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What preparations do you have to make for travel in your SSR . ...before the trip and carrying with you . Looking for an experience guideline...maybe even a checklist....

Any help is appreciated. Want to avoid travel regrets.....

Wish I had (checked or done)....

Wish I had brought....

Here's what I've (Jennie) got so far.

SSR Travel Checklist:

(liked US Trip Advisor : Traveling by car in the U.S. Article online)
1. Emergency and other Gear: Flashlight/Knife/Window breaker + seat belt cutter/First Aid Kit/Sunscreen (and a hat and sunglasses)/Water(passengers and car-water purification tablets) and Emergency food/Insect repellant/Blanket/Duct tape/WD 40/ Camera and batteries/Flares or warning triangles /Garbage bags/Moist wipes/Toilet paper/Emergency phone numbers on paper and paper map in case GPS and cell reception is unavailable/Phone and charger/rain gear (boots and rain jacket)/Matches or firestarter/Spare hoses, belts, light bulbs (if you have them)/Motor oil/(If it's a warm day in the dessert, shift to lower gears and go slow to avoid overheating)/tire pressure gauge/car manual and some way to access SSR Fanatics How to Library and Technical Help Forum/tire iron and jack and see Mike in Ariz. advice below /Cash for emergencies and tolls/Tool box/Jumper cables/Motor oil/Spare keys/AAA or other motor assistance information/Drivers license/Auto insurance/Registration/Tags (not expired)/Medical information and medicines (if any).
2. Check Gauges and levels: Water/Antifreeze/Freon Coolant level/Windshield wiper fluid/Oil/Power Steering fluid/Transmission fluid
3. Check Lights: Interior/Exterior: Tail lights/Head lights/Brake lights/Blinkers/Trailer/Gauge lights...pack extra bulbs if you have them./Horn/Windshield wipers.
4. Check Tires: Tire Pressure: (changes with temperature...summer to winter/north to south/ elevations...differences over 7 degrees Celsius may require adjustments./Tire tread/bring tire pressure gauge.
5. Loose itinerary/GPS settings /paper maps in case GPS (fails)/dash cam/radar detector/set Trip A to zero/car wash gear/music (turnheadz)/Weather forecast
6. Brakes: above 50% brake pads remaining.
7. Drive Belt: adequate tread depth.
8. Air cleaner (better gas mileage)
9. Wiper Blades: Not dry, brittle or broken.
10. Bring SSR pin map per the Dicktator
11. Add Mike in Arizona's (Post #4) and others advice below.
 

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apart from the obvious fluid and air checks, things to do; loading addresses in the GPS, printing maps in case the GPS decides to not find the satellite :crazy, radar detector, dash cam, set the Trip A to zero, pack the car-wash pail (don't forget a gun for the hose, should you luck out and find one), insert 6 CD's, .....
 

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And you always have the SSR Pin Map with you, where you can look up some one close to call for help.

Dicktator
 

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Check front tires for wear on the inside tread rib. This is often overlooked and could be indicative of alignment issues.

California Duster
Window cleaner
Paper towels
Quick Detail spray
Microfiber towels

Check condition of inflator pump and "goop" behind driver's seat.
Spare ignition switch and instructions for field replacement

Phone number of at least three SSR Fanatics that can get help for you on the forum if you have an issue on the road.

Regards,

Mike
 

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Check front tires for wear on the inside tread rib. This is often overlooked and could be indicative of alignment issues.

California Duster
Window cleaner
Paper towels
Quick Detail spray
Microfiber towels

Check condition of inflator pump and "goop" behind driver's seat.
Spare ignition switch and instructions for field replacement

Phone number of at least three SSR Fanatics that can get help for you on the forum if you have an issue on the road.

Regards,

Mike
I have Dicktator's number on speed dial. :yellow:
 

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Post your route here so we can let you know local conditions:
roads/events/accommodations/weather
arrange meet and greet.

Warning if you are crossing borders the laws are not the same.
Some drugs legal in US not in Canada !
no handguns in Canada.
 

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A tool kit and other "stuph"

It is always a good idea to carry a travel tool kit with you. You can get a very good one at Sears (Craftsman). Usually has pretty much everything you would need to make a quick repair in the way of wrenches, sockets, screw drivers,ect....will have to add electrical tools, side cutter, needle nose, strippers, tape, etc....maybe add a specialty tool like special bolt/screw head tips your vehicle uses, carry a replacement serpentine belt.....should be able to fit most of these items in the tool kit carry case. Extra fuses. Roll of duct tape. All and all what you carry with you depends on how far you are going to drive and how long you are going to be gone. Even a hand held CB radio (yes a lot of driver's still use them...mostly truckers) very handy if you break down in an area with questionable or "NO" cell phone service.
 
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