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Drone Flyer

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Feb 22, 2016
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Members of the Tesla Owners Club of Ontario (and I know you are one of them) can borrow a CHAdeMO adapter for up to 2 weeks, free of charge (pun?). It's a new program, and will be discussed at our next meeting. The notice is on the web page (Tesla Owners Club – Ontario Tesla Owners Club), but the reservation section isn't live, yet. In the mean time, contact our fearless leader, John, and he can loan it to you
OK Super. Thank you!
 

DMC-Orangeville

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Feb 14, 2015
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Orangeville ON Canada
Is the offer re CHAdeMO adapters available to Tesla 3 owners? If not when?
Hi Cathie

While you did get an answer (CHAdeMO doesn't work with Model 3, yet), you didn't get a reply on future borrowing......
The Tesla Owners Club of Ontario (TOCO) currently owns 2 of the adapters, and one is available to be booked, for 2 weeks maximum, free of charge, to any member.

TOCO was set up to be Ontario-wide, but most of our members are within the boundary of Hamilton-Kitchener-Barrie-Oshawa. It was set up so that we can have chapters; the current active chapter meets in Vaughan, at Dave and Buster's
We'd love to have an Ottawa Valley chapter - and I know Ottawa has a vibrant group of owners. If you and others are interested, I'm sure a few of the TOCO Directors would be happy to help you get going as a chapter. (plus, my son and his family live in Ottawa- so, bonus visit)

Our current President is @Jgdixon, and most of the other directors are on TMC
 
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VistaM3B

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May 8, 2018
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I made a trip from Ottawa to PEI going thru US. I had to charge at St.Stephen, 5 kings restaurant for free 1.5 hrs 48A. and 3 super charging at Magog, Bangor and Aulac 50 Min each.
 
Aug 26, 2015
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Would like some advice regarding trip from Marquette, MI to Halifax next week. Trying to decide on the best L2 and L3 stops. Hoping to cross at Sault Sainte Marie and stay in Canada. I do have a CHAdeMO adapter. Do you think it is possible to make the segment from Marquette to Ottawa in one day? Looks like 660 miles. Model SP100D with 315 mi at 100%.
 

Vawlkus

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Feb 28, 2017
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Halifax
Would like some advice regarding trip from Marquette, MI to Halifax next week. Trying to decide on the best L2 and L3 stops. Hoping to cross at Sault Sainte Marie and stay in Canada. I do have a CHAdeMO adapter. Do you think it is possible to make the segment from Marquette to Ottawa in one day? Looks like 660 miles. Model SP100D with 315 mi at 100%.
Its not the same route, but my Model X 100D went from Halifax NS to Montreal PQ in about 15 hours, charging time included. That’s about 1200 km, or about 750 Miles.
 
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Birdman325

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Don't have the car yet but starting to think about a potential Road Trip around Dec time from Toronto down to Miami. I did the trip last year in my old van and it was pretty smooth, except for some bad weather around Georgia where the main highway was closed and Waze routed me through some very small towns / 2 lane highways for well over 150 miles.

While I anticipate doing lots of research (route, hotels on the way with charging etc) anyone have any recommendations for a well travelled route with hotel suggestions? We didn't do a straight shot last year, but made several stops along the way (Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Atlanta (Coke factory, CNN etc) Orlando and then on the way home went through Washington. Basically stopped over 2 nights.

Also, as noted above, bad weather forced a pretty substantial re-route off the main highway. Wondering how problematic this could potentially be in the 3.

I will also read (again) through this thread but any helpful hints or comments are welcome (and hoping that my delivery specialist replies to my email [I am out of town exactly the week I am supposed to take delivery so trying to schedule the following week - radio silence).

Thx in advance
 

Peter_M

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Don't have the car yet but starting to think about a potential Road Trip around Dec time from Toronto down to Miami. I did the trip last year in my old van and it was pretty smooth, except for some bad weather around Georgia where the main highway was closed and Waze routed me through some very small towns / 2 lane highways for well over 150 miles.

While I anticipate doing lots of research (route, hotels on the way with charging etc) anyone have any recommendations for a well travelled route with hotel suggestions? We didn't do a straight shot last year, but made several stops along the way (Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Atlanta (Coke factory, CNN etc) Orlando and then on the way home went through Washington. Basically stopped over 2 nights.

Also, as noted above, bad weather forced a pretty substantial re-route off the main highway. Wondering how problematic this could potentially be in the 3.

I will also read (again) through this thread but any helpful hints or comments are welcome (and hoping that my delivery specialist replies to my email [I am out of town exactly the week I am supposed to take delivery so trying to schedule the following week - radio silence).

Thx in advance
I've driven from Ottawa to Florida once and to South Carolina twice in my Model S plus a 15,000 km cross-US trip last year. The supercharger map is always changing, so I'd suggest using A Better Route Planner to explore some route options. Try to stay at hotels along the way with charging to save one charging stop each day. Some good options I've used are the Best Western in Harrisburg/Mechanicsburg PA and ThornburgWoodford VA (both with L2 charging stations) and the Comfort Inn right next to the Rocky Mount NC supercharger (or the Doubletree at Rocky Mount if you want a bit more upscale).

