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Road conditions on the way to Tahoe

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by ekotysh, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. ekotysh

    ekotysh RoadStar #502

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    It's our first time driving to King's Beach, Tahoe this weekend and I'm wondering whether to take the roadster. Does anyone know what the road conditions are on the way there this time of year? Thanks!
     
  2. Nvbob

    Nvbob Roadster 1256

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    Sent you a PM.

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  3. wiztecy

    wiztecy Active Member

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    Let us know how you do, looking to take the Roadster up to Tahoe as well one of these days say from Santa Cruz. Would be interesting if you let us know what your "ideal miles and estimated miles" are around the base of the mountain, Sacramento (pic some landmark), and the miles/comparison when you reach the top around Donner Pass. Be aware you're going to gobble up a bunch of energy doing the ascent. Regen coming back will be sweet though!

    Your charge stops and the volt/amp of charge stations will be awesome if you wouldn't mind sharing.

    Enjoy!
     
  4. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    You can look at traffic cams along highway 80.

    Caltrans District 3 Traffic Camera Map

    Getting over the Donner summit is the usual place of interest in winter, but I think everything is clear right now.
     
  5. Nvbob

    Nvbob Roadster 1256

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    We usually calculate about 120% of the road mileage to compensate for the altitude gain.

    bob
     
  6. wiztecy

    wiztecy Active Member

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    Thanks Bob, very helpful insight for the climb. What mph did you adhere to while driving for the 120% compensation figure?
     
  7. Nvbob

    Nvbob Roadster 1256

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    That 120% allows us to keep up with traffic plus a little more if needed.

    bob
     
  8. ekotysh

    ekotysh RoadStar #502

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    Sorry guys, I decided to go safe the first time and scout out the conditions prior to taking the roadster. We took my girlfriend's car.

    The roads are excellent, well-paved, very well-kept everywhere, even small local roads off the highway (Kings beach, Tahoe City, Carnelian bay, etc). Lots of low sports cars spotted here already. The weather conditions are good too this time of year. There were definitely a lot of steep hills on the way (Lake Tahoe is at 6000ft).

    I think personally it's definitely doable on a roadster this time of year, but I might wait until after the 400mile upgrade. It'll be a lot more convenient.
     
  9. Chris Lockfort

    Chris Lockfort 2008 Roadster 1.5 + 2015 Zero SR

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    Seems doable enough just because of the Clipper Creek facility on the way providing that sweet, sweet 70A lovin' :love:
     
  10. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Shoot, plenty of us take our Roadsters up there year round. Jack Bowers used to make the trip on a regular basis (he's since relocated to the Nevada side). I've had mine up there a few times where I had to wait for the pass to reopen. It did great in the snow.
     
  11. Roadrunner13

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    Now, I'm curious. Do you guys in sunny California actually buy winter tires for your roadsters or this 'did great in the snow' comment applies to the usual slick/summer tires?
     
  12. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Summer tires. But hey, I'm a Minnesota girl. I learned to drive in snow and on ice. Bring it!
     
  13. Nvbob

    Nvbob Roadster 1256

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    We live just over the hill from Tahoe in Nevada and have not had too much of an issue with driving our Roadster in the winter. We have found that NV DOT's snow removal crew does a really good job and only need to use my Tacoma on the worst days. No, we don't have snow tires or cables/chains just M/S tires on the rear. We have found that the mud & muck from winter driving does take a toll and is miserable to clean off, though.
     
  14. hcsharp

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    Do they use salt?
     
  15. Nvbob

    Nvbob Roadster 1256

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    I believe they use a combination of NaCl (salt) and MgCl. I do know they use quite a bit of sand on the roads. We typically use my Tacoma when they are sanding and salting.
     

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