Road Trip!

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219

    Should be home tomorrow.

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 North Central OHMember Posts: 18,106
    Sorry to hear about your moonroof but have been enjoying the other pics.
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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 6,526
    Stuff like that always seems to happen when one least expects it. Not as bad as that but my check engine icon came on this morning on the way to work. Annoying & now another trip to the mechanic scheduled for Monday. Just wonder how much this little excursion is gonna cost me? Figure while he has it, might have him replace the front hood strut so it'll stay open when worked on or adding wiper fluid. Right now, takes two of us to do anything under the hood.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219

    Made it home. About 13,000 miles added to the car since we left on 8/5. Well, my car anyway. I’m sure we added similar numbers to the Crosstrek.

    No more adventures on the road, but I did discover that my torpedo case was severely damaged due to poor packing and shifting after it was loaded into the trailer. Hopefully I can fix it at some point.

    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    Saw this on the road in Spokane yesterday evening, not sure if the control arm on this Alberta-plated Palisade is within spec:


  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219
    Judging by the wear, I'd say that's been like that for a minute. Amazing to me that they keep driving it. Jeez, even if repair is a hassle due to travel, at least tie it up!
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    xwesx said:

    Judging by the wear, I'd say that's been like that for a minute. Amazing to me that they keep driving it. Jeez, even if repair is a hassle due to travel, at least tie it up!

    I was thinking that - looks worn down a little. It must make an irritating noise, and maybe even sparks. I thought of leaving a note, but there's no way someone could miss that, and it's not like Spokane doesn't have a dealership and a dozen tire/suspension shops that could likely do an emergency repair.
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAMember Posts: 13,401
    fintail said:

    xwesx said:

    Judging by the wear, I'd say that's been like that for a minute. Amazing to me that they keep driving it. Jeez, even if repair is a hassle due to travel, at least tie it up!

    I was thinking that - looks worn down a little. It must make an irritating noise, and maybe even sparks. I thought of leaving a note, but there's no way someone could miss that, and it's not like Spokane doesn't have a dealership and a dozen tire/suspension shops that could likely do an emergency repair.
    I see marketing potential. Sound insulation and suspension so supple, you can't even notice a control arm laying on the road at 65 MPH! Like those old let's drive a Lexus on a railroad track with the full champagne glasses not spilling.
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  • explorerx4explorerx4 North Central OHMember Posts: 18,106
    edited November 2022
    Heading to Florida on Saturday for Thanksgiving.
    It will be the Explorer's 11th road trip in less that 2 years.
    I define road trip as at least 500 miles one way.
    This trip should pretty much the the longest one way trip, just over 900 miles.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 91 Mustang GT vert
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 215,647

    Heading to Florida on Saturday for Thanksgiving.
    It will be the Explorer's 11th road trip in less that 2 years.
    I define road trip as at least 500 miles one way.
    This trip should pretty much the the longest one way trip, just over 900 miles.

    Planning 1 or 2 days for the drive?

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 North Central OHMember Posts: 18,106
    @michaell,
    We will be convoying with the grandkids(3 year old and 9 month old) and their parents in another Explorer, so we are staying overnight, then finishing the trip the next day.
    If it was just my wife and myself, probably do it one shot.
    We've done Hartford CT to South Bend IN or back in one day many times.
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    Snow wheels are on:



    Have been for a week, but didn't get a chance to clean the car until the other day. We had a nice early season snow event almost 2 weeks ago, snow has stuck around, roads are a terrible mess of grit and de-icer - car gets filthy even without precip. Winter driving time is here.

    On the road lately with the time change, plenty of derps out with no headlights long before dawn or after dusk, and awful studded tires are everywhere, helping keep our roads in a non-first world condition.
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    @xwesx - maybe relevant here - you run a Blackvue dashcam right? Ever have issues when it is really cold out? When I go into the office, I park outside as barely any businesses have garage parking here (due to ample and cheap land for surface lots no doubt), and it's cold this time of the year. When I get to work and it's 12F, and leave work and it is 23F, the car gets cold inside. I notice when it is really cold, the dashcam doesn't start working immediately, maybe not til 10 mins or so of driving, when the car warms up inside. Maybe not a coincidence. Never happens when the car is at home, even though my garage isn't heated - insulation seems to keep it just above freezing no matter how cold out.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219
    edited December 2022
    Interesting that you'd mention this... Today! My son got a tasty clip on his camera this morning (I'll have to share it at some point).

    Yes, I actually have three Blackvues in the collection now: The original 750S and now two 900S. During the winter months, they take a little longer to start up when it is extremely cold (certainly much colder than temps you're talking about), but the "Blackvue for your safe driving" statement always occurs within a minute or so of starting the car (the 900s are faster than the 750, without a doubt).

