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Road Trips and that "dry heat"
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Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 05:51 PM
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Having just read about successful trips to work in bajas(?!), I gotta wonder and ask....Has anybody made a road trip in their baja? Or heck, any aircooled VW for that matter? By road trip I mean more than 200 miles each way. Geez we all know just crisscrossing the metro Phx area can constitute a 100 mile round trip, I'm talking about pack a bag and go!
How about it gearheads? How much allegiance do you have to that Krautwagen?
Oh and btw....who's gonna drive theirs all summer long in Phoenix? No a/c, furnace blast thru the windows, sweat off 5 pounds at each red light? HMMM?????
You guys gotta be tougher than this old fart! Let's hear your tales, then I'll tell you my longer road trip stories(you knew I would. just like weird Uncle Al and his deformed appendix operation story). :P[b]


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You read about my longest road trip already. I plan to do it again, as long as the VW will have me.

Gotta wonder about the gas gauge though.


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Post Post subject: Re: Road Trips and that "dry heat"
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I'd like to take mine on some of the Great Western Trail. Nice slow speed cruising through the desert and mountains...


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Post Post subject: Re: Road Trips and that "dry heat"
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I'd like to take mine on some of the Great Western Trail. Nice slow speed cruising through the desert and mountains...

Where is that?


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Post Post subject: Re: Road Trips and that "dry heat"
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I'd like to take mine on some of the Great Western Trail. Nice slow speed cruising through the desert and mountains...

Where is that?

Well, it runs north/south through most of AZ right now. The ultimate plan for it is that it will span all the way from the US/Mexico border in AZ, up through Utah, Wyoming and Montana and end at the US/Canadian border. There are portions of it that are blacktop, but they are trying to limit that and make it as much dirt/backroad as possible. I think it'd be the trip of a lifetime sometime...

Looks like Bulldog Canyon is part of it...

Click here to check it out


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Post Post subject: Re: Road Trips and that "dry heat"
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I've run my '66 to tucson and back, about 200 miles round trip. I've also flat towed it to Yuma once, and driven it to Yuma twice. Only towed it the first time because I had just replaced the transmission and wasn't 100% confident in my skill at that point. :)These were all October/November timeframe, so the weather was nice.

Took it to Casa Grande in mid July. Not so nice, but never got it over 220 F either way on that trip so I was pretty happy. The worst one was driving to Sierra Vista, which is about 200(?) miles each way. In July, at night, in a sandstorm. that flat-out sucked arse. hot, sticky, and forced to drive for 45 minutes with the windows up and a snail's pace.

A Cooler full of water and gatorade and some sunscreen for the summer and it's all good. I'll drive it when looking fresh isn't important at the other end. (IE I can't take it to work in teh summer because my customers just wouldn't understand)


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I've taken my Baja to Crown King, Safford and Tucson many times. My street car is my only daily driver and my Baja was my only Daily driver for the last ten years, so the heat isn't a big deal.

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Post Post subject: Re: Road Trips and that "dry heat"
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My last baja was my daily driver for seven years. I have also driven to mexico with mine. My comute was an hour each way. What I did was have a cooler with cold drinks in it to drive home in the 110 heat.

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Not bad, at least you don't park 'em when it hits 100 and never leave the hood. Fatal, Sierra Vista(that's me)is about 235 to the deck park tunnel, not sure about east valley, I was a central Phoenix guy. Beautiful down here, usually about 10-15 days a year that hit 100. But I miss the citylife.

Ok guys, they CAN be driven long distances and until you do, well you just are missing out on a adventure! Here's my lifetime standouts...

Denver to Kansas City, 1970 in a 68 bug with less than 15,000 miles at the start. My 4 month college adventure....by Fall break it had 30,000 miles, peace symbols on the windows and hood, "Pax" painted on it, "Ecology Now!" stickers(you really think this global warming crap is new?)

Denver to Northeast Oklahoma and back circa 73 in a 71 super(bright red, chrome yellow wheels and 2 gigungous driving lites on the bumper)

Denver to Phx and back 1985...69 baja,cut turned,one pc front end,big and little white spokes, T3 dual carb engine. Cruised up hiway 666 at 90.
Same trip again early '86 in a 62 Riviera Camper. much more comfortable.

Phx to Boise '88...65 baja, widened front end, 6 point cage, solid mounts and tril mil without baffle. What's that? can't hear you.

Boise to Phx '89...66 panel bus. cold, cold cold.

and alot of 200-300 mile each way trips all over Colorado and Arizona. Plus daily driver 66 bug and 70 bus for almost 4 years in Phoenix. The 66 had no roof. Ever sat thru every damn signal on Grand Avenue in August, before the overpasses? I put about 40,000 on the 66 bug. Went volksrod style in early '92, primer,no fenders,red suspension, yellow wheels with trim rings, dumped in front. Last seen about 2 years after I sold it in Ecology with every panel kicked in and stripped.

Drive those vw's guys. You become one with the car and it will talk to you. Now you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, old and nuts.....but I've really felt that at times with some of 'em. Exclamation


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Post Post subject: Re: Road Trips and that "dry heat"
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ive been driven mine every day for the past week or so not a problem yet (yet being a key word) but it still chuggin along


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I drive mine up to forest lakes on the rim loaded down with camping gear and coolers all the time. it would be nice to have a big az baja camping trip. I know some awsome back country camping spots that could hold 10 or fifteen cars. Plus there are lots of cool forest roads


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I drive mine up to forest lakes on the rim loaded down with camping gear and coolers all the time. it would be nice to have a big az baja camping trip. I know some awsome back country camping spots that could hold 10 or fifteen cars. Plus there are lots of cool forest roads

That's what I have planned for mine this summer- baja-ing in the pines!

Except I'm a puss and I'm going to haul it up there in the back of my toyhauler. Rolling Eyes Tony don't tent camp no mo'- got too much $$$ invested in an RV that doesn't get used NEARLY enough...


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well let us know when you go and maybe we can plan somthing


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I drove my 72 baja bus from Flagstaff to Payson and back. I drove my 72 baja bug from Flagstaff to Phx and back, in August. Hot, but rememberable. I drove my 72 superbeetle to Phx from Flagstaff twice, No problems on either.


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I have driven frome here to vegas for a car show. long trip and 55mph. Also have driven the car for over 10 years as my daily driver summer winter fall and spring. Now I with the babys I have cars with A/C so the Baja see a lot less road time during the summer. HotBox or Ice Box???? What do you think I might drive Smile


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