Hey everybody, I'm new to the community and will be purchasing my first Lotus next Wednesday and driving across country with my dad(10/8/14).
I hope to both share my experience on this thread as well as provide information to those who come after me and want to do something similar. I have had tons of questions so far and still have some unanswered. I will be updating with pictures and answers to questions along the way. So lets get into the details...
Thanks to Micro1394 for the suggestions through PM!
Route information -
Buffalo, NY to Sacramento Ca. Aiming to do this in 5 days or less.
General Route -
Buffalo, NY - Niagara Falls, Canada - Detroit, MI (Staying with family) - Mount Rushmore, SD - Yellowstone Natl Park - Sacramento, CA.
Any cool roads or things to see along the way other than above?
Car Preparation -
I will most likely be taping off the front of the car with painters tape to protect against bugs and general wear and tear from the road. I have read to make sure that the tape is vertical so that it does not flap when driving.
The license plates need to stay with the owner, so I have not figured out what to do for this yet. Some googling around just leaves me with a bunch of different options and not much clearer understanding of the subject:
A) Keep seller's plates and mail back to him once home (preferred if possible)
B) Get temp plates (Don't know what this entails or if there is such a thing in CA)
C) Put on my plate from my other car and carry proof of ownership for both vehicles (not even sure if that is legal)
Solved - Will just post up my bill of sale receipt in the windshield and drive with no license plate. May end up getting the NY in Transit permit so that I don't have issues at the border. [Re-Edit]
Oil line recall has not been done. Car has very low mileage, so I am not expecting issues, but it still weighs on my mind...
I intend to bring a ratchet, socket set, and some fuses/wiring.
I will be buying a Ram suction cup mount for my phone. I have an old beat up iPhone 5 that I may use as a makeshift GoPro and do some time lapse of the drive.
Issue is storage (16GB iPhone 5) - May combat this by bringing my Surface and transferring video files, or finding an app that lets me do "looping", or using my new phone to split the data load.
Read an article about time lapse. Apple does a very efficient job at storing time lapses, can shoot all day without running into storage issues. Only problem is battery life now. [Edit]
Bought a Lightning to 30-pin connector to hopefully be able to listen to music on the way home from an iPhone6. Does the stereo work with newer iPhones if you have the lightning connector?
Will be bringing quarters and lots of cash for tolls and other things (In case cards get declined for out of state use).
Do not have a radar detector and do not plan to buy one.
Get or upgrade to AAA Plus for 100 miles of free towing. [Edit]
Can of Fix A Flat [Edit]
Other suggestions: Eye drops, travel neck pillows, don't hit second cam before car reaches 172 degrees (Used to this from my Si
If anybody has anything to add, feel free. Hopefully this will provide help to somebody later on. The more questions brought up and answered the better.