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  1. 11 points
    I made it. Three nights four days. Thanks to Jim, jgaz, for the valuable information
  2. 10 points
    Figured I'd put together a little post to help track our latest acquisition, Gandalf! For those that know us, we've been trying out different campers/trailers for a few years now, learning as much as we can by renting. We ended up landing on purchasing a motorhome due to the Jeep's pretty limited towing capacity + our family's size (with 2 growing kids). We made sure to find a rig that is fully capable of towing the Jeep with all of her added bulk. Here are some specs on Gandalf: 2005 Winnebago Sightseer 30B Ford F53 chassis (18,000lbs) 6.8L SOHC Triton V10 4R100 4-speed overdrive transmission 310 hp @ 4,250 RPM 425 ft/lbs @ 3,250 RPM GVWR: 18,000lbs GCVW: 26,000lbs Length: 30'11" We named him Gandalf after everyone's favorite wizard, Gandalf, from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Look at the size of that driveshaft! I believe Gandalf is sporting a Dana D80 rear end. Here's the Jeep, trying on our storage slot for size. Our neighboring coaches dwarf Gandalf at 45ft.... massive. Here's Gandalf on his first voyage this past weekend to the Grand Canyon National Park. We found a nice park at "Trailer Village RV Park" (where I was expecting to see Joe Dirt), but it was actually pretty nice, only 5 minutes from the south rim! We had several maintenance items that needed to be taken care of to make the RV safe to drive on the road. I'll try to cover these in some future posts. For now, we're very happy with our purchase, we got a heck of a deal and it was very well-maintained by the previous owner. Here's to future adventures, exploring our gorgeous nation with @Yodamom and the kids!
  3. 9 points
    I would like the ORP community to help me acquire one of these. See trip report from this weekends trip led by Ryan for justification. https://images.app.goo.gl/5WgYNku5iqeNATvi6
  4. 9 points
    A neighbor posted this to facebook - taken last night. What a view!! That's the Cerbat Mountains in silouette, and lights from Kingman.
  5. 9 points
    The counter tops are in! Well, mostly. One of the bathroom cabinets arrived damaged, so that top has to wait, but the rest are done. I love them !
  6. 9 points
    Check out the short dash cam video in the link below. https://www.thedrive.com/news/41371/watch-a-jeep-grand-cherokee-get-kod-by-lightning-in-terrifying-video I don’t think I’d want to try and tackle that electrical repair. You can see the brake lights fade out as it coasts to a stop.
  7. 9 points
    what a crazy day! the only "on the trail" photo i got was this scenic shot of Woody coming up out of the creek: carnage report... @gearhead suffered a punctured sidewall, but fortunately told us he has Discount Tire replacement certs. @CAVU2 destroyed a rear tail-light when his rig tried to reverse-cowgirl a tree that was in his blind-spot while backing up. @SonoranWanderer did great at maneuvering the extra length of his new Gladiator Mojave - only a few new scrapes on the factory skids, control-arm mounts, etc. Gadget so far looks to have escaped with only a few minor new scrapes on the underbelly too. some other folks had a worse time... air & RAZR rescue... on what i think is currently the sketchiest part of the trail (an off-camber, steep, loose down-hill), a guy had rolled his RAZR and suffered a compound fracture. i didn't see him up-close, but a couple folks said was acting a fair bit delirious and had lost some blood. others had righted his RAZR before when we got there, but the brakes weren't working and it was blocking the trail as no-one wanted to try and maneuver it out of the sketchy area without the ability to stop! we had just passed the others from his group in their 2 side-by-sides before here, supposedly heading to Oracle to get parts/supplies. they'd left their buddy with a couple dirt-bike riders that just happened upon the scene. supposedly his "friends" had been complete assholes, smacking his arm and joking around - not to mention leaving him with strangers to wait for the air evac. there was some discussion about the fact the injured guy should probably look for some new trail partners. we also wondered if all of them had been drinking based on their eagerness to leave the scene. after the evac, the dirt-bikers and our group worked together to get the RAZR fixed and off the trail. i just recently started carrying spare fluids again and was able to give them brake fluid to refill the RAZR, plus a pair of needle-nose vice grips to pinch-off the busted brake-line. then one of the dirt-bike guys rode the razer up past the sketchy area and we moved it up to the top of the hill just off the trail. Kevin donated a can of Fix-A-Flat to one of the dirt-bikes with a low rear tire, but it was still losing air from the valve-stem. Woody gave him a new valve core but it was still leaking after i aired him up. Woody had a metal cap with an o-ring seal, and we figured that would hold the low PSI they run long enough to get to pavement. this whole side-adventure killed a couple hours at least, but we made great time on the trail otherwise. more nice folks... later, a older couple came up behind us in their TJ while we were navigating a tight rocky area. the guy "hadn't been on this trail in 10 years", and his lady friend, Pam, seemed a little nervous about this technical section they were about to do. it turned out he was a great driver and didn't need any spotting at all. they followed behind us till we went over to the optional "Step" obstacle. Pam shot a couple videos and was nice enough to take down our info and send them to us: we got off the trail well before dark, but all still had to drive back to Phoenix. it was a long, but memorable day and everyone from our group had a great time. here's a big "thank you" to @gearhead for organizing and leading this run!
