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  1. 8 points
    So @4x4tographer (husband) convinced me to finally create an account so I stop bugging him about what is happening. Really looking forward to hanging out with you all next weekend.
  2. 8 points
    last Friday evening i drove up to Kingman, AZ for a night run that was posted on a Facebook group. the run ended up being just myself and 2 Kingman locals, Ric Swats and @stockjeep (Wayne). we did Bull Run which starts out as a fairly easy climb up to an old quartz quarry. after you weave your way back down the other side of the little mountain, you enter a rock-crawly tight wash that Ric swore was a trail! however, after a wrong turn, Wayne took over lead and i asked him if they created the trail by just following a drunk Javalina through the desert one day. a mile or less from the exit (back on easy trail), i stayed behind to camp while the crazy Kingman boys finished the run and headed home. i woke up just before 6 to a nice sunrise over Kingman! after gassing up and getting McDonalds in town, i head south to run the Hualapai Mountain trail - a graded road that runs the ridges along the major hills of the Hualapais. stopped along the road to eat my breakfast: the pavement ended up at the top and after passing a collection of little homes, i aired down and enjoyed the view. it's a long trail that passes a few tree-lined camp spots early on but then becomes mostly shrub brush. i did find one nice little shady valley down a short spur trail, so that's where i had lunch. a young couple came in on an old beater CJ and their faces dropped when they saw me parked next to an existing fire ring. they perked up when i told them i wasn't camping there, just having lunch! at some point you finally stop running ridges and shelf roads, then start to descend fairly rapidly. near the bottom (on the south end), i stopped to look around the Boriana mine ruins a bit. there's a huge tailings pile there, but it's heavily eroded and looks like it might have been twice as big at one time. a little further down the road i took another short spur to the Copper World mine. the main adit was "kind of" gated, but also flooded. lots of junk there! back down on the desert floor, i decided to try a random set of trails to make my way over to Wikieup. i started in Bar I-L Wash, which was full of Joshua Trees and things blooming. obviously i'm not a rancher, so are all baby horseys this skinny, or was this little dude malnourished? have you ever pulled up on a place and immediately thought, "oh yeah, that's haunted"? i saved exploring that one for next time another short spur led me to some old surface mining prospects, and more baby critters. didn't stay for pictures long there - dad came running around the corner looking all sorts of bothered! as i started to climb back up in elevation, the trail definitely appeared less used. soon i realized my planned route was going to take me much higher that i had realized. i had a nice view of that wash i came in on though: then i didn't take any pictures for a while... my path gradually turned into a total ATV-width shelf road with constant inconveniently placed boulders. i managed to nervously squeeze Gadget through, but came very close to breaking a rear window and had to absolutely drag my rims across the sides of some of the big rocks. now i normally like a good afternoon nap, but being off-camber on the side of a mountain will keep you wide awake. my little route ended up climbing all the way back up to over 6,000ft again... i really gotta pay more attention to those topo lines when route planning! coming back down, things widened up and i calmed down, so i tried to get a photo of a not-as-bad example of the sort of obstacles one could enjoy on this trail. of course pictures never do justice to that real-life leaning feeling! oh, and there had been numbered trail markers every so often along the entire route... with no indication that this was for narrow rigs only, i took them to be personal taunts - like they were saying: "this is a perfectly good real trail, stop being a wuss"! after the off-camber and narrowness and boulder scraping, i realized the past few miles had taken a long time and that i still had a looong ways to go before pavement! Gadget looks like she's sighing from the same realization here... next up the path became easy, but with insanely tight brush. i know i've led a few of you down some crazy "trails" while exploring, but this was the worst paint scraping i've ever been through. ...but before that, this darn cow absolutely refused to get out of the way for several minutes. the sun was getting low and so i hauled butt once back on normal dirt trails, stopping only briefly to look at the ruins of an old mining town named Cedar. finally an actual road! the fire in the sky was almost completely gone as Wikieup came into focus. i aired up just after sunset. i'd been going hard since right after 6am, but still needed to drive another couple hours on the 93 to make it home. i was slightly loopy by the time i pulled Gadget into the garage, but it was a very memorable day and i wouldn't trade adventures like that for anything!
