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    Hey everyone, my wife and I enjoy vegas and we are planning a trip up to Vegas soon. We basically live near the 210/15 interchange. I am tempted to take my 09 gx, but I am a little concerned that the trip will go smooth. We only plan on driving through the strip a little bit and then play at some casinos. We will then drive down to state line for a concert and then make our trek back home the next am. I was hoping someone had done this before and can give me an idea as to when ill need to refuel, where and ANY other tips. Thanks

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    Re: Vegas trip from Rancho Cucamonga

    I have done Salt Lake City to LA many times, you ought to just go for it. Just top off in Victorville (I have had good success at the D St. station) and if you have any trouble there stop in Barstow (note the bathroom code is 12345 ) just make sure you have the 2 digit training code for your credit card from previous fills at Clean Energy as the training video at Barstow is not always reliable. Vegas stations are all reliable with credit card readers too. Review the map at www.cngprices.com and leave your comments. Have a nice trip!

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    • #3
      Re: Vegas trip from Rancho Cucamonga

      I've also made the trip, just as John described, going up to Barstow. You also have the option of fueling in Victorville. There are 2 stations there but I can't say I've ever used them. Use the Trip Planner in cngprices which will give you your best options and station information, ie cards accepted, hours of operation, etc. This is always your best option when traveling and is available on your phone if you have web access.

      That said, I'm going to move this thread over to the Road Trips forum, so please follow it there.

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      • #4
        Re: Vegas trip from Rancho Cucamonga

        Just got back from the trip and it worked out very well. Despite the horrible fills in Las Vegas and only got in the 40% range. Despite that, I got down to Barstow with 3 bars left, that was even driving at above average speeds, with the air on high. Once I got the fill at Barstow, I got back down to Rancho with one bar below Full, awsome fill. I really feel good about the trip and will do it again, even though gas was almost the same cost as cng in vegas.

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        • #5
          Why Barstow is so "cool"

          Thanks for the report.
          Where did you fill in Vegas that gave such lousy pressure? I have had great success with the North Service Center on Ronemus.

          Barstow is a LNG/CNG station. The liquefied natural gas is in the tall storage tank and pressurizes the storage cylinders as it boils off, hence they just need a little compresser that kicks-on briefly when you fill (maybe you noticed this... it sounds like an electric bicycle pump and is located near the bathroom). What is "cool" (pardon the pun) is your CNG in the vehicle tank is really cold after dispensing from this LNG-based fuel. So as you drive down the road (especially in the summer) it keeps warming up and expanding in the tank so you can go a loooooong ways after filling in Barstow

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          • #6
            Re: Vegas trip from Rancho Cucamonga

            I noticed the compressor, but I had no idea....no wonder why I got such a good fill. I typed the address in my gps for a station off russell and they had so construction (the roads were off of the map) and I could not find t. I then went to a station in the center of a parking lot of some county facility and that fill sucked. I then went to one off of A, near downtown and that one did not give a good one either. I will have to check out the one you used next time.

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            • #7
              Re: Vegas trip from Rancho Cucamonga

              Just thought I would comment to this since I just came back from a Burbank to Vegas road trip for the first time in my '09 GX. Perhaps because it was cold (in the low 50's) when I filled my tank in Barstow or maybe that the pressure is just bad there, using the 3600 PSI side was pretty bad in my car. It only filled to the 3000 Fill Line in the Civic, and I only had about 3 bars once I got to South Las Vegas. However, filling up at the new station off of Industrial in Las Vegas (between Spring Mountain Rd and Flamingo) was awesome - the 3600 side said that it had around 3750 PSI as it was filling the tank. On the trip back from Vegas, I decided to bypass the horrible station at Barstow and go to Victorville (D. St.) - I still had just under 1/2 a tank left, and that 3600 side also filled the tank really well. I got back to Burbank and only have one bar below the 3000 Fill Line left still!

              There wasn't any traffic during my trip, but I am estimating that I probably could have made it from Las Vegas to Azusa on one tank, but since this was my first time trying, I didn't want to risk not being able to get over to the Rancho Cucamonga side of the mountains. Next time, I might try to pass Barstow and Victorville, if I feel daring!

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              • #8
                Re: Vegas trip from Rancho Cucamonga

                I have also had great fills at the station on Industrial road in Vegas. IIRC it is behind the MGM and not far off the freway. It has become the only one I paln on hitting in Vegas, assuming it's working on my trips from So-Cal to UT.

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