    What I do notice is that the parking mode feature, particularly on the 900s which did not require the magic box stuff that the 750 has, they tend to shut down much faster due to "low voltage." Again, not surprising given the extra demand on batteries (and reduced capacity) in cold temperatures, but I do find that annoying. During the summer months, the units are typically still running in parking mode when I start the car, so they just say "parking mode off" when I turn the ignition on (no startup needed).

    Ten minutes definitely sounds out of character. I wonder if the capacitor in the unit itself is just getting tired.
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    edited December 2022
    xwesx said:

    Interesting that you'd mention this... Today! My son got a tasty clip on his camera this morning (I'll have to share it at some point).

    Yes, I actually have three Blackvues in the collection now: The original 750S and now two 900S. During the winter months, they take a little longer to start up when it is extremely cold (certainly much colder than temps you're talking about), but the "Blackvue for your safe driving" statement always occurs within a minute or so of starting the car (the 900s are faster than the 750, without a doubt).

    What I do notice is that the parking mode feature, particularly on the 900s which did not require the magic box stuff that the 750 has, they tend to shut down much faster due to "low voltage." Again, not surprising given the extra demand on batteries (and reduced capacity) in cold temperatures, but I do find that annoying. During the summer months, the units are typically still running in parking mode when I start the car, so they just say "parking mode off" when I turn the ignition on (no startup needed).

    Ten minutes definitely sounds out of character. I wonder if the capacitor in the unit itself is just getting tired.

    Thanks. My current unit is a 900S, installed April of 19, soon after I got the car. I have the secondary battery unit hidden in a panel under the dash. I didn't do the install myself.

    It was warmer today (around maybe 32F when I left the office, unknown temp inside) - camera started right up when I started the car. It only seems to have the quirk on really cold days when the car is parked outside (more cold days appear to be coming). I don't want to miss a fun crazy clip or something much worse. Nothing interesting as of late even with the snowiest November in many years. Roads have been adequately cleared most of the time, my only aggravation is kind of the Carlin standard - timid people going too slow (many warm climate transplants here) or riding my rear end (trucks and misguided confidence).

    I hope the unit isn't failing, although if it does, should be an easy swap as I assume the cables are all still the same.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219
    Cables are the same, yes.

    That second battery box... I assume it is to assist with parking mode. Have you noticed any changes where the camera says "shutting down" quickly after you turn off the car? An added box, if wired correctly, should let it run a good long time when the car is off. If it isn't charged or charging correctly, that might be causing your unit issues.

    I don't even have the second box (just wired directly into the car through a 5A fuse on a constant power and an "accessory" circuit), and it usually won't turn off at all during the summer months, even when I only use the car once in a day. I think my son installed our 750S in August of 2018 (shortly after the "canoe incident"), and it still seems to work fine with it's "PowerMagic" box (I don't think that uses the extra battery, just provides the functionality that's now built into the 900S), but you have to set the accessory up for the parking mode power, and it works on a timer basis (like 2 hours, 4 hours, etc) in addition to the battery voltage monitoring).

    I agree with your concern about missing the fun stuff. It would just figure to have whatever happens, particularly something you really *need* it to record, to happen when the device is either not recording, or thinking it's recording and not actually recording (such as a bad SD card).


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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    Yes, as far as I know, the second battery is for parking mode. When I turn the car off, the camera doesn't shut down (or doesn't announce this) - it keeps recording, and maybe 5 mins (?) later, it goes into "parking mode" (and announces this). I am not sure the specifics beyond that as I have never changed the defaults, but I assume there's a motion and impact sensor working - sometimes when out shopping, I will get the "an impact was detected" message upon starting the car (it detected me loading stuff into the car). I was thinking maybe it kind of went to sleep as it isn't the busiest parking lot, but when it wasn't responsive, I unplugged the main power cable and plugged it back in - nothing. However, once the car was warm inside, it started as if the car had been parked.

    I try to reformat the SD cards every several weeks, and I keep an eye on the camera, knowing luck and odds etc. I seldom had any error messages on 100F+ days when the camera was sitting in the heat, but it might be sensitive to cold.
    xwesx said:

    Cables are the same, yes.

    That second battery box... I assume it is to assist with parking mode. Have you noticed any changes where the camera says "shutting down" quickly after you turn off the car? An added box, if wired correctly, should let it run a good long time when the car is off. If it isn't charged or charging correctly, that might be causing your unit issues.

    I don't even have the second box (just wired directly into the car through a 5A fuse on a constant power and an "accessory" circuit), and it usually won't turn off at all during the summer months, even when I only use the car once in a day. I think my son installed our 750S in August of 2018 (shortly after the "canoe incident"), and it still seems to work fine with it's "PowerMagic" box (I don't think that uses the extra battery, just provides the functionality that's now built into the 900S), but you have to set the accessory up for the parking mode power, and it works on a timer basis (like 2 hours, 4 hours, etc) in addition to the battery voltage monitoring).

