This is a bit different as anyone who knows about EVs will read the above headline and expect a post describing an EV road trip talking about how easy it is to go from A to B, where fast chargers were found, and attempts at debunking the many EV myths about long distance EV travel.
This is not that blog post. Here is how our Bolt goes long distance travelling:
This summer has been and will be filled with some long-distance (400 miles, 800 miles, etc.) trips with the RV + Bolt combo. So far things have gone well: Bolt pulls very nicely on the dolly behind the RV. I even haven’t had to charge up at a campground–the Bolt’s 200+ mile range has been more than sufficient to handle any running around the campground without requiring a recharge. Nonetheless I’ve been reserving 50-amp sites so that I can recharge if necessary. Now that I have that long “extension cord” I don’t have to move the car close to the power pedestal.
Here we are all setup near Toronto, Canada–visiting our last ballpark (might do a long post about that in the near future as well). I don’t even think anyone gave it a 2nd thought: seeing a Michigan plated Bolt/EV long way from its home–we did notice a few fellow campers pointing out the Bolt, however.
The manual lists a specific sequence that must be performed to tow the Bolt on a dolly (can’t tow it 4-wheels down)–I detailed that a bit in this post. Part of that is to wait 2 minutes and then disconnect the 12V battery. This is required because the Bolt has an electronic e-brake and it really really likes to engage it; a lot. I installed a knife switch to make it easier to disconnect the battery but even so I wrap 3 or 4 rubber bands around the knife switch just in case the “knife” part somehow falls and makes closes the disconnect (with the rubber bands blocking it the circuit won’t be made). Can’t be too careful.
Stay tuned I may have another post or more about dragging a Bolt around–maybe even one that doesn’t talk about the Bolt at all, just some goofy ballparks.