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Hey all. Not sure where else to post this so i'll try here first. My wife and I are leaving on an extended road trip early next month and will be travelling from Vancouver BC, thru Washington, Oregon, down to Anaheim, then on to Vegas and anywhere else in between.

Given the amount of kilometres (miles if u like) we will be travelling, are there any specific things I should be mindful of as far as wear and tear on the vehicle, oil use, tricks for extending fuel mileage or any other advice other members can offer who have driven extended distances in their V?

Just wanted to put it out there if anyone can share experiences, good or bad, or any recommended pitstops along the way. I will be getting the V serviced by Honda and the oil freshly changed prior to the trip as well. Any responses welcome!
 

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You are doing the right thing by having it serviced by the dealer. In addition to oil/filter change, do make sure thay check all fluid levels and replace any that is approaching it's service life. The same applies to other filters. Also, make sure your tires have adequate tread and proper tire pressure (your gas mileage will be optimum if they are inflated to around 34psi). That is all that I can think of right now. Enjoy your trip!!!
 

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At 34psi your ride will get a bit harsh. I think close to 32 is a better compromise.

Otherwise just drive. Service intervals are pretty long on cars nowadays. Oil change intervals are 7-12k miles. Well short of your trip distance. Just check the air pressure in your tires and oil level every few days your driving and you'll be fine. You might want to bring some extra washer fluid if anything.

Have a great trip!
 

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Other than the oil, check your tires and the cooling system. I live near Anaheim. I drove from BC home once. I’ve also driven back and forth to S.OR and Vegas many times.
Be mindful of the weather in the mountains and take it easy on the grades. 3significant ones come to mind:
Siskiyou Pass on the 5 S.OR/CA boarder,
Gorman Pass on the 5 before you get to Los Angeles
Baker grade on the 15 N to Vegas.

Expect horrible traffic as you get into Los Angeles. Try and time it so you don’t drive thru during peak rush hour.

I typically take the 5, but the drive on the S.OR OR/N.CA coast has great scenic vistas, beaches, and trail heads. It can also be a fatiguing (white knuckle) drive and slow compared to barreling down interstate 5. It will take more time, but you may want to mix it up and cut back and forth between the 5 and coastal route once or twice.
You may already have an itinerary, but here are some detour/stop suggestions if you’re looking for any:
Mt St Helen
Umpqua Scenic byway (several different waterfall trail heads about an hour off the 5 in S.OR
San Francisco – Fisherman’s Warf at least
Avenue of the Giants (off Hwy 101)
Monterey Aquarium
Big Sur
If you’re on the 5 at the right point in your trip, Harris Ranch is an interesting little pit stop (eat and fuel).
Disneyland
Newport Beach…rent a kayak for a couple hours and cruise around the bay…check out the multi-million dollar homes and boats.
Laguna Beach is also nice.

On the 15 to Vegas
Pit stop at the Lynnwood exit (food/fuel), Baker is also interesting desert town, or one of the casinos at Stateline.
Vegas-make sure you spend some time walking on the strip at night, but if you’re on a budget the best deals on rooms and food are downtown.

Depending on how far you go up the 15 past Vegas there are some great national parks. Arches National Park comes to mind.

Have fun on your trip!:D
 

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Thanks all

thanks everyone for the maintenance advice...all sound recommendations; and to basecase for the traffic and pitstop advice...much appreciated. Will for sure post some pics when we get back, and perhaps some fuel mileage figures for reference's sake.

Thx again!
 
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