    I agree with your concern about missing the fun stuff. It would just figure to have whatever happens, particularly something you really *need* it to record, to happen when the device is either not recording, or thinking it's recording and not actually recording (such as a bad SD card).


  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219
    That's very strange. Almost sounds like maybe a bad connection - either knocked loose (power cord) or somehow otherwise sensitive to cold/warm (metal contraction and expansion).
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    That would be most logical, something contracting in the cold, apparently below freezing (as it doesn't seem to happen in my unheated but insulated garage that doesn't appear to get much below 32F even on 0F days). Not sure if I want to spend $400 to maybe or maybe not fix it, just dealing with it sounds more attractive - replace it if it really craps out, which it shows no signs of doing.
    xwesx said:

    That's very strange. Almost sounds like maybe a bad connection - either knocked loose (power cord) or somehow otherwise sensitive to cold/warm (metal contraction and expansion).

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219
    edited December 2022
    Following up on that collision last week....


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waoMRI7mB4E


    I cannot quite tell what type of pickup caused the crash; I think it is a pre-discontinued Ford Ranger.
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    edited December 2022
    Wow, that's a good catch, your video?

    Headlight shape does look like a Ranger. I wish our snowy roads were that uniform. Here it is either a thick coating of de-icer to the point of resembling recent rain, or slushy mounds so high cars bottom out on them. Maybe a dry patch here and there.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219
    My son was driving to the university with my daughter. I, personally, missed it; I went through here about fifteen minutes earlier.
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  • andres3andres3 Southern CAMember Posts: 13,401
    xwesx said:

    My son was driving to the university with my daughter. I, personally, missed it; I went through here about fifteen minutes earlier.

    That's a salaciously negligent left turn causing a wreck.
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    xwesx said:

    My son was driving to the university with my daughter. I, personally, missed it; I went through here about fifteen minutes earlier.

    I see some dashcam channels have already asked him to use it. I've only had one such request, and it was a relatively pointless thing (IIRC someone throwing a bottle from a car).
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219
    yeah, I haven't replied yet. I get busy and forget about these things.... :D
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    You can be Youtube famous!

    It cooled off a little here again. Maybe 23F when I left work, car sitting outside all day. Camera started up after the the car warmed up inside. However, of course, in the garage this morning, no issues. I think the cold is a thing.
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAMember Posts: 13,401
    I've had a couple doozies on dash cam but been too lazy to upload them and/or post them here.

    I have forgiven these bad driver's their trespasses even before finding closure through ridicule on YouTube. :smile:
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    Yeah, it takes a lot for me to want to upload something to YT - it would need to be like an insane close call or worse. The overall skill level isn't high in this part of the world, and in a city that has little enforcement, dumb stuff is a normal part of life, especially running lights.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 16,219
    Yes, I see stuff almost daily. It's just too common to worry about 99% of the time.
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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    Went into the office today - a trip in a way as I haven't driven the car since last Wednesday. I didn't bother to save the clip, but right before I got to my turn off, I noticed a traffic back up, apparently a truck went the wrong way or spun out and was facing the wrong way on I90, and tangled with a small car. No casualties that I know of, but a jam - ice this morning. Seems to be a year for accumulating ice in this region. The third tier arterial near my house was slick, but I noticed nothing else on the drive.

    It was 32F per the car when I left the office, car was cold as it sat outside for 8 hours - camera started right up. I wonder if there's some kind of water driven processor in it that freezes :)
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    Looks like I will be taking a little road trip in March - work conference has us in Louisville, and I will have a couple free days. Not sure where I will go yet - maybe up to Indy to see the speedway, and/or check out Cincinnati. Was thinking about St. Louis, but would have little time to do much once I was there.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 215,647
    fintail said:

    Looks like I will be taking a little road trip in March - work conference has us in Louisville, and I will have a couple free days. Not sure where I will go yet - maybe up to Indy to see the speedway, and/or check out Cincinnati. Was thinking about St. Louis, but would have little time to do much once I was there.

    Sounds like a CCBA meet up is possible!

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 55,804
    Michaell said:

    fintail said:

    Looks like I will be taking a little road trip in March - work conference has us in Louisville, and I will have a couple free days. Not sure where I will go yet - maybe up to Indy to see the speedway, and/or check out Cincinnati. Was thinking about St. Louis, but would have little time to do much once I was there.

    Sounds like a CCBA meet up is possible!
    I think at least a couple people here are around Cincinnati. Not sure about points west.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 215,647
    fintail said:

    Michaell said:

    fintail said:

    Looks like I will be taking a little road trip in March - work conference has us in Louisville, and I will have a couple free days. Not sure where I will go yet - maybe up to Indy to see the speedway, and/or check out Cincinnati. Was thinking about St. Louis, but would have little time to do much once I was there.

    Sounds like a CCBA meet up is possible!
    I think at least a couple people here are around Cincinnati. Not sure about points west.
    A couple in the Louisville area, too

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