Tuesday, October 23, 2013
- Tesla Store, Fashion Square Mall, Scottsdale, AZ
- Magic Circle RV Park, Willcox, AZ
I got up at the crack of dawn to complete this leg of my journey in one day. Actually, I got up at 5:30 AM, long before the crack of dawn. The reason was that I would no longer be able to use Tesla Superchargers until I reached San Antonio, TX, so I would have to recharge at the Tesla Store in Scottsdale, AZ. They have a single HPWC, which they were gracious enough to let me use. Even though it would give me close to 50 miles of range for each hour of charging, I would need to charge from near empty to full. That would take me around 5 hours. Add in driving time, rest stops, and meals and it adds up to a long day. Plus the owners of the RV park normally close their office at 6:00 PM, so I was trying to make it there before then. I left Palm Springs around 6:00 AM and had an uneventful drive to Scottsdale, with the added bonus of a beautiful desert sunrise.
I began to feel ill though as I drove and pulled over for a few minutes of rest. I feared I was coming down with a cold (which I was). The drive from Palm Springs to Scottsdale was 263 Miles, which would really test the accuracy of the rated range. I kept my speed between 60 and 65 mph with the cruise control on. I had located a few public charging stations in the Phoenix area, just in case I needed a quick top off to make it to Scottsdale. As I got closer it appeared that I would actually make it on one charge. As I pulled into the mall and found the charging spot, I was able to park and plug in with a whopping 2 miles of range left. 😉
Since I was feeling under the weather, and didn’t get a full nights rest, I decided to fold down the rear seats to stretch out and take a nap after eating lunch. It was comfortable enough even without a camping pad to get a bit of shuteye.
Having fully charged, I headed out for the RV park in Willcox, AZ. I realized that I was going to arrive around 8:00 PM, so I called them to make sure that wouldn’t be too late. They said it wouldn’t be a problem since they would be up watching the World Series anyway. I found the RV park with no problem and they were incredibly gracious and very interested in the car. We must have talked for at least half an hour before I plugged in and walked over to the Super 8 hotel two blocks away.
I checked in to the hotel and started to settle in when I checked the Tesla Connect app on my Windows 8 Phone. I’m glad I did as it said the car wasn’t charging. So, I headed back to the car and sure enough the breaker had tripped. So I reset the breaker and went back to the hotel. I took a shower and checked the status one more time before turning in for the night. Guess what? It had stopped charging again. So, I got dressed and headed back over to the car wondering what was going on. As I walked over, I had an idea that it might be that the breaker just can’t handle 40 amps continuously. So I bumped down the amperage to 30, which would still charge the car to 100% before I would be heading out in the morning. With the breaker reset and the amps adjusted, I headed back to the hotel again. I stayed up for another half hour checking email and planning out the next day’s journey and when I checked the status it was still charging. I got up during the night to use the bathroom and checked the status one more time to see that it was still charging. Problem solved!