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Model X Road Trips

Discussion in 'Model X' started by xkwizit, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Gwgan

    Gwgan Almost a wagon

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    Made it to TX from ME with 17 Supercharger stops in three days with no destination charging (because dogs). On the way south we did break it up with a couple-day visit and a couple RN’s to the nearby Supercharger but mostly 110V charging between days 2 and 3. Average Wh/mi was 462. Rear HVAC was on most of the time (because dogs). Temps were 70’s - 90’s, wind was light and either a tailwind or crosswind.
    In LA and TX the ventilated seats were a nice touch but loud on setting 3 so usually ran on 2.

    Longest leg was from home with 100% to Seabrook, NH at 180 mi, 85% battery. Next longest was between Meridian and Slidel was 170mi, 87% battery . The Future Hattiesburg Supercharger would mean not having to wait for charging above about 80%.

    Charging would typically start at about 110kW but then quickly decline to 60’s. We tried changing chargers when we noticed the handle was very hot and that would result in higher kW but only for a few minutes and not worth the time taken to move the car. Sometimes charging would start with reduced HVAC power due to battery cooling (that fan is loud!). The rise in SOC was nearly linear to 80%, always around 300mi/hr+\-5, so I managed to get over my power anxiety.

    We did not find convenient hotels along the route which both accommodate dogs and have outdoor sockets or chargers. With TeslaLog logging switched off at night there was essentially no vampire drain on 17.24.30.

    Life on the Gulf Coast would be easier with a DC fast charger nearby or an overnight 220V–had to top off at a hotel Destination charger while eating a takeout lunch and otherwise stay tethered to the house 110V.

    Heading back north we may have rain but that may also mean less HVAC. Replacing Chattanooga SC with nearby Cracker Barrel CHADEMO stop (because dogs).
     
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  2. zackmilo

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    Great writeup. Hope you are having a great time. Send pics!
     
  3. Gwgan

    Gwgan Almost a wagon

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    Halfway home and I’m noticing a pattern. I planned the trip using EVTO ( since I was able to add the Bristol supercharger before it was in Tesla‘s maps and also a Cracker Barrel CHADEMO) but rely on Tesla nav while driving. The pediction for time at the next charger increase by 10 minutes as soon as the car is plugged in. With six supercharge stops each day that is another hour added to what is already a long day. Also, the arrival percent prediction is in the teens and often drops another two or three percent after getting underway. Since remote HVAC does not work under 20% that is a bit inconvenient if I want to empty my bladder before the dogs get their chance. I usually charge another 5 minutes or so after getting the “enough charge” message.

    Would things be different with a 100kWh pack?
     
  4. Kurt'sX

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    quick question?......Im heading to Quebec from San Diego for a month long road trip. I consistently refer to apps I have on my computer (EVTripping, EV Trip Planner, A Better Routeplanner ) or my Iphone which has a Teslarati. Can anyone tell me if I can load these apps onto the car computer? My laptop needs internet connection, so I can only access when Im at a hotel or hot spot, no good when driving.
     
  5. zackmilo

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    You can't which sucks. You can have your phone on a mount and refer to both the phone and the car. When do you leave and where are you going in Quebec?There is a Tesla Service and SC on Royalmount in Montreal next to the famous orange julep. You'll see it. Its a 50ft tall orange. Depends when you go as it is open seasonally. Have fun!
     
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  6. Sambas

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    In my opinion, Tesla's navigation is the most accurate in predicting the arrival SOC percentage. Last weekend I took my son to his college in Ohio. My MX was 100% charged and completely loaded with luggage, boxes and 4 adults with no more room for an additional pair of socks. Tesla's navigation routed me to Dayton's supercharger (230 miles away) with 19% SOC. After 5-10 miles of driving, this percentage dropped sharply to 10% and slowly improved to 16% after 40 miles of driving and didn't budge after that. 3 hours later I arrived to Dayton with 16%:) Every other app without exception, suggested that I should charge twice.
     
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  7. zackmilo

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    Anyone take a trip for the eclipse?
     
  8. Dirk

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    Yes, did a big (my first...) road trip to the eclipse. Major range anxiety as this was my first big trip and we were going through some of the beaten path areas. I had several "plan B"s worked out too. I had the standard plugs, plus a Chademo plug, plus a very heavy NEMA 14-50 extension cord and a converter from NEMA 14-50 to 14-30. Knew locations of all RV park in problematic areas. Car is a 100D.

    We left the San Jose area, drove to the wine country, charged at the Napa Valley SC. Then did a 1 hr destination charge at a winery. Not needed but every bit helps. Charged at Corning SC and then totally filled up at the hotel destination charger in Red Bluff. Lesson learned: SC was not needed, the destination charger worked great and would have filled me up from 0 to 100% overnight anyway. Then on to Lassen NP.

    We were with a group of 9 people and 2 ICE cars. This gave me some flexibility I would not have had otherwise. As we were staying in Mineral and were passing the hotel on the way to the park, I dropped my car at the hotel and squeezed me and my wife in the other cars. Drove 4000ft up into the park, hiked and then back to Mineral. The old curmudgeon who ran the place refused (literally refused!) to help me with any charging overnight. I had called before and was expecting this. But come on...Next day back up to Lassen for another big hike to Lassen Peak and then on to Burney. Total of 7000 ft up and 4000ft down. Lesson learned: the "% charge remaining at destination" was very accurate. It did take into account the elevation gain. As others mentioned before, it was my best indication of where I could go. Very impressed.

    The hotel in Burney was very helpful (as I already knew by calling them beforehand) about charging. They even let me unplug one of their dryers. BUT...unlike any other dryer I've seen, it was only a 110V circuit. So I charged at 3 miles/hour. That meant I could not get to Burney Falls and then to Lavabeds NM in north eastern California and then to the SC in Klamath Falls. So Plan B. I knew that, even without charging in Mineral and Burney, I would get to the SC in Mount Shasta. So I skipped Burney Falls, drove around to Mount Shasta, charged and drove to Lavabeds from the north. Still had to wait for the rest of the group to arrive there as they spent (too) much time at Burney Falls. Then to Crater Lake and SC in Bend. Lesson learned: if the hotel lets you use the dryer circuit, double check it's at least a NEMA 10-30! Don't assume it is.

    Now the eclipse portion started. We had made reservations in John Day two years ago and the Best Western was also very helpful with charging. The town has a Tesla destination charger right next to the hotel but with the expected rush of people, I could not trust I would be able to charge. And I could get to John Day but not back and definitely not to the next planned SC at The Dalles. Driving into town, I saw that the destination charger was occupied. And I did see a third Tesla parked in town. To make a long story (a bit) shorter: Tesla owners are nice! The three of us figured out who needed what/when and everything worked out great. The eclipse was fantastic (it was my 6th and already looking at 2020 in Chili/Argentina).

    Rest of the trip through the Columbia River Gorge, Portland, Mount St Helens, Willamette Valley and the Oregon and California coast back worked just as planned. SC where I needed them and one 2-day charge at 110 V in Gold Beach.

    Overall lessons learned: destination chargers are great, SC work but not always as fast as expected (several at 50kW instead of 100kW), trust the car and do your homework!

    Except for me and my wife, the other participants came from Belgium (my university buddies and their wives) and for some it was their first trip to the US. They all loved it. Some were into cars (usually drive BMW 5 series) and were seriously impressed by the acceleration and road handling of the car. Loved the handling in the mountains.
     
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    Columbia Hills State Park, Columbia River Gorge, Washington (October 2017)
     
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  12. zackmilo

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    Fun! You always go to the best places!
     
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