  3. 7 points
    We had such a fun long weekend!! Thank you for this great time!! Link to photo album Sarah's photos
  4. 7 points
    chillin' and snackin': these taste better than the piles of bigger brown berries over by the trees: the RV crowd and main party spot: tent campers, and @johnpa's ground nesting area: roaming gangs of feral children: happy campers with fancy beers ( @KtroubleA ) spur of the moment side road to overlook West Clear Creek: always make em' laugh during the selfie ( @GRUNT )
  5. 7 points
    I took my buddy Al up to Mt. Graham. We stayed at Riggs flat lake at almost 9000 feet. Nice little lake you can kayak. Also the views to the west were majestic. I would have posted but someone forgot to pay his dues so he got kicked off the site. My bad.
  6. 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
  7. 7 points
    We didn’t careen off the highway and explode. Home safe. Big thanks to everyone that helped us out!
  8. 6 points
    Great weekend! Enjoyed the trail ride & thanks for everyone looking out for me. Al
  9. 6 points
  10. 6 points
    Thanks to the Orp staff for a great weekend. Kris, the trail ride was perfect. Good to see new faces and old friends. John
  11. 6 points
    So we traded in our Ram truck and picked up a 2020 V8 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. A huge shout-out to the amazing Martin Swanty dealership in Kingman, AZ. There were by far my best car buying experience. We negotiated via email and they were very fair with no games. Then drove up and were done in 20 minutes. I highly recommend using them. The Phoenix dealers were playing a ton of games. Ask for Chuck if you decided to check out this dealership. So now a three Jeep family....God help us! So now that Chris is busy on the other two Jeeps I have something I can do easier off-road trails with. Loving all the fancy features and it is fun to drive! Up next is a set of Animal Off-road rock sliders. We are considering their bumpers too but it gets pricey! We have named her "Cupcake" for now as her coloring is Red Velvet. d rock sliders.
  12. 6 points
    I was doing some file purging & digging through old picture files, and ran across a few that perhaps a few here would find interesting. Who says a YJ has limited articulation? "Mini-Rubicon" ... These pic's are from my working days, doing vehicle development. These were courses we built and used for evaluation of vehicles and systems... This particular vehicle is sporting a rather unique full hydraulic suspension system, which allowed for 20-plus inches of wheel travel, all while keeping the body as level as the terrain would allow. Following the first few phases of development work here in AZ, we took it to the Rubicon Trail, which this vehicle's suspension allowed us to do with ease. Sadly, the complexity of the controls system, and the multitude of the hydraulic components of the system proved to be both too expensive (significantly more than doubling the cost of the base vehicle), and over the multi-year time we spent on development, re-designs, and testing, we were never able to get the reliability to meet levels deemed commercially acceptable ... Even with these pitfalls, it was one of the more challenging and fun projects I was involved with in the latter parts of my career...
