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Sherman's March to the Sea, and the other Sea, and back again

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Tomorrow is departure. We'll be driving from MD to NC, then to GA, then across the southern routes to CA, up to OR, then turning around and doing it again. Cross-country Lightning trek pulling a 24.5' travel trailer.

More details will be coming but I'll be posting leg efficiency, charging, reporting all charging sessions on PlugShare and RateYourCharge, along with a bit of travel fun along the way there and back.

Here's Sherman with the trailer from back in August when we did our shake-down trip.
Cloud Sky Vehicle Dog Tire

Approximate timings:
1/17-18 Raleigh, NC area
1/20-22 Okeefenokee Swamp

1/29-2/9 Texas (Texarkana, across to Dallas area, central Texas, Big Bend NP, exit stage left)

2/11-2/23 CA

2/24-2/27 OR

3/1-3/10 CA

Back home before April.

At least, that's the plan.
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Another insight:

Under challenging situations for estimating efficiency while driving (lots of changes or major changes in elevation while towing a trailer), Sherman will often recalculate the DTE and change required chargers while in mid-trip. In each case, the initial estimate of range is very conservative. Later, the truck will pop up a logo about range recalculated due to EV conditions, then provide much more range than the original estimate. It seems either the truck or the Ford mothership takes a while to take all variables into account.

This wouldn't be so bad if I knew I was only getting a quick first approximation and would later get a revised estimate using all parameters. The current operating situation and reporting to the driver leads to some real uncertainty.
I truly hope that Ford product managers and software engineers are following this thread
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