Mad John and others. One reason we dont leave real early or drive after dark coming from the far west is the possibility/probability of large animals on the road. We counted 93 dead deer on one section of I-10 in Texas. One of those on the front of our motor coach could ruin a trip.Well lot of good advice, and I will add mine.
First I am a driver and enjoy it. I have done a lot of long drives pulling trailers. Currently I pull a 28 ft. Airstream. I am planning a CA to DW drive for 2021. Plan is 5 days. I have done the DW to CA in 4 and half days. (for those keeping track its a 50 hour drive.)
If you like driving you can do it. However, if you feel yourself getting tired, its time to find a campground and rest up. ( I have also done this, some days you just don't feel it.)
Leave early. On my big drives I pull out around 3 or 4 in the morning. (this also stops the family running around trying to do last minute things and delaying me even more, they are still asleep and just crawl into the truck and go back to sleep.) I will go to bed the night before about 8 or 9 so that I have a good 6 or 7 hours (my usual) sleep.
Watch out for traffic and weather. Both can take a plan to drive 800 miles down to a drive of 400 miles. If this happens, go with it. Have the number of the Fort and any place else you are staying so you can give a quick call to say you were delayed.
P.S. As a younger man, not pulling a trailer, my brother and I drove from Marco Island FL to Philly in 19 hours. We traded of the driving.