  13. 6 points
    we made the last minute decision to get out of town for a little change of scenery before Brady got too far into the new school year... so we headed off to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a week. Friday it took us nearly 10 hours to drive from Phoenix through the Vegas route, but we were rewarded with the much cooler weather due to the nearly 8k feet elevation, some great 4x4 trails in the nearby Inyo National Forest, and plenty of natural wonders to see! we stayed in a little condo rental in The Village Lodge Mammoth - which was convenient because there's a whole slew of restaurants, bars, and shops in an outdoor mall style arrangement. most of the area restaurants were open for outdoor dining. one of our favorites was Shelter Distilling - their Black Unicorn Coffee Liquor was excellent (still not quite as good as the Coffee Moonshine @Ladybug gets back east)! Saturday Saturday we hit the grocery store and just explored around town. Sunday our friend Kevin (@KtroubleA) also joined us on this trip. since he's kind-of a Jeep newbie, we took him on a fairly easy run Sunday to get his feet wet and see what sort of tolerance he had for trail adventures! the Laurel Lakes Road trail was rated "moderate", but i'd say all except one crazy switchback was easy for any stock high-clearance 4x4. Kevin's brand spanking new 2020 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon JL didn't have any trouble, and Kevin seemed to be eager for more trails! on the way back out of the dead-end trail, we stopped for lunch in a little Aspen grove by a creek. Monday our other good friend Chris (@defectivemonk) had made the 12 hour drive down from Portland, OR to join us as well. his black 2013 JK Unlimited Rubicon has a mild AEV lift and an integrated Ursa Minor J30 "pop-top" camper. but, i found Gadget with a dead battery Monday morning, so we all drove down to the Autozone in Bishop for a warranty replacement and planned to hit the Sand Canyon trail afterwards. i got confused on which number the trail was in the Wells California Book, and so we ended up at the end of the easy Buttermilk Country trail instead. but a trail is a trail, so we just ran Buttermilk in reverse! it was a very diverse trail with some great scenery, though i could have done without the last couple miles of washboards! Kevin took this photo when we stopped for a little break in the tall pines at the western tip of the loop: we finished Buttermilk early enough everyone agreed we had time to still do Sand Canyon - so we headed towards it. on the way however, my TPMS started barking and i watched my driver-front tire pressure drop quickly. turns out i had sliced a sidewall somehow on that easy trail - no idea where exactly. we put the spare on and then called a few tire shops in Mammoth and Bishop about getting a replacement. (photo from Chris) after striking out on the first couple calls, Kevin found a Diesel & RV Repair/Tire shop in Bishop that was able to get the correct size Cooper STT Pro for me the next afternoon. with Gadget having been a very bad girl, and without a spare - it was time to just head back to Mammoth and hit the distillery! Tuesday most of Tuesday was just a nice lazy vacation day. Chris, Kevin & i headed down to Bishop around 2pm to get the new tire - Brady and Aimee (@aimee) stayed back to relax more and explore near the condo. the shop was interesting and off the beaten path, but they were very fair about the price of the tire as well as the mount & balance - nice folks! once Gadget was back in business, we headed over to the natural Stone Columns at Crowley Lake. there was a mix of pavement and little dirt roads to get near them, and were excited we could see the columns once we hit the end of a trail. they looked reasonably close and so we scurried down to see them right away. the limestone formations were really neat up-close. here's Kevin by the first ones we encountered: obligatory selfie: the sky began to look ominous as we headed back. we never did get any real rain though - instead it was the hike back up to the Jeeps that tried to kill us... we had been so excited to get to the columns, we didn't realize how steep the sandy hill climb back was going to be. i was in flops, of course, but all 3 of us had to stop and gasp for air multiple times. Crowley Lake is at nearly 7k feet elevation and the app on Kevin's phone said we climbed around 400ft more of elevation in only 200ft of distance! Wednesday we all met up at the Devil's Postpile National Monument on Wednesday morning. it was a short easy hike to the base of the postpile. Kevin & Brady also hiked up to the top (photo from Kevin): then they conspired to get Aimee, Chris & myself to climb up a little ways to see another view of the formations: on the way back into Mammoth, i dropped Aimee & Brady off at the Main Lodge so they could ride the Gondola up to the top of the mountain. us boys decided to go run that Sand Canyon trail we'd never made it to on Monday. the trail was rated moderate with killer views and several types of terrain. we crossed a very small section that looked to have recently burned. a difficult rated spur trail, Wheeler Ridge, juts up the side of a mountain about 2/3rds of the way into the Sand Canyon trail... i convinced the other guys we should check it out at least! it turned out to be a very tight twisty little boulder strewn climb. though Chris's JK is less modified than mine, and Kevin's JL is bone stock - we spanked it! Chris & Kevin even get extra credit for no whining for time's sake we only visited the viewpoint on top instead of following the entire ridgeline. my GPS said we topped out at 10,949 feet! pano from Kevin at the viewpoint: this is Chris's JK on the way back out to rejoin the original Sand Canyon trail - the sign said "Most Difficult, Skilled drivers with modified 4wd vehicles"! feeling accomplished, we then finished up Sand Canyon which dead ends at a little lake which needs mowing (photo from Kevin): a steady downhill in sand for several miles, the ride back out was an ass-haulin good time. after these 2 great trails, Kevin's ear-to-ear grin told me he was hooked on Jeepin! Thursday we all drove down to Mono Lake to see the other-worldly Tufa formations Thursday morning. next up was an easy 2wd loop around the Obsidian Domes. we all agreed that @Ladybug would love to have one of these huge boulders of volcanic formed black glass - i couldn't lift any of them though! we pulled out the chairs and had a nice leisurely snack in the shade of the pines before finishing up the loop - sort of a last day trail goodbye. (photo from Kevin) Friday we made good time driving back. it took about 9 and half hours to come home via the CA 395 and the I-40 as our major roads this time. there's never enough time, and so several things near the 395 are still on my bucket list - the Reward Mine, Alabama Hills, and maybe the Bodie ghost town. i also still need to take Aimee & Brady to Yosemite someday. we weren't able to get last minute passes despite trying online every morning as they opened up a few. this was as great way to escape the Phoenix heat and we all had an awesome time - i highly recommend the Mammoth area!
