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Old 03-07-2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation Subaru Caravan FAQ: Read if driving in packs of 2 or more Subarus

Subaru Caravan FAQ

The primary purpose of this post is to educate n00bs on how to properly travel in small or large groups from short to long distances. This post is based on the experiences of the Hampton Roads Subaru Club in Norfolk/Viginia Beach, VA. Believe it or not, this FAQ really helps as we've had wonderful 4 hour trips and really crappy 5 mile trips that have been the genesis of this knowledge.

Is it possible to stay in one long line? No. Abandon all hope of staying in complete formation from start to finish and let all attendees know this. This will stop people from running red lights. Running red lights makes you look like you lack certain chromosomes and also generates tickets. Also let people know there is no need to redline clutch dump at every stop sign/light and 100 MPH through school zones in order to catch up. Stragglers will eventually catch up and if not, several smaller groups can be fun too!

What is the best lane of travel? The slow lane, without a doubt.

What about taking up two lanes? Generally bad ju-ju unless you are on a multi-lane highway. As a general rule of thumb, you can go two wide on a three lane road, three wide on a four lane road, etc. for short periods of time. But try to stay single file as much as possible to avoid the act and appearance of being a rolling roadblock.

What is the best speed for staying together as much as possible? The speed limit. Have the lead person set their cruise control for the speed limit and keep it there. When going the speed limit, this allows stragglers to go 5-15 over the speed limit to eventually catch up. While speeding is not cool, most people don't bat an eye at 5-15 over. As well, when going the speed limit, EVERYONE passes you and looks. After all, part of the journey's purpose is to front....so front!

Baring sticking to the speed limit, settle on a speed before hand. Also realize that some members may have lots of tickets, need new brake pads, are limping along on a tire with a screw in it, etc. Needless to say, it's best to cater your speed to the slowest guy. It's a trip and supposed to be fun for all so stow your GT30 turbo, Ohlin's suspension, and gummy bear tires for once and conform.

What about breaks? It's best to plan these out ahead of time. Use your state's DOT facilities as they off the best ingress and egress from the highway. For gas/food stops try to use large city areas for easiest access. Rural exits tend to have a limit selection and sometimes you find the "just off the highway Wendy's" is actually 5 miles away.

For unplanned breaks, it's nice for the lead car (AKA the rabbit) to have a cell phone so that they might lead the pack off the highway due to anyone's call. In lieu of a cell phone, the person who needs a break (AKA the turtle) can speed up, overtake the lead car, become the rabbit, and lead the group off the highway.

What should I do before getting into a caravan? Always arrive with a full tank of gas, drinks, snacks, cash, a pack of smokes/dip, or whatnot. No one wants to wait while you get gas and a ham sandwich. Show some respect you schmuck! You should also have a set of printed out directions in case you get lost from the pack.

What's the most important part of the caravan? Probably the pre-caravan driver's meeting. The should be held by the caravan organizer. The rules, route, stops, and etiquette should be explained. Let any MaD tYte JDM y0 street racer types know that you will not tolerate BOV popping, racing, weaving, or other asshattery. If they wish to do this, they are to leave early or late, but generally NOT be a part of the main group.

Other things to remember:

a. Have money for tolls if applicable in your area or on your trip. Yes, you have EZ Pass, but you will look cooler if you pay the 75 cents like everyone else.
b. Keep an eye out for flashing lights behind you. This may mean the Subaru owner behind you may want you to stop immediately.
c. Have fun. Schedule Indian Runs. An Indian Run is where the Turtle goes from the back of the pack, passes everyone, and becomes the Rabbit. It makes the time go by and you get to see/hear other cars from different angles. This is also the perfect opportunity for passengers to take pictures or for people to throw the shocker at each other.
d. Communication can be useful. Aside from the Rabbit having a cell phone as discussed, two way radios and CBs are other methods of passing information and time. When using two way radios it is always cool to say, "***KKKKKKKKRRRCK*** Hey, what's up!?! ***KKKKKKKKRRRCK***" with the KKKKKKKKRRRCK sound mimicing the static on/off sound of the mic keying even though microphones manufactured past 1957 no longer do this.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:40 PM   #2
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Wow...this one's a little different eh?
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:43 PM   #3
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Wow...this one's a little different eh?
yeah it is.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:44 PM   #4
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:48 PM   #5
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Its so sad that this stuff needs to be stated. But I guess this day in age common sense is lacking in a lot of people. Good post Unabomber. But you must be bored tonight.