I would avoid the Washington area unless you're going through there on a weekend. I usually go I-81 - I-66 - I-95 past there.

You may have heard this elsewhere, but here's some general advice on supercharger road trips: When you arrive at a SC, plug in and program in your next destination (the next SC or your hotel). Charge until the predicted battery level at arrival is about 8% (10-12% if you want a bit more safety margin, maybe 15% if it's very cold) and then go. It's always best to arrive with a low battery and not charge to full to get faster charging. More charging stops might result in a quicker overall trip. ABRP knows about all this and will give you good options but you can tinker with it until you're happy, or just figure it out on the road. No need to have the whole thing planned out in advance as long as you know that you can make it between all the SCs along your route. You can easily figure it out as you go.
 

Whisky

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May 12, 2017
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Toronto, ON
While I anticipate doing lots of research (route, hotels on the way with charging etc) anyone have any recommendations for a well travelled route with hotel suggestions? We didn't do a straight shot last year, but made several stops along the way (Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Atlanta (Coke factory, CNN etc) Orlando and then on the way home went through Washington. Basically stopped over 2 nights.

Not quite your trip (it’s the reverse), but relevant:


Between the PlugShare app and destination chargers listed on the map I your Tesla, this isn’t too bad! Abetterrouteplanner is a good way to plan a general idea of how you’ll be driving, but the Tesla navigation is fantastic. You’ll almost always find a room at a hotel with a Tesla destination charger, so you can do this on the fly, or just plan it out. The trip above, we did almost no planning, and booked hotels when we were done for the day. We were also travelling with twin one-year-olds so we did the drive in 4 days, not 2.
 

Birdman325

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Aug 15, 2017
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Big fan of your channel. Watched your trip. Excellent work.
Picking up Monday October 8 at Lawrence. (Was supposed to be this week at IC but sitting on a plane about to head overseas for a week so had to push it to Beginning of October).
Will likely have an earlier opportunity for a mini road trip. My son has a hockey tournament in Ottawa next month so that might be the first one over 2 hours.
 

Whisky

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May 12, 2017
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Big fan of your channel. Watched your trip. Excellent work.
Picking up Monday October 8 at Lawrence. (Was supposed to be this week at IC but sitting on a plane about to head overseas for a week so had to push it to Beginning of October).
Will likely have an earlier opportunity for a mini road trip. My son has a hockey tournament in Ottawa next month so that might be the first one over 2 hours.

That Tesla Model 3 with an LR battery is going to save you so much Time for that trip. You'll be stopping more for bathroom breaks and food than the car ever needs. Destination chargers are surprisingly plentiful!
 
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MaadP

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I am planning a trip to Glacier NP next summer. We would love to visit Watertown lakes park for 2 days.
Is there any kind of car charger within the park (or just outside) that I can use to recharge my Model S.
Thanks in advance for all input.
 

bpjod

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Nov 5, 2016
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Alberta, Canada
I am planning a trip to Glacier NP next summer. We would love to visit Watertown lakes park for 2 days.
Is there any kind of car charger within the park (or just outside) that I can use to recharge my Model S.
Thanks in advance for all input.
FYI the Western half of the park is closed due to recent forest fire activity. See here for more info.

According to PlugShare the municipal campground has plug-ins. Sounds like most sites have TT-30 (120V 30A) service, but some 14-50 (240V 50A) sites can be found. Read users' checkins at PlugShare for details.
 

RedSafari

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Mar 28, 2018
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Planning a trip from Toronto to Regina next week. The challenge is spacing out charging stops after leaving Supercharger coverage. We have this plan:
Days 1-2 Toronto to Clearwater, MI - last supercharger along the I-94. (there is also Baxter but it's out of the way)
290km to Fargo, ND hotel overnight, L2 charge at Element Hotel or West Acres Mall
Day 3:
360km to Winnipeg, MB at friends overnight and L2 charge somewhere in town
Day 4:
210km to Brandon, MB Comfort Inn L2 charge for lunch. A few more options in town.
190km to Whitewood Library L2 charge as long as needed to reach Regina
Drive ~150km to destination.
What do you think, a feasible drive? Weather forecast is -10 to 0ºC, no major precipitation. Should we stop at every opportunity along Trans-Canada in case Whitewood is not working?
 
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rpm001

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Mar 26, 2017
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For any L2 that you considere "critical" I would call the site and ask if they can confirm it's been working recently and perhaps if you can reserve it.
 
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RedSafari

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Mar 28, 2018
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Toronto
I think the original Poster meant Clearwater MN ( Minnesota ). The 360km to Winnipeg is a stretch and be sure to start off with a full charge. I assume you have a Model 3.
Thank you all. Yes, I meant the Clearwater, MN Supercharger. The 290km leg to Fargo went well at 70-75mph, so I’m hoping to do 365km to Winnipeg with reduced speed.
 
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