  14. 6 points
    Had a great day today trying to escape the 116 temps in the Phoenix Valley with a day trip up through the Prescott NF by way of Crown King Road, the Senator Highway and Poland Road. We were able to get the mercury down to about 89 when we topped out at 7,300-ish feet on Poland Road. Got to hang out with @CAVU2 and @gearhead again and we were joined by a pair of new Jeepers from my local neighborhood Jeep group in Vistancia. Total trail length was about 68 miles and we were on the dirt for just about 8 hours. We climbed into Crown King And ran into a HUUUUGE group of SxSs that were doing a poker run. Crazy amount of traffic. We took the old Senator Highway north and connected up with Poland Road near Mount Union, one of the tallest mountains in the area. There was a nice little technical area on Poland Road that was pretty fun and I’d highly recommend this little trail - great views! On our way out we took a very brief walk to check out the Walker Tunnel, which was once part of Murphy's Impossible Railroad that moved supplies and ore from between Prescott and the Crown King Mine.
  15. 6 points
    Opened my rear deck lid & noticed the dome lights flickering out Found a wire split up by the 3rd brake light so I soldered an extension to snake through the grommet Extra length should keep it from rubbing on the back of the ‘lid Viola’ Tight
  16. 6 points
    A VERY thoughtful and informative write-up. Well done Ryan. I agree 100% with you observations and suggestions for improving the safety of towing. I've been towing trailers, for 50-plus years, and and teaching towing basics to test drivers for many of them, and I must say that you hit nearly all the important safety highlights squarely on the head. And most of the user friendly oriented ones as well, including some valuable helpful hints for those who are new to RV's with holding tanks. If I would add any thoughts, it would be to be ever mindful of the extra weight of towing a trailer that weighs nearly 2/3 the weight of the tow vehicle, causing braking distances to increase as much as double non-towing capabilities, and the potential for creating control issues, especially in down-hill situations and elevated speeds. Braking distances will increase in all situations, and depending on added weight, and braking balance of braking systems, creating the need for higher than normal distances to the vehicles in front of you. Additionally, the weight shift of the trailer adding extra load to the hitch of the tow vehicle, in all situations, but particularly when decending grades, tends to unload some weight from the front wheels of the tow vehicle (which BTW normally produce the bulk of normal braking effectiveness of a vehicle). This can be partially offset by proper installation of a load equalizing hitch, as you have wisely noted/suggested. Additionally the extra weight can cause increases in speed for the downhill situations, that may increase the tendencies of a towed trailer to begin to oscilate in a yawing (side-to-side) motions, which is also referred to as the tail (or trailer) to "waging the dog" (so-to-speak). This yaw moment can be significantly reduced by use of the sway control devices you alluded to, and is also helped by the use of a load equalizing hitch. Sound and thoughtful response, and tips shared Ryan. Well done indeed.