  8. 9 points
  9. 9 points
    These 2 guys are having way too much fun. Riding a home built rail cart to Goat Canyon Trestle in Carrizo Gorge, Anza Borrego park in Cali. George should ditch the bicycle for this!
  10. 9 points
    The fam and I took a little spur of the moment trip up to Sedona yesterday to get out of town for a bit. We ended up running through Broken Arrow, as @Yodamom hadn't see it yet, and I think it's frankly one of the biggest bang for your buck trails in the area. I love living in the north valley as that puts places like Sedona just 1.5 hours of our driveway and makes for an easy getaway whenever we want a dramatic change of scenery. A few photos just as we entered the trail and aired down. Submarine rock is my absolute favorite part of this trail. I could spend most of my day hanging out there. When there are no vehicles around and the tourists quiet down, its amazing how quiet this large of an open space really is. Chicken Point always has some pretty dramatic scenery. A little flexing just before Devil's Staircase Here's the staircase itself. The girls hanging out with the Jeep at Chicken Point. Brynna really wanted a photo with one of the Pink Jeeps since "her room is pink and he pants are pink and pink is her favorite color". She's also let me know that she wants her own pink Jeep when she's old enough to drive.
  11. 8 points
    George and I haven't been wheeling much at all this season, because we've been super-busy with another big project. Some of our friends know, but it's going to be news to others, that we're moving to Mohave county! It took us a long time to finally settle on a location, and after not being able to find a house that we wanted, we bought some land and we are building one. We settled on a spot about 15 miles northeast of Kingman in a neighborhood called Valle Vista. It totally reminds us of Fountain Hills back in the day; there's a gas station, a few restaurants, a Dollar General and a golf course. We're pretty much building a replica of the house and garage building that we have now on a slightly larger lot. This is going to be the view out my kitchen window: This is also out the back, looking toward Kingman: This is looking out the front: We will be exploring a lot more in the northern sections of the state, not to mention Death Valley, Mojave Road, Lake Mead, and such, and leading some adventures there too. We're looking forward to unexplored territory! More...
  12. 8 points
    For Black Friday @Number7 and I ran the Chloride Mines trail near Chloride, AZ. This is the trail where the Painted rocks are located. We ran it west to east, the opposite of directions shown in Wells trail guide. It is a very scenic trail, with eastern and western views from the Cerbat Mountains. We could see all the way to Valle Vista from one vantage point. There are 2 campgrounds along the way, but neither of those will accommodate a very large group. They were kind of funky, you had to carry your stuff a long way to the table and fire ring. The trail itself is easy with a couple mildly moderate spots. It took us 2.5 hours including a quick (it was freezing!) lunch stop. Overlooking Chloride
  13. 8 points
    Did one of the last interior items I intend to do on the Wagoneer. Installed some slip type seat covers from Seats Unlimited in Mesa. Before and after pics below. Carpet was done a few weeks ago while I was waiting for the seat covers to come. Still need to redo the Sun Visors.
  14. 8 points
    Brady doesn't get his license for a couple more months, but he already has a Jeep! we looked seemingly FOREVER to find an affordable older JK without too many miles and in decent shape - apparently they're made from solid unobtanium! anything that was a good deal was gone the same day it was posted, otherwise we'd find ones that had clearly been in major wrecks or customized really poorly with tons of junk that was falling apart. we finally found this "Jeep Green Metallic" 2009 Wrangler X with only 41k miles! we were the first ones to go see it the same day it was listed, and were ready to make a deal. B has named her Fiona, from the movie Shrek! i don't think it's been cleaned inside since 2009, and needs a fair amount of TLC - but all small projects we can work on together. she drives really nice (once i took the tires down from the 47 psi they were at!) and seems to be in good mechanical condition overall. there's a Teraflex 2.5" coil spacer lift installed, along with their 9550 shocks. the lift clears the oversize tires fine for street use. she also has front disconnects, but the tires are a bit too big for the lift and would probably rip off the fenders if you did disconnect. the 35" A/T's from Hercules (a discount brand made by Cooper) have nearly full tread and perfectly even wear so far. they're on 15" steel simulated beadlock rims which just barely clear the front calipers. the long term plan is to either go down a tire size, or install a bit more lift. she came with a bikini top only, and most of the straps were broken off. however, we were very fortunate to find a full OEM soft top on Craigslist yesterday! the purchased top includes all the hardware, which is awesome because we aren't sure which brackets and such Fiona even still has. Gadget is not impressed with having to sit outside a couple days until we get the top installed! more updates soon as we dig in to all the little projects and maintenance together!
