USA Trip Planning Questions - (optimal road trip across the U.S)

Discussion in 'Americas' started by kiran, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. kiran

    kiran CommuTourer

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    I read there are disposal restrictions on the oil...will the shop take it back?
    We don't have any such but most mechanics have a drum to pour it into. I am told recyclers buy it from them.
    Yes :)
  2. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Wow , we are on it quick , like chat time , eh ?

    Correct on the laws regarding recycling .
    Certain states are quite strict on this .
    Understandably the garages etc will be loath to accept any cold oil that some guy comes to drop off because there is no way they can tell whatever contaminating chemicals , radioactivity and body parts might be in there. Certainly never leave a jug of old oil standing on their doorstep at night .
    The way to do it is to go in to a parts shop, garage or oil change place and ASK FIRST if they can sell you oil and will accept the old used oil and permit you to change it on their premises , or on the sand lot next door . Be polite about it and most will have no problem accepting the old oil because they know where it came from is your still warm engine.
    And , yup, the old oil gets recycled.It can be refined again , impurities removed , naughty molecules are re-educated, super new additives blended in and it can be sold again as perfectly good motor oil.
    Used oil is not garbage , it is another raw material . Think what crude oil looks like as it comes out of a well.
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  3. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Oil thread now!
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  4. kiran

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    NO, I am not going to ask "which oil" :lol3
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    strsout Banned Camp

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    But what would be the best oil for disposable? One that... Kkkkkk

    StrssOut
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  6. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Actually it's RECYCLE. It's pretty hard to 'dispose' of oil unless you burn it.
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    Dam English words...

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    Been in shops up here that do burn the waste oil for heat. Also the fishing fleet burns it.





    Charlie
  9. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Yep. I used to burn it in a heater I had in an auto paint shop I owned in the UK. I sold the shop to a friend of mine and he burned it down, true story!
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  10. kiran

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    How about following items (some I already have, some have to be bought on arrival)

    Puncture kit with pump
    http://www.stopngo.com/tubeless-puncture-pilot-for-motorcycles-scooters-atvs/ (kit with pump and plugs)

    Tent
    Coleman Sundome 2-Person Dome Tent
    OR suggest under USD 80

    Base tarp for tent bottom

    Mattress
    Camp Solutions Lightweight Self-Inflating Air Sleeping Pad

    Sleeping bag
    (Already have)

    Drinking water tank
    Platypus Platy 6L Water Tank

    Tent light
    MPOWERD Luci Solar Chargeable Lantern,One Size,Clear by MPOWERD
    (I have one headlamp with me already)

    Utensils
    Rugged 1-Person Mess Kit (May cook omelettes, instant noodles or rice once in a while. These are non-stick coated)
    Thermos (already have, to store milk for maybe two days)

    Stove (one of the following)
    MSR PocketRocket Backpacking Stove
    MSR MicroRocket Stove
    Snow Peak LiteMax Stove

    Accessories
    Coleman Folding Shovel (really needed?)

    First aid kit
    Johnson & Johnson Red Cross - Portable Travel First Aid Kit, 70 Pieces, Plastic Case
  11. DaMonk45

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    Shovel is not needed.
    the rest sounds reasonable.
    If you find a REI they will rent what ever you need, but I dont now about long term.

    Are you planning on cooking or not?
    If yes then spend the money on the stoves and cooking stuff.
    If maybe....then skipt the stove? charcole or a camp fire?
    If no...dont waste the money

    This is all a personal choice that only you can answer.
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  13. kiran

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    Not full cooking...simple meals when I feel or away from a diner.

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  15. Sjoerd Bakker

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    By googling your tent choice I see that Walmart already sells that below $ 80 ( plus tax) Not bad . They usually have another brand at lower price yet , especially when on sale ( sorry on " roll back pricing" )
    Either one will do for a few summer months of use. ANY tent will do. Check Sears K Mart and Target also .I used a $30 Sears Hillary tent for many seasons until the zipper gave up .

    Be warned that the tent fly or cover they show with it does not prevent rain from striking the tent sides and inevitably that will cause leaking into the tent at the floor seam. Perhaps buy a sheet of really thin plastic to add water protection on the windward side if rain is imminent Or decide to motel it if it is a sure bet to rain.
    Ground sheet can be bought as plastic off a roll cut you your size requirements .
    When on the bike do not store the tenting a waterproof bag , just allow it to air out .
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  16. kiran

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    I am comparing on both walmart and target (I can use the target prepaid coupon that I saved from March trip). Any site that sells with 0 or lesser shipping wins :)
    tarp ground sheet I will get too.
    I generally skim through few "top 10/recommended" articles on google and also "what to look for/what to avoid" before buying anything. Cant do without google.
  17. TUCKERS

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    What they said....plus know the self inflating mattress doesn't self inflate. We use a 12v pump. You can get a tent and mattress from Big 5 or Walmart.
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  18. kiran

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    I registered as volunteer to attend "Celebrate BMW" event on Friday, August 19, 2016 (Monterey, California) (https://www.bmwcca.org/celebratebmw)
    Hoping to hear back from them :) This might call for some rerouting but would be worth it :) Perhaps can meet some of you or other ADVers there.
  19. kiran

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    Hope there are no restrictions on using adv stickers.

    I just gave for printing with my username and memberlink inside logo.

    Attached Files:

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  20. kiran

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    @james, I have got paper contact cards made too as you mentioned earlier. I have seen an indian tourer sharing stickers to promote his "club" but I would use cards since its easier to write on the back if needed :)
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