before the sun comes up just depends.

My rule of thumb is 50 miles an hour, that accommodates for traffic, fueling and rest stops along the way. It's been a pretty reliable formula for us over the years.
 
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