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05-30-2013 07:09 PM
jefrac No big deal. We make a 14 hour drive at least once a winter to ski, sometimes towing stuff. I enjoy it. Staying alert (awake) is the key. Extensive testing has revealed that jaw movement helps the most... so 1) interesting discussion with passenger if you can 2) Chew gum 3) Sunflower seeds. I also chew ice, but not everyone likes that. With these activities, I can drive 20+ hours. When alone, just stop and sleep if you need to.

For your trip, i would be so jazzed on adrenaline that I could do it in a pedal car.... 6000 pounds...pffft.

Have a safe trip!!
05-30-2013 06:57 PM
rosscarlson I think you're 100% right all the way around. The current plan is that I'm going to hit Hallett raceway in Tulsa on the way out. So only a 10 hour drive from Denver to Tusla, spend 3 days there, then spend another 12-13 hour day after that to Atlanta. If I have to break that up I can (and will).

The tow home will be a single, long haul. May try to stop in on an old ex in Nashville on the way back, that would definitely make the drive back more tolerable.

Right now my "Ultimate Track Vacation" is:

June 1/2 - Lemons race at HPR in Denver
June 14/15/16 - Pueblo, CO with NASA
June 21/22/23 - Hallett, Tulsa, with NASA
June 27th - Atlanta Motorsport Park (private day)
June 29/30 - Road Atlanta with Chin

Then I start a new job on July 8th (so I'll try to make it home around the 4th or 5th). Will be a really fantastic way to end up my 3 month break and as my 40th is in August this is sorta my birthday gift to myself. Time to cut some more track map stickers for the car ;-)

-Ross
05-30-2013 06:37 PM
Pengineer91 Sorry to break in late. I don't check the towing forum every day...

One issue you may find is that towing a trailer that close to the max rating of the tow vehicle can make for a tiring drive. I've done the rough equivalent of what you're doing (a 24ft enclosed trailer towed with a 05 Tundra, probably about 6K lbs for a vehicle rated for 7100 lbs.).

I found that, while we got the job done, it was a much more fatiguing experience than just driving. There was more attention to traffic, more attention to the gauges and the increased need to anticipate traffic flow. In my vehicle, the trailer made the ride more choppy. On rough roads I could really feel the ride deteriorate. On long hills I dropped down a gear or two to maintain speed - that added to the noise factor. And it clobbered my fuel mileage to where I needed to stop every 225-250 miles.

Do you have mirror extensions? Unless the Pathfinder has tow mirrors that extend out beyond the sides of the trailer, you really can't see what is beside/behind you, particularly on the right. Since I tow in the traffic-choked and narrow northeast, the visibility issues by themselves add to the challenge.

When I add all this up, I find that I'm more comfortable with driving fewer miles per day than I would otherwise. YMMV.
05-14-2013 10:44 PM
rosscarlson
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Driving and movie equals big crash on a long drive
We'll have to agree to disagree on this one - what I do is no more dangerous than an audio book or having a conversation. Again remember I don't "watch", I really do just listen and only play things I know very well. I'll probably pick a TV show and watch an entire season or two per day.

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By the way, what trailer do you have to fit your Lotus?
I'll look at the brand when I get home, can't quite remember it at the moment. It's a pretty basic 20' enclosed white box. I am/have added LED interior lights, 30" HDTV, Bose speaker system, space heater, portable AC unit and am having the interior repainted with a textured floor. It's a bit on the heavy side, I'm guessing fully loaded the whole setup is 6k lbs, maybe 6.5k. So far on flat ground out here it tows fine, we'll see how it handles the hills in the south.

The airbag install couldn't have been easier, less than 30 minutes start to finish. Get to test that out on Friday.
05-13-2013 08:05 AM
sturgeongeneral Driving and movie equals big crash on a long drive. Take someone with you and trade off! Or bring another LT member! Stay alive! By the way, what trailer do you have to fit your Lotus?
05-11-2013 08:57 AM
rosscarlson
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Originally Posted by antinym View Post
You oughta be fine, but you really need to check your tongue weight and trailer loading.
The truck's probably rated at 770lb tongue weight. (10% towing capacity). It's worth all your stuff to get what you need to check the trailer's weight and rebalance if necessary.
Also, make sure you have have good brake pads all around. If there's under 50%, I'd swap them out...
When in doubt, go slow. In fact, just go slow.

Oh yeah, and driving and watching movies is a bad idea. Get some music, books on tape, or comedy routines.
Thanks for the input - as for tongue weight while I haven't measured it yet I definitely plan to. I'll actually be a little lighter on this trip as I won't need all my tools, cooler full of food/beer, etc.

As for going slow, yup, that's the plan. In the Z I had the cruise set on 90 most of the way, that definitely won't be the case on this trip.

As for movies I hear that all the time and couldn't disagree more. But let me clarify, I ONLY watch (listen) to things I've seen many times so I'm not actually watching it. The way my mount is I'm not really able to anyway (without crashing instantly). So essentially it's like audiobooks, no more distracting that that.

Oh, and good point on the brakes. I do have a nice brake controller and trailer brakes but I'm probably due for a service on the Pathfinder brakes anyway...
05-11-2013 08:52 AM
antinym You oughta be fine, but you really need to check your tongue weight and trailer loading.
The truck's probably rated at 770lb tongue weight. (10% towing capacity). It's worth all your stuff to get what you need to check the trailer's weight and rebalance if necessary.
Also, make sure you have have good brake pads all around. If there's under 50%, I'd swap them out...
When in doubt, go slow. In fact, just go slow.

Oh yeah, and driving and watching movies is a bad idea. Get some music, books on tape, or comedy routines.
05-11-2013 08:36 AM
rosscarlson
Towing 3000 miles round trip, how crazy am I?

Subject says it all - here's the deal. I'll be towing from Denver to Atlanta at the end of next month. Have a 2008 Pathfinder V8 and a 20 ft enclosed trailer. Whole rig is about 6k lbs, Pathfinder is rated at 7700. I've towed it once in town and power we ok (not great, not bad) but the suspension sagged like a 90 year old prostitute. So I have a set of airbags in my garage ready for install.

I'm not so much concerned about the suspension but am slightly concerned about power, specifically on the climb back home. I assume it'll be a 24-26 hour drive, over 2 days with me and my pup Daisy. I have a mount in the Pathy for my Surface so I'll load up a bunch of movies and TV to pass the time.

I've done this drive twice, once when I moved here in '99 (but obviously only one way) and back in 2008 in my 350z. Honestly in the 350 it wasn't too bad (had a video system in car so movies really passed the time). In it I did the trip in just over 17 hours. I'm guessing I'll get something like 10mpg towing so I'll be stopping every 200 miles just for fuel (am guessing $1200 in fuel alone).

So tell me gents - how crazy am I??? Would love input from any of you that have towed long distances (and the rest of you can chime in too!)

-Ross

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