For those of you travelling this week for the holiday:

For those of you travelling this week for the holiday:

Have a great trip!

Don't forget your Teslatari/Cuphead/Beach Buggy controllers.

Clear your USB sentry/dashcam drives (don't forget to delete the trash on your computer before ejecting!) before you go.

Be prepared for busier (and therefore, potentially slower) supercharger stops. Shared posts (1A/B, 2A/B, etc) charge at slower rates when both are in use, so you may be there a little longer than expected. If the stop is less than half full, you may be able to move to an unshared pair and get full speed. If it's over half, you might need to be a little more flexible with your plans and be patient. Enjoy the journey -- not just the destination.

And practice safe AP!

raqball | November 25, 2019

I am driving to see my son for Thanksgiving... Not a massive trip and only about 225 miles each way but still a road trip...

Good tips.

vmulla | November 25, 2019


And carry a bit of patience. You’re load testing the supercharger infrastructure, set your expectations at a reasonable level and your experience will be better for it.

CharleyBC | November 25, 2019

Our Thanksgiving travels will take us to three Bay Area cities. I'll have to try a new Supercharger in there somewhere to get my list up!

Be safe out there.

Gobble, gobble!

hokiegir1 | November 25, 2019

@vmulla - Thanks! I'll add a reminder about potentially busier than normal stops. I meant to include that and had to run to a meeting. :)

Big_Ed | November 25, 2019

Would be interesting to hear how busy the chargers are on Weds and Sun, if anyone is willing to post.

PteRoy | November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving was last month. What are you guys talking about?

hokiegir1 | November 25, 2019

@PteRoy - Silly Canadians and your copycat holidays in different months. :p

Pg3ibew | November 25, 2019

I am not doing any traveling for the Holiday. Everyone comes to my house. There will be a boat load of ICE vehicles outside my house. The Model 3 will have the prime spot. All the nieces and nephews, brothers, sisters and OUT laws, that have not already taken our baby for a test drive, will be taking her for a spin around the hood.

Our Model 3 will make for good conversation this holiday!!!

lilbean | November 25, 2019

Lilblue is being pulverized in the mojave sandstorms. So sad!

Wormtown Kris | November 25, 2019

Safe travels, all!! We'll be staying within 15 miles of home all week/weekend, but I feel for (and envy a bit!) those of you making a big road trip. We're still on the cusp of a big wave. Enjoy the ride!

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi | November 25, 2019

Not traveling. Happy Thanksgiving ya all.

beaver | November 25, 2019

I hate to be a downer, but I think it will be a painful Thanksgiving travel weekend in California (where I am) with the weather forecast and the fact that supercharger build out has not kept pace with new Tesla sales in the last year.

If you search last year’s Thanksgiving trip reports, there were long lines at a number of California SCer locations. 350,000 Tesla’s were sold in the last year, about 40-50% in California. That’s 150,000-175,000 new Tesla’s. And SC build up was slower than planned due to wait for V3 ramp up.

Now that I scared you, there are some simple tips to make it work:
1. Avoid driving on Wednesday and Sunday
2. Don’t skip any SCers if you are on a long drive, check the capacity as you travel using the NAV and stop earlier than you would normally in case your normal station is full.
3. Destination chargers are your friend (bring all the adapters you have)
4. Charge at night or early AM to avoid the lines, charge on arrival to get max SCer speed given cold weather forecast (35-45 F in LA, snow in the mountains).
5. Maximize your range by slowing down and using the seat heaters

I am sure it will be ok, just plan ahead for some lines. Safe and smooth travel friends!

SamO | November 25, 2019

+1 Beaver. I love the Supercharging network but California is often a shitshow on regular days, let alone peak travel days.

I’m staying home.

Bighorn | November 25, 2019

You know what'll be worse? Flying. It seems like unintended overnights are becoming the norm lately.

