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Old February 15th, 2014, 04:04 PM
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Not that any seat is particularly comfortable for a cross country voyage, but I feel sorry for the rear seat passengers!

Wheres the luggage and fuel cans going with that many bodies?
Backpacks will go in the Pelican case on a trailer hitch rack that I'll buy once I'm in Seattle. I'm not sure about the Jerry can. I just bought a NATO Jerry can and spout from the military surplus place in town.

The back seat is going to suck, but fortunately for me, I won't be spending much time back there.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 04:11 PM
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Backpacks will go in the Pelican case on a trailer hitch rack that I'll buy once I'm in Seattle. I'm not sure about the Jerry can. I just bought a NATO Jerry can and spout from the military surplus place in town. The back seat is going to suck, but fortunately for me, I won't be spending much time back there.
You might try to buy an extension for that rear hitch rack otherwise it's going to tough opening the back door for your buddies to get in.

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Old February 15th, 2014, 04:16 PM
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You might try to buy an extension for that rear hitch rack otherwise it's going to tough opening the back door for your buddies to get in.

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I figured I would need one anyway to clear the spare tire, especially since it is a wider than stock tire that has been mounted backwards on the rear door. Those tires are going to have to go as soon as i get back. I've also got a set of Boosts waiting for it when I get home.

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I think I'm going to need one of those. Looks like a pretty cheap and clever piece of kit.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 04:42 PM
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The main REI in Seattle's pretty neat; might pick up your hitch mounted rack there.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 06:40 PM
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...I've also got a set of Boosts waiting for it when I get home....
Dear God no...

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Old February 15th, 2014, 07:19 PM
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Take solace in the fact that he may be moving to NYC, and of course Boosts are a prerequisite.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 10:00 PM
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Take solace in the fact that he may be moving to NYC, and of course Boosts are a prerequisite.
He'll be attending boost club inauguration on Tuesday ..
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Old February 15th, 2014, 10:57 PM
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Sounds like an epic trip and one you'll always remember! Be sure the guys riding in the back bring plenty of warm clothes and boots!! We drove our 110 up to Alaska a couple of years ago and the cold temps really kill the heaters ability to keep the back of the cabin warm - The front was tolerable, but certainly not very warm! I could set a drink just behind our center console, and it would almost freeze!

Extra relays for fuel and wipers are good to have. Fuel stops aren't a huge problem, as long as you don't pass to many by. The extension for your hitch is definitely a must have so you can get into the back easily while the hauler is on the back.

Lots of photos are a must for a trip like this, so be sure to have a decent camera with you, along with a smartpone, for easy photos to download along the way for us to see!! i love a good roadtrip!!!
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Old February 15th, 2014, 11:23 PM
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Old February 15th, 2014, 11:28 PM
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Try this on Google Maps:

Boise -> Albuquerque, NM -> Little Rock -> home

That takes you through SLC and Moab, along with the Four Corners area. It also takes you on I-40 which generally is very clear in the winter east of Albuquerque.

Now, if you drive that route and you're doing well on time, consider some of these detours:


1. From Salt Lake, head up to Park City, UT and then east on US 40 through Vernal. Head south on CO 64 -> CO 139 through Rangely to Grand Junction. That's a really neat road through some pretty high desert country around the Uintah Basin.

2. Or, go from SLC to Moab as normal. Stop at Milt's in Moab for burgers. Almost no tourists know about Milt's because it's not on the main drag but it's totally awesome. South of Moab on 191, turn at La Sal Junction onto UT 46 -> CO 90 -> CO 145 to Telluride. Moab to Telluride via this route is my single-most favorite paved road drive in the US. From Telluride, you can either book it south to Cortez via Rico or for an adventure, drive US550 over the passes through Ouray and Silverton. Bring your bathing suits and stop at the awesome hot springs in Ouray (open year round). Dinner at Serious Texas BBQ or Steamworks Brewery in Durango, CO. From Durango, go east to Pagosa Springs, up and over Wolf Creek Pass and on to Walsenburg, CO where you can haul ass east on US 50.

3. Take the time and figure out how to go through McCall, ID. If you take I-84 through Idaho, you're doing yourselves a disservice. It is an incredibly gorgeous state but I-84 is the worst.

4. When you go through Albuquerque, you absolutely must stop at El Patio De Albuquerque for dinner or lunch. Best NM cooking in town.
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Old February 16th, 2014, 08:56 AM
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WIPERS! Make sure you have a back up plan for wipers. My ds wiper completely failed in route to Wintergreen this weekend during blizzard conditions. No fun. I'd bring a set of wheel houses, brake clean to get rid of old factory grease that has turned to wax and spindle thingamajigs. Clay
Here's what happens to factory installed wiper wheel boxes over time. The grease turns to a tacky waxy substance. Especially when the temps are low. I'm pulling mine and replacing them but before doing so I am going to clean out all factory OEM grease and replace with something more reliable.
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Is there a Vegas line yet on how many of the 4 make it east of the Mississippi in those jump seats?
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Old February 19th, 2014, 07:40 AM
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Is there a Vegas line yet on how many of the 4 make it east of the Mississippi in those jump seats?
I'll be impressed if the truck makes it that far!
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Old February 19th, 2014, 08:30 AM
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I'll be impressed if the truck makes it that far!
Curious, what spare parts are you bringing?
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Old February 19th, 2014, 10:57 PM
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Curious, what spare parts are you bringing?
Only things that would be relatively easy to change on the side of the road in the cold that would likely not be available at Pep Boys ect.. I'm bring silver relays, a starter, and an alternator if I still have a spare. I'm also going to bring whatever random 14CUx sensors I have lying around. I may bring a spare water pump, but I don't think I'd do that on the side of the road, I hate doing those at the dealership... I'll have to go through my spare parts bin and see what else I have that I may need. I don't mind buying new parts if something breaks, but after being a mechanic, I don't know if I can justify paying someone else to fix my truck.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 12:09 AM
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I'd take fan belts with me.

Also if you need anything in Chicago let me know I live in the NW Burbs and work on the Northside. Be glad to lend a hand or meet up for lunch.
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Is there a Vegas line yet on how many of the 4 make it east of the Mississippi in those jump seats?
Jimmy looks like a resourceful guy and thinking he would not hang with dudes who would wuss out. Here is $20 that the group will make it east of the Mississippi intact. Any takers?
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I hope they're going south. We're expecting 10" of new snow west of Des Moines today.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 08:52 AM
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are you back yet or what ?
We're flying out to Seattle March 7th to start the journey.
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