Charge Stop 8: Open Corral RV Park

Coming off of our early departure from Laramie, WY, we rolled into Ogallala, NE around 7am and immediately plugged in.  Needing a full charge to make it to Lincoln that evening, we waited around for the full charge to happen, or about 8.5 hrs.  While this seemed like an eternity, it was a perfect excuse to spend a lazy road trip Sunday, sitting around in a field and reading.

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17 thoughts on “Charge Stop 8: Open Corral RV Park

  1. Now that you have a couple of days on the road, what are your impressions of the Model S as a touring car? I’d be curious of your observations of the interior cabin for distance travel as well as how you think the storage space for all your gear has seemed in terms of handling your luggage and other gear you use for long distance driving, thanks!

    • Alex,
      I’ll give you the short version, as we definitely want to expound upon the driving dynamics of the Model S in detail at a later date.

      The Model S is an excellent touring car. It is so easy to drive long distances (as long as the batteries will take you). The cabin in comfortable, the stereo is great, the seats are well suited to 2-300 mile stints at a time, and the car holds everything you can throw at it as far as luggage, and there’s room for plenty more. I think a family of 5 could easily pack for the weekend in this car and be perfectly comfortable on a road trip (assuming they liked each other).

      -Steve

      • Thanks so much for the blog, it’s great to get your perspective on the car! We have two kids (4 and 8yrs) so we are really looking forward to having plenty of luggage space for trips with the kids. We’re in the Seattle area and we take road trips up to Vancouver, Canada or to Portland Oregon and are considering taking the S down to the Bay area or even LA with the kids in tow. The Prius we have right now is really cramped for road trips and we feel like we are stuffed to the gills when doing road trips. We ordered our S with the rear facing kid seats, so jaunts around town with 4 or 5 adults and the kids in tow will now be possible in one car!

      • Alex;
        Did you check if your 8-yr old is comfortable in the seats? How much “slack” do you have?

      • Hi Brian, still waiting to get our S (Sig #267) and we haven’t had a chance to put our 8 year old in any of the cars that have been in the Seattle area. I’ll give you a report as soon as we can get him in there and see how he fits in the rear jump seat. He’s on the smallish side for an 8 year old (about 45 pounds and around 48 inches tall right now) so I think we have at least 2 to 4 years of use in the back jump seat for him. Our 4 year old is also on the smallish side, so I think we will have at least 4 to 6 years where she can ride in the jump seat.

  2. We’re making progress installing Level 3 rapid chargers along I5 from Canada to Mexico. Do you see similar projects on the east/west corridors?

    • Bob,

      Charging stations between CA and IA are slim to non-existent on the I80 corridor. However, we’ve started seeing clumps of Chargepoint Network Chargers pop up between Omaha and Des Moines.

      Interested to know if your level 3 chargers are going to be CHAdeMO or something else? The Model S isn’t currently compatible with CHAdeMO, but Tesla is coming out with their own network of quick chargers. I certainly hope that this doesn’t become a VHS vs. Betamax debate.

      Steve

  3. Your picture proves that there’s nothing misleading about the name of the “Open Coral RV Park”! It looks as though it’s just you, the MS, and a NEMA 14-50 in the middle of the Nebraska grasslands.

  4. Our grandchildren will look at (beautiful) pictures like the one above and be incredulous that we, early BEV pioneers, had to go to such trouble in order to get from point A to point B. Just as I can imagine how the early pioneers of gasoline powered vehicles looked back in the early 1900s. It’s actually a wonderful photo!

    • Haha! I never thought about it, but this photo does resemble something from the Oregon trail days. Which, by the way, is right along Rt 80, the road we’re traveling. Let’s hope that we reach civilization without too many cases of cholera, dysentery, or the need to cannibalize the other travelers. 😉

  5. the pic above has to be the pic of the trip (firstly in its own right) as it certainly makes a strong statement on the state of EV infrastructure here in the States (“You want to charge up a car??? Well I got a plug out back…”).
    How are you finding these spots to charge? Is there an EV database? Are campgrounds your last resort or, in order to prevent headaches, your go-to? I’d love to a posting of any maps or articles about the actual EV coverage as it currently exists here in America (perhaps like Verizon/ATT’s service coverage maps?). At some point, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the various states actual EV infrastructure (not including campground plugs).
    For example, a quick internet search, returned this brochure from the Maryland DOE. Nice to see they a growing EV network: http://www.energy.maryland.gov/Transportation/documents/MDchargingforwardEVmap.pdf

  6. Completely agree with c-dub on the photo — this is a keeper. Make sure to send it to Telsa. 🙂

    Keep up the great work, but I notice you’re already in the windy city; make sure to enjoy the journey!

  7. The Inn at Christmas Place has a charging station it is in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Close to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park…..stop and stay the night there….Wagners

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