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How far north can I go?

Discussion in 'North America' started by GuyHall, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. GuyHall

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    S'ers,

    been working on a plan to see if I can make it to Fairbanks from California. Actually just before going north, I'll be coming back from Phoenix (wife's medical conference) so I thought I'd touch Mexican soil before heading north.

    Seems to be possible on paper. Of course it's pretty easy up to vancouver. Looking at taking 97 to 1 to get from there to Alaska. I know the highly experienced Audubon tried and didn't make it, but I couldn't figure out the route, or where the route failed. Any comments or suggestions (other than you're nuts - a given) on the route, or suggestions on where to stop on the way? I've got an 85. I'm making a separate thread for what to bring along on trip that takes you through the Yukon - you know diesel generators etc.

    Guy
     
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    swaltner, I saw this but couldn't get the route tried or where he got blocked. I think he tried the Cassiar hwy, where as I'm trying the 97. I'm trying a little later in the year, which may mean more places are open.

    You have any suggestions?

    Guy
     
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    I drove my rv up there a couple of years ago and had no problem finding rv parks to stay in. I didn't need their 50A service so don't know how many had that service. I suggest you plan a route and then look on "http://www.goodsamcamping.com/" for campgrounds that do have electrical service for you.
     
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    #6 GuyHall, Jul 2, 2014
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    My target stops are (in this order I think)

    • Super chargers
    • Level 2 chargers with high amps
    • Tesla friends with hpwc's
    • RV parks with 50amp 220v service
    • Welding shops, etc with 50amp 220v service
    • Level 2 chargers with 40 amp service
    • RV parks with 30amp 110v service
    • Anywhere with 20 amp service
    • Anywhere with 15 amp service and booze

    Google is a big help. Especially their street view capabilities. I'll see a town along the highway any walk along the streets checking the businesses, and if something looks interesting, I'll call them up. I can get good idea of the different over night options, though I feel I'm traveling via the Web slower than

    Suggestions and comments are welcome.

    Guy
     
  7. brianman

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    ... and a Tesla-compatible receptacle.

    - - - Updated - - -

    ... and maybe a pillow and a blanket. It takes over 2 days to fill an empty 85 kWh battery from 110V/12A.
     
  8. GuyHall

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    I don't think I can bring enough wine to get me to do that. but I've heard worse. I got one suggestion that I bring a 12V inverter to take the utility plug from another car and charge from it. That might give you 1 mile per charging hour. The rational is that you may only need one more mile to get to an electrical oasis with rivers of 240V/50A. Well I'm not so sure about his approach for 12v, but it's how i see the 110v/12A option.
     
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    My experiences with 110V charging:
    1. First two weeks with my car when I didn't have another option (electrician hadn't come by yet). "Now I understand range anxiety."
    2. Shell station in Cle Elum. Tried to sleep for about 3 hours in the car, in the cold. Bad things resulted after I got impatient and left for Ellensburg.
    3. Charging when visiting family in their garage for about a day. Had just enough to comfortably get back to the supercharger (Yay!).

    Hopefully I'll never have to do it again, ever.
     

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