  17. 6 points
    Hi Shellback - I am pretty new to towing, but here is what I learned with my recent experience last fall. Please note that I'm a far cry from being an expert on the matter. We have 2018 JLU Rubicon, equipped with the factory tow package. This gives us the ability to pull 3,500, same as you. Side benefits of the tow package for our model was the 4pin/7pin power adapter at the tow hitch, beefier alternator, and pre-wiring for a brake controller. We wanted to "try before you buy" and get a taste of the RV life during the annual ORP 2019 "Not-Cinder's Trip on the Rim". We ended up renting an R-POD 179 and it ticked a lot of boxes for us. Bathroom/Shower Kitchen Queen Bed Convertible dinette that slept our 2 kids HVAC Large Pull-Out Slide (for some extra room) Electronic brakes All of this comes in at 2,300 lbs DRY (no water, no supplies). The R-POD 179 was wonderful, comfy, and easy to pull. It had (if I remember correctly) a 30 gallon water tank and two (2) 15 gallon tanks (1 grey, 1 black water). It also came with a stereo, tv, outdoor shower (in addition to the indoor shower), lots of storage, and a Dometic fridge. Our experience was very largely positive. We did have a mechanical issue with the driver side brake, but it was no fault of the trailer design. It was the fault of the owner not maintaining their gear properly. Extra equipment we had to purchase: Tekonsha P3 brake controller + appropriate wiring harness Husky weight distributing hitch Appropriately sized hitch ball for our specific application (2" in our case, our weight distribution hitch came with a 2 5/16") Grease gun and grease Gloves (rubber disposable for handling your black water tank disposal) RV toilet paper / sanitizer tablets The ball, grease gun, gloves and toilet paper were all surprises for me and represented costs above and beyond what I anticipated. The nice thing, though, is that now I own everything I need to tow a camper trailer again in the future with no extra costs. Some things I learned. Brake Controller: Trailer brakes and a compatible brake controller were a MUST for us. No compromises. Especially considering 90% of our trips out of the valley will involve the steep inclines/declines of the I17. Our Tekonsha P3 was extremely easy to install. It utilizes adaptive braking and progressively increases the force applied to the trailer brakes equivalent to how hard you're stopping. It has an internal sensor that measures how quickly you are stopping. You can manually brake with a touch of a lever, and adjust the amount of braking applied on the fly. Weight Distribution Hitch: I'd highly recommend a weight distributing hitch for both safety and performance. It essentially uses a "wheelbarrow" effect and help redistribute the tongue weight of the trailer across both your front and rear Jeep axels. This results in better handling, braking, etc... In the two below images you'll see the before/after. In the first shot, I just brought the trailer home from the rental place. There is quite a bit of squat. In the 2nd shot, I've got the WD hitch installed and torqued up, helping to take a huge bite out of the "squat" and leveling the Jeep and the trailer. Here's a close up of the WD hitch. Sorry it isn't a very good photo and the load bars are not installed in this photo. There are some zerk/zirc (sp?) fittings to allow for easy greasing up of the load bars. You'll also want to apply a little grease to the ball prior to coupling up the trailer. Our WD hitch also came with a sway control arm, but I didn't use it. It requires drilling holes in the trailer, and since our was a rental we didn't go there. Ball Size: Yes, size matters! Our WD hitch came pre-installed with a 2 5/16" ball. Our trailer rental required a 2". I had to go buy one. Installing it is easier said than done. Our new 2" ball required 480 ft/lb of torque to install. I ain't that strong... Some of the RV forums I was trolling around on had other solutions that involved a B.A.W. (big-assed wrench) and a cheater pipe. Essentially, you will insert the hitch/ball into the receiver sideways and stand on the cheater pipe to get the appropriate torque. You'd then calculate out your weight and the distance up the pipe you need to stand to get the right torque. Sounded shady. I went up to a local shop and the zipped it on with an air wrench. The shop tech said his air tools produced up to 450 ft/lbs. Sanitation: Another unexpected expense/experience was related to the black tank. This is the wastewater tank where the really nasty stuff goes. I ended up needing to purchase some disposable gloves for when I needed to perform the dump of the black tank (see what I did there?) and handle the waste water hose. Dysentery doesn't agree with me, so I figured better safe than sorry. RV toilet paper. Had to buy a 4 pack for our trip. Not something I thought of until