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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdcleary View Post
    Any hotels in Albuquerque with charging capabilities?

    My wife and I are traveling from AR to AZ via I-40 April 2 - April 4 and without superchargers this might lead to long days with slow charging. Hopefully we can find a Tesla owner around OK City with a HPWC but don't think we can find any in Texas off I-40. We did find some RV spots with the NEMA 14-50 (28 mph) through Texas and eastern NM. Our hope is to be in Albuquerque on Wednesday night, April 3rd and hope to find an overnight hotel with some charging capability.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    I do not know of any hotels with EV support, but I would be happy to provide you access to my HPWC (80A) to help you on your way. I'm only a couple miles from I-40 on the eastside of Albuquerque. This would put you 154mi from Gallup SC. PM me if this would useful, and we will work out the details.

    Happy travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdcleary View Post
    Any hotels in Albuquerque with charging capabilities?

    My wife and I are traveling from AR to AZ via I-40 April 2 - April 4 and without superchargers this might lead to long days with slow charging. Hopefully we can find a Tesla owner around OK City with a HPWC but don't think we can find any in Texas off I-40. We did find some RV spots with the NEMA 14-50 (28 mph) through Texas and eastern NM. Our hope is to be in Albuquerque on Wednesday night, April 3rd and hope to find an overnight hotel with some charging capability.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    A quick Google map check indicates about 763 miles distance, which you could cover in about 2 days to Albuquerque.
    Without Superchargers, you will need at least one overnight.
    You did not state, but I made calculations based on an 85 kWh battery pack.
    If you have twin chargers and an 85 and you locate a willing owner with a HWPC in OKC, this is a much easier trip, at least on Day One.
    Should you have a S 60, you will need to scrap the following and start all over.
    Below is only one Option for your itinerary:

    OKC is about 224 miles from Bella Vista, and you could make it with a full range charge, should you choose to drive effectively (read slowly ~61 mph to 58 mph).
    There is a KOA just East of OKC, and maybe grab a signifiant day charge there (park fully re-opens Mar. 15, limited services Dec. 1- Mar. 15.)
    (800) 562-5076, koa.com/camp/oklahoma-city
    and continue on.
    They should have a 14-50 outlet available for you to charge at.
    If you are able to get a full charge rate @ 28 miles per hour, you need to have at least (my suggestion) 215 miles of range before you leave, so plan on a minimum 6 1/2 hours of charging, probably 7 hours.

    A couple of quick tips:
    The more range in your battery vs the amount of distance you need to cover, the faster you can drive.
    The faster you drive, the quicker you use the range in your battery.
    If you drive fast at the beginning of each leg, you may have anxious moments near the end.
    Please take a couple of minutes (hours) to read others and their views on distance covered and range.
    Keep in mind, most of them are traveling with the aid of Superchargers, so reality dictates you drive like you really need every kWh in your battery, because you do.
    Once it is gone, it is only available at the next (slower-rate) charge station (14-50 outlet).
    If you drive effectively at the beginning of a leg, and feel you have extra range toward the end of a leg, and traffic conditions, etc. permit, go for it.
    Superchargers will spoil you from driving effectively.
    Until SpC are ALWAYS at your next intermediate stop, probably better to just drive effectively.

    If you become a member at KOA and Good Sam (there is a nominal fee), you will get a discount at all other same brand RV parks.
    Might not make much difference if you only charge, but it certainly makes a difference if you spend the night in one of their Kabins.


    Shamrock, TX is about 166 miles further.
    There is a Good Sam's RV park there to charge your car overnight using a 14-50 outlet, and lots of Motels/hotels (I counted at least 10) to choose from for you to spend the night.
    West 40 RV Park in Shamrock: (806) 256-3719
    norbschlegel@hotmail.com


    Day One total: 390 miles

    Charge all night, awake to a full range charge ~ 265 miles of range.

    Next morning, drive to Tucumcari, NM 206 miles away.
    Surprise, there is both a KOA and a Good Sam RV Park there, so take your pick:
    KOA: (800) 562-1871
    Good Sam: (575) 461-9628
    Again, you will need at least 7 hours charging, probably a bit more due to the mountains in New Mexico.
    And mountains/terrain eat range.

    Albuquerque is 173 miles further down the road.

    Day Two total: 379 miles

    Overnight in ABQ.
    Once in Albuquerque you can probably start being within range of Superchargers (Gallup, NM is soon to be open) and make some serious miles happen as you travel on to AZ.

    Hope (you have an 85 and) the above is helpful.
    Good luck.

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    Since SE NM is going to be in a Supercharger desert for a few more years I'm looking into installing HPWCs or equivalent in Capitan and Carlsbad. Please PM me if you're interested in assisting. I have a HPWC in Eunice I'm more than happy to allow anyone to use so this would enable travel between ABQ and Midland/Odessa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdcleary View Post
    Any hotels in Albuquerque with charging capabilities?

    My wife and I are traveling from AR to AZ via I-40 April 2 - April 4 and without superchargers this might lead to long days with slow charging. Hopefully we can find a Tesla owner around OK City with a HPWC but don't think we can find any in Texas off I-40. We did find some RV spots with the NEMA 14-50 (28 mph) through Texas and eastern NM. Our hope is to be in Albuquerque on Wednesday night, April 3rd and hope to find an overnight hotel with some charging capability.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Remember with the 5.8.4 firmware update, you are NOT guaranteed that the 14-50 at any RV park will pull 40 amps. My most recent experience was that it was throttled back to 30 amps. Not a problem if time is not an issue.
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    PLEASE NOTE: these musings are the copyrighted intellectual property of the author, and are intended as part of a conversation among the Tesla Motors Clubs membership. My words may not be quoted by any third party outside the Tesla Motors Clubs forums, without my expressed consent. Especially the NYT, which is clearly ethically challenged.