  15. 8 points
    Following up on my post from a few months ago, I replaced both front seat belts in the Wag with new ones from Juliano's. The retractor reel was acting up and we decided to play it safe and go with new. Installed easily and ready to go.
  16. 8 points
  17. 8 points
    what & why i realized that i couldn't really lift a 37x13.5" tire/wheel and line it up on the carrier at the same time, so i made a hoist that can raise or lower it effortlessly. i keep a battery powered drill in my rig, which runs the hoist quickly - but in a pinch i could also just use a ratchet. i'll probably make a better video, but here's an early test: building it the main component is an LCI RV Spare Tire Winch, which is designed to mount under a camper or trailer just like the factory one on many pickup trucks. it's really just a specialized worm gear hand winch - i prefer the worm gear style over a simple two-way ratcheting winch as it gives you more precise control, can switch direction at any time you need, has less moving parts, and the design is inherently load-holding. i drilled holes across an extra splined lug-nut key and attached it to the winch so that i can turn it using anything with a 3/4" socket (i.e. a ratchet or drill with a socket adapter). FYI, this inexpensive drill-adapter would be an even easier choice if anyone decides to tackle this project themselves. i cut off the wheel grabber that it came with and put a loop in the end of the cable instead, mainly because i needed to pass the cable through a small slit (more on that in a moment). then i made a new wheel holder that hooks onto that loop and fits more securely in two of my wheel's lug nut holes. original part on left, new wheel grabber on right: here's how it fits into the wheel: i made a simple bracket to mount the winch to. it bolts into the upper 4 tire carrier mounting points. i actually have a Teraflex Alpha Tire Carrier, but it mounts to the tailgate in the same holes as the factory one. i needed a slit cut into the Teraflex spare mounting plate for the cable to pass through. to create it, i drilled 2 holes and then connected them using a rotary tool with a carbide burr. then this pulley got bolted to the plate (or this one would work as well): the little piece of aluminum over the top of the pulley is just to hold the cable in the groove even when there's no weight on it. here's the final product: cable extended, ready to attach to the spare using my wheel grabber (still sitting on top of the tire in this photo): after the spare is raised and bolted onto the tire carrier, only the cable loop is visible slightly... ...but that gets covered up by my custom license plate / third brake light / camera mount: here are the Ryobi tools i carry under the rear seat in a JeepSwag DirtBagz bag. besides the 1/2" impact wrench, there's a JobPlus base tool and 3 interchangeable heads: right-angle drill, rotary tool, and reciprocating saw. i use a 3/4" socket on the impact wrench for lug nuts, and then just move that socket over to the drill (with a socket adapter) to run the hoist. improvements & other ideas this project was pretty straight-forward and seems to work well. the only potential issue i see thus far is the length of the LCI RV Spare Tire Winch's cable. it's just barely long enough to reach the spare on the ground with my current lift and tire size. there's also no additional room on the drum, so it can't be easily extended. this Dutton-Lainson 1500lb is the next smallest worm-gear winch i could find which would have plenty of room for extra cable. but you'd need to build a small fairlead for it to keep the cable lined up with the slot in the tire carrier plate. Harbor Freight has a cheap slightly bigger one, but it's actually kind of large and heavy in-person. i also strongly considered using a small electric ATV winch, but in the end i was dissuaded by nearly 15 pounds of weight and added complexity of running decent gauge wires to it. sometimes simplicity wins out, even on a "Gadget Jeep"! i did find this incredibly cheap Tyrannosaurus 2k synthetic ATV winch that would probably work quite well. in fact, if i you have a heavy duty bumper-mounted tire carrier and 40's then IMO, that would be the way to go.
  18. 8 points
    Took the 1st load of stuff to the new house yesterday. We'll be fully moved by the end of the week. Needs a few things to make it a 'home', but I am totally loving the place. I think the island looks beautiful .