Its kinda like the warnings on stuff like poptarts. WARNING FILLING MAY BE HOT!.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:51 PM   #6
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I would add the use of a CB radio. This stuffs truely great and makes the trip 10x better cause you are always in comm with everyone for incase something happens, you got people to talk to about stuff to pass the time, cheap and easy to setup. In tri-state there were about 15 of us for a charity drive for over 1000 miles- my first day I didn't have a CB radio(though I had an antenna) cause at our overnight stop someone lended me their spare one. Let me tell ya the trip was so awesomely better cause I had the CB. Now I bought and mounted my own CB radio to my car to talk with some friends who also have em as well as screwing around with truckers
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:52 PM   #7
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Nice FAQ, very well done

BTW, I think the word you wanted to use was 'egress' not 'outgress'.

And what's uncool about EZ-Pass?
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:53 PM   #8
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Now I bought and mounted my own CB radio to my car to talk with some friends who also have em as well as screwing around with truckers
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:55 PM   #9
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You are way too bored Ron
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:57 PM   #10
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Nice write up as usual. This faq should be linked to other car forums.
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:01 AM   #11
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Good write- up. This makes me wanna go to a local Suby meet... never been.
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:05 AM   #12
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Two-way radios make the trip much more interesting also. You can usually find a unoccupied channel to fill with idle chatter and omg, ***, roffle, etc.
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Two-way radios make the trip much more interesting also. You can usually find a unoccupied channel to fill with idle chatter and omg, ***, roffle, etc.

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Old 03-08-2006, 12:13 AM   #14
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never thought i would see a FAQ on this ... but it turned out nice good write up as usaul
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Ron returns and NASIOC gets another FAQ, yay!
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:17 AM   #16
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Nice FAQ. There's a caravan coming up in my area. I'll definitely send a link to this thread to the guy organizing it.

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Old 03-08-2006, 12:18 AM   #17
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Thanks folks. Actually a local guy wanted me to write this for an upcoming road trip up to an event at Mach V which is like 3-4 hours away.

I forgot about the two way radios and CBs. While we aren't CB material locally, we have had people with the 2 ways.

outgress??? What was I thinking?
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Wow it never ceases to amaze.....
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Heh heh, CB's are cool.

Nothin' screams Smokey and the Bandit like hearing, "Breaker Breaker one nine! We gotta Kojak with a Kodak at the big 207 on the northbound side."

Ahh, memories.

Better than any radar detector on the planet: the human eyeball 5 miles in front of you.

Good tips though, especially about not trying to keep the group in one huge rolling mass. I'm usually riding in groups of other motorcyclists, and it's a big no-no there to try to beat lights, speed, drive wrecklessly, etc in order to keep up with the group.
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Yeah 2-ways are a must
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Heh heh, CB's are cool.

Nothin' screams Smokey and the Bandit like hearing, "Breaker Breaker one nine! We gotta Kojak with a Kodak at the big 207 on the northbound side."
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That saved me from gettng caught doing 100 on a 65. That's partly the 2nd reason why I got it. Those truckers are so bored(as well as just letting others know cause they would do the same for him) they always broadcasting fuzz locations.
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haha!! Good one Ron. One thing to add is it might be fun to sneak something onto someone's car before everyone leaves. I got hit with tireflies for a drive up for autocross last year.
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"Indian Runs"...hadn't heard this in a long time. We had to do Indian Runs - actual running - in high school baseball practice.
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Asshatery.

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