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Old March 10th, 2014, 08:24 PM
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Jimmy, I meant to ask this earlier...
As a VA resident, what did you have to do as far as tags/title/registration buying out of state?


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Old March 10th, 2014, 09:17 PM
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Great story, keep it coming.
How do the guys get in the back with that trailer hitch/ box in the way of the rear door?
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Old March 10th, 2014, 09:27 PM
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Old March 10th, 2014, 09:35 PM
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Jimmy, anything to make you think it won't make it to the east coast? All smooth sailing, so far? Looking forward to watching the progress!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 09:41 PM
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Dammit! I stopped following this thread when I saw you were staying North. If I'd have known you were coming right through town I'd have bought you guys lunch!

Safe travels!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:12 PM
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I saw the guys weave there way into the back by climing over the front seats.haha. ohh and they bought some big ass pillows to make the back more comfy...
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Old March 11th, 2014, 01:28 AM
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Today was a long day. We drove from Mountain home to Ogden where we stopped for lunch. We found an awesome pizza place called Slack Water Pizza. They had a huge beer menu and a bunch of interesting pizzas.









After lunch we met up with Lane (mightymg) who was nice enough to let me come change the oil in the Defender at his house. He was super nice and had an awesome setup in his garage, not to mention an incredible view. Utah has some incredible views. Here are some more random pictures of the trip so far. The Defender is doing great so far. I routed the overflow hose from the expansion tank out the side of the hood so I can see if it boils over. It hasn't consumed any coolant, so I'm really not too concerned about it.















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Jimmy are your buddies that are sitting in the rear laying out on those bench seats or did you set up a pallet in the rear to stretch out and lay down between driving shifts? Or are you doing all the driving?!
I'm doing most of the driving. There is a lot of shifting around in the back, but here is one example.



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Jimmy, anything to make you think it won't make it to the east coast? All smooth sailing, so far? Looking forward to watching the progress!
All good so far! We all feel very confident with the truck since its made it this far.

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Jimmy, I meant to ask this earlier...
As a VA resident, what did you have to do as far as tags/title/registration buying out of state?


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Normally I would have purchased the Va trip permit which is five dollars and is good for five days, but since this trip was longer, I decided to just put my old tags on it.

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And 14 mpgs over Snoqualmie, Pendleton, and the other passes with 4 dudes is quite impressive!
I can't explain it either, but I'm not going to question it.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 02:43 AM
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Glad to hear your truck is giving you great service so far! We got almost 16mpg out of our 110 all the way to Alaska, so I'm not suprised that you're getting the good mileage you are - we were running slower speeds on the backroads most of the time...

I bet the guys in the back are shifting around a whole lot!! Nothing too cushy about those jump seats!! How's the heater holding up to the cold outside temps?

The food and your photos look awesome so far!! Keep up the good work!!
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Old March 11th, 2014, 09:44 AM
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I didnt know you all were members of One Direction....
Hmm.. you know what One Direction is?

I *certainly* do not.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 10:06 AM
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How's the heater holding up to the cold outside temps?
We haven't really had to use it much, but I'm looking out the window of the hotel in Laramie right now and there is about an inch of snow on the ground....

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Old March 11th, 2014, 10:21 AM
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Hmm.. you know what One Direction is? I *certainly* do not.
NO!...I said Joe Montanya.

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You obviously don't have an 8 year old daughter... -Jeff
Is that hanging in your office or your "daughters" room?
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Old March 12th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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Yesterday was a really long drive from Laramie to Kansas City. We left Laramie around 10 in the morning and didn't get to our hotel until probably 2 a.m. central time. From Laramie, we drove on rte 287 to the outskirts of Denver for lunch. Wyoming was like another planet. It was cold, barren, and windy.








We ate lunch at some Mexican restaurant in Aurora that was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. When we came out from lunch it had started snowing pretty heavily. After lunch we decided to stop at a marijuana dispensary so that everyone could get some edibles to make the drive better. None of us really smoke pot, but we figured, when in Rome... I obviously didn't get to try them since I was driving, and I don't like pot. After buying some THC infused sour patch kids, we started our drive to Kansas city. The drive from Aurora to the Kansas border was extremely winding. At one point snow was coming in past the door and sunroof seals and blowing into the car. In Limon I found the upper radiator hose leaking a little bit of coolant. I ended up buying a hose clamp and installing it at the thermostat housing which fixed the leak. That wasn't fun in the wind and snow, but it could have been worse.





After Limon, it was a very long and very flat drive. The sitting positions in the back turned into sleeping positions. This was also the first time we actually really needed the heat. I had the heat on pretty much the whole time through Kansas which is mostly because of the strong winds.















After that drive, we have decided to stay tonight in St. Louis instead of driving straight to Nashville. Its 11 in Kansas city right now, and I'm looking forward to a shorter drive to St. Louis.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 01:42 PM
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Great trip so far!! The first thing we did to our 110, after getting home, was install the heated seat kit! Some of the best money we've spent! I also adjusted the door latches and installed the new style door bottom seals, so that tightened it up a bit - no more snow blowing into the cabin now!

If you want some awesome breakfast/country food, while in Nashville, stop by the Loveless Cafe on Highway 100...great food and a good atmosphere!!

Have fun and be safe!
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Old March 12th, 2014, 02:10 PM
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Its probably more comfortable without those rear jumpseats.

How many miles on that truck?
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Old March 12th, 2014, 03:16 PM
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Let me know if you need anything when you get to St. Louis or where you are staying.

Great trip so far!
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Old March 12th, 2014, 09:42 PM
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Nothing much to report today. It was a short drive to St. Louis today. We're staying with a friend's family, which is a nice change after the hotel last night which only had a smoking room available. Hopefully we'll get an early start tomorrow to Nashville.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 09:54 PM
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Jimmy what are those air vent like holes on the side of the hood? I assume they are for venting air but is it more of a look thing?
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Old March 12th, 2014, 10:34 PM
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Jimmy,

Keep the stories coming. This is a fun adventure to follow! I wonder if you are the first one to drive all the way across the country in a D90 with 4 people……..in the winter

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Old March 12th, 2014, 11:28 PM
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There were some pretty awful mods back in the day but the swiss cheese hood is one of the worst.

Let's pause for a moment to reflect.

The ADA-compliant toilet grab-bar mod




The homeless-cat-lady-that-lives-in-her-Defender mod



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I always like the homeless cat lady mod! I tried it and could not get it to support me.
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