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    Hi everyone,

    I finalized an order for a black S85 for my wife on Jan 12 with an anticipated delivery of mid-March. I'm wondering if any of you have had a film protector (such as XPEL) or Opti Coat put on your car. I've never had either done and want to try to find someone with experience with a Model S.

    Also, any idea on when the service center will be opening? It has been "opening soon" since July now.

    Thanks for your help.
    Jorge

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    Quote Originally Posted by JorgeNM View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I finalized an order for a black S85 for my wife on Jan 12 with an anticipated delivery of mid-March. I'm wondering if any of you have had a film protector (such as XPEL) or Opti Coat put on your car. I've never had either done and want to try to find someone with experience with a Model S.

    Also, any idea on when the service center will be opening? It has been "opening soon" since July now.

    Thanks for your help.
    Jorge
    Congrats and welcome to the family .

    I had XPEL Ultimate installed on it as soon as I received it in December.

    Since I plan on many a road trips I wanted as much paint protection as I could get, so I had the following kits installed:
    * Hood, Fender and Mirror Kit
    * Bumper Kit
    * Luggage Area Kit
    * A-Pillar and Roof Kit
    * Rocker Panel Kit

    Kit Details

    I wanted to get the full hood kit installed but the installer didn't have a plotter that could handle our hood size. The install went well. The only challenging area for them was the nose of the car.

    As far as when the ABQ SC will open is still a mystery. When I asked ownership back in December, I was told we will get on this year. But I'm not holding my breath. For now all of our servicing is handled by the Denver SC. I've not needed any service yet, but the interactions with the staff in Denver has been satisfactory in answering my questions and helping with setup of Homelink, Wifi, and remote access.



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    I can vouch for the challenges of charging in Albuquerque so far. The Sacred Power gate was closed on the weekend when I got there and the other Chargepoint station in downtown shut off mysteriously shortly after it began charging. My attempts to restart it were unsuccessful on either plug. The local Nissan dealer refused my request to use their charger, so I ended up limping along with 120 volt charging at my hotel and the good graces of a Tesla owner in the northern part of town to help me charge up enough to get back to Durango. Plugshare does list a few other options north of I-40 that were promising if you're in that part of town. Here's hoping Tesla opens a service center there soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjc9er View Post
    I can vouch for the challenges of charging in Albuquerque so far. The Sacred Power gate was closed on the weekend when I got there and the other Chargepoint station in downtown shut off mysteriously shortly after it began charging. My attempts to restart it were unsuccessful on either plug. The local Nissan dealer refused my request to use their charger, so I ended up limping along with 120 volt charging at my hotel and the good graces of a Tesla owner in the northern part of town to help me charge up enough to get back to Durango. Plugshare does list a few other options north of I-40 that were promising if you're in that part of town. Here's hoping Tesla opens a service center there soon!
    When we stopped by Sacred Power last June, we couldn't get in at night and had to stop by the next morning. Frustrating, but walking around old town Albuquerque was pretty nice!

    The folks at Sacred Power were very nice though. They gave us a tour of their plant!

    There was someone in town listing a Roadster HPWC on Plug Share, but they were doing construction on their driveway so no luck either. Some businesses around town there should put in more L2 chargers! Maybe an S HPWC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkut View Post
    Congrats and welcome to the family .

    I had XPEL Ultimate installed on it as soon as I received it in December.

    Since I plan on many a road trips I wanted as much paint protection as I could get, so I had the following kits installed:
    * Hood, Fender and Mirror Kit
    * Bumper Kit
    * Luggage Area Kit
    * A-Pillar and Roof Kit
    * Rocker Panel Kit

    Kit Details

    I wanted to get the full hood kit installed but the installer didn't have a plotter that could handle our hood size. The install went well. The only challenging area for them was the nose of the car.

    As far as when the ABQ SC will open is still a mystery. When I asked ownership back in December, I was told we will get on this year. But I'm not holding my breath. For now all of our servicing is handled by the Denver SC. I've not needed any service yet, but the interactions with the staff in Denver has been satisfactory in answering my questions and helping with setup of Homelink, Wifi, and remote access.



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    Thanks for the information. I didn't realize you could look up prices for the pre-cut kits. It's very helpful for planning purposes. Can you share who your installer was? I'd like to go with someone who has experience with Model S. Would you recommend them? Also, did you have Opti Coat done on the remainder of the car (or the entire thing)? I asked my DS about timing of the Service Center so I will post if I can get any info. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JorgeNM View Post
    Thanks for the information. I didn't realize you could look up prices for the pre-cut kits. It's very helpful for planning purposes. Can you share who your installer was? I'd like to go with someone who has experience with Model S. Would you recommend them? Also, did you have Opti Coat done on the remainder of the car (or the entire thing)? I asked my DS about timing of the Service Center so I will post if I can get any info. Thanks again.
    The company I used was Tint Masters and overall I'm pleased with the workmanship.
    My car was their first Tesla so technically they now have experience!

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