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Buying the car, what to bring for the roadtrip

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Phoenixhawk101, May 23, 2016.

  1. Phoenixhawk101

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    So I finally took the plunge and am picking up a privately sold 2015 85D. Super excited to officially be able to join the Tesla club (not just be a sidelines member).

    I'm a big fan of road trips and because I have to be in the state that the car is (actually I'll be about 40 miles away for work) I figured I would just pick it up and drive it home. The trip will be about 1400 miles (using the Tesla supercharger route since I can't do the straight shot).

    So what should I bring for the road trip? Anyone have any tips for dealing with the plates and any unexpected things to pack for the trip? Obviously the Ipod and I'm begining the trip planning. But would love to hear some suggestions.
     
  2. Hugh Mannity

    Hugh Mannity Mediocre Member

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    I would be interested in hearing too, am planing to pick up the car 4400km from home and driving back
     
  3. brantse

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    Personally, before a roadtrip, I always map it out on evtripplanner and print out the list of steps. It is amazingly much more accurate than the car's planner (although I don't have the tech package, so no route planner). This will accurately show you how much charge you'll need to take to make it to the supercharger. I generally add a 10-20 mile buffer over this number, to be conservative.
     
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  4. Rockster

    Rockster Active Member

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    • Music on a thumb drive
    • Tire repair kit from Tesla?
    • Books, magazines to read while charging (yes, it's fast, but not instantaneous)
    • URLs of Tesla-specific sites (Waze, etc.) to refer to on the browser while on the road
     
  5. StaticDischarge

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    Glass cleaner and a bug sponge.
     
  6. bmah

    bmah Obscure Member

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    Congratulations!

    You might want to bring some window cleaner and microfiber towels to keep your windows clean...because you won't be stopping at gas stations. (Personally I use Invisible Glass, but many other people have used other products.) Someone else mentioned the tire repair kit...I think that's a good idea but it doesn't have to be the Tesla-branded one. It's nice having a tire gauge / air pump with you (again, you don't need to stop at gas stations).

    Be sure to have a charging cable for your mobile phone...you can either charge off the USB ports or put a USB charger in the 12V outlet between the front seats.

    I second the suggestion to plan out the overall trip on EVtripplanner, then once you have an idea what the overall route is, use the nav system and the "Trip" tab on the energy widget on the MCU to monitor your projected energy usage from charger to charger.

    Consider putting the Plugshare app on your mobile phone. Just in case you need a "Plan B" for charging for some reason and you need to find a public charger somewhere.

    Have fun!

    Bruce.
     
  7. Phoenixhawk101

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    Ezpass also, forgot about that one
     
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  8. jgs

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    And a Chargepoint card for the same reason.
     
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    All of the above. Add Rush to music - seems very suitable to a Tesal road trip.
     
  10. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 918 Hybrid

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    Congratulations on the Model S!
    The best application I found for road trips is Waze for Tesla Incidents and Supercharger Traffic
    A custom app for Tesla that will show current traffic hazards and police on the main 17" screen

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  11. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Congrats and welcome to the family!

    • Tesla tire repair kit is a must
    • Lots of music on a thumb drive. It sounds so much better than BT
    • Yes...glass cleaner and cloths
    • Waze, for sure. Easy to download.
    • EVTripplanner is great.
    • Cell charge cord
    • Tesla UMC. Should come with the car
    • Plugshare, ChargePoint and the others on your phone.
    • Cocktails and canapes.
     
  12. bsk997

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    I'm planning a 400 mile trip in a couple weeks to pick up mine.
    Do you guys worry about the paint and all the bugs and rock chips?
    The only solution I've seen people do is put blue painters tape on the front. Might look a bit funny though. lol
     
  13. jgs

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    I don't. "It's a car."
     
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  14. mrjedistud

    mrjedistud Member

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    I keep the following:

    Fix a flat
    Heavy gauge extension cable
    Detail spray, touchscreen cleaner, window cleaner, micro fiber cloths (Amazon ell their own brand for $10 for 24 towels)
    Portable vacuum
    Tesla jacket or hoodie
    Blanket (if passengers get cold)
    USB drive with music
    Phone charger (I have the R2D2 charger from thinkgeek.com works great and is fun)
    Air freshener
    EV charging card
    EZ pass
    Sunglasses
    First aid kit
     
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    Plentiful supply of Chap Stick :)
     
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    Waze is crowdsourced. "It gets its data from you."
     
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  18. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 918 Hybrid

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    Correct ... see below.
    Correct ... keep in mind that the Tesla app only displays data.
    To input traffic data, you must use your smartphone. :cool:
    Waze for Tesla Incidents and Supercharger Traffic

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