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Old 03-08-2006, 10:01 PM   #26
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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.
Did I catch a Niner in there? Are you talking on a walkie talkie?
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:57 PM   #27
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Did I catch a Niner in there? Are you talking on a walkie talkie?


Very random FAQ but a good one
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Old 03-09-2006, 01:30 AM   #28
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Wow...this one's a little different eh?
Have you sobered up since you got back????? Ron you have tooooo much time on your hands.
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:23 AM   #29
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good info on caravanning.
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:52 AM   #30
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I don't know about you guys...but this should be sticked or put in a spot where the NOOBS and semi-noobs can easily access it. Since, everyone and there mama does a search before asking questions....

Btw, Unabomber, i enjoyed this one much. Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2006, 03:16 AM   #31
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excellent addition to the FAQ collection. i can not stress enoug how important communication is within the caravan. Subaru Queens Club and the annual 48 Hours TriState Charity Drive have used FRS Radios and CBs with excellent success.

I would also recomend that the primary route to the destination be planned and written down, and possibly maps given to a participants before departing. Also keeping an ear to the stations which have regular traffic reports would be useful.

Emergency supplies like water and other mechanical fluids should be present in the caravan and possibly a full jack and set of tools. over looking the little things are usually what causes tons of headaches
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:34 AM   #32
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Emergency supplies like water and other mechanical fluids should be present in the caravan and possibly a full jack and set of tools. over looking the little things are usually what causes tons of headaches
the jack and tools are an excelent suggestions...its a good thing to be prepared for anything.
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Old 03-10-2006, 09:35 AM   #33
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I would add something to the distances between cars. While I agree that no one should run red lights all to often i have been the victim of the slow guy in them iddle of the pack, you know the guy who waits until the car in front of him is 4 car lengths ahead before even pushing the shifter into 1st? It helps to tell people to stay 3 CL behind on city streets an no more than 6-8 on the freeway just for consitency.
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Old 03-10-2006, 01:35 PM   #34
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b. Keep an eye out for flashing lights behind you. This may mean the Subaru owner behind you may want you to stop immediately.
It MIGHT mean that...





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Old 03-13-2006, 09:27 PM   #35
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Most excellent!
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:09 PM   #36
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you know unabomber its 3 am here and ive been up to my nose in ecu programming crap and that genuinely made me smile!
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:15 PM   #37
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Unabomber, at this point I think it would be pretty safe to quit your day job...

I opened this thinking to myself, "what in the world is this going to be about?"

Now we just need the accompanying Davenow parrot-y thread!!

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Old 03-14-2006, 03:14 AM   #38
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Great job as always!

have a couple other notes to suggest be added.

On long caravans, have a suggested maximum length of line with out a break. If your in an area where people need to pull off at highway exits etc. Leave a passing break every 5 -10 cars that is long enough that the average driver will be comfortable ducking into the line to exit, or hop scotching down the line, if you are on a 2 lane road where others must pass into oncoming traffic.

I would also suggest that 1 or 2 members who are mechanically adept and have tools with them be named as the "clean up" or "drag" drivers that are always at the back of the pack to pickup any sudden problems. Occasionally someone will suddenly pull off due to a flat tire etc. and every one blows by thinking they are stopping to dig through the cooler for a cold soda and leaves them behind.

Have a standard signal for "I need to pull off", as you mentioned head light flashes normally work well for this if folks are paying attention.

A good following distance on the highway is 2-3 seconds behind the car in front of you with a break of about 5 seconds every 5-10 cars for other drivers to duck into to pull off the road or exit. If you watch your mirrors for other traffic and make life easy for other drivers you will go a long way toward creating a good view of import drivers with the general public --- that is something we very definitely need to work on as a community !!!

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Old 03-14-2006, 08:46 AM   #39
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You're confusing the Brits!!! - In England a Caravan is an RV. I can hear them saying "What's this then? Subaru's making a Caravan?"

But seriously, I've been part of many Subaru cruises and drives. Two-way radios are a must if you want to keep everyone together. For longer drives route instructions are also necessary and for that I have two recommendations. First, the organizer should drive the route at least once to verify all the instructions, particularly if you're using back roads, because using online or GPS instructions can be misleading. Road names will be different, changes to intersections can happen, construction might send you on a detour, bridges might be out and so on. And second, if you're using cumulative distances in the instructions be sure to include an odo check at the beginning. A 1% difference in two peoples odo's will result in a 1 mile difference after 100 miles.
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:10 AM   #40
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good guide, some useful info there
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:32 AM   #41
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Great writeup man! Beautiful and thoughtful as always!!!

Might want to add a line about 'I gotta take a piss'. Many people forget about that, and, it's best to identify the small bladders early before you leave.

I might suggest a pickle jar.

Another thing is a OBD2 scanner. I've thrown some codes, and it's nice to have one in the group.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:21 AM   #42
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who all has Nextel/boost phones besides me? it'll be a good idea to swap chirp numbers for some of us that don't have CBs.
other than that you guys are great, planning everthing out and doing risk assesments so everyone can enjoy a great saturday drive to Mach V....
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Old 03-21-2006, 02:33 AM   #43
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Subaru Caravan FAQ

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.



/\ Damn important.

Nothing is a worse buzzkill than some some high matinence person holding up the group to hit the ATM. Dont be that guy.
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:55 AM   #44
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who all has Nextel/boost phones besides me? it'll be a good idea to swap chirp numbers for some of us that don't have CBs.
other than that you guys are great, planning everthing out and doing risk assesments so everyone can enjoy a great saturday drive to Mach V....
2-way radios are a lot more universal, and don't require people to have Nextel
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:30 AM   #45
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Sorta makes me want to put together a local run.
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:57 AM   #46
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Every club just needs to print this out and hand it to its members before a drive. Sad, but some people have no common sense.
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Old 03-21-2006, 03:59 PM   #47
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caravans are too fun
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Old 03-21-2006, 04:21 PM   #48
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Wow...this one's a little different eh?
indeed
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Old 03-21-2006, 04:27 PM   #49
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Niiiiiiiice. I like the part about the speed limit. It seems like even some old-school tri-staters don't follow that one. :/
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Old 04-30-2006, 08:04 PM   #50
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Default ct caravan

sounds like fun
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