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Old 07-24-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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Gonna be at Road Atlanta the end of August & I have a question for anyone familiar the track etc.

1) whats the best approach going in/out ?

Google maps is showing i should come off of 403 onto 211 and up to 53
Should i go further north on 403 and take 53 in ?

Ill be towing an additional 25 feet and wondering what the easiest approach is & if the left turn or right turn into the track is any easier (generally i prefer left turns)

2) is there ANY power near the Paddock (in particular further back, near the bank/hill) ?

3) is there (diesel) fuel close to the track ? close to 403 (remember I've got the trailer behind me too).
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:17 PM   #2
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I have no knowledge of Road Atlanta. So, I think you should come to Brainerd International Raceway ( BIR Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd Minnesota | NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals ) . I am very familiar with it and can get you all set up. I'm also pretty familiar with Mid America ( Mid America Motorplex Home ) and can help you there too. Let's go.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:25 AM   #3
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I have no knowledge of Road Atlanta. So, I think you should come to Brainerd International Raceway ( BIR Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd Minnesota | NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals ) . I am very familiar with it and can get you all set up. I'm also pretty familiar with Mid America ( Mid America Motorplex Home ) and can help you there too. Let's go.
Would love to Bob !

Ive been wrenching (and providing hotelier services) for a privateer friend that runs an Rx8 in the NASA series. If we win at RA we'll be headed to laguna secs by invitation of mazda !
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Don,

In the past we have run I-85 to route 53 N. When u exit there is a Pilot on the right.
Entry into R.A. is easy from both. Since you prefer left turns 85 to 53 would also work out best for you and it is a little quicker than 211 since you cover ground on 85 to 53 and your not going N. to go S.
As far as power can't help there since we have our own. Best to call ahead and c what the set up is on your days.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:27 PM   #5
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Thanks AJ -

I see the Pilot on the map/sat image now (duh!) I should have checked that 1st !

Ive got my own power (w/ the coach 10kw)...BUT if i can find an outlet i'll whore myself out for it (of course no one ever buys).

trips like these where i expect ill end up dry docked in the paddock, i haul a small 2kw w/ me and let it run during the day to keep the batteries up & the beer cold in the electric cooler.

at this track (below) - i found an outlet pretty close (on the building) but for whatever reason the GFCI (on the building) kept tripping every time my transfer switch tried to add the coach in....ive never had the problem anywhere else or since....i screwed around w/ it for a while & finally gave up & just ran our little 2kw during the day.

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GFCI receptacles do fail sometimes. And they'll trip themselves off like that. If you can get to the service panel that supplies power to it and shut that breaker off you can then pull the GFCI out of the box and switch the line wire over to the load side of the GFCI. Most GFCI's have room to connect two wires to each screw. Then turn the breaker back on. Gotta do that under cover of darkness so the track people don't catch you. Then switch it back before you leave. Or, carry a new GFCI with you in your parts bin. Then when you have that problem you just install the new GFCI. Do it quick so the track people don't catch you. If they catch you tell them you're an electrician and won't charge them for fixing their broken GFCI.
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i had a gfci in our basement bin go bad one camping trip, had to run into the closest town & pick one up & i grabbed an extra for my for my spares (assurance that ill never need it).

a the track lots of things happen under the cover of darkness...some are even good things
if it had dawned on me that the outlet could have been bad i most CERTAINLY would have changed it (even if it was hot...i know i know).

funny thing about the outlet at that track (they had a water softener plugged into it) was that it only tripped when my cord was plugged in - my progressive industries EMS-LCHW50 showed good wiring & power, but shortly after the PI closed the circuit to the coach the gfci would trip.

I even opened every breaker on my coach panel (to make sure there was ZERO load) and it would still trip the gfci.
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Hhhmmm, interesting. I know I plug into GFCI outlets lots of times with my coach and haven't tripped any I don't think. I'm guessing you have too. That's why I would have suspected that particular receptacle of being bad. I suppose if you switched in a new (likely good) one and it still tripped then you could yank your new one back out and give up?
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yeah it was a very strange scenario...i searched that whole building exterior (under the cover of darkness, w/ a beer in my hand) looking for another outlet & never could find one.

i used my little EP2500 to power the converter/charger for the outside stereo, basement beer cooler & to keep the batteries up during the day....for that i had to build a short floating ground plug/cable.

I used to think the EP2500 was quiet - but i think I'm gonna pick up a EU2000 for the road atlanta trip - theyre a lot more quiet and i think theyre a little more thrifty on fuel.
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If you have the room and the twice the money, the EU3500 is great. It is Honda's quietest, quieter than the 1000 or 2000, you can stand right next to it and talk even with an a/c unit running. With a light load like lights and battery charger it is just a whisper. And it will run an a/c in a pinch. Mine has been great. I get neighbors comment all the time on how amazingly quiet it is, and they generally refuse to believe it is running the a/c and still that quiet. I also have an EU1000, but the damn thing now sounds loud compared to the EU3500 so I rarely use it. Before I got the 3500 I would run the 1000 around the clock with a 5 gallon remote tank attached and generally go the whole 4 day weekend without having to add gas. That 1000 has to have a couple of thousand hours on it and still runs like a champ, so I went straight back to Honda when I needed a bigger one. IMHO best small generator on the market.
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