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Long Road Trip!!!!!!!!!!!

next week i head out on a very long road trip from fort bragg nc to bakers field ca now can enyone hep me figure out some stuff this is my first long road trip

fuel cost for the trip
best route to take
and any other things i need to know or general advice

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I-40 west... forever
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yeap i would say so acoring to map quest
http://www.mapquest.com/directions/m...2s=ca&2z=93308
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take your average miles per tank and divide that into your total miles and that will tell you how many tanks of gas it will take.

account for cost of food or pack your meals.
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The best advice i could give you is to get a portable fridg that will plug into your cig. lighter and stock it with Coke, like you said it will be a very long road trip. What does a 4.0 get as far as highway milage?
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The best advice i could give you is to get a portable fridg that will plug into your cig. lighter and stock it with Coke, like you said it will be a very long road trip. What does a 4.0 get as far as highway milage?
according to ford 19mpg i dont think thats right cause if it was a full 19.5 gallon tank would last you on the highway around 370.5 miles

and for the fridge part i got a really big icechest thats going to be sitting in my back seat
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thats gonna be a long trip, but i've been from washington state to nc back and forth a couple times, its really not too bad, kinda fun if you have someone with you. you should get good gas mileage considering your truck is new, just be sure to put your k&n in it for the trip.
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Road trips are great.... make sure you make some cds... put anything and all sorts of music on it. have Caffine and caffine pills if your driving alone.... (bring Exdrine... (bottled water) some cheap snacks..

i never eat on a road trip till i get to the place. I dont want a random number 2 bathroom break in the middle of no where.

Extra qt of oil and coolent. ummm some basic tools and make sure you have a inflated spare.
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thats gonna be a long trip, but i've been from washington state to nc back and forth a couple times, its really not too bad, kinda fun if you have someone with you. you should get good gas mileage considering your truck is new, just be sure to put your k&n in it for the trip.
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Road trips are great.... make sure you make some cds... put anything and all sorts of music on it. have Caffine and caffine pills if your driving alone.... (bring Exdrine... (bottled water) some cheap snacks..

i never eat on a road trip till i get to the place. I dont want a random number 2 bathroom break in the middle of no where.

Extra qt of oil and coolent. ummm some basic tools and make sure you have a inflated spare.
yea i gotta go pic up a gallon of that golden coolant crap tommorow i just topped it off earlyer today and used the last i had plus i gotta go change my oil and rotat my tires tommorow ive got a 20gb ipod full of music and a cd case with about 120 cd's in it and another with 50 or so burnt one so i should be good on music thanks for the heads up on the pills ill get some even though im not driving alone and ill get some soda and some cheap snack to keep in the ice chest
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dont forget a camera
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dont forget a camera
my cell phone takes great pics and i got a 256mb card for it
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Bathroom breaks aren't bad. I guess a bathroom shared by a floor of college guys has cured me of the fear of any public restroom. And it sounds like you are a military guy so sitting half of the step bars isn't outta the question either........don't ask.

As for what I recommend is a headache medicene and sunglasses. Driving it the sun kills me. Also CB radios are nice. They can give a decent break from music plus truckers are funny. As for a drink I usualyy stick to mountain dew or lemonade both have a decent amount of sugar. Although my roomate swears by redbull.

The camera is a really good idea too. Props to 05edge on that one. Zip tie a spare key under your truck too, just incase.

Good luck and have Fun
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Bathroom breaks aren't bad. I guess a bathroom shared by a floor of college guys has cured me of the fear of any public restroom. And it sounds like you are a military guy so sitting half of the step bars isn't outta the question either........don't ask.

As for what I recommend is a headache medicene and sunglasses. Driving it the sun kills me. Also CB radios are nice. They can give a decent break from music plus truckers are funny. As for a drink I usualyy stick to mountain dew or lemonade both have a decent amount of sugar. Although my roomate swears by redbull.

The camera is a really good idea too. Props to 05edge on that one. Zip tie a spare key under your truck too, just incase.

Good luck and have Fun
good call on that, my ex on our road trip... some how lost her entire set of keys at a mcdonalds.... no clue how. lucky i had a set to her car.

definently have a good set of maps to go along with your map quest print out.. (get lost and your fubar with out it) belive nothing sucks worse then a important sigh that is missing.
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why bakersfield?

