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Old 03-30-2011, 07:23 PM
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okay so i convinced my parents to let me drive to cocoa beach florida to stay with my uncle over spring break. its about a 12-15 hour drive and about 930 miles one way
my uncle said i can bring a friend so my buddy mike is coming with me
we are taking my truck (2000 GMC sonoma, 4.3L 5 speed zq8, 77000 miles)
i just changed the oil with penzoil fully synthetic, changed oil filter of course, checked tranny fluid, checked rear end oil, checked coolant level, and check the serpentine belt
im bringing a quart of oil, and antifreeze with me, is there anything else i need to check before i go?
 
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I travel a lot go from Michigan to South Carolina a lot about 5 times a year 900 miles 1 way takes me 15 - 20 hours. I would really try to find a friend with a XM radio and a gps lots of monsters and water. Other then that you are fine.
 
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i have a gps, and a zune with over 20 hours of music on it lol
also we are hooking up my buddys cb radio to my truck so we can talk to truckers
 
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The only other thing I would check is the tires, you know air pressure and tread for wear signs.
 
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And also look for bulges in your tires I've had 2 busted belts in mine this past winter.
 
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yea ive replaced the ones i had
i had a bulge in one that was so large, it would rock the whole truck going about 5-10
felt like i had a wagon wheel bolted on haha
but at 3 am i am leaving for the trip
 
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well the trip was successful, 931 miles down there, going 80 the whole time and i got 26 mpg
i was a very happy camper
 
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good to hear, Im up for a 2400km trip in 3 weeks. I do long trips regularly (yes i know i drive a blazer,,shh)....i do a quick check over, usually change the oil (Especially for a 2400km trip towing a trailer)....check the tires is the biggest one, check all the fluids and just a general look over,,,,always take my tools with me...i changed a set of brake pads in a princess auto parking lot one year. haha......trip back will be in another 4 months and will be about a 3500km trip..(Damn gotta take my stuff with me to do an oil change while im away)
 
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