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Old July 25th, 2016, 12:50 AM
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Thinking about a 3000 mile road trip.

Hey Guys,

I'm really thinking about doing a 3,000+ road trip in February from VT to Jacksonvile FL to meet up with a make a wish kid I helped and play some airsoft. Then on to Sarasota FL to meet up with my family for a couple days on the beach then head up to Maine for the winter Romp then home. Planning on leaving in a Wednesday and taking 2-3 days to do the portion down and similar back up to the winter romp.

Planning on using my V8 ex mod 110 soft top. It's in very good running condition now but think of preemptive things to do before I go beside just having a mechanic give it s very tuff look over 3 weeks before I go.

Thinking fresh tune up with new plugs, leads, and distributer cap

Carb clean

All new filters

New belts.

Change all fluids

Things I'm wondering if I should also do. No current issues with these systems just thinking.

New brakes,
Wheel bearings
Fuel pump
Water pump


Besides the normal fan belt, fuses, spare tools and electrical what other spares you thinking I should bring?

I'm also debating towing my lockable 416 tool trailer but I'm not overly sure on that idea yet.

Any help trip planning, prepping rover, and just good old advice would be awesome.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 01:21 AM
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I'm also doing a trip from NY to CA and have some similar questions ...
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Old July 25th, 2016, 04:26 AM
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If you are up to date on Maintenace including greasing zerks everywhere, I say you are in good shape. Might want to consider adding earplugs...
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Old July 25th, 2016, 07:10 AM
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If it runs good now, I'd leave it alone.


I would just take those parts you listed as spares......plugs, wires, spare belts and maybe a spare fuel pump. Otherwise, I'd just bring tools and extra fluids.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 07:48 AM
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Just got done with 2200k run, found tcase to be fine for the daily commute tho when upto 70 mph found input shaft was vibrating more than noticed around home,(live in very flat are,long downhills caused it) musta been "good enough" below 65 here but on open road to was felt,
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I'm going to wear my Bose A20's then I have all my music, hands free phone. The V8 really is not that bad noise wis.

I'm going to do the tune up anyways before I go as haven't done plugs or leads since I've gotten it 2 years ago.

Thinking spares wise
Wheel bearings, distributer cap and fuel pump, fan belt.


Will change all the fluids like I do every fall and do the zerk fittings.

I know I also need to upgrade my alternator before then. But was going to do that abyways.

------ Follow up post added July 25th, 2016 08:53 AM ------

Will take a good look at that Scrub
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New wires, cap, and rotor can't hurt. Also throw a timing light on, make sure that is good. Take your old cap, button, and plugs and throw it in the back as spares. Can't hurt.

A clean and tuned carb will be good as well.

Otherwise, just keep driving it.
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I'm really thinking about doing a 3,000+ road trip in February from VT to Jacksonvile FL
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Thinking fresh tune up with new plugs, leads, and distributer cap
Carb clean
All new filters
New belts.
Change all fluids
A 3000+ mile trip in a Land Rover is not big deal as long as the truck is in well maintained condition at the beginning of the trip. I've done those kinds of trips several times in my 1960 Land Rover including coast to coast with a loop around the great lakes on the way home (because it was there).

I have a trip coming up starting the end of September. Arizona to Ashville N.C. for Overland Expo East where I will introduce my new book. Followed by going to the coast and following the coast south to the bottom of Florida, then along the gulf coast to Mexico, then northwest to Roswell to look for flying saucers then northwest back to Flagstaff.

The truck is well maintained so I will just check fluids, hoses, belts, grease the fittings, check the suspension bolts for tightness, pack the truck and head east. I schedule a once a week maintenance day where I check fluids belts, hoses and lube the grease fittings.

I don't expect problems but I do carry a set of tools, belts, a spare fuel pump & filter cap, rotor and a couple other electric stuff.

