Here are a few tidbits I have learned in my travels. I have only taken it on trips 3 times, and that was just transporting it. The first was 1250 miles, the second 600 miles and the 3rd 900 miles.
1. Good Sam roadside assistance; you have it so you are good there
2. Only plan to drive 300 miles/day. Go more if you feel like it (only after the first day so you know how sore you will be) but alternate the days. So always follow a long day by a short day.
3. There is nothing better then a good dinner and glass of wine at the end of the day to make you feel great. Pack accordingly.
4. Allstays camp and RV app is a must have. During each stop, I would look down the road for the next one and plan gas stops at places with RV/truck isles.
5. Backup camera; essential for backing up and well worth it when changing lanes at highway speed! If you have to rig something with duct tape, it is money well spent.
6. Carry extra belts. if the pulleys are out of alignment the belt may only last 500+ miles. It will look good and sound fine, but will fail during your trip.
7. Manual; if it doesn't have a full set get one (pm me and I can email you everything but the 454).
8. Stop at least every 90 minutes even if just at a road side rest stop or exit ramp, to stretch. You will not realize how much effort it takes to drive it since you are having so much fun (big grin effect) till you are stove up the next day! Ask me how I know.
9. Advil, Motrin or other long lasting pain medicine for stiff back and shoulders. Take it at the first sign or before you go to bed. If not you will wake up very sore then have to wait around for 2 hours for it to kick in.
10. Seriously take the meds...... It is quite the work out, especially if the bell cranks and steering stabilizer haven't been replaced.
11. Pre-fight; check the front airbags (55psi), oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, washer fluid, check for inflation of the rear airbags.
12. Have them take you for a test RIDE. You want to hear/observe everything and not be worried about steering.
13. Get a jug of 50/50 antifreeze and one of concentrate (you can use the 50/50 and use the empty jug to put half the concentrate in and fill both so you have another 2 gallons of 50/50). The radiator is 23 years old and if not leaking yet, it will be.
14. Get oil, transmission fluid, etc. if you have it you wont need it, if you don't.... well you know.
15. Get a small box of assorted fuses at the auto parts store. Again, better to have and not need.
16. Take a multi-meter and small tool bag.
17. Take a infrared thermometer. It will tell you what cylinders are running hot, where you might have an exhaust leak and what the temp of the engine is if you temp gauge is OOC. It will also tell you if the A/C's are working right (55-60F coming out or at least 20 degrees below ambient temp). Also the best way to tell how your tires are performing!!!
18. Spare fuel filter (not as important if it isn't diesel, but still good to have)
19. Some "just add hot water meals" for quick road side stops.
20. Cracker barrel is your friend; it is one of the few places that has RV parking and serves a decent breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You can also eat dinner and ask the manager if it would be okay to park there over night so you can have breakfast before you go. You get free parking and they get an added breakfast customer.
21. Walmart's are not as bad as folks make them out to be; for shopping or a quick overnight.
22. Will PM my cell number. Would recommend a few others here on airforums as well. It is very comforting knowing you have folks waiting in the isles if you need advice or just have questions. (what is that funny smell, is that sound normal, where are the fuses- 4 locations by the way. . I am a master at the breakdown and getting towed routine.
23. Seriously, call! I have been walked back from the edge several times by the good folks here on airforums!
24. Make sure you have connectivity (smart phone with data plan or hot spot with ipad/laptop.
25. Take a camera and document it and post it!!! let us live the adventure vicariously through you!
26. Have fun! And realize your cheeks are gonna hurt from all the grinning on the way home!