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Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BL00DLUST » Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:30 am

I know, I know. I waited until the last minute to ask, but I was wondering if anyone had some solid advice for someone fairly new to all of this?

Ten years or so ago, I watched an MTV special on the AKA Rally and thought it would be a fun idea. Anyway, fast forward to 2012, and actually having a vehicle that can make this kind of trek, I'm still a bit shaky about a few things.


So, I was wondering if anyone had any tips on what to pack, other than clothing etc, estimated costs, or anything else you may find useful.

Any ideas will help.

Really, really, really looking forward to meeting all of you. I'll be the guy in the slow V6 mustang...you know, like your baby sister has. ;)
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by FlaHP » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:30 pm

About $1500 total for trip for everything and not stressing over money.

Some of us in tempormental rides take a lot of tools but sounds like your more reliable so a small kit would be ok

Extra water, oil, tranny fluid if auto maybe

Some kind of GPS or smart phone

We never use our paper maps.

Cooler

Radar detector if ya have one

Galss cleaner and quick detailer. Rags and paper towels
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Unread post by BL00DLUST » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:35 pm

THANKS!

I budgeted about that, with a little extra for extras. Glad to see fuel costs going down a bit, and with the 3.7 mileage.

A cooler and snacks is a must, I'd assume, as well as a few quarts of this or that for the engine. The detailer and rags is a smart idea, although my car really isn't in "show" condition, anyway. Too many nicks in the paint...and the lovely body shop guys left spiders and swirls all over it with their exceptional buffing skills. 2012 car...and the body shop has seen in three times. Bad Omen?

We're going to have a small laptop, and Galaxy SII phone, and a regular GPS on hand, as well.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Team Jolly Roger » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:18 pm

2Way radios are nice to have also to keep in touch with other drivers.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by FlaHP » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:25 pm

Add flash light

Packing stuff now so list keeps changing lol
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Unread post by voodoo g8gt » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:38 pm

Duct Tape, you just never know; leaky hose or navigator that wont shut up. lol Digital camera is a must. 5-hr energy drink. A pillow, dry towel for a rainy day of getting in and out of car. Some of us have CBs hooked up, just fun to listen to truckers as you drive by and they talk about us.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BL00DLUST » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:51 pm

Was thinking about radios or a CB, but it may be out of the budget at the moment.

Duct tape is a great idea...but I have quite a few gags (my co-pilot and I are into the fetish scene) to use or loan out. ;)

I practically live on Rockstar Recovery energy drinks, so that's taken care of.

I would have forgotten a flashlight! Thanks!
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by daleclough » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:06 pm

SLIME tire inflation kit or small 12V air compressor.

Make sure your spare is inflated. Make sure your jack works. Check your lug nuts to be sure they are 1. tight and 2. not over-tight so much that you can't get them off if needed.

SKYPE account to chat with the baby at home (wait, that's on my list)...

Bring an open mind. There are folks from all walks of life who enjoy a common thread.

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Teamfortwo » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:57 pm

So your saying I need duct tape, rope, a box cutter and a fold up shovel? :D

What else special for that list?

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by voodoo g8gt » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:25 pm

I think that will pretty much fill up all your space.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Teamfortwo » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:40 pm

I was going to bring an extra pair of underwear. Turn them inside out everyday then the extra day I'll just wash them in the hotel sink the last day.

I was thinking about shaving my back the day before I leave so that will add a bit of space to the car too.

Real list:

small tool kit
a few detailing items
smartphone
standalone GPS
camera w/photo printer
toiletries
some clean clothes
............and a sense of humor
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by voodoo g8gt » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:51 pm

Teamfortwo wrote:I was going to bring an extra pair of underwear. Turn them inside out everyday then the extra day I'll just wash them in the hotel sink the last day.

I was thinking about shaving my back the day before I leave so that will add a bit of space to the car too.