SamO | November 25, 2019

I got delayed last time I flew east to west in Denver and had to sleep on the floor of the airport (all hotels sold out) so a short wait at a Supercharger sounds like a big slice of heaven in comparison.

lilbean | November 25, 2019

Thanks, @hokiegir1! :)

Shesmyne2 | November 25, 2019

Might be giving Trinity an AWD test to Tahoe this weekend-off hours, of course...
2-3ft snow/icy conditions above 2k’. Tahoe is +7k ft.
Little trepidatious-cold, snow, elevation.
It may be an adventure!

Still Grinning ;-)

Bighorn | November 25, 2019

My wife and sister both had to overnight in Denver/airport this summer.

SamO | November 25, 2019

The floors are not soft.

beaver | November 25, 2019

@Bighorn yes I would rather drive than fly if under 10 hours. I am a big fan of Tesla road trips, I put 5,300 miles on an X100D this summer going to MN and back. 36 superchargers and I only waited in line once (for 10 min). It was amazing.

I just think peak travel days going through big cities especially in CA will be an adventure for the next year until V3 buildout catches up to the strong vehicle sales.

sbeggs | November 26, 2019

Good tips.
Staying home and cooking, T in garage!

hokiegir1 | November 26, 2019

We're not travelling this week either (and Edie is still getting fixed from my close encounter of the garage kind), but I thought some timely reminders for new owners would help. :)

And yes, CA is likely to be packed. Some on the east coast are likely to be busier than normal, too. In the southeast, I'm thinking Tifton (with it's 2 new stalls), Santee, and Savannah are likely to be issues -- maybe Columbia, as that one is also a smaller one.

If you are driving on Friday -- consider avoiding mall locations until later in the afternoon if you can. Some will likely be ICEd more than normal with Black Friday craziness.

sbeggs | November 26, 2019

Good tips on specific locations and timing
Appreciate this thread!

foodking | November 26, 2019

my usual supercharger stop is mark as closed on the in-car map. According to TMC forums, there's construction but most stalls still open. Hoping it's still working when i get there. I guess i always have to option to drive a few miles to a casino and use their destination charger.

Magic 8 Ball | November 26, 2019


beaver | November 26, 2019

To help my Turkey chasing Tesla friends, I compiled a list of the worst offenders from 2018, below are the California superchargers reported as full with lines over the Thanksgiving holiday last year. Note: all mall and outlet superchargers will be problematic on Friday so don’t plan on charging there.

2018 CA “full on turkey traveler SCers”
Concord, CA
Gustine, CA

Harris Ranch, CA
San Luis Obispo, California
Atascadero, California

Burbank, CA
Culver City, CA

Santa Ana, CA
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Fountain Valley, CA

Indio, CA
Quartzsite, AZ

SamO | November 26, 2019

I'd add:

Santa Monica (nearly always full)

dbwitt | November 26, 2019

Those in the midwest are in for some rough weather tomorrow also. I'm planning a 500 mile trip that is going to be straight into a sustained 25 mph headwind with gusts up to 50mph. I can sometimes do that trip with just 1 stop to charge, but we usually stop twice just to break it up. Might need to be 4 stops this time around per

cnistal1 | November 26, 2019

Thanks @hokiegir1
Great info all! Also in CA, fortunately staying home this year.

Bighorn | November 26, 2019

Only 30% of Denver’s flights were cancelled today.

CharleyBC | November 26, 2019

We have a sort of multi-stop adventure to the Bay Area (from home in Sacramento) planned the next couple of days. We should have no need to Supercharge on Wednesday, but may need a bit of a boost to make it back to Sac on Thursday after dinner. Last year on Thanksgiving itself, the SC we visited was deserted. Hoping for the same in 2019.

Good luck, everyone!

cmh95628 | November 26, 2019

@lilbean, for sandstorm resistance, get CyberTruck… ;-)

lilbean | November 26, 2019

@cmh95628 Yep! After that, ordered it right away! It can't come soon enough. :)

Shesmyne2 | November 26, 2019

Looks like our Tahoe trip is off.
Another ‘Bomb Cyclone’ hitting the Sierras.

