Job relocation has wifey and I heading to Colorado. We will be departing Jan 1st from Orlando, FL. I've got a ton of questions. I'll try to be short yet informative.
Vehicle: 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 5.7L V8 4x4. Bed has a tonneau cover.
New Tires: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV's (studded)
Oil Change: Adding 0W-20 - But I have a question here associated with the route we take.
Passangers: Wife, myself and our 4 year old Lab.
The current plan is to drive from Orlando to Dallas. Google shows approximately 15 hours.
Dallas to Santa Fe, NM.
Santa Fe to Denver.
If we make it to Dallas straight, we'll be there a total of 3 nights. One night in Santa Fe. That's really the only resting.
I don't know how to drive in snow or icy conditions. I've done it many years ago... from San Francisco to St. Louis traveling across Northern Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Nebraska. All during winter. Stuck in Sierra Nevada, caught in a blizzard outside Cheyenne, and onward through Nebraska. I told myself no snow ever again. lol.
I will practice in empty parking lot once I'm in snow.
I'm from Southern California. We drove out to FL in November 2013. AZ, NM, TX, LA, FL. Mostly I-10 if I recall. I don't want to go that route again...
Advised to hang a right in Mobile, AL to cut time.
Here are some questions:
Any better route suggestions?
I bought winter tires for fear of ice. Never lived in a place where it snows. So, no idea how much snow/ice I'll be experiencing while living in Denver.
Any insight as to what kind of weather I may experience cutting through Alabama towards Dallas?
Perhaps my winter tires are overkill?
Is my 15 hour power drive a bad idea?
The hope is to depart at 2AM, driving FL is a breeze. I'd rather pass it in the night/early hours than see it again. lol. Sun should be up by the time we get to AL.
My owners manual says to use 0W-20 viscosity for winter temps. I'm not sure my dealer here in FL will have 0W-20, but I'll ask.
Do you think its necessary for the FL to Dallas, to Santa Fe portion of this trip?
The big question:
What gear should I have?
Prestone De-Icing wiper fluid
Fuel line de-icer
case of 0.5L water bottles
Any suggestions on what I'm missing?
We have AAA, full roadside service plan w/Toyota as well.
Survival gear in our packs. Water purifier, fire starters, 3 season tent, winter sleeping bags, etc.
We'll bring food of course...
Perhaps I'm over analyzing... But, I'd greatly appreciate some advice.