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Stampie
Stampie MegaDork
7/25/21 6:58 p.m.

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Is it exciting looking back at the trailer and saying to yourself "That's one bad ass car!"

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/25/21 7:21 p.m.
Stampie said:

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Is it exciting looking back at the trailer and saying to yourself "That's one bad ass car!"

Sleepywife might have; although that was likely via the sideview mirror.  I definitely looked in the rearview mirror a couple times and got surprised by 'that car right there'... pause... oh, right, that's mine.  Which then had me think about the trailer selfie thread.

The real excitement, though, was all the windy, curvy, hilly, skinny roads we ended up navigating.  Fortunately, most of those were with the trailer empty... and it gave me a lot of practice for keeping the trailer where it should be in the lane.  Until we ended up on some small lane near Richfield, I think?  I had one trailer tire on the 'outside' double yellow line, and the other tire on the white road edge line... and was happy it was Sunday, and I could do 25mph through a 35mph zone and not impede anyone.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/25/21 8:08 p.m.

What vehicle was pulling the trailer? MDX? 

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/25/21 8:20 p.m.
John Welsh said:

What vehicle was pulling the trailer? MDX? 

Nope.  It's sleepyfather-in-law's 2016? Ram 1500? 4x4 Hemi, (Dual Cab? Quad Cab?), short bed truck thing?

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
7/25/21 8:27 p.m.

You were going to drive the Leaf 300 miles? Talk about jumping into electric car ownership with both feet!

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/26/21 7:09 a.m.
sleepyhead the buffalo said:
John Welsh said:

What vehicle was pulling the trailer? MDX? 

Nope.  It's sleepyfather-in-law's 2016? Ram 1500? 4x4 Hemi, (Dual Cab? Quad Cab?), short bed truck thing?

Sweet combo.  The Featherlight probably weighs less than 2,000 lbs leaving lots of hauling capability to the truck. 

In other irony, the trailer probably cost more than the car it is hauling!  

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/26/21 9:18 a.m.

Here's the full rig... after botching the first 'pump approach' a tiny bit:

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/26/21 11:47 a.m.

A bit over half way:

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/26/21 4:17 p.m.

Buffalo Logistics...

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
7/26/21 5:51 p.m.

A VW and southern Virginia...did you buy something from The Wagners? 

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/26/21 7:59 p.m.

Last fuel stop for the day...

Towed car #2 is sleepydad's GTI.  I.e. my ride back north, then out to GridLife Mid-Ohio.

Stampie
Stampie MegaDork
7/26/21 8:33 p.m.

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Do you have burn out videos yet?

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/26/21 10:07 p.m.
Stampie said:

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Do you have burn out videos yet?

unfortunately, no

i could probably get away with it since the tires need replacing... when not send off the fronts with the rears?  But, I don't the neighbors up there would go for it... and without plates, I can't get it somewhere to do a burnout... afaik.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/26/21 10:08 p.m.

Also, made it back to sleepy-inlaws-land

TBD if I drive back up tomorrow.  I think, though, that might get slid to Wednesday.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
7/27/21 6:53 a.m.
Tom Suddard said:

You were going to drive the Leaf 300 miles? Talk about jumping into electric car ownership with both feet!

So, checking 'A Better Route Planner', it looks like there's pretty decent independent charger coverage along I-81 and I-66 from Blacksburg-ish all the way in to Alexandria.  I was figuring on taking Rte-11 which parallels I-81, to be able to keep my speeds down, and not get run over by all and everyone on '81.

One of the troubles for my trip, was the planner didn't think the Leaf would make it the first 60miles up the mountain from sleepy-inlaws up to Blacksburg.  And, I've been doing so much running around, I hadn't set up accounts to charge with... and that seemed like a high risk to end up getting stuck somewhere with a dead battery.

Maybe I'll do that with the next EV?  If/when that ever happens?

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
8/18/21 10:07 a.m.

Leaf has new shoes...

Thanks to TireRack and their "ASAPTire" mobile installer.

Now, I just need to get it past state "safety" inspection... and fight the dmv booking system to get it registered... and then it'll finally be "on the road here"

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
8/18/21 10:34 a.m.
Tom Suddard said:

You were going to drive the Leaf 300 miles? Talk about jumping into electric car ownership with both feet!

That's how we met ours - a 300 mile trip across rural Utah - but it's a different vehicle. Great way to kick range anxiety in the nuts from the start though. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/18/21 10:52 a.m.

I was wondering how the Leaf was doing; thanks for the update! And what do you mean new tires? The old ones were perfectly fine for Florida! cheeky

Have you driven it at all yet? What do you think?

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
8/18/21 11:07 a.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Only driven it around the block at Dusterdb's and on/off the trailer.

Sleepywife is quite tickled with it, even with just that much.  I _almost_ ordered a the tires pre-installed on a set of Enkei J10's... for weight savings.  Which would have been the first time Sleepywife would have allowed a modification to 'one of her cars'.

She's actually spent some time on forums, and researched a bit the fact that you can upgrade the pack.  Something she is considering. So, She's taking a very different view to owning this car than any of her previous ones.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/18/21 12:19 p.m.

Very cool! Glad to hear she's into it.

Stampie
Stampie MegaDork
8/18/21 1:14 p.m.

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Told you I should have built a custom battery box for it.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
8/18/21 6:46 p.m.
Stampie said:

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Told you I should have built a custom battery box for it.

If I buy a second one, and prep it for TrackEV things, including a ~64kWh pack, you'll be the first call/text

Stampie
Stampie MegaDork
8/18/21 6:51 p.m.

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Never thought I'd say this but that's one sexy Leaf.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/18/21 9:07 p.m.
Stampie said:

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Never thought I'd say this but that's one sexy Leaf.

I bet you tell all your salads that. 

dxman92
dxman92 Dork
8/19/21 7:19 a.m.

First gen Leaf is one good looking car.

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