  19. 8 points
    This year's Gala is being organized 100% by Offroad Passport members! We'd like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you!" to the following folks for putting this all together, including spending their time & fuel scouting for camp sites: @4x4tographer & @Yodamom @Bradywgn71 & @kaspily @shellback91 @Trail Toy Ya'll are awesome! - The Offroad Passport Founders (Kristoffer, George & Diane)
  20. 8 points
    Clifford is all moved in already! Just make yourself at home buddy, see you in a couple weeks! I am in love with my new house!
  21. 8 points
    Stuff continues to happen at the new house, George will be up there next week painting. I grabbed this picture off facebook taken yesterday evening from a vineyard near our new neighborhood. Evening walks and skies like this are part of the reason I'm excited to move.
  22. 8 points
    My buddy Al has been working out
  23. 8 points
    i bought a set of Dirt Bagz for my JK Unlimited to cleanup several different sized bags i previously had shoved under the back seat. these are available for 2 and 4 door JK's as well as JL Wranglers. they come in a pair. a nice touch is that they are left/right specific so the zippers face the same way on each side. i measure each one to be about 19" x 8" x 4" plus another inch every direction if you really stuff them full. you can easily get quite a bit of junk in. the lids also have a thin pocket accessible via internal zipper. the main zippers are large and don't get tangled in the heavy duty fabric. they appear to be mostly made from PVC coated nylon or similar. the sides are further reinforced with 3" webbing sewn in. the webbing also contributes to the overall stiffness, so they keep their shape even when empty. i cut up the box they came in to make an additional stiffener for the bottoms. my favorite feature is they fit on the floor in front of the rear seats when you want to fold those down! so now when i fold down the passenger side to deploy my sleep platform, there's just one bag to move, and a dedicated place to put it. the placement still works even if the front seat is all the way back. shipping was fast, only took 2 days to arrive here in AZ. they're a little pricey considering you can just grab any old tool bag for much less... however, they seem to be high quality and are purpose-built/sized to the exact space available making for a really clean & convenient storage solution.
  24. 8 points
    She never talks to me about stuff. We need counseling
  25. 8 points
  26. 8 points
    Video Links, including DPS rescue. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/J9_hAbA7QvSCwi_NlDH-1A.Pr-dqEiQ5YtZoLxzNIlII_ Pictures. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/_-7QmnhtSM6LZQuUKrr8rA.znM_5sLpFT-oJZgAoy30LU
  27. 8 points
    George @Number7 had a little adventure over last weekend, rescuing his friend's Rhino SxS. Below is his friend's write up about their experience. When he mentions in the story that they had to go over a spot that he had marked on his map as 'impassable' he's talking about Rocker Panel Pass (which G says is rougher than ever right now). If you were with ORP on a trail ride in 2010 and we found a tortoise out past Rocker Panel Pass, that's about where the Rhino was. Rhino Side by Side Adventure On Monday 2/8/21 we did a fairly strenuous hike on a high ridge above Horseshoe Canyon so we planned an easy ride on our Rhino side by side for Tuesday. The plan was to visit the area of the 2019 Verde forest fire shown on the map below. We had been on the trails in this area on a small 2WD quad ATV in 2001 2001 2021 The Rhino we now have is 4WD and well equipped with large oversized tires, skid plates, etc. We started out from the Bush trail head and went north on forest trails 1848,403,1852 and 1096. The trip took about four hours and was unusually tough with many rocks, boulders, washouts, steep up and downs, etc., so we decided to take a different route back. Plan was to take 160 east to 1855 south, then 1851,403 and 1847. Many times we have found that trails numbered with 3 digits are more traveled and in much better shape than 4 digit trails, hence we choose 160 going east. Surprise, the 160 trail was TERRIBLE. The further we went the worse it got. The downhills were so steep and rutted that we were at the point of no return back up those hills. We have driven our Rhinos 15,000 miles on all types forest trails in the last 16 years with no accidents, this time we flipped ours on its side. We were stuck on this very steep hill, miles from any help and no cell phone service. For about 10 years we have carried at Spot device which can send a SOS message to search and rescue folks and provide them our exact location. We had never had occasion to use it before but needless to say we did now. The device indicates when a SOS is sent but there is no feedback showing the message was received. We waited on site for 1 hour and then started hiking on down the trail realizing we would probably not reach help by nightfall. A short while later a low flying helicopter went past us and hovered directly over the Rhino. A short while later they spotted us and landed a short distance ahead of us and got us onboard. LIFT OFF…..OUR RHINO CIRCLED IN RED The Maricopa Sheriffs copter took us