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Maryland to California in 5 days

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by jsnyder1025, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:29 AM
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    jsnyder1025

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    So Im leaving Baltimore, Maryland and driving the taco to San Jose, CA. It will be my wife, me, and 2 dogs. We have a small 6x10 enclosed trailer weighing about 2000 lbs loaded. Tows great so far. The plan is May first head to cleveland (6 hours), then to Des Moines (10 hrs), then to Fort Collins (10 hrs) then to Ely NV (10 hrs), finally to San Jose, CA (10 hrs). We plan on stopping alot to break it up, for 15-20 minutes at a time. 3000 miles total i think, budgeting 12-13 mpg with the trailer, probably going to spend $600-$700 in gas alone. I have a 2017 trd off road w/ tow package. From my research I think it should be fine. Anyone do this, or have any pointers, lessons learned? Please share, any info will help!!

     
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    Back in 02 I drove from Baltimore to Vegas to get married. Wife and I took 81 down to 40 then ran 40 across. We jumped on & off old Rt. 66 which was cool. We stopped in the little towns that still exist on 66. A lot to see out there. We stopped and saw the south rim of the Grand Canyon on the way home. I made it to Vegas in 4.5 days.
     
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    I cant remember the exact route, but when my pops got orders from Hawaii to Northern VA we had to move. Left LAX and arrived in VA in three days. Granted that drive sucks.
     
  5. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:39 AM
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    Early 90's did Chicago to Stockton California. Did it in 3 days in a 26' uhaul. It's was a great ride as a teenager. Stop in Lincoln Nebraska for homemade pie.best I've had.take pictures. Stop at the salt flats in utah.and don't try to make up time by marathon driving,just sucks. Enjoy the road trip.
     
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  6. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:42 AM
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    Thanks for all the quick replies! some good info, Im checking out the towing thread also. I plan on shooting a short amateur video for my youtube channel that I have some footage from the trip, total costs, logistics, and in general things we learned and would do differently. I plan on hitting a brewery in every town we stop.
     
  7. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:43 AM
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    We ran 80w saw all sorts of stuff.rained mud in Iowa. Never forget that..strangest thing I've seen.
     
  8. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:44 AM
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    Looking forward to your adventures if you post it!
     
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    My company is based in Des Moines. If you have time hit Exile Brewing in downtown or El Bait Shop, not technically a brewery but beer bar with tons beers on tap. Many of them very good.

    And, welcome to the Bay Area!
     
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  10. Apr 27, 2017 at 9:12 AM
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    Your timing of the days looks great!

    My son (19 at the time) and I drove from Los Angeles to western Pennsylvania in 3 days. I was in LA Friday morning at 8:30 and packed up his stuff and we were on the road by 10AM. We drove route 40 the whole way across until Nashville then headed north. We slept each night for about 5-7 hours and then only stopped to get gas. We ate a meal when we got gas and had snacks, but limited the liquids, so we could "hold it" until we got gas. I trained my kids early on that we don't stop for the bathroom. Made it home Sunday night at 9:30PM. Good trip, we hit a tumbleweed in Barstow and some trucker accused my son of pissing all over a toilet and throwing toilet paper all over the bathroom in Amarillo.

    Have a great trip and enjoy the scenery, especially in the west!
     
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    If it were me and you had the time, I would spend a day in Fort Collins. Awesome place to wander around, especially if you like beer. For the rest of the drive, I'd just say make sure you have a good playlist on your phone. There are stretches of that drive where you likely won't have any signal. It's cool to see the country like that, but it is a hell of a drive.
     
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    Sub'd. The wife and I will be making the drive from MD to Phoenix in a few weeks. Debating on shipping the Taco and driving the wife's car or drive each car out there.
     
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    Have a safe trip and welcome to the Bay Area. ;-)
     
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    Red Roof Inns are pretty much all dog friendly. Make sure to bring a water bowl for the pups.
    Enjoy the Bay Area, I love it out there!
     
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    @jsnyder1025 I've driven cross country 5 times and enjoyed every minute of it. I've got nothing to offer in regards to the towing but have a saw and fun trip! Stop and see as much as you can!
     
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  16. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:03 PM
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    You'll have no problems with that schedule. We've done the same trip several times in three days, no fun. Do take the time to check the trailer tires/bearings whenever you take a break.
     
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    @jsnyder1025 Welcome to TW.

    What makes you come to the place where dreams go to die.
     
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  18. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:09 PM
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    Drainbung Somedays you are the show....

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    ^^^
    If he's lucky it's just to deliver the trailer and head back east! :rofl:
     
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  19. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:15 PM
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    Most likely it will be one of the best things you'll do that you don't look forward to doing again.

    I've done the non stop trip from WY back to CT with 3 guys and 12 animals in coolers. About 15mpg weighted down and no trailer, 75-80mph

    Good luck
     
  20. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:54 PM
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    Why would you ship it? Because of the subpar transmission and rear differential?
     
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