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Old 08-05-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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How do you prepare for a cross country drive?

I am driving my 2011 Camaro Convertable to Yellowstone National Park from Cleveland later this month. Over 3800 miles round trip in one week. Anyone have any tips for long trips. Thanks
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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fill up with gas before you start and take frequent breaks
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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Check tire pressure, change oil before you leave if you're close to the miles to change it. Most important stop at the Badlands too!!
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Try not to knock over any Harleys and piss off bikers, it is Sturgis time and they are thick as sheephead in Lake Erie, ha.
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I'm not sure on a vert but two of us can pack for a week in the coupe along with a medium cooler. Stick a bunch of drinks in the cooler will save you a lot of money. Motels supply ice.

Reservations ahead will also save you since it seems you will driving late every day. Sometimes after ~5PM you will find many places sold out. Get something mainline if you like cable/wi-fi/breakfast.

If you stay on the interstate there will be exits with a lot of motels/ restaurants/fuel. GPS can display restaurants/bars/laundries/etc.
Watch for the exits where the signs are full.
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Make sure to plan stops ahead of time to do some walking....! Ur back and legs will greatly appreciate it
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:17 PM   #7
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Check tire pressure, change oil before you leave if you're close to the miles to change it. Most important stop at the Badlands too!!
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The badlands are awesome!
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #8
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This is gonna be an awesome trip for you. I've been there over a dozen times. (That's where I took my Avatar picture...that Coyote was actually near the side of the road working on a baby bison until too many people got too close, so it stood back waiting for everyone to leave to finish).

Definitely have every hotel booked in advance. They can fill up, particularly in the Yellowstone area, where they can go weeks in advance.

As for the car, have relatively fresh oil in it. Take an extra quart just in case (though in all my trips, I've never had to use it) and check it every morning, particularly after the longer days. Have a tire pressure gauge as well, just in case you spring a slow leak or something. Gas stations may have air, but maybe not pressure gauges.

If you have satellite radio or some CD's or MP3s or something to listen to, take it, as the days driving across the plains are rather dull.

If you have a little extra time, get off the interstate, and take some 2-lane roads once you get to Montana. Going 75-80 on the narrow secondary roads in a pony car is a blast...a nice break from the monotony of the interstate.

Having a convertible in the mountains is almost like driving through heaven as well. Its almost a religious experience. Two of the ways into Yellowstone are spectacular. One is Bear Tooth Pass. Another is getting to the west entrance by taking 191 south from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, which goes through a canyon and hugs the Galatin River for a good part of it.

As for stuff to do once you get there...there is far too much to begin to list. As much as I've been there, I still find something I've never done before every time.

One last note...be aware once you are in the park that occasionally you may get into a bison jam, where a herd of Bison are along or on the road. August is their mating season, and they get really ornery and aggressive, and being among them in an open convertible could be mildly terrifying.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:54 PM   #9
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Drive as far away from Sturgis as you can. I made the mistake of driving through there at the wrong time, a bike can stop a hell of a lot faster than a car or truck. Too many noobs.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:02 PM   #10
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wash your car cover it and get a rental when you get back home you will have a clean low mile car with no door dings or road chips
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-Check tire pressure and condition of tires (monitor tire pressure daily during trip)
-Check coolant level
-Change oil and filter before you leave
-Keep extra quart of oil and gallon of Dexcool coolant in trunk
-Have fun during trip
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:58 AM   #12
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wash your car cover it and get a rental when you get back home you will have a clean low mile car with no door dings or road chips
Kinda defeats the point of having a fun car?
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:20 AM   #13
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Don't be afraid to run hard in South Dakota, I've been in packs running a minimum of 15 over, passing state troopers on multiple occasions, it freaked me out at first, but especially during times of heavy bike traffic, they don't seem to mind... The longer you wait the better, Sturgis is first full week of August, I've done the trip multiple times at all times of year, spring break (late march to mid april) being the best by far, NO traffic or visitors and everything is free! Better yet, last time I did it, mid 40's to 50's during the day with snow in the background, awesome trip. The Camaro will not be an issue, whenever you do it.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:03 AM   #14
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Kinda defeats the point of having a fun car?
^^^^^ This ^^^^.
Plus what's with the extra can of oil and coolant in the car ?
It's not 1950 anymore.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:50 AM   #15
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Fill the tank and pack a bag.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #16
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i agree with Rock On. rent a vert from enterprise and keep your car in garage. i wouldnt wnat to rack on the miles, and yes, the bug/rock chips and dings. vacations are hard on any car, and i would rather put the wear and tear on a rental.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:05 AM   #17
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Take a plane and rent whatever you want when you get there. With the price of gas, food, and hotel rooms, probably be cheaper too.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:05 AM   #18
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I took a similar trip across the country with my wife last summer. We started out in Detroit went through the badlands, Yellowstone, San Francisco, Vegas, Grand Canyon, and St. Louis. It was an awsome trip. There is nothing like seeing the country in a convertible! I have to admit, I did rent the convertible and it was a....Mustang. It was before I owned the Camaro and it's actually what inspired me to buy the Camaro. We loved the Mustang, but I am a GM guy so I test drove the Camaro convertible and I loved it even more.

