We recently completed a 2,410-mile trip to/from Palm Beach towing a trailer. We range charged every night and installed the 5.8 software upgrade on day two. We towed a boat/trailer that weighed a total of 450 lbs. The rig: 11-foot Walker Bay RIB boat (120 lbs), 9.8 HP Tohatsu outboard motor (80 lbs), aluminum utility trailer (250 lbs). The trailer/boat rig cost about 5wh/mile in range, immaterial. Purpose of trip was to drop off the boat at St. Augustine Marine to join it with our offshore sailboat, then attend a board meeting at Amelia Island, a few days of vacation in Palm Beach, and visit our daughter for Thanksgiving in Chattanooga. Itinerary/charging & pictures follow.
Day 1 11/15 - Eastern Shore of Virginia (Pungoteague)to Newport News, stayed overnight & charged on 110v outlet. 92 miles total (attended 1.5-day oyster aquaculture trade show).
Day 2 11/16 - Newport News to Rodanthe, NC KOA, stayed overnight in beachfront cabin, charged on 50A overnight, breaker blew twice, moved to different outlet, finished charge (lesson - set an alarm to check charging status overnight several times). 138 miles total.
Day 3 11/17 - Rodanthe KOA to Wilmington, NC. Took two ferries south to Cedar Island. First from Rodanthe to Okrakoke Island, then 2.5 hour ferry to Cedar Island. 1:00 ferry could not go due to fog, so waited for 4:00 ferry, then 2.5 hours plus drive to Wilmington, arrived around 9PM. Charged overnight at J1772 in Mayfaire Shopping Center, walked a mile to/from the closest hotel - Homewood Suites. 204 miles total.
Day 4 11/18 - Wilmington, NC to Pointe South KOA via Charleston, SC. Drove 177 miles to Charleston Visotor Center, parked at free Level 2 charger in city parking garage. Spent four hours touring Ft. Sumter. Drove 63 miles to Pointe South KOA, arrived with 9 miles range. Stayed overnight at KOA in nice cabin for $175. Uneventful except 50A breaker blew 3 times. Entire pedestal went dark each time, got up three times in the night to check and move car. Finally found one that held, dialed back draw to 30 amps. 240 miles total.
Day 5 11/19 - Point South KOA to St. Augustine and Jacksonville, FL. Drove 216 miles from Point South KOA to St. Augustine Marine Center. Arrived with 10 miles range. Dropped off boat & motor, met with boat riggers. Sat in car while charging for two hours at the marina's welder 30A 240v electrical outlet, as we didn't have adapters for their marine shore power outlets. Then drove 32 miles to St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, hooked up to paid Blink outside Panera Bread, walked a mile to overnight at Extended Stay Hotel. 248 miles total.
Day 6&7 11/20-11/21 - Jacksonville to Amelia Island, drove 40 miles to Ritz Carlton Amelia, attended board meeting for two days, plugged into 110v outlet - very accommodating staff, but only added 120 miles in 40 hours of charging. From here we joined the FL supercharger route! 40 miles total.
Day 8 11/22 - Amelia Island to Palm Beach. Drove coastal roads until joining I-95 at Port Orange, where we range charged over lunch, range charged again at Port St. Lucie. 322 miles total. FAST, FAST , FAST Supercharging!
Day 8-10 11/23 - 11/25 Visited Palm Beach, drove 100 miles around town.
Day 11 11/26 - Palm Beach to Macon GA, toughest day by far. Left at 5:30AM and used both Florida I-95 Superchargers, range charged at Port Orange over breakfast. Sat at Valdosta, GA KOA for five hours in pouring rain, arrived at Georgia State Univ. in Macon at midnight, plugged into their Blink, walked 1 mile to terrible Best Western. Blink charger was weak, so had to wait until 10AM next day for enough charge to proceed. This day highlighted the most difficult issue - with two superchargers and a 50A KOA charge for 5 hours, it took 19 hours to go 528 miles in one grueling day. We had to drive 55 despite 70 mph limits, so traffic flew by us. An ICE could easily do the same trip in half the time. 528 miles total.
Day 12 11/27 - Macon to Chattanooga, TN. Arrived at Tesla's Marietta, GA Service Center around noon with ZERO miles showing. Very cold (32). Great staff. Plugged into HPWC and walked half mile to local diner. Charged for 4 hours, left at 5:00 PM. Arrived Chattanooga around 7PM. Range killed by cold, despite driving 55 against much faster traffic. 220 miles total.
Day 13 11/28 - Thanksgiving. Shuttled car to/from Chattanooga Whole Foods - Blink charged $48 for 24 hours - full range charge. 16 miles total.
Day 14 11/29 - Chattanooga to Asheville, NC. Arrived with 20 miles range despite stopping in Newport, TN to charge for three hours at a Blink (Newport Shell station off I-40). Plugged into the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. Cost $375 for a room to be able to charge overnight! 231 miles total.
Day 15 11/30 - Asheville to Pungoteague, VA. Drove 197 miles from Asheville to Burlington Supercharger, going slow (55), had coffee at nearby restaurant. Amazing to watch the miles fly in. Then drove 114 miles to Rocky Mount Supercharger, full range charge over lunch at the onsite restaurant. Then drove 210 miles to home, arrived with 8 miles remaining. Because of using only superchargers a long day was reasonable. 521 miles total.
Bottom line: J1772 30Amp and Blink charging requires too many compromises. The trip should be two days each way, tops. Without Superchargers, a Model S requires the owner to be the servant, rather than the car serving the owner. This will be moot when supercharges go the whole route. For now, it was fun for a lazy trip and made us slow down. Instead of eating on the run, we sat at a table during charging and caught up on email and reading, had a great time. I would do it again, my wife would not.
Charging at the Rodanthe, NC KOA:
Riding the Okracoke Ferry:
Port St. Lucie Supercharger:
Port Orange Supercharger: