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  1. 7 points
    Just wanted to start a thread to help offer assistance, supply hunting, grocery shopping assistance, etc. If someone needs something or an errand run please post it up. If you aren't comfortable shopping due to an underlying medical issue please reach out. I am sure our community can help each other out. Stay safe out there! -Sarah
  2. 6 points
    Thanks for the photos man! Here's a few I grabbed throughout the day. @gearhead @Ladybug & @ob1jeeper followed by @SonoranWanderer as we pull up alongside the Monte Cristo Mine with the moon setting in the background. Here's another with @theksmith An old structure @ the Monte Cristo Mine Back on the trail with @gold digger & Sadie with the Monte Cristo Mine in the distance. This is a very small portion of the Gold Bar Mine. There was a great little overlook and pull off area that gave sweeping views of the area and showed just how expansive the operations were. Behind this outcropping of redrock is the hidden Buckhorn Springs which were FLOOOOOOOWING with water from the recent 4 day spree of rain we had. After we left the springs it was about 2 hours of non-stop water crossings. Here's @gearhead going down the lazy river! The boundaries of the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area.
  3. 5 points
    Continuing where I left off on the hike.... Looking back as we finished the hike After many tries, finally got a shot with @theksmith in it in motion to complete the collection This could have been about the route behind or still in front of us If you have not picked up on the theme of the trip, here's a hint, water. Lots of water. Castle Hot Springs Resort. Looked pretty empty. View of Lake Pleasant as we neared the end of this wonderful adventure. Thanks to @4x4tographer for a great day!
  4. 4 points
    March Madness 2020 was like no other March Madness so far. The Covid-19 shut-downs and grocery shortages effected us quite a bit, as did the rain! George and I drove to Kingman on Tuesday, but it rained all that night, so we bailed on Wednesday, Day 1, on Home Court, and did our visiting and things instead. But then the rain just kept on coming down, on into Wednesday night. So we bailed on Thursday, Day 2, on Safelite. Finally, we began to see some clearing in the forecast, so we made it to Friday, Day 3, on the Wedges trail. Waiting in line at the 1st obstacle, see how wet the trail was. It was hard to stay on your line over the obstacles. Not even to the 1st obstacle when it started to rain. And then it rained off and on all day. I hardly got any pictures because I was trying to stay dry in the Jeep. Saturday, Day 4, Serendipity trail. At the air-down, we kind of divided into 2 groups; a faster group, who all wanted to get to the end of the trail, and a group who didn't care how far they got. We went with the first group, and George was the first Jeep over the gatekeeper obstacle. Creampuff did really well. We stayed at the first obstacle watching the other rigs come up it until suddenly George noticed that our group had already gone. So we took off up the wash to try to catch them. We probably got about halfway to them when all of a sudden BAM! - HISSSSSSSSSS! George didn't notice a sharp outcropping of rock, and drove the driver front tire right into it! We sustained about a 4" slash in the sidewall. So we changed the tire and headed home, because you can't wheel without a spare. And so Serendipity trail will remain G's nemesis; he still has not made it to the top. All my (few) pics here: Diane's Pics It was a great trip regardless of the weather. We enjoyed getting out of here and we got to visit with my mom. It was really fun to see all our friends and laugh about not shaking hands and such. I was especially pleased that I was not driving when we blew out the tire, so now I don't have to hear about how I screwed up for the next year or two.
  5. 4 points
    Thank you sir, I appreciate it. I do this job for my patients and their well being. The money makes it a little easier, but being told thank you in an area where that's the last two words you're not used to hearing, it means a lot. Luckily, with all that is going on in the world, the nice people are coming out of the wood work to show us ER nurses and nurses in general, that they appreciate what we do. This makes it a lot easier to go home at night and go to bed with a smile on my face and a feeling of worth in my soul.
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    A few pictures from today’s fun run:
  8. 4 points
    on the way to the Verde River... the Verde! near the former upper Childs crossing (both are now closed). coming up Pine Mountain, looking North-West-ish: crossing over to the other side of the mountain... looking back more South-ish: some rocky and steep climbs, along with the narrow shelf road and tight brush give the trail it's "moderate" rating. then once you get to the top, there's a long BUMPY ride back down to Dugas road (and it would be insanely muddy if there had been any recent rain). the scenery and fun climb up made it worth it once for certain, but i also think once was enough for me! big thanks to @SonoranWanderer and @CAVU2 for pre-running and organizing this run!
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    Got that right, it's going to a good home. Time to make new memories
  11. 3 points
    i went out near Lake Pleasant on Sunday and with most things closed these days, everyone in the valley apparently decided to go there too! there were tons of looky-loos in cars, boats out on the lake, and more side-by-sides on the trails than i've ever seen. it took nearly 10 minutes just to get back out onto Carefree Highway from Castle Hot Springs Road when i left! but if you can stand the trail traffic - the desert is in bloom...