Real list:

small tool kit
a few detailing items
smartphone
standalone GPS
camera w/photo printer
toiletries
some clean clothes
............and a sense of humor
No radar Detector? lol
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Teamfortwo » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:34 pm

voodoo g8gt wrote:
No radar Detector? lol
All I have to do is deny and blame everyone else around me because there is no way my car could go over 55mph. :)

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Red Bearded Goat » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:00 pm

voodoo g8gt wrote: Digital camera is a must.
With time/date stamp.....
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by HANKWVUGTO » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:22 am

Bringing a sense of direction could be useful as well............

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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BTR-75 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:54 am

My list, more or less..

 Wallet and cash
 Credit cards (plus of phone numbers)
 Driver's license
 Car registration & insurance
 Car keys (plus duplicate set for Navigator)
 Eye glasses
 Contact lenses (plus extra sets)
 Sunglasses (regular & prescription)
 Tools, jumper cables & fix-a-flat
 GPS & Rand McNally Atlas (just in case)
 Medical insurance cards
 Prescriptions and other medications
 Cell phones (and chargers)
 Hotel Reservation confirmations
 Digital & Video Camera (and chargers)
 Tablet and/or Laptop (and chargers)
 Tripod
 Maglight & Mini-Mag Flashlight
 Umbrella and ponchos
 Plastic bags for wet items
 Disposable wipes
 Pocketknife / Gerber
 First-aid kit (including aspirin, cough drops, tums, etc.)
 Snacks/gum
 Water
 Cooler for beverages
 Paper, markers, highlighters
 Clipboard
 Post-it Notes
 Snacks in small zippered plastic bags
 Gatorade (large mouth bottles)
 Spare shoes
 Paper Towels
 Car Care Kit
 Chairs
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by gbeck » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:28 am

I'm really glad you started this post. As another noob it's great to pick up tips from those that have been there.

BTW, I like Terlingua decal!
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Unread post by BL00DLUST » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:58 am

gbeck wrote:I'm really glad you started this post. As another noob it's great to pick up tips from those that have been there.

BTW, I like Terlingua decal!
Picked that up right before they killed the program! I don't have a Terlingua car, because now it's the GTS, which I like less.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Red Bearded Goat » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:43 am

BTR-75 wrote:My list, more or less..


 Driver's license
 Car registration & insurance
Also... in addition to the originals, make a copy of all including your navigators drivers license on 1 sheet of paper for Monday's 3-6 registration. Beyond that, great list!!
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BartsGoat » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:23 pm

Do we need Zombie Survival gear for Florida now..........

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Unread post by FlaHP » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:00 pm

BartsGoat wrote:Do we need Zombie Survival gear for Florida now..........
Florida boys love there guns way too much. They won't last long here
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FlaHP wrote:
BartsGoat wrote:Do we need Zombie Survival gear for Florida now..........
Florida boys love there guns way too much. They won't last long here
Team Tallahassee is prepared.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Nightmare » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:12 am

Every rally that I have done brings up different challenges. Here is what we are bringing on this trip....

1. No less than $1500 (that is about what the rally cost us last year with replacing the clutch)

2. hand held walkie talkie.....usually about 25-50 bucks depending on the quality....Robby "team Camaro" and I went in together on a set 2 years ago, and that is a way to cut costs.

3. Clothes (Shelby is bringing two outfits for each day, I am bringing just one extra)

4) Tools (like a small tool kit with sockets, needle nose, alan wrenches, regular wrenches, electrical tape, and an adjustable wrench)

5) Jack stands- we lent ours to one of the teams last year who was having issues before the Rally even started

6) floor Jack (see above)

7) a good radar detector

8) GPS

9) cell phone with some kind of internet access

10) Computer

11) cooler

12) camera

13) video camera

14) sunglasses

That is all I can think of at this time.....Most importantly, have fun.....A lot of rallying is being able to wing it, as you can only plan for so much, as I found out!
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by BTR-75 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:39 am

How well does your hand-held cb work and what kind is it?

My Dad can lend me his cb, but I'm debating getting a hand-held just for ease of use.
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Re: Advice for a newbie?

Unread post by Teamfortwo » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:32 pm

BTR-75 wrote:How well does your hand-held cb work and what kind is it?

My Dad can lend me his cb, but I'm debating getting a hand-held just for ease of use.
+1. What he said. I've been looking at handhelds but nothing seemed like a good quality.

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