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Old 11-17-2007, 03:02 AM   #21
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cool cool, ya there will be 3 of us in my truck heading out there, the plan is to make it to atleast pheonix in one drive and stay at a friends place for a couple hours of sleep then get back on the road to beat morning rush hour traffic and get out to anahiem before the shop closes for the weekend.

no sight seeing on the drive out there unless theres some really unusual stuff ha but the sight seeing will happen when the truck is in the shop and then the fun will happen when we go to Glamis after the truck is built!
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:56 AM   #22
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I make the trip every year. its not that boring. it does take 20 hours or so. but with 3 people no worries. I would just drive straight thru. bring a couple jugs of water crossing the desert. one for you and one for your ride. other than that just try to avoid major citys during rush hours. and make sure you eat an IN N OUT burger while your there.
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Old 11-17-2007, 02:23 PM   #24
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Ive made the trip a few times, I ussually go in the summer and stop at balmorhea state park to swim. It is inbetween ft stockton and van horn, only about a 15 min detour, and helps make the drive that much more bearable.

Long drive, but easy, good luck!
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Old 11-17-2007, 02:31 PM   #25
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when getting to the desert area, is it a long stretch of road without a gas station? i dont want see a sign that says next gas station 50mile or something right as a run outta gas hahah.
i think driving straight thru would be my best bet, and just sleep in the truck once we get to the shop or in a wal mart parkin lot ha
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Old 11-17-2007, 02:34 PM   #26
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When the truck is built will the gas mileage be significantly less? If so make sure to carry gas cans on the trip back.
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:00 AM   #27
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it shouldnt be too much less, although i will have no power haha jumping from a 28" tire to a 33" tire with 3.55gears haha. once i get back ill be swapping them to a 4.30 gear so it should settle around 19-21mpg highway vs 21-25 stock
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:08 AM   #28
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new mexico is a little bit shy on gas and so is the begining stretch of Arizona.
but you shouldn't be bad.
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ha ill stop at a army surplus store and buy some gas can with locking tops or something ha
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If you're swapping drivers, make sure at least one person is trying to sleep while the others are driving/navigating. This is important at the start of the drive because all three of ya will be wide awake, but then when it comes time to swap nobody is "fresh".

Are you using a GPS or paper maps? Whenever you see a decent-sized city with a loop around it, take the loop. Unless it's the middle of the night (and even then it's a chance) there will be much less traffic on the loop skirting the town/city and the added mileage will be negligible.

Calculate your mileage on the first tank and use that to gauge the fuel stops afterwards, keeping at least 5 gal stored in reserve.

If you have XM or Sirius, it shouldn't be too hard to find something to listen to but if not, bring a way to get your MP3 player piped into the truck's radio (FM modulator?). There are plenty of places out there that have few FM options.

Most of all, have fun with it. If you head into it as a chore, it will be just that. Make it an adventure.
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ya well its down to just me and one friend now, so im making him sleep while i drive haha.
i spoke with my dad earlier today about getting a wireless internet card that would work driving out that far and he said it would be about 100bux for the card plus they would want me to sign up for a extended period of time instead of a week haha. and he said that "santa" (him) would buy a tomtom or garmin gps for me and my brother to use since ill be goin to cali in january and he will be going to colorado in the summer to intern for a job out there. so that TomTom better be friggin right! haha
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:41 AM   #32
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If you want a better type of drive take 36 out of TX to I40. The drive is a lot better and about the same amount of time. Then you hop on I15 in CA to head to Anaheim.
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Although, why you would head to CA to have your truck built when the best builder in the country is in Houston I have no idea.
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:35 AM   #34
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yah, but in a car =/
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Old 11-22-2007, 02:11 AM   #35
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Although, why you would head to CA to have your truck built when the best builder in the country is in Houston I have no idea.
and who is the best builder in the country? and what shop?

im going to have a off road suspension put on my truck, that can handle desert racing... there is not anyone in houston i would trust to build that type of suspension.
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Old 11-22-2007, 02:15 AM   #36
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Good Luck and bring sunflower seeds ..... I can barely make a 45 min drive to work without bobbing my head and slapping myself
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Good Luck and bring sunflower seeds ..... I can barely make a 45 min drive to work without bobbing my head and slapping myself
haha ya big bag of seeds for sure! im good for about 8hrs only stopping for gas and snack food ha, then i gotta walk around for a bit...
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you went left, i go right... haha.
im leaving jan 3rd to get to the shop by jan 5th for sure.
ha thats why i was on the phone off and on today at work, i dropped 3gs on the parts and and reserved a spot.
i got a place to stay about 40mins away from the shop in some guys toy hauler next to his house, then once the truck is done ill be hittin up glamis friday11-saturday12th.



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