  12. 3 points
    I use a Garmin In Reach. I got it at the insistence of my wife due to some of the remote and sometimes solo hiking that I do. I seriously considered one of the “oh shit” beacons because there is no monthly subscription required. Two real world, InReach SOS activations by a friend more than convinced me to buy the Garmin. My very experienced friend required assistance, once for his daughter and once for himself, on back to back Grand Canyon trips. (I know, right!) In his experience the ability to communicate via text with the responding personnel was priceless. I purchased my InReach on sale at Costco for $229.99 about 18 months ago. My plan including taxes costs $13.44 a month. It is the basic plan that I leave active all year. Given my year round hiking in AZ and the remote places I find myself visiting in the Grand Canyon I find year round easier then stopping and starting a plan. YMMV. As far as using it for a GPS, I have almost no experience using the device that way. Given the reviews of others I’m not sure it’s the best choice for that purpose. I typically use a map and compass to navigate. When I explore with a friend we will sometimes use his really old GPS. I found this comprehensive review that may interest you. https://hikingguy.com/hiking-gear/in-depth-garmin-inreach-explorer-review/ One thing I would recommend if you buy the Garmin is to sync it with your phone. This will allow you to text much easier and quicker then just using the Garmin itself. You don’t need a cell signal, you are just using the phone to compose your message. I seldom pay to text with mine as I’ve configured the three preloaded text messages for my own purposes. These three can be used an unlimited number of times for free. I do like the feature that gives your text recipient your GPS location where you sent the message. It’s useful so that my wife knows where I parked to begin my explorations. Ive been on the rescuing side of a PLB activation. The ability for someone at dispatch to communicate with the injured party saved me (boots on the ground) a long, hot, potentially dangerous, hike during the hottest part of the day. Once again, I’ll say the ability to communicate with the injured party is PRICELESS. Id be happy to discuss this more with you in depth or try to answer questions if you have any.
  13. 3 points
    I live in a gated community in Mesa. It's a ghost town! All services & programs cancelled until further notice. Club house closed, as is the pool & all courts. Nice thing is residents calling on there neighbors to see if they need anything, shopping, prescriptions etc. I'm in that category that needs to stay away from crowds, but have people who care & looking after Judy & myself. So if we all pitch in and just do a little to help someone in need, we'll get though this. If I get bored in the house, I just jump in my jeep & go for a ride. Cheeeeep gas!!! Great thread, keep it going.
  14. 3 points
    thanks guys! after looking at some more photos on The Google, i'm pretty sure it's Schorl, AKA Black Tourmaline... apparently it makes a great "psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces" i found that rock not too far from the Ft Tule area (Lake Pleasant), there's a few flakes of Mica in there as well:
  15. 3 points
    he got a very nice JK. it sure would be nice if he posted some photos and started a build thread on this site to keep track of it's evolution
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  17. 3 points
    She can have the gas tank for $12,000
  18. 3 points
    Home safe! Thanks for coming out everyone! I hope ya’ll had a great time. Photos coming soon!
  19. 3 points
    well whomever might have that rig is quite lucky! love everything about it - the color, the flares, the Black Rhino wheels, the HardRock/Anniversary edition hood and bumper - even the dark tint! the only things missing are a few desert pinstripes, but i bet @Ladybug or myself could lead the owner down a few trails to fix that!
  20. 3 points
  21. 3 points
    all the newer vehicles lately come with full-on TRON level daytime running lights, and i'm jealous! and thus, i decided to add some DRL's to my Jeep JK. i didn't want to straight up copy the new JL/JT fender lights (though i do love the look of the LED version), and i didn't want to make my rig look like a high-school kid's lowered Honda either - so i considered what to get and where to put them for a long time. i finally decided on a couple vertical strips mounted behind my black perforated grill insert. i used a pair of 6" Profile Pivot Switchback Strips and the Profile SuperStrips (smoked housings) for them. i made custom mounting brackets out of some 1/2" wide by 1/16" thick aluminum bar stock and painted it flat black. you only barely notice the strips when they are off. i wired them to the factory fog-light harness and programmed the Jeep to enable fog-lights as DRL's. i also wired the existing front marker lights so they would come on with the strips. the strips are "switchback" meaning normally white but they also have an amber input. i already had switchback LED bulbs in the factory blinker locations so everything on the front is white for DRL but each side flashes amber-off-amber as a turn signal. anything aftermarket or custom is of course a matter taste, but i like how it came out and i guess that's all that matters
  22. 3 points
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  26. 3 points
    Sign us up please!! Gotta keep our blindfolded driver title!! #unstoppable
  27. 2 points
    I am planning to lead a weekend trip to run Charouleau Gap next month, so I am taking a poll to gauge interest for the last three weekends in April 2020 (before it gets too hot). I would describe the trail as somewhere between moderate and difficult, requiring at least 33" tires. 'The Step' and 'Kissing Rock' can both be bypassed, but at least one traction device is definitely required to climb 'The Escalator' (we would run the trail clockwise from Oracle AZ and camp one night) . Write up is here: https://www.jeeptheusa.com/charouleau-gap-35.html Thanks.
