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Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles #4525854
09/25/17 02:34 PM
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Fort Worth TX
TheKracken Offline OP
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Howdy, my wife and I are moving to Texas from Seattle here in a few days. We are pretty excited!

My wife will be driving our 04 awd Sienna with almost 280k miles on it. She will be with our newborn baby, and all of our animals (1 dog and 2 cats)

I will be driving the lifted truck that has 240+K miles.

I have done lots of recent maintenance on these vehicles but if anyone has any advice to help make the trip a little smoother that would be great! I will be flying back a week later to grab my prius and then I am driving the whole trip again in the prius laugh

I have made lots of long trips in vehicles way less maintained than this! My wife and I traveled a lot years ago in a little chevy metro that didn't even have an air filter (bought it that way and I didn't even know how to change oil back then).

Last edited by TheKracken; 09/25/17 02:35 PM.

2011 Prius 96k miles RLI 5w20
97 Toy T100 4x4: amsoil 0w20 242k Miles
04 Toy Sienna awd: Pennzoil 0w20 281k Miles
Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525859
09/25/17 02:36 PM
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Bad tires and losing coolant(heater and radiator hoses and water pump) are the two biggest concerns for long distance travel. I have taken long trips with well over 200K and haven't had a problem. On the other hand some friends had a two year old MB diesel and lost an engine with 40K. One never knows.

Last edited by tig1; 09/25/17 02:38 PM.

2007 Ford Fusion 239,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 65K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and Valvoline LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525867
09/25/17 02:46 PM
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38PSI in the tires on the van. Safer and more responsive at highway speeds with a little more PSI in the tires.

Sell one car in Washington, that way you dont have to pay for gas to Texas AND an airplane ticket. Then buy a new car in Texas, if you need a 3rd car.


17 Chrysler Pacifica Edge Syn 5W30
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10 Acura TSX 2.4 SuperTech Syn 5W20
06 GMC Sierra SuperTech 10W30


Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: bubbatime] #4525875
09/25/17 02:51 PM
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Fort Worth TX
TheKracken Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: tig1
Bad tires and losing coolant(heater and radiator hoses and water pump) are the two biggest concerns for long distance travel. I have taken long trips with well over 200K and haven't had a problem. On the other hand some friends had a two year old MB diesel and lost an engine with 40K. One never knows.

Already packed extra coolant just in case. I am choosing to drive through Utah And New Mexico instead of Colorado because mountain driving wears me out (and the cars) but desert driving will probably bring out any cooling problems the cars have!

Originally Posted By: bubbatime
38PSI in the tires on the van. Safer and more responsive at highway speeds with a little more PSI in the tires.

Sell one car in Washington, that way you dont have to pay for gas to Texas AND an airplane ticket. Then buy a new car in Texas, if you need a 3rd car.


Thought about doing that but we have only a few days if we were to sell and it often takes longer than that to sell on Craigslist. Plus the plane ticket was only 120$ and the prius is not too expensive on gas.


2011 Prius 96k miles RLI 5w20
97 Toy T100 4x4: amsoil 0w20 242k Miles
04 Toy Sienna awd: Pennzoil 0w20 281k Miles
Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525878
09/25/17 02:53 PM
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bring or buy the emergency tools such as a jumpstart pack and air compressor (some are allinone)

not having to worry about the most common breakdowns of a low tire or a dead battery takes a lot of stress out.

Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525880
09/25/17 02:54 PM
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Closely inspect the belts, tires and rubber hoses, and make sure the tires are correctly inflated for the loads they will be carrying. Is the oil due a change?, MAW get it done early if so.
Check all the levels -coolant, oil, etc.
Can you get temporary breakdown cover for a sensible price?.
Check the levels every time you stop for gas and maybe the tires too.
If your vehicles are in decent shape I wouldn't sweat it too much, a long steady haul at sensible speeds on main highways is really a very kind way to treat your transport. Stop start driving and short trips are what hurt gas and diesel engines.

Claud.

Last edited by Claud; 09/25/17 02:55 PM.
Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525893
09/25/17 03:07 PM
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Wet side WA
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Good luck and drive safely you're going to love Texas after Seattle trust me!


2004 Corolla 129820
Out: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 7156 Miles
In: Havoline Pro DS 10w-30 Purolator PureOne 3-14-19 129693
2006 Duramax 74725
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73705 4-22-18
Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525895
09/25/17 03:08 PM
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Everyone has given great suggestions.

I would look at emergency road service on my car insurance and consider carrying extended emergency road service protection if it only adds a small premium to your policy. I look at the worse case scenario and consider how far it is to have my vehicle towed from all locations I will be at to the nearest trusted repair facility.

If you are bringing along a tow hitch and can hook up one vehicle to another in case of a breakdown, then the emergency road service insurance is probably meaningless.

Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525901
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Have a safe trip!


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

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2004 Corolla 125,000 miles
2004 Rav4 370,000 miles
2015 Camry 70,000 miles
Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525911
09/25/17 03:25 PM
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Only truck stops have free air & water.

Bring a good jack & 4-way lug wrench.

Jumper cables, battery terminal cleaner brush & wrenches.

That's about all you can do. You'll be fine.

Oh - road trips are great excuses to pig out on junk food,
but buy it in a grocery store - NOT at the Ga$ $tation$


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525934
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And bring an ELM327 bluetooth code scanner. Just in case you get a check engine light so you can check the code and figure out if it's something major or not.

Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525937
09/25/17 03:51 PM
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No way to tow the Prius on a dolly? The T100 should be able to bring it along pretty easily.


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Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525943
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If the vehicles have had any concerns or problems before now they probably will get bigger.
I too will be making several thousand miles next month taking my Aunts belongings to AZ and then as about as soon as I get back taking the camper down to South TX, about 6500 miles on the 99 F350 in two weeks. Just did a oil change and checked items from the DOT list. Get a good seat pad. I couldn't do the trips anymore without a nice wooly sheepskin.
Good luck on the move



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13 Scion Xb
12 Ford Transit Connect
06 Nissan Xterra
03 K1200 BMW
07 Kawasaki KLR650
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Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525945
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At least if one of them blows up you can just off load the luggage and leave it on the side of the road......

Re: Taking 2k+ mile trip soon in high mileage vehicles [Re: TheKracken] #4525949
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It would cost a lot more to rent a dolly than to just fly back and drive the prius down...I was pretty surprised.

I have the highest level of AAA for free 200 miles of towing.

I will be bringing:
OBD2 Scanner
2 tire inflator kits
2 jump starter battery kits
a nice jack and stands
some tools
Extra of all fluids

Really praying we make it safely! With the baby with us I am more nervous than normal...


2011 Prius 96k miles RLI 5w20
97 Toy T100 4x4: amsoil 0w20 242k Miles
04 Toy Sienna awd: Pennzoil 0w20 281k Miles
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