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Tips on preparing my truck for a 600 mile trip

 
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Can't recall really breaking down on the highway as such (mechanical failure) other than maybe a flat tire or two over the years or something stupid/self-inflicted. Have taken some long trips, 4 wheeling and gravel, mountains/deserts too, in some pretty remote areas. Oddball parts not normally carried by a typical parts house might not be a bad plan like say, a starter or generator for a vintage truck. These days though, with online ordering it might not be a big deal. "Before Cell Phones" was a little sketchy folks, in remote areas. CB radio was sort of the lifeline.

The time to perform preventive maintenance is by definition before hitting the road. Wrenching on the side of the road sucks. Once on the highway away from home it's time to enjoy the drive as much as is possible. Here's a pic from about 20 years ago, complete with sprung hood at the goosenecks of the San Juan, about 1000 miles from home (one way). Did have a lot of camping gear and tools, but figured if the truck was OK driving around the block it was OK to drive around the country.

It's a beautiful, beautiful country too! Get out and see it.
 
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