Dude, that's a looong trip. It whould be fun. (i love driving)

Definitely take some pictures. I suggest a digi cam PLUS your camera phone.
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That should be fun! We drove from southern Indiana to Anchorage and will be doing it again going back soon. I would say KandN replacement filter, and I put in an AirConditioner toggle switch for the compressor( in "how to" forum ). Definately have your basics. When you get out west, you most likely tempted to try some offroading as they have awesome rocks and trails to hit at most places!

An extra word of advice, the gas stations west are few and far between, not like here in the east so dont stretch the gas stops, were taking an extra fuel container.
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why bakersfield?

Dude, that's a looong trip. It whould be fun. (i love driving)

Definitely take some pictures. I suggest a digi cam PLUS your camera phone.
thats where his house is (hes in the service, not sure which one tho) And agreed with the camera. Plus lots of water/drinks and snacks. So how long ae you going to be in Bakersfield? cuz if your going to be there for a while then you should come hit some Pismo with us sometime
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thats where his house is (hes in the service, not sure which one tho) And agreed with the camera. Plus lots of water/drinks and snacks. So how long ae you going to be in Bakersfield? cuz if your going to be there for a while then you should come hit some Pismo with us sometime
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Bathroom breaks aren't bad. I guess a bathroom shared by a floor of college guys has cured me of the fear of any public restroom. And it sounds like you are a military guy so sitting half of the step bars isn't outta the question either........don't ask.

As for what I recommend is a headache medicene and sunglasses. Driving it the sun kills me. Also CB radios are nice. They can give a decent break from music plus truckers are funny. As for a drink I usualyy stick to mountain dew or lemonade both have a decent amount of sugar. Although my roomate swears by redbull.

The camera is a really good idea too. Props to 05edge on that one. Zip tie a spare key under your truck too, just incase.

Good luck and have Fun
you think dorm bath rooms are bad youve never seen a bathroom in iraq as for the cb its also on my list of things today i have a nice setup i just gotta reinstal it
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why bakersfield?

Dude, that's a looong trip. It whould be fun. (i love driving)

Definitely take some pictures. I suggest a digi cam PLUS your camera phone.
digi cam is packed and on its way to germany im from bakersfield thats why im taking my truck there then i gotta get on a plane and head to germany
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That should be fun! We drove from southern Indiana to Anchorage and will be doing it again going back soon. I would say KandN replacement filter, and I put in an AirConditioner toggle switch for the compressor( in "how to" forum ). Definately have your basics. When you get out west, you most likely tempted to try some offroading as they have awesome rocks and trails to hit at most places!

An extra word of advice, the gas stations west are few and far between, not like here in the east so dont stretch the gas stops, were taking an extra fuel container.
note to self: get 2 5 gallon gas cans

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thats where his house is (hes in the service, not sure which one tho) And agreed with the camera. Plus lots of water/drinks and snacks. So how long ae you going to be in Bakersfield? cuz if your going to be there for a while then you should come hit some Pismo with us sometime
i'm in the army btw, and i would love to come down ill have to see when i get the how my budget is lookin o and isnt there going to be a meet in barstow on the 24th?

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you think dorm bath rooms are bad youve never seen a bathroom in iraq as for the cb its also on my list of things today i have a nice setup i just gotta reinstal it
I will give you that although I have seen so pretty nasty stuff. But if you can handle that reststops aren't usuallly that bad.
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pissing on the side of the freeway in -10degree weather... isnt much fun.

the gas can's are a good idea too. Never can be too sure if the next off ramp has gas. (worst road trip was when my filler neck cracked.. and i was losing gas. Tank could only hold 10 gallons... (i didn't even know i just filled up with 15) and found out it was leaking... Went oh **** and did 95 to 100mph to eat it up quickly.
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Check your fluids and tire pressure. Dont want to be low on something, and tire pressure saves money.
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ok i made it im no longer in nc im in cali took me 3 days 1st day got me from fayettville to about the middle of tenn second day got me to some rat hole motel in texas a few exits after some crappy little town(can remember right now) and 3rd day got me from there all the way back to bakersfield it was a lot of fun im glad i hooked my cb back up truckers are awsome saved me from alot of tickets and they kept me awake most the time plus one called my friend a bull dike she didnt think it was funny but i laughed all the way from ak to ca i got home and went to my days and whent muddin i had to it was 2 am but i was having withdrawls tommorow me and my dad are going to make a front tube bumper and a skid plate for my truck
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