  28. 2 points
    What if this was your job?
  29. 2 points
    Since this has been postponed until July, is there any interest in maybe planning a post Expo get together in the Flag area to camp and enjoy the cooler temperatures for a day or 2?
  30. 2 points
    Depending on what happens with COVID and my work we would be interested in May to do some camping. I love that Forrest Lakes site.
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    need to find a new process
  33. 2 points
    And what a great trip report and awesome pics! Remind me to include you guys on my next run!!! Thanks Ryan for leading such a fun day, and thanks to all who joined us!! smiles, ladybug
  34. 2 points
    Very “clean” installation. A lot of thought went into this project, as usual
  35. 2 points
    hot water! i sketched out a plumbing diagram for the whole system (just the fill-hose and breather line aren't shown): an under-hood photo showing the heat exchanger which is spliced into the heater core return line. i might should have gone with a 20 plate exchanger. the 10 plate isn't efficient enough to heat up the water to an acceptable shower temp *until* the engine gets to around 180*. the only problem with that is the JK's 3.6L takes a good 15 minutes to get that warm from a cold start if it's just sitting still idling. the heat exchanger is just zip tied on, but that seems to be holding it in place just fine. for reference, the bottom (passenger side) aluminum line in this "before" photo is the heater core return. i disconnected the rubber hose coming to it near the firewall to splice in the heat exchanger. one item not shown in the diagram above is the coolant bleed/fill valve that i added. since all of this new stuff is higher than the radiator fill, air bubbles would be trapped in the lines without some way to bleed from the highest point. the thermostatic mixing valve was placed under the front wiper cowl next to the pump. it's not something that would need to be adjusted often, but i can access it with the hood open if necessary. when water sits in the heat exchanger for a while, it can reach the full engine operating temp (over 200*). so the thermostatic mixing valve is needed to provide a consistent "warm" output, regardless of how hot the engine is or how fast/slow the water moves through the exchanger. it does this by dynamically blending the cool tank water with the hot water from the exchanger. another issue i encountered: because the "cool" line coming from the tank runs above the engine/trans/t-case, the water inside it was heating up to the point that that the mixing valve couldn't do its job and i was getting a brief initial pulse of scalding water from the sprayer. the solution was to insulate the cool line where it ran through the tunnel. i used common foam pipe insulation tubing and then wrapped that with aluminum duct tape. one final thing to note is that i have some "straight" and some tapered/conical thread fittings. these shouldn't normally be mixed, but can be made to work just fine in this low-pressure application... for any joint, if the female side is a straight thread ("pipe"/IPS/G/BSP/"shower") then use a rubber washer and if the female side is tapered (NPT), use teflon tape. shopping list for this part of the project: 10 or 20 Plate Heat Exchanger with 1/2" MPT ports 1/2" Thermostatic Mixing Valve (2) 1/2" FPT to 3/8 Barb fittings (2) 1/2" IPS 14" Braided Supply Lines 1/2" M-M-F Shower Tee/Diverter 5/8" Barb Union fitting (2) 1/2" FPT to 5/8" Barb fittings ~3ft of 5/8" Heater Hose 5/8" Heater Hose Flush Tee 14mm & 20mm Spring Band Hose Clamps ~6ft 3/8" Pipe Insulation Tubing 1 Roll Foil Tape
  36. 2 points
    Agreed... Was a GREAT day to be out exploring, and your trail leading was spot-on... We LOVED it
  37. 2 points
    thanks for organizing/leading this Ryan - Brady and I had a great time and all that water really made it fun!
  38. 2 points
    We are home safe as well... Thanks for leading a GREAT trail ride day Ryan... ;)
  39. 2 points
    I figured I get a good hike in today before the rain rolls in. I hiked up into the Tonto National Forest north of Cave Creek. Found this really nice Petroglyph boulder. This less preserved example was right next to the trail I was on. I wonder how many others like this I’ve walked right by and missed. Of course maybe it was because my attention was divided watching for more like this guy or his cousins! I covered about 9 miles or so. All in all a great day to be out.
