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Old 03-16-2013, 11:21 AM   #11
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Also can anyone recommend a GPS that isn't too expensive?
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:14 PM   #12
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:54 PM   #13
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I have one but I I'm pretty sure there I will be driving through no coverage zones. Also data is expensive lol
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Not sure if you've left yet...but.. Yep, you'll be driving through no coverage areas in Manitoba/Sask. At least my Bell phone didn't like a couple hours between Winnipeg & Regina.

Can get a decent Garmin for about $100 or so. Get a satellite radio too if you can swing it.

And on that drive I just mentioned -- DON'T DO IT AT NIGHT. It's bleak, boring, desolate, and dangerous. Even during the day I felt like dozing off because it was so stinkin' boring. Snow is still blowing. Co-worker had to make a drive to Yorkton, SK from Winnipeg, and they closed the highway down (he drove anways because he's nuts). He couldn't tell where the road was except by the reflectors on the side of the road because the snow made an even layer.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:27 PM   #15
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Not sure if you've left yet...but.. Yep, you'll be driving through no coverage areas in Manitoba/Sask. At least my Bell phone didn't like a couple hours between Winnipeg & Regina.

Can get a decent Garmin for about $100 or so. Get a satellite radio too if you can swing it.

And on that drive I just mentioned -- DON'T DO IT AT NIGHT. It's bleak, boring, desolate, and dangerous. Even during the day I felt like dozing off because it was so stinkin' boring. Snow is still blowing. Co-worker had to make a drive to Yorkton, SK from Winnipeg, and they closed the highway down (he drove anways because he's nuts). He couldn't tell where the road was except by the reflectors on the side of the road because the snow made an even layer.
Haven't left yet, not til April 10th! I plan on driving throughout the day, no night driving for me unless I hit a road block and need to make up time as I need to be there by the 18th. I'm giving myself a lot of time lol

Also my buddy is selling me his brand new still in the box GPS for $80, it's a higher end one too.

Do you think the CAA 200km tow is enough or should I pay more and get the next level for the 320km tow??
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Haven't left yet, not til April 10th! I plan on driving throughout the day, no night driving for me unless I hit a road block and need to make up time as I need to be there by the 18th. I'm giving myself a lot of time lol

Also my buddy is selling me his brand new still in the box GPS for $80, it's a higher end one too.

Do you think the CAA 200km tow is enough or should I pay more and get the next level for the 320km tow??
I would say 200km is plenty of tow range. Chances are you won't need it anyway. If things go wrong you'll probably almost always been within 200km of some kind of repair facility... even if it is "Bubba's back porch shade tree automobile fixin'"

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I travel up North every week or two (Edmonton to Cold Lake & Foster Creek, and back). Some things I always have on hand are a socket set and other tools (pliers, screw drivers), spare headlight bulb(s), spare windshield washer fluid, spare spark plug(s), and some other this's and that's if I'm inclined to grab them.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to change the tranny fluid, but you'll probably be fine, though it would be good preventative/regular maintenance.

Plugs - same thing, kinda. It wouldn't hurt to replace them and keep one or two on hand, just in case.
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if you're not hauling anything that could be considered suspicious, then i would suggest rounding down through the US. driving through the prairies can be rather boring. Also, gas prices in the US are lower than in Canada, so you'll be saving some there as well. might want to consider running a higher octane to start the trip as well. :)
more places to stop and rest as well. and more things to see if you're not in a hurry.
pack some energy drinks with you as well.
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Canada has paved roads?

Woah.

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if you're not hauling anything that could be considered suspicious, then i would suggest rounding down through the US. driving through the prairies can be rather boring. Also, gas prices in the US are lower than in Canada, so you'll be saving some there as well. might want to consider running a higher octane to start the trip as well. :)
more places to stop and rest as well. and more things to see if you're not in a hurry.
pack some energy drinks with you as well.
I'm gonna drive through Canada first because I haven't really seen much other than Ontario but will look into the US on the way back for sure. Will toll roads be a problem?
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