the day prior. This stuff is designed break down quickly and to not gum up your black tank. Sanitizing tablets. You'll flush one of these. It helps sanitize the tank and deodorize. Driving: The actual act of towing wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I had COMPLETELY freaked myself out leading up to the big day. My JLUR was confident, and when the trailer was empty, it was almost like it wasn't back there. I don't know if that is a the bonus of the WD hitch, but frankly, it towed like a dream. Towing Safety Checklist: I try to be as safety conscious as I possibly can be. My personality makes me pretty risk averse, but I've also got a pretty crappy memory, especially when dealing with an overload of information regarding RV's and towing. Something I found that helped me out a lot was to create a "towing checklist" in Excel that I printed out and kept in the glove box. It helped me make sure everything was hooked up properly in an order that made sense to me. I also included a "double check" column to force myself in to validating I'd done everything I set out to do. Videos & Forums: Even though I was just renting for a week and not making a long term commitment, I found that finding some Youtube reviews and joining some forums went a long way in understanding the vices and virtues of the RPOD. The RPOD forums in particular were amazing, with a TON of great information regarding common problems, mods, upgrades, and features between the made different years and models of RPOD. A nice thread was out there on maximizing your battery power when you are dry camping and don't have a generator. Youtube videos helps me understand the "how" portion of it. The RV has a ton of different "sub-systems". I watched videos on how to flush the toilet (hahahahaha), how to dump the waste water, how to operate the stove, how to properly use the 3-way fridge (it ran on propane, battery, and "shore power"), how to top off the freshwater tank, and many many many more. I hope this helped, even if only a little. My wife and I have the itch again to buy a trailer, and after our experience - we're pretty sure the RPOD will be at the top of the list of considerations. We've just gotta pay off the Jeep first! Some comparable trailers we will also consider include: Jayco Hummingbird Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro Travel Lite Aura 21RB Jayco Jay Flight Airstream Sport (in my wildest dreams) Airstream Nest (also in my wildest dreams) Since we've got a growing family, we can't expect our two kids to sleep on a dinette, so we're personally going to have to look at something with a bunk bed, or possibly a Class C or Class A motorhome and then flat-tow the Jeep...
  18. 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.
  19. 6 points
    We had a great time today! Thank you, George, Diane and everyone who makes this annual trip possible.
  20. 6 points
    Thanks for bringing it up - I was just about to post a topic about that! ALL CLUB & SUPPORTING MEMBERS: Please be advised that we had to cancel all the existing "Paypal Agreements" that were created from our old site so that it wouldn't automatically renew at the previous club membership cost of $45/yr. There's no way with paypal to lower a recurring charge (silliness, i know!). Don't worry, your memberships are still intact! When your current membership expires, this new site will send you an email and you can renew via a new Paypal Agreement, or just use a credit card directly. Either method will charge you the new lower rate of $39/yr. Just let us know if you still have questions - sorry for the confusion everyone!
  21. 5 points
    We had a great time at the annual dirt gala! Thanks to everybody who made it out there to attend - what a great crowd! Interestingly, some of our longest members were there, along with some of our most recent members, and many others from everywhere in between. COOL! Here are some pictures we took at the event: Our home for the weekend: G checking out the 4x4tographer manor: The RV & trailer area: The teeny tiny snake we found by our camp P1140119_Trim.mp4 Hanging around waiting for the fun to begin: Navigator game pics: Looking forward to the next one!!
  22. 5 points
    Was really great seeing everyone again! Our family had a wonderful weekend with you guys! Here's a few photos from the event. Might have some drone footage over the next few days. Friday night stargazing was pretty solid. The Pleiades, the California nebula, Perseus, Double Cluster, & Capella are all visible in the next image. @ob1jeeper & @Ladybug's new ride! It was really great seeing you guys and Conan the Barkarian again! Clear Creek Canyon and the trail ride
  23. 5 points
    Though we could only come for the afternoon, we had fun with the driving course, and of course we enjoyed seeing many of our friends. Thanks guys & gals...
