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Old 06-29-2014, 10:20 PM
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Long distance?

So, I've never driven anything further than it takes me to get from here where I live in Shelby, NC, to Flatwoods, WV (About 5 hours, 310 miles). There's a good chance that I may end up driving round trip to Utah, to pull a 24ft box trailer back, moving my uncle to NC from there. Roughly 4000 miles, round trip.

The furthest I've personally driven my 01 is about 200 miles, round trip. At 70ish, she's cruising around 2200-2500 RPM (I don't recall, exactly, it's been awhile.) and around 600F EGTs.

I suppose my question is, should I have anything to worry about taking it that far? The truck has no problems currently, but I suppose I'm just nervous about driving anything that far. Truck currently has 128k miles on it, and I'd be changing my oil prior to the trip, and probably immediately when I returned.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:06 PM
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I wouldn't be worrying, especially with those miles. These trucks handle road trips with ease.

I would check the condition of the serpentine belt, fluid levels and rad hoes but I'm sure some others will chime in with some other things to check over prior.
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Make sure your spare is in good condition. I'd bring two spares if you have room.
Spares for the trailer too.

Also bring some basic tools, a jack and a couple rags.

Other than that, you probably won't have any problems. Use cruise control on long flat sections to reduce fatigue on yourself if you won't be stopping.
Have a fun trip
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Throw a cps and a1/4 ratchet with a small extension and 10 mm socket in the glove box.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:30 AM
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Throw a cps and a1/4 ratchet with a small extension and 10 mm socket in the glove box.
Good call on the CPS
I've found it useful to keep a whole ratchet set under the rear seat though, not just a 10mm.

You know you own a 7.3 when....
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:36 AM
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You know you own a 7.3 when....
hahaha

i always carry a spare belt, and a spare IDM, spare fuses, along with the CPS. a bottle jack, small blocks of wood, emergency triangles, fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit. i've never needed the last three but it's nice to know you have them

shouldn't have anything to worry about.. and have fun
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a bottle OF jack

I fixed it for you.
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I carry 1gal of oil, 1gal of 50/50 mix coolant, washer fluid, 1/2 gal ATF, cps, tow rope, two shackles, jumper cables, triangles, 12v air pump, first aid kit, flash light, small 1/4 and 3/8 drive ratchet sets, 2lb sledge (I can't go anywhere without a hammer), pliers, screw drivers, roll of bailing wire, duct tape,sweater, blanket, and a few trash bags.
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And I forgot para cord, knife and my pistol.
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I feel a preppers truck version thread coming on.
One extra Front unit bearing, extra fuel pump, a generator and cord for the block heater in the winter haha
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