2000 mile trip in Minnesota winter w/ baby in car. What to do to get Jeep ready? - JeepForum.com

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post #1 of 5 Old 11-12-2014, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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2000 mile trip in Minnesota winter w/ baby in car. What to do to get Jeep ready?

Hi all.

I have an XJ that I think is pretty well maintained (a big thanks to this forum for all the help so far) but I haven't put it through such a long trip before.

In December I will be taking my family (including a baby) from Denver to Minnesota and back. What are some things you do would do to the Jeep to ensure a successful trip?

I have relatively recently replaced or maintained the following:

Tires, spark park plugs and wires, brakes, front end suspension components, alignment, wipers, motor and transmission mounts, exhaust manifold, radiator flush, U-joints and transfer case fluids.

What other things would you suggest doing before the trip? I am thinking battery (mines about 4 years old and cranks a little slow at times) and possibly cleaning the NSS (it shows p0700 and p0705 codes pending, though no noticeable issues).

What would you suggest packing in the car in case of breakdown or other emergency?

Thanks for any and all help!

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-12-2014, 10:19 PM
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What is the freeze protection of the coolant???
5w-30 oil???
Do you have jumper cables???
Maybe road flares???
Snow shovel
Windshield scraper.
12v air pump.
Lock de-icer (doesn't do you any good to keep it in the car).
Spare tire in good condition & holding air. I like to put tubes into my spare tires.
Is your washer fluid rated to -30*F??? Make sure you pump the fluid to the nozzles so the lines don't freeze.
Hand warmers
Extra gloves & warm socks
Warm winter boots.
Granola bars / chocolate bars
Anything bottled (water, coke) left in the car will freeze, including lotion.
Depending on where you park & temperature, an electric battery blanket might be a good idea, or even a block heater. But, I think you won't need those.
Plan on afew car washes when temperature allows. Make sure to wipe door seals clean of water.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-14-2014, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, very helpful!
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-14-2014, 02:46 PM
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In addition to the stuff he posted, cat litter, fire starters, duct tape, u joints, spare rad hoses, zip ties, ect. I'd also pick up AAA service considering you've got a young kid with you. It's cheap and just worth having in general. Hell, they'll even put you up in a hotel if you need to put your car in a shop along the way or have it towed somewhere.

Originally Posted by Ron Swanson
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-14-2014, 08:25 PM
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AAA pays for itself the first time you need to use it. It's amazing. I also suggest rain-x. Love the stuff.

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