Still Grinning ;-)

beaver | November 26, 2019

For anyone traveling near Pasadena, CA the supercharger went live today! This is an alternate to Burbank and Glendale’s if traveling on 134/219.

24 urban superchargers. Validation needed for lot, otherwise $1.50-$9 max.

155 E Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91105

beaver | November 26, 2019

134 or 210 freeways

rxlawdude | November 26, 2019

Adding to the kudos to @hokiegirl for the excellent advice, especially those folks road tripping for their first Tesla Thanksgiving.

Happy T-Day to all. Belated Happy T-Day to our neighbors to the north. | November 26, 2019

Yep, just drove 350 miles to eat turkey and ham Thursday with family. Supercharging at the first stop first stall had a bad connector on the cord. Emailed with pictures. Thankfully, there were other stalls working fine. Second stop went smoothly other than watching the people at the next stall having a meal and leaving their garbage at the foot of the stall in the parking lot. I saw it when disconnecting and cleaned up their mess. The garbage pail was about 100’ away. Car ran flawlessly and the latest 5% power bump was very notable in the 60-80mph passing times. Maybe Elon shout name it “The T Update” as it felt like my last ICE car when the turbo kicked in. Safe travels to all who are on the road.

Magic 8 Ball | November 27, 2019

bump from second page

beaver | November 27, 2019

How’s it going, charging up for a long drive? Rain started in LA, safe travels

raqball | November 27, 2019

I am charging to 100% tonight and am heading out 1st thing in the morning..

One other tip maybe is bring extra drinks and snacks if traveling tomorrow as some shops next to Superchargers might be closed..

One of the Superchargers I am stopping at has a small gas station with bathrooms (no other stores close by - except for Hotel) but I called them to see if they are open tomorrow and they said they are not.. I'll bring a few extra bottles of water and an extra bag of beef jerky! :)

Happy Thanksgiving all, drive safe!

SamO | November 27, 2019

Don’t forget an extra roll of toilet paper @raq

raqball | November 27, 2019

SamO | November 27, 2019
Don’t forget an extra roll of toilet paper @raq
There is a hotel right there and I am sure they have restrooms to use.. I know the gas station does but they are closed on Turkey day.. :D

Bighorn | November 27, 2019

Most people avoid sitting at 100%. Much better to top up in the morning to warm the battery and not expose the battery to a full charge longer than necessary. Rarely charge to 100% at the outset anymore because SCs are close enough not to.

raqball | November 27, 2019

Bighorn | November 27, 2019
Most people avoid sitting at 100%. Much better to top up in the morning to warm the battery and not expose the battery to a full charge longer than necessary. Rarely charge to 100% at the outset anymore because SCs are close enough not to.
I am going to try the scheduled departure thing and set it to 100% for my depart time..

Temps are going to be in low 30's when I leave and I am probably just stressing on the weather dropping the range... 1st trip in the cold weather...

hokiegir1 | November 27, 2019

@raqball- it will complete between 5:30 and 6am. The charging end time is hard coded.

raqball | November 27, 2019

hokiegir1 | November 27, 2019
@raqball- it will complete between 5:30 and 6am. The charging end time is hard coded.
Good to know, thanks.. Any problem leaving it at 100% for 2 or 3 hours? I plan on leaving at 8AM...

beaver | November 27, 2019

Supercharger usage update:

Gustine, CA is full already
Harris Ranch, CA only has 1 available
LinQ in Vegas only has 1 available

Plan ahead with alternate Supercharging locations, charge when you can not when you want to.

cmh95628 | November 27, 2019

Yet another advantage of TeslaFi, you can set the charge limit to 99% (as opposed to 90% or 100%). I suspect this relieves some of the "stress" on the battery, and does not cause much of a range loss (3.3 miles or so for me).

@Bighorn Interested to hear your thoughts on 99% being better for the battery than 100% (this is still only for trip days, leaving once it reaches 99%, not letting it sit there for a long time).

vmulla | November 27, 2019

Oh boy! All Superchargers in Orlando and Miami areas seem to be at 80%+