  24. 5 points
    I'm 99% sure that I'll be there. I've never carved a pumpkin, so don't be surprised if mine looks like Nancy Pelosi. A lot of people may be up there hunting/scouting.
  25. 5 points
    Replaced all my lug nuts today, actually a tire shop did it for me. I do not own an impact wrench and none of my tools could get them loose. They are pretty chewed up and I did not want to round them off and make matters worse. Nothing glamorous but I do not want to have issues should I get a flat somewhere. I ordered an extra bag of 5 accidentally so I have some extras should they be needed. Maybe I will throw some on the spare so they all match up. They were expensive, need to be used & I can be OCD that way. Now I have to noodle through tire rotations because I want to avoid going through this again. I see a couple of jack stands in my future. (Don't tell the boss)
  26. 5 points
    Got most of the metal portion of our sleep platform and on board water and portable fridge cage made. Up next is wood to go on top, wiring in the speakers, etc. Chris got delayed taking care of me after surgery so may not get this done in time for the ORP October gathering. Putting two portable fridges behind the front seats. Platform to go over the top. View from the back. will have a 16 gallon water tank in the middle behind the coolers and in front of the planned drawer system. Drawers to be installed
  27. 5 points
    Not sure about the steps but if you want quality sliders I have always gone to White Castles. They are the best. IMHO. Make sure you order them with cheese.
  28. 5 points
    Found this story on the Hemmings website... Thought some would be interested or perhaps amused... https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/03/27/were-there-really-studebaker-touring-cars-on-the-rubicon-trail-in-the-1920s
  29. 5 points
    Aimee took this photo while her & B were on top of the mountain on 8/12/2020: turns out i had stood in almost the same spot to grab a photo back when i first visited Mammoth on 2/26/2006!
  30. 5 points
    I heard through the grapevine that tommorow morning at 5 and 7 am on channel 3, someone you know will be interviewed. It concerns the new MVD web site and all if it's issues. You don't have to watch both, they are the same interview.
  31. 5 points
    Marty, I have always carried a small, dry chemical (1A10BC) fire extinguisher, like this one. Over the years, I have had to use it twice to put out engine fires (not on my own Jeep, but on others that I was wheeling with). Both engine fires were caused by fuel leaks. Both times, one fire extinguisher was not enough. Fortunately, we had more fire extinguishers in our group and the second extinguisher was enough to put out the fire. On my next Jeep, I plan to carry a couple Element Fire Extinguishers. Russ
  32. 5 points
    Finally got the winch plate to mount the winch. Had to relocate the vacuum pump but otherwise no it to bad.
  33. 5 points
    This is a cool video of the Jeep JL assembly line.
  34. 5 points
    saw this on FB and it made my actually laugh out loud!
  35. 5 points
  36. 5 points
    Trail loop itself was first time exploratory so I am giving it a difficult rating. Kristoffer was a fearless trail leader. Rolling past guest entrance to Castle Hot Springs Past this closed gate is where I believe the Ruby Wash trail begins ‘Tiff in what I believe was the first difficult section. Pardon me bad with directions I get lost leaving the parking lot but K can set me straight.. Ruby wash is basically a loose boulder field. Almost feels like things are constantly slipping out from under you while driving. This was another interesting section We both made it with out too much hassle my camera appears to have caught K with two bum taillights but it’s just trick photography he has a beast of a jk and not afraid to use it! almost like driving up a wall rear lockers engaged.. camera does this photo no justice & we were driving through what looked like a field of poppies This young stud was holding firm ground wouldn’t budge for either of us Thanks K for leading had a great time
  37. 5 points
    “Ask and you shall receive” If this isn’t an example of a great forum I don't know what is. Ask a question and get excellent advice from an admitted new trailer user and a very experienced “old hand”. No flaming, no wise ass remarks. Just solid advice given in two well written posts.
