Road Tripping (details inside): Thoughts on how to prepare?

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  1. Sinurgy

    Sinurgy Silver Member

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    I'm getting ready to go on a long road trip in about a week (I'll be doing a loop through Utah or Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and obviously Arizona), a few of things I'm currently considering thus far...

    • buy a radar detector (Redline? Solomax? V1?)
    • wash and wax before I leave (hoping it'll help with fending off bug splats)
    • change the oil/oil filter
    • bring detail spray and several towels to clean the front end each time I stop
    • download some audio books to help with the shit ton of driving
    Suggestions from fellow members (will update this as the suggestions keep coming)...
    • 1 or 2 quarts of oil
    • good tire gauge
    • bug b gone
    • sidewall repair kit

    That's all I have so far and I'm hoping you all can give me some good advice on things I should consider for the trip and/or any preparations I should do before hand. My cat has about 2800 miles on her with no known issues thus far.
     
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    Blue painters tape for a temp front bra ( Google it) or get a real clear bra, a extra quart of oil and a gas credit card. I like the green ( summer) rain x brand of windshield washer fluid as it truly helps the water repel off the windshield and helps with bugs... the stuff is cheep. My local Walmart has it $2.57 gal.

    Radar detector...I like Escort for the $ but I will not spend big $ on one. Also a MUST have for the garage ( kinda big for the car but you have a big trunk) is a Joes Racing 32307 Tire Pressure gauge. The BEST $22 ever for car stuff! The is a must have product as ALL the gauges at the auto parts stores are cheep China junk. Also a good camera and your AAA premium membership card (with the optional 200 mile tow upgrade) just in case and will give a hotel discount!
    Amazon.com Joes Racing 32307 0-60 PSI Tire Pressure Gauge Automotive
     
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    Clear Bra the nose (expensive); and rock guards; short of that you WILL get rock chips.

    Any type of bug-b-gone or whatever should work, but may remove wax.

    A Waterless car wash would be good for the nose and maybe easier on the paint; can't say I trust it for other than that.

    I would bring 2-3 quarts of oil, as you may have difficulty finding the brand you need.

    If you can't swing a fitted rubber mat for the back, I'd lay a heavy comforter or something heavy to limit the droning, or remove the wheel wells and paint some rhino lining. That exhaust can get dron-y.

    Join Audible and download books to your phone, play them through bluetooth.

    Also would try to get my hands on an extra supercharger belt just in case-may be hard to find on the road if it lets go.

    A sat phone.

    Get a tire repair kit, low profile "Mercedes jack," and spray bottle filled with water and soap to assist in a flat if you get one from say a nail. The slim jack is enough to lift the wheel, and you can fill it with air and spin it, spraying the soapy water and find where it is leaking by bubbles, and refill with air, find the hole, patch it, air it, and be on your way.

    I would not use the tire seal goo as it gets stuck to the rim and does all sorts of things to screw with your balance; that being said, I would get 1-2 extra cans if you are really really stranded.

    You could even go so far as to actually PACK just a new 275mm Pirelli tire in the trunk (30lbs), that way when you get towed to a fix it show and there is no worry of ordering another tire not in stock or it is not available. Tire rack has them cheap right now.

    Good flashlight and lantern, tool kit, means of self defense, a little extra water and food just in case you are really stuck waiting for help.
     
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    Why the trip,, just to see the sites,, please take pictures
     
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    COOLANT!
     
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    I have a rim and tire on order at Tirerack for when I go on a trip this fall and in the future. It was around $300 for the tire and rim.
     
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    Rent a jeep instead!
     
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    Drop her into eco mode and that drone all but disappears on the highway. Think she cruises at about 1200 RPMs with it on. I always hit eco when I am about to make a phone call
     
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    Bring a spare radiator.

    JK!!

    -No need for coolant. A bottle of distilled water will do.
    -2 qts of oil
    -Detail spray/windex/paper towels
    As far as bugs/chips personally I'm not too concerned about that past the rock guards. Its a car...
     
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    Wow!!

    After reading all of these responses, I think you should just stay home, sit on the couch, watch Netflix for the next two weeks, and never let the Hellcat out of the garage...
     
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    save the money, you've got 707hp. A cop won't even be able to keep up.
     
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    Get a spare supercharger belt.
    Also, basic tool kit.
     
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    A backup car to follow you

    Clean underwear
     
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    Oddly enough I'm vain enough to not want to cover my beautiful cat with blue tape but not vain enough to do it to avoid rock chips. lol

    Great suggestion on the tire pressure gauge, I added it to my list!

    I'm actually looking into the clear bra, not sure I want to spend the money (most estimate are around $450 just for the front. I'm not too worried about the tire situation but a sidewall repair kit is probably a good idea, I'll add that to my list. Thanks!

    I'm coming from AZ so water and a means of self defense is a given. :D


    I have a lot of extra vacation that I have to use by December or lose it (company no longer allows rollover) and since I got a new cat I thought hey, why not blow a couple of weeks on a sweet road trip! I have a lot of family/friends throughout Nebraska and Wyoming so that's why I'm going that route.

    It's my understanding that if you need coolant in this car, you're already out of commission consider the radiator/hose issues. I got mine in mid-May so I'm hoping those issues were considered when mine was built.

    Good call, I always forget about Eco mode!

    A few others have mentioned oil too. Does the car really burn that much oil?! I was thinking if I changed the oil before I left and again when I got back I should be good.

    lol...I know!! It's all good though, we all have varying levels of obsession for our cats and I appreciate all the feedback I'm getting thus far.

    If I lose a supercharger belt I'm simply ******! :confused:
     
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    Drive fast, don't get caught, and safe travels! :cool:
     
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