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Old 01-28-2013, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Driving to Texas in 2 weeks - How should I prepare the truck?

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I'm driving my Tundra to Dallas, Texas in 2 weeks, from Maryland. 2600 mile round trip. I'm very excited for the trip. The truck has 135,000 miles on it, and I'm wondering what I should do besides normal maintenance to prepare.

I already have the basic maintenance finished...

Oil change
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Tires Rotated, brakes checked.

Getting serp belt changed this week, the one on the truck now is the original!

Any other recommendations. I have never done a trip this far before in any vehicle, let alone my truck.

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put a gun in it...
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put a gun in it...

Good answer...except I'd be too afriad to get pulled over in another state where they aren't so kind to people carrying guns (i.e. Maryland (bleh))
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Check your spare tire for pressure, and keep a tire plug kit in your glove box, right next to your gun Make sure your lug wrench and jack are available/working.

$300 cash in 20's, flashlight, cell phone, spare set of headlight bulbs and tail light bulbs, small tool kit with all the necessary tools, wet wipes, paper towels, tissues, diapers (oh wait, nevermind), jumper cables, etc. Check the torque on your lug nuts just before leaving, and tire pressure of course. Crawl up underneath it and spot check bolts, nuts, etc, mainly anything doing doing with your suspension.

Oh, and if you aren't armed on a road trip, you are insane, especially if you are planning on doing any night driving. I have a couple experiences in mind, that I'm glad I was armed (nothing happened, but shit coulda got ugly).
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Check your spare tire for pressure, and keep a tire plug kit in your glove box, right next to your gun Make sure your lug wrench and jack are available/working.

$300 cash in 20's, flashlight, cell phone, spare set of headlight bulbs and tail light bulbs, small tool kit with all the necessary tools, wet wipes, paper towels, tissues, diapers (oh wait, nevermind), jumper cables, etc. Check the torque on your lug nuts just before leaving, and tire pressure of course. Crawl up underneath it and spot check bolts, nuts, etc, mainly anything doing doing with your suspension.

Oh, and if you aren't armed on a road trip, you are insane, especially if you are planning on doing any night driving. I have a couple experiences in mind, that I'm glad I was armed (nothing happened, but shit coulda got ugly).

Thank you, very detailed. I will be packing my "Bad Dad driving bag" soon. I have 2 spares ready to go, plug kits, and the onbaord air compressor from Hornblasters to pump up the flats.

I will definitely do the spot checks this week, 64 degrees on Wednesday in January!!

And I will be doing mostly day driving, as I want to see as many sights as possible. I would definitely feel more comfortable being armed, but with tints, open headers, HID's, and other odds and ends, I am asking to get pulled over. I would be too paranoid carrying a gun (but my application for concealed carry is filed and should be approved within 120 days if nothing goes wrong!)

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The Castle Doctrine (also known as a Castle Law or a Defense of Habitation Law) is an American legal doctrine that designates a person's abode (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as a car or place of work) as a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and may in certain circumstances use force, up to and including deadly force, to defend against an intruder without becoming liable to prosecution.[1] Typically deadly force is considered justified, and a defense of justifiable homicide applicable, in cases "when the actor reasonably fears imminent peril of death or serious bodily harm to himself or another".[1] The doctrine is not a defined law that can be invoked, but a set of principles which is incorporated in some form in the law of most states.

Translation - you have the right to keep a firearm in your vehicle for protection just like it was your own home.
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Don't forget a couple of bottles of Tums to help with the aftermath of all the BBQ y'all are gonna chow down on.
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The Castle Doctrine (also known as a Castle Law or a Defense of Habitation Law) is an American legal doctrine that designates a person's abode (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as a car or place of work) as a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and may in certain circumstances use force, up to and including deadly force, to defend against an intruder without becoming liable to prosecution.[1] Typically deadly force is considered justified, and a defense of justifiable homicide applicable, in cases "when the actor reasonably fears imminent peril of death or serious bodily harm to himself or another".[1] The doctrine is not a defined law that can be invoked, but a set of principles which is incorporated in some form in the law of most states.

Translation - you have the right to keep a firearm in your vehicle for protection just like it was your own home.
Wow. Thank you.


And I will keep plenty of Tums.

Anyone have a recommendations of places I should stop or see while I am down there? I will pass through nashville, knoxville, and arkansas, and be staying in dallas. Sadly, 5 hours from the san antonio plant, I was hoping to visit it while I was down there.
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You should come down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras!!!! you want regret it ;

Haha. I am a huge Ravens fan and was hoping to leave a couple days earlier to stop by New Orleans for some superbowl tailgating. Tickets are too expensive but I would be content just tailgating in the lot.
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Haha. I am a huge Ravens fan and was hoping to leave a couple days earlier to stop by New Orleans for some superbowl tailgating. Tickets are too expensive but I would be content just tailgating in the lot.
Dude if you know anything about louisiana and football, you know we are the kings of tailgating to bad you couldnt make it, but Mardi gras is just as fun!
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lol. You can spend about 30 minutes on the internet and learn the laws of the states you will be driving through, as they pertain to transporting a firearm. You don't need a CWP just to transport a firearm in your car, and also to transport it from your car to your hotel room. Some states are more lenient than others, but as far as I know, all states fall under the federal "18 U.S.C. 926A - Interstate transportation of firearms", including Maryland, which means you can:

Q. Can I legally transport firearms interstate? (From the MD State Police)
A. Yes, under Title 18, Section 926A, of the United States Code, a person who is not prohibited
from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to
any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment. In the case the vehicle does not have a
compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked compartment other than the glove compartment or console.



Florida is a little lenient. You can keep a loaded gun in your center console, with the lid closed, or glovebox, etc., even without a CWP.
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lol. You can spend about 30 minutes on the internet and learn the laws of the states you will be driving through, as they pertain to transporting a firearm. You don't need a CWP just to transport a firearm in your car, and also to transport it from your car to your hotel room. Some states are more lenient than others, but as far as I know, all states fall under the federal "18 U.S.C. 926A - Interstate transportation of firearms", including Maryland, which means you can:

Q. Can I legally transport firearms interstate? (From the MD State Police)
A. Yes, under Title 18, Section 926A, of the United States Code, a person who is not prohibited
from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to
any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment. In the case the vehicle does not have a
compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked compartment other than the glove compartment or console.



Florida is a little lenient. You can keep a loaded gun in your center console, with the lid closed, or glovebox, etc., even without a CWP.


Thats pretty awesome. I will definitely consider it. I am only 22 so still learning the rules!
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I wouldn't test that theory in Maryland They do not recognize the castle doctrine

" *Right of Self-Defense: no NRA-model castle doctrine, duty to retreat in public areas"


Maryland is one of those states that is nearly "total prohibition" on firearms

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I wouldn't test that theory in Maryland They do not recognize the castle doctrine

" *Right of Self-Defense: no NRA-model castle doctrine, duty to retreat in public areas"


Maryland is one of those states that is nearly "total prohibition" on firearms

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Yeah it really does suck here. And the cops love to pull you over for the smallest things. My neighbor has a ticket for going 67MPH in a 65MPH zone. no joke. Yes, he won in court, but still, a cop really wrote a ticket for that.
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