Back to your trip, make sure to pack soft luggage for maximizing trunk space. We brought a small cooler that we kept in the back seat which was priceless. Get an Atlas because GPS may fail you out in the middle of nowhere, and you will be amazed at the vast expanses of this country that has no cell coverage. Wear plenty of sun block so you can keep the top down. Have a great time!
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:23 AM   #19
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The wife and I just finished a similar trip (5,300 miles) in my Camaro.

- I packed a small toolbox with a pair of gloves and some various screwdrivers, wrenches and sockets and my lug nut key (just in case).
- Oil changed before leaving
- Check tires, fluids and belt
- Check/change or clean air filter

The cooler in the back seat idea worked great. Not wanting to HAVE to make a certain city on a schedule, we only pre-booked hotels in tourist traps. For the rest of the overnight stops, we judged it by how far we wanted to drive that day and booked using our smart phone and expedia.

Be warned ... if using a GPS system that requires a cell signal (like a smartphone), you will come across a lot of areas with no cell service. You need to pre-download the maps for the day before getting on the road.

The other item that truly saved my front end was a Bra. I know a lot of people don't like them and say that they scratch the paint but, mine did not. I took it off a couple of times and rinsed off the car before putting it back on. Only takes a couple of minutes for the whole process.

I managed to get 24.5 mpg on my trip. Gas prices were much cheaper when I got out of the Midwest. My 5,300 mile trip cost me less than $900.

Here was our route originating in Milwaukee, WI.





Good luck and have a safe trip.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:33 AM   #20
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We did it a couple years ago. Ended up renting a Traverse. Me and the wife from Avon Lake to Chicago where we picked up her mother, father and sister. Five of us in one car! I have some form of social anxiety disorder. Don't like anyone touching me or even getting too close, it was awesome! I drove the whole way.

We never made it to Yellow Stone, farthest we made was Devil's Tower. We did Deadwood, Rushmore, Deadwood, Devil's Tower than back Deadwood. Finished off with the Badlands. I was traveling with 3 addicts. They made me stop at every Casino sign. Some of these places were back rooms in gas stations.


Caves near Rushmore are pretty cool!



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Old 08-06-2013, 08:42 AM   #21
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The guy's post above me reminded me. I forgot, we had trouble getting a hotel room the first night. We drove till some time after midnight(2am I think) before stopping. I think we were a couple hundred miles from Deadwood. There was some Corvette thing going on, all hotels were booked. So we decided to try the next city and so on for 200 miles. Didn't find a room(1 room) till Deadwood at a preium. Turns out Sturgis(bike thing), and that Corvette thing were going on that week. We did manage to get 2 rooms at the Sturgis Holiday Inn for the rest of the week, cancellations.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:56 AM   #22
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I get not wanting to put the miles on your car as a few have mentioned, but my wife and I have went on 2 600 mile trips since getting the car about 2 months ago. We are looking at more. I bought it to drive. I will take care of it, but it will get dinged up. Drive it. Enjoy it. It is why you bought the car! My wife and I talk about a long vacation / road trip out west (from east coast). I did it often as a child. You will have a blast!
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I forgot to mention above, but we booked all our hotels ahead of time. You can get a better rate this way, but mainly I did this so we didn't have to worry about it on the trip. It does lock you into a schedule, but after driving a few hundred miles a day the last thing you want to do is go searching for hotels in the middle of nowhere when you have no cell coverage. Many places get booked up too. It also lets you know what you are getting into so you can avoid the roach motels!
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:13 AM   #24
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I am driving my 2011 Camaro Convertable to Yellowstone National Park from Cleveland later this month. Over 3800 miles round trip in one week. Anyone have any tips for long trips. Thanks
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i agree with Rock On. rent a vert from enterprise and keep your car in garage. i wouldnt wnat to rack on the miles, and yes, the bug/rock chips and dings. vacations are hard on any car, and i would rather put the wear and tear on a rental.
I baby my car like no other and it is my garage queen but doing a trip like this in your own car is what its all about. I look to be doing one in the next year or so.
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