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Skamania Lodge Charging support

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by BriansTesla, Jan 19, 2014.

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  1. BriansTesla

    BriansTesla Old school meets new tech

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    Hi Northwesterners.

    I wanted to let everyone know about charging available at Skamania Lodge.

    We just arrived yesterday after driving from Tacoma to Portland to Skamania Lodge with a stopover at the Centralia Supercharger. We arrived with about 30 miles left. I had called a few days ago when making reservations and talked to the desk and a maintenance person and was told that there were a couple of options, one being a 50 amp 220V outlet.

    After settling in, Jerry the maintenance guy was summoned to direct me to a charging location. It was after 9:00PM and of course dark. The first location was just inside a garage door in the rear of the main lodge building. It appeared to be a NEMA 6-20 and I said I didn't have an adapter for that receptacle. Back trailing Jerry's three wheeled cart, we checked an outbuilding and guess what, there was a nice white Tesla tucked up against the building. Jerry showed me the plug-ins and they were standard 120V outlets. We were planning a three day stay so 120V charging might have been OK but We had planned some driving around the area and I thought a 240V outlet would be better.

    Back trailing Jerry, we went to the far side of the main parking lot where there was a picnic table with a good sized electrical box next to it. As Jerry opened the door, voila, there was the good old NEMA 14-50. Unfortunately, the box was quite a few feet from the parking lot (28 feet to be exact) and I noticed the curb was pretty tall. I definitely could not approach the curb going forward so decided to try backing over. As I write this, I realize I should have raised the suspension height. Duh! It took a few tries because of the slippery slope but eventually I rolled up to the box and plugged in. 240V and 40 amps, great!
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    I tipped Jerry $20 and told him I really appreciated his efforts. He had actually offered to go get some boards to help me get over the curb which I declined.

    The next morning I did notice that if I entered up the hill a bit and drove over the grass volley ball court I could avoid the high curb. A helper would have to lift the net.

    The desk did say that they are considering installing some real charging outlets. I encouraged them.

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  2. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    Thanks for the write-up! You're a brave guy to attempt all that off-roading in your new Model S!
     
  3. JackA

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    After an experience "sorta like this..." I started carrying a 25 foot 50A cable that has NEMA 14-50 male/female ends. This plus my Tesla travel charger allows connection to most charging opportunities.
     
  4. ACDriveMotor

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    @JackA do you have a link for purchasing such an extension cable?
     
  5. BriansTesla

    BriansTesla Old school meets new tech

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    I was thinking the same. This is the best deal I could find, 30ft 50amp. I'm sure there is already a discussion here somewhere about extension cords.


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    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Good post, thanks. Maybe if it's not too much to ask do you mind adding the location to plughshare? Thanks!
     
  8. JackA

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    Amazon.com Jack
     

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