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Road trip preparedness

K so i will be taking my first long distance (at least for me) road trip. Orlando FL to Atlanta GA... 6 to 7 hours of drive time one way...

From those of your high milers out there what suggestions can you give me and others like me in this situation.

Air in tires
Fresh oil
What grade of gas if needed different
Any suggested additives to help with MPG
Average speed for good traveling

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Old 10-30-2013, 10:13 AM
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Re: Road trip preparedness

Drive the way you would on a two hour trip. If you get tired or feel you are not concentrating on your driving, stop for a cup of coffee. You can bring your own coffee, or other beverage, but stop and get out of the vehicle.

As far as the Jeep, you don't need to do anything special. Same gas, same air in tires, etc.

As for speed, don't be the guy out in front and don't hold up traffic.

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Re: Road trip preparedness

If you're not in a rush, stop often. If you have another driver, switch every 2 hours or so. Enjoy
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:21 AM
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Re: Road trip preparedness

Just did 5 hours non stop from MA to ME this past Thursday...and another non stop 5 hours back on Sunday. Didn't check anything, didn't prepare anything.

How fast you drive is your decision, but 24+ MPG occurs around 65MPH. Get up around 75MPH, and you'll drop to about 22-21MPG, steeply dropping off above 75MPH.

A 6-7 hour road trip in any modern vehicle is nothing you should ever need to prepare for...unless you're hungry...bring snacks.
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Re: Road trip preparedness

I did 37 hours nonstop from Texas to Maine. By nonstop I mean, food and bathroom breaks only basically, "and a tiny sight seeing trip at Niagra" and then a 1.5 hour stop for resting as I switched to my wife, who drove for 2 hours before we switched back, but since we were going through New York, I didn't sleep, I helped navigate.

I don't recommend THAT, but I did carry extra oil, extra Anti-Freeze, Extra Washer Fluid, A small set of mechanics tools, including a crescent wrench, and duct-tape, etc..... I also did a complete tune up of the vehicle prior to leaving which included, Royal Purple HPS Street oil, Royal Purple Transmission fluid and filter, new plugs, and I had brand new tires put on from discount with a nationwide warranty If had a blow out. All in all I spent about $2500 on my WJ, not including fuel costs for the Journey that took me all the way to Maine, and all the way back again without a single hiccup or issue. Probably a little excessive, sure, but we had no issues and didn't break down on an over 4,000 mile trip and the few hundred miles we put on the Jeep while on vacation in Maine....


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Re: Road trip preparedness

37 hours is a real trip. 5 or 6 hours is just a drive down the road. Might have to stop once for a head call but that's about it. If you're concerned about MPGs I would recommend 65 miles per hour.
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I did 37 hours nonstop from Texas to Maine. By nonstop I mean, food and bathroom breaks only basically, "and a tiny sight seeing trip at Niagra" and then a 1.5 hour stop for resting as I switched to my wife, who drove for 2 hours before we switched back, but since we were going through New York, I didn't sleep, I helped navigate.

I don't recommend THAT, but I did carry extra oil, extra Anti-Freeze, Extra Washer Fluid, A small set of mechanics tools, including a crescent wrench, and duct-tape, etc..... I also did a complete tune up of the vehicle prior to leaving which included, Royal Purple HPS Street oil, Royal Purple Transmission fluid and filter, new plugs, and I had brand new tires put on from discount with a nationwide warranty If had a blow out. All in all I spent about $2500 on my WJ, not including fuel costs for the Journey that took me all the way to Maine, and all the way back again without a single hiccup or issue. Probably a little excessive, sure, but we had no issues and didn't break down on an over 4,000 mile trip and the few hundred miles we put on the Jeep while on vacation in Maine....


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That's legit! But if you didn't stop and see all the amazing sights along that route, wouldn't it have been much cheaper to fly and rent a car in Maine?

You should try and beat the new Cannonball run record next!: 2,813 miles in 28:50 with an average speed of 98MPH!

Meet The Guy Who Drove Across The U.S. In A Record 28 Hours 50 Minutes
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Road trip preparedness

Baalic, I drive from Chicago to St. George Utah and back, I don't fly anymore in my old age. All of the guys have provided you with great advice so there is not much to add. Just when you feel you're getting tired pull over at a rest area and get a few hours sleep; that's what I've been doing for years and maybe get out and stretch now and then. Keep a little water handy to drink now and then. But the two most important things are:

1. Take your time it's not a race.

2. Be careful.


Have a safe trip.
Oh and my 2006 5.7 has never failed me and has only seen the dealer for oil!
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That's legit! But if you didn't stop and see all the amazing sights along that route, wouldn't it have been much cheaper to fly and rent a car in Maine?

You should try and beat the new Cannonball run record next!: 2,813 miles in 28:50 with an average speed of 98MPH!

Meet The Guy Who Drove Across The U.S. In A Record 28 Hours 50 Minutes

We basically stopped in Niagara falls, coming home, Fenway Park for a Red Sox game, *GO SOX GO*, Washington DC, The Smoky Mountains, and Little Rock Arkansas for 4th of July Fireworks..... I still basically didn't truly stop more then say 2-4 hours on the way back, but made a lot more stops, including the stop in Oklahoma City where I bought my WK2 and left my poor dependable WJ.


GO SOX GO!!

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Re: Road trip preparedness

Other than packing some food & beverages or some winter-specific gear, we don't do anything extra for a road trip.

Our longest trek in one day is 840 miles from Minneapolis to Billings with just a few stops for diesel and 2 stops for food. I drove most of that and had my wife drive for a few hours while I took a nap.
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Re: Road trip preparedness

Check the oil, check the air in the tires...and thats it. You'll be on well travelled highways is my guess, nothing to worry about.

Enjoy the trip, the Jeep is a great road trip car. Aside from the Lexus LS, its the best highway vehicle I've ever owned.
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K so i will be taking my first long distance (at least for me) road trip. Orlando FL to Atlanta GA... 6 to 7 hours of drive time one way...

From those of your high milers out there what suggestions can you give me and others like me in this situation.

Air in tires
Fresh oil
What grade of gas if needed different
Any suggested additives to help with MPG
Average speed for good traveling

Thanks!!
Air in tires. Allegedly there is air available pretty much along the entire route from Orlando to Atlanta. It is a good idea to make sure your
tires are fully inflated at all times, not just before a semi-long trip.
Some people add 2-3 pounds COLD pressure for freeway driving, sorta
depends on whether you run them high all the time or not.

Fresh oil? Why? Not unless overdue. Just make sure is good multigrade
rated for your engine.

Gas? Whatever you are using now, or better, what the owners manual recommends. No need to go premium, although if you go on the under side of a regular/midgrade, you might want to consider midgrade. E85 has less energy per gallon, but prices would dictate whether to use or not--if you have a flex fuel engine.

Additives to help with MPG. There really aren't any. There are a lot of claims, but they only offer anecdotal evidence if anything. Best thing
for MPG is cruise control if you don't have a steady right foot.

Average speed: fast enough to keep you from being tailgated, slow enough to avoid tickets. Watch out near Atlanta, the local drivers seem to all be NASCAR dropouts.
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