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The Coil Suspension finally met its match at Hotel Eastlund in Portland

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by S4WRXTTCS, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. S4WRXTTCS

    S4WRXTTCS Active Member

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    It's that moment those of us with Coil-Suspension dread. That moment when we realize "Oh, CRAP!!" we might not make it up a ramp.

    It happened to me at the Hotel Eastlund in Portland. As I was coming up the ramp I saw the edge with all the black marks of previous victims, and I don't know why I didn't stop. I have no idea what possessed me to continue up it. I pictured myself bottoming out and getting stuck as my mind did the geometry, but I still didn't stop.

    I went slow, and of course I heard that dreaded scrap. Not too badly, but enough to know I screwed up.

    All because it was $20 cheaper on Hotel Tonight than the hotel next to it.

    Now I don't believe I made a mistake in suspension choice because as far as I know the Tesla has the same ground clearance as most cars in its class. It really comes down to Hotel Eastlund having a really poorly designed entrance parking ramp. There is no way any sports car would make it up that thing without scraping. I looked at the ramp and I could see the gouges in it.

    Awesome Hotel aside from that issue though so it's kind of unfortunate. If I do stay there again I'll make sure to park on the street and have them bring my car in via the exit which doesn't have that ramp.
     
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    Discoducky Active Member

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    Next time don't hit it head on, hit it at an angle, the closer to 45 the better.
     
  3. S4WRXTTCS

    S4WRXTTCS Active Member

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    Wish I could have, but it's also fairly narrow so not much room to angle it over.
     

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