  40. 2 points
    Fell into the "lightbars before lift kits" trap - but I already had a 40" Black Oak LED from my previous Jeep KL, so I still maintain my cool points, right? I mean, the JLUR has lockers and a 1" factory lift. The bracket is low profile and made by Rugged Ridge, and with the single row LED it sits low enough to not block the spray from my windshield sprayer nozzles. Also tried my hand at installing a custom blackout panel on the hood. Hand shaped/cut with some 3M knife-tape and 3M deep matte black vinyl film. Really interesting experience, and I learned a LOT about vinyl wrap work. My daily commute is 1 hour into the sun, both ways, and I'm half blind by the time I get home. Original plan was to have it follow the contours of the hood, outside of the hood vents. The JL hood is very shapely and, unfortunately, I applied a little too much heat when apply the vinyl around the left-hand vent and tore a small hole in it. I ended up falling back to just covering the "power bulge" in the center of the hood so as not to waste material. I might try again someday. This 3M vinyl is VERY forgiving and I highly recommend it.
  41. 2 points
    I replaced both hood struts and finally replaced a rear bumper wing. It looked so easy on Youtube. Plastic bumper is a POS.
  42. 2 points
    It looks like there is a tie between two of them. Maybe Frankenstein them together? Like this : Offroad Passport's Annual Dirt Formal & Shenanigans Gala.
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  44. 2 points
    I think he's getting the new Bronco guys!
  45. 2 points
    No to gladiator, no to Challenger, tba
  46. 2 points
    Offroad Passport's End of Summer Shenanigans Offroad Passport's Annual Dirt Formal Gala Offroad Passport's Yearly Beach Party
  47. 2 points
    With the engine and mechanical refits successful, we finally have momentum to update a bit of the interior. Talking to several other Travco owners, we've discovered that the ceiling "carpet" is definitely not original. Aside from sagging, it's extremely difficult to keep clean. Naturally we decided to tear it down! What we uncovered was an extremely heat soaked... masonite? Paper board? Which had white "crinkle" style texture to it underneath (similar to what many modern motor homes use today). Whoever had installed the faux carpet ceiling covers had simply used a spray adhesive to hold it in place. Six panels made up the living area, kitchen, and sleeping areas. The strange thing, the first three boards I uncovered were properly fastened into place, and the the three rear-most panels weren't being held up by... anything. We had always attributed the rattles this thing put out while driving to being old, but the panels were being suspended by failing glue and gravity for all this time! Having removed the heat damaged panels, you get a good look at the rig's "ribcage" of steel supports and trusses which gives the fiberglass shell it's rigidity. Another thing this has led to is the inspection of both the 12v and house electrical. It looks to be in good shape, and in fact, appears to have been replaced at some point in the motorhome's life. This is probably for the better as I've seen a few Travcos burn in the last few months due to the original electrical becoming faulty. (The storage cabinets above the sleeping area fold down into two additional bunks. We've never used this feature, but in theory would allow this beast to house 4 people and two kids. The fold down sections are being supported since their cabling was removed in order to rip out the old ceiling) After making a few tweaks to the wiring, it's nearly ready for it's new ceiling layer! We decided to go for a wood beadboard, painted in a light offwhite (which I cannot remember the name of for the life of me) Coming up, the Kitchen area will get a new counter top, A nicer-than-plain-wood backdrop, and a majority of the bathroom will have to be disassembled to repair a busted water main. It's good to be finally making visible progress on this machine.
  48. 2 points
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    @gearhead This is a SPOT track from my trip several years back. It's not complete, lost satellite coverage a few times due to trees/hillsides but good enough to give you a basic idea. We did sidetrack to Sheeps bridge on this trip. We camped 2 nights. sheeps bridge, verde river, dugas road.gpx
  50. 2 points
    TOOLS EXPLAINED DRILL PRESS : A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it. WIRE WHEEL : Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh sh*t' DROP SAW : A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short. PLIERS : Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters. BELT SANDER : An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. HACKSAW : One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. VISE-GRIPS : Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. OXYACETYLENE TORCH : Used almost entirely for lighting on fire various flammable objects in your shop. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.. TABLE SAW : A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK : Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper. BAND SAW : A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST : A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect. PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER : Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads. STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER : A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms. PRY BAR : A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part. HOSE CUTTER : A tool used to make hoses too short. HAMMER : Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. UTILITY KNIFE : Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use. ADJUSTABLE WRENCH: aka "Another hammer", aka "the Swedish Nut Lathe", aka "Crescent Wrench". Commonly used as a one size fits all wrench, usually results in rounding off nut heads before the use of pliers. Will randomly adjust size between bolts, resulting in busted buckles, curse words, and multiple threats to any inanimate objects within the immediate vicinity. Son of a bitch TOOL : Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'Son of a b*tch' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.
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