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Old 09-20-2013, 09:07 PM
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Possible road trip - Tennessee to Utah

Alright guys, I have a few questions for some of you long haul and road trip guys.

I have a friend moving from here in Knoxville TN to Utah for a job. They are cutting her a check for $3700 in moving expenses. She priced having her stuff hauled out and it came in around $2000. I told her to just rent a uhaul and tow her car. It would be cheaper. Just pay for gas and me a motel, then I'd rent a car and come back to TN.

Now, here's my idea. My truck is a 6.0 4 door 4x4. I've towed quite a bit with it, but I've never been on a long haul (longest tow was about 300 miles pulling a trailer with a Nissan 4x4 king cab). What am I looking at as far as pre-trip maintenance and fuel for a 1500 mile trip towing a 8.5x16 enclosed trailer (has brakes) with a Pontiac sunfire in it and some possessions such as a small couch and boxes, etc. I know it should all fit, but is it a crazy idea or will it be cheaper than a uhaul, car dolly, and fuel?

Like I said, I've never towed that far, and it would be a whole new experience for me. I'm doing it either way, mainly because I've never been that far from TN on a road trip. I think it would be an awesome experience.

I know ill do a coolant flush, fuel filters, oil/filter, and possibly trans fluid, along with front/rear axle fluid change.

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Old 09-22-2013, 04:17 PM
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sounds like your ready to roll
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:19 PM
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I just wonder what fuel will run for 1700 some miles across and then the same back.
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320-340 gallons x $4 its sounding like about to me bro
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Id say your lookin at least $1k in fuel. Id have another 200-300 in my pocket for just in case.
If your truck is in good shape and your not worried about it havin issues,and you got the time to do it....go for it. Come on out and take a look around! You only live once and Dad would always say a road trip is good for the soul!
And if you come through my part of Colorado I got your back if you need me!
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i just towed 4703lb camp trailer with 500lb of gear got 11mpg average for a 304 mile trip... i led nevwas hoping like 13 but couldn't get over 11 im studed, deleted, stock tune with 35s... so fuel and food gonna be biggest $$$
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also i would not advise a chemical coolant flush... its quite common that a chemical coolant flush removes a lot of scale and rust and then it clogs the coolant passages in the oil cooler then the egr cooler gets way hot because the gases are going through but the coolant lines aren't getting proper amount of coolant then BOOM!! so unless your gonna replace the coolers ex-nay on a coolant flush. but def. change the external and internal trans filters n fluid.

dieselfiltersonline.com by far cheapest motorcraft and racor filters and the even sell mercon lv trans fluid for the 6.0's.... I saved like 75$ through them even with $15 in shipping.
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