  38. 5 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 5 points
    my collection of random steel and aluminum stock (and some wood) was sprawling out of control. it was somewhat organized in a few trash-cans and on shelving, but still taking up too much room and making it hard to see if i had a particular size piece when i needed it. i ran across this short 3-tier wire shelving at my Walmart for under $25 and realized it would make a perfect organizer for all that stuff. i cut a few sections of wire out to make pockets for larger angle pieces, and then also sub-divided sections with some stiff copper wire i had. my system is that pieces shorter than the top shelf go in the front and the taller stuff in the back. anything shorter than the short shelf (15") goes in some plastic bins. i keep the aluminum, steel, and wood/plastic stuff all in seperate bins or different sides of this new shelving. that just leaves me with a few larger boards and random other tall things in a garbage can, plus some really long and wide items still up on shelves. so that's my $25 solution to a "scraps" storage bin!
  41. 5 points
  42. 5 points
    After a decade, my Jeep has a winch. Okay, so I took it off during my rebuild, but I finally got it back on. I got her all scrubbed up with Dawn soap, a wheel wash brush, and a toothbrush. I mounted it using the same grade 8 hardware as before. In fact, it was all still in the neatly labeled ziplock I put it in 10 years ago. Now I just need a clean way of running the wires. Previously it was just thrown on and not well planned out.
  43. 5 points
  44. 5 points
  45. 4 points
    I felt extremely small next to this JK on 35’s and what looked like a 4” Rough Country lift. In other news, she’s OFFICIALLY PAID OFF! Got my title in the mail this week.
  46. 4 points
    Thanks guys, not a bad day for a 37 year old
  47. 4 points
    Today Kevin (CAVU2) and I ran Crapshoot at Table Mesa. There are only a couple of obstacles and we failed to get any pictures of them. However, we stumbled upon this abandoned Jeep from Colorado on the side of the trail. There was a chain around the rear bumper and it looked like they were trying to pull him out sideways, instead of forward?: The vehicle was stuffed full of camping gear. There was also a pressure washer on the ground. Kevin said the vehicle had a 'prospector' bumper sticker which would explain the pressure washer. This was strange because there are no claims, prospects, or mines anywhere near this area: We also stumbled upon a nearby laptop that apparently belonged to our hapless prospector. The optical drive contained an interesting DVD. I wanted to take it home, but Kevin thought otherwise and I told him I left it behind.........or did I?
  48. 4 points
    Yup. We’ve dropped temps from “surface of the sun” to “not too bad”, and Its time to check/renew your first aid kits. This is a decent article on the subject. Even if he talks about checking kits at the BEGINNING of summer. Ha! https://www.4x4training.com/w/refresh-your-first-aid-kit/ While you’re at it, replace the batteries in anything that spent the summer in your vehicle.
  49. 4 points
    well the 2 Liter kit of Raptor Liner i got didn't got as far as i had thought ! i only got a little over half done, so i ordered a couple more bottles. i was able to coat 1 side and the edges of everything plus the second sides on a couple boards. i'm pretty happy with how it came out, especially considering i only bought the $17 standard spray gun. i cranked the pressure up to 70 PSI, which is a little higher than recommended - but i'd read it would give a finer texture and it did. you can't go too high or it blows out so much material so fast that you lose the texture again. apparently you can get an even finer grain if you spring for the $75 adjustable gun, or mix with reducer and use an HVLP gun. at the 70PSI, i ended up needing to hold it a good 12+ inches from the surface and move pretty fast to keep it from getting "muddy". i still ended up with that smooth look in some corners where i overlapped too many times: i used 3M 18mm automotive refinish masking tape over any screw heads that need to come back out still. each piece of tape was removed with a pick tool about 30 minutes after spraying. this whole strip will be covered with a piano hinge: yesterday i also spray painted several areas black where i needed to tape over a screw head but was worried that the uncoated edge might not be fully covered up by a hinge or whatnot. here's one more photo showing the overall texture and sheen. now i'm super anxious as i've got this nearly ready-to-assemble project but the rest of the Raptor Liner isn't going to be here till Thursday!
  50. 4 points
    This was our first outing with this group 3 years ago and it was AWESOME. It's a welcoming inclusive group that will make you feel like you have been a part of it forever. Just a warning though.....they may attempt to raffle off your rig when you aren't looking!
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