Next week I'll be traveling to North Carolina from Florida. It's a little over 500 miles and it's going to take me about 10 hours.
I'm just looking for advice on how to prepare the truck for that long of a journey.
What octane fuel should I use, should I possibly add a fuel additive (even though I have the eco-boost), tire pressure, etc?
Check all fluids, Oil, Trans, Washer etc. Check tires all around, got good tread, proper wear, nothing sticking out of them, pressure up a few pounds if you want to try and get better mileage and you're gonna be running highways. Gas choice is up to you. I don't know if the eco gets better MPG with 93 but it's probably a wash with the extra cost.
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Whenever I travel long distances, what I do is check my tire pressure (I run around 37 PSI), check my oil level and if I will need an oil change at some point during my journey I go ahead and change it. Clean out the bed and clean the windshield, make sure I have an emergency 5 hour energy, hook up my GPS and radar detector, put my bluetooth in my ear, hook up my ipod, fill up with gas and hit the road after a small meal.
That's my pre-road trip ritual, maybe you can get some ideas from it.
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In an even moderately maintained modern vehicle, I wouldn't concern myself with any more than going to the bathroom and filling the gas tank. 500 miles isn't even 2 gas tank fulls and you go through that without even thinking about it. Just got back from a 3500 mile 7 day trip to TX from VA. Prep consisted of packing clothes and getting gas. Well, that and one tire had a slow leak that I plugged with my Nealy Tire Plug Kit that I usually keep in the motorcycle saddlebag but tossed in the truck for just-in-case. If you don't have factory nav almost any gps nowdays will tell you where nearest gas and food are, so that and a credit card will get you anywhere you want to go.
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Don't forget to check the condition/pressure of your spare tire. If you're heading to the west/ north west side of NC, or other areas where there is a chance of winter weather/ snow/ice, be prepared- small shovel, ice scraper/brush, emergency winter clothes/bibs in case you have to lay in slop to change a flat...
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I agree with the rest of the folks. These trucks are not that needy. Just do your usual routine before the trip, and have a ball. Took ours on a 5200 miles journey with no problems at all, and the only thing I did was make sure the fluids were full along with a tire pressure check. Have a safe trip.
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