If your truck is in good well maintained condition you trip should be mechanically uneventful. Just periodically check fluid levels. Most of the time people run into trouble traveling in their Land Rover it is because of deferred maintenance or a fluid level running too low.
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Just want to make sure I'm prepared. I have 100% faith in my 110. Heck I do loads of 400 mile trips in Rovers from the port back to the VT in Rovers I've never driven before. This is just really pushing my comfort zone but I really want to do it. Thanks for all the advice guys! Maybe once this trip is behind me I'll do a similar one in my 109 Ambulance.
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I just completed a 5300 mile trip in a LR3. Missed a fatigued rear prop-shaft carrier bearing support before I left, cracked a windshield, had one-then the other-rubber elbow to the washer jets fall off, and developed a transmission fault that prevented the air suspension from lowering, took Terrain Response off-line, and would not allow the t-case to shift into low.
Also developed a fabulous brake pulsation coming down some major pass around Yellowstone. Otherwise, the Rover, and the trip, were awesome.....
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We just did 6k in our 110. Pre-trip I did service items that needed to be done- swivel balls, some seals, the rear ball joint, and an oil change.

Only issues I had were a clogged breather causing a grease explosion for a swivel ball seal and oil leaking at the end but I think that is my fault and not the truck.
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How are your tires. I think for that long of a trip I'd use road tires and bring chains.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 02:53 PM
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Having had my 110 recently die on the tail end of a Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France trip, having roadside assistance was a godsend.

And even in the relatively posh conditions of an AC and sound-deadened Puma, it was fun, but was work all the same.
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My wife and I have done multiple long cross countries in our D90. I carry tools, the shop manual, one each of my preferred fluids and a fan/alternator belt. I have a habit on my long trips of checking the fluids each morning, probably over kill. I check tire pressure every second or third day, before I start driving.

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Mike I do the same with fluids...us pilots of creatures of habit. Tires are Good year wranglers in very good condition. Chains will be coming ether way. Planning on doing all the belts, ignition, filters and fluid flush before I go. Then 3 weeks out have the local shop give it a very hard look over and fix anything we find.

Spares right now will be fuel pump, water pump, bearings, spare fan belt, and some other little things.

I'll keep an eye on the headset thing but I'm most likely going to do it anyways. Maybe I'll get a radio installed before then.

Not worried about the long trip. I've got heated seats, Sebastian heater, 12v fans and many years of riding in cargo netting seats mil air...I know cold/hot cramped pain.
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ditto

My truck ('89 110) arrives on the east coast this week and I'm thinking of driving it back to Seattle. The issue is I've never seen it/driven it and am not the most mechanically talented. Smart money says ship it but the lure of an adventure....

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My truck ('89 110) arrives on the east coast this week and I'm thinking of driving it back to Seattle. The issue is I've never seen it/driven it and am not the most mechanically talented. Smart money says ship it but the lure of an adventure....

Crowd sourcing any wisdom that might be floating out in the aether.
Do you think you are competent to check all fluid levels? Including the differentials, swivels, transmission and transfer case?

Does it start easily, idle smoothly and accelerate as it should? Do the brakes stop straight ahead or pull strongly to one direction or the other? Does it shift into all the gears? Can you select high and low and diff lock on the transfer case?

If yes to all the above, ensure your insurance is valid, fill the gas tank and hit the road!

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Do you think you are competent to check all fluid levels? Including the differentials, swivels, transmission and transfer case?

Does it start easily, idle smoothly and accelerate as it should? Do the brakes stop straight ahead or pull strongly to one direction or the other? Does it shift into all the gears? Can you select high and low and diff lock on the transfer case?

If yes to all the above, ensure your insurance is valid, fill the gas tank and hit the road!

Mike
Mike - I've not driven it, but those that have (who I trust) say it would make the trip. I could work my way through checking fluids diffs and swivels. First time for everything, right?

My plan is to register and license in WA ST. anyone know how that is handled if I'm driving it straight from the Port and won't have either. Feels like I'm asking for trouble but had a source say "registration is implied". Not sure that that plays out if the PD asks for a copy of the registration.
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