directly to the Bush trail head where our car and trailer were parked. . There two officers awaited us along with our daughter who had been notified of the SOS by them. They checked our health and asked for identification so they could complete a report AND SEND US A BILL FOR THE HELICOPTER SERVICE! I once heard someone was charged $1700 for the service. We got our drivers licenses from the car and I inquired as to the possible cost, the officer replied he was JOKING, hallelujah and many thanks to the Sheriff’s search and rescue team. The officers said that we were on our own as far as retrieving our Rhino and they would not be helping in that endeavor. Retrieving the Rhino turned into exciting 1.5 day adventure which will be documented in the near future. RETRIEVING OUR RHINO 1/10/21 The rescue helicopter took us to our car at the Bush trailhead. While driving home I called our friend George Zalman who operates the OFFROAD PASSPORT jeep club. We live close to each other and only about 10 miles from the trailhead. He was home and told us to swing by which we did. We showed him where our Rhino was on a topo map and he was very familiar with the area. He said he could retrieve the Rhino with his jeep and would pick me up at our house in a few minutes. The shortest way to the Rhino from Highway 87 was the dreaded 160 trail. The Jeep folks are aware of how bad that trail is and about 2 miles in we came to a section I had marked on my topo map 20 years ago as an IMPASSE (see red X on attached map). George has modified his jeep to handle about any terrain and I cannot describe how tough this section of 160 is, I’m still in disbelief that we got through it (sorry no photos). We got to the Rhino and got it upright by winching to a large hillside boulder (again no photos). Next problem was it would not start. All the gas had run out on the ground but an onboard spare gallon tank was full and we used it but still no luck starting. We tried dripping gas directly into the intake, bypassed brake starting switches, and everything else we could think of to get it started but with no success. It was getting dark and the decision was made to tow it out. Without describing all the details I will just say that doing this in the dark was a nightmare. Because of sharp switchbacks it was not possible to hook the Rhino directly to the jeep but instead we had to drag it using the winch cable and I was onboard steering it in the dark with no lights or power steering because the battery was rundown. It was critical to drag the Rhino brakes on the steep down hills to avoid smashing into the jeep. After about an hour of this my 87 year old arms gave out (they had been steering the Rhino for over 5 hours earlier that day). George said we only had two more hours to go but I wimped out. We left the Rhino and it took us an hour just to jeep out. I got home about 10:30 that night. ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER TRY 1/10/21 George was available Tuesday afternoon and I recruited our grandson Kramer to be the Rhino pilot. He and George went in the Jeep to get the Rhino while Del and I towed our trailer to the Sugar Loaf trailhead and several miles on the 402 trail so as to shorten the Rhino towing distance. To our surprise the tow crew appeared with the Rhino in less than 2 hours. In the daylight they had unhooked the winch on some steep hills and let Kramer freewheel down. In summary, it was an interesting 2 day adventure with lots of lucky happenings after the not so lucky wheels up flip. The most important lessons learned are: 1. Do not proceed beyond the point of no return 2. Do not proceed where passage is doubtful Many thanks to George and Kramer and the Guardian Angel that kept us injury free.
  28. 8 points
    Here's a few that I took....Not much left of the assayer's office, nor the sup's home office...Still cool to see some of that equipment, and always fun to see water in Burro Creek! smiles, ladybug PS- You should all know that I am not ill. I only picked up one rock yesterday - a beautiful piece of quartz, which I gave to Mia and Marilyn....I am fine!
  29. 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.
  30. 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!
  31. 7 points
    Thanks @Sonoranrunner more info and pics soon! Great meeting the group and hope the return home was all safe!
  32. 7 points
    Today we went 'splorin our new stomping grounds. We went from route 66 to Gregg's Hideout on Lake Mead via Anteras Road. From the Lake we came down Stockton Hill Road towards Kingman, and then cut across on yet more dirt roads to find our way to the wineries behind Valle Vista. It was scenic and the weather is great. We're hoping to find some fun adventuresome places and camping spots. Here's a few pics from the day. Almost home, Valle Vista in the distance.
  33. 7 points
  34. 7 points
    Currently working on hard mounting the compressor in the back. Picked up a Quadratech JK tailgate shelf used and mounted in in the bed. Compressor is a Puma 3.6CFM 1.5gallon and is just strapped in for now as I need to get power to the bed and get the plumbing run. I still use the truck to haul wood for my woodworking so I wanted to keep this off the back floor. when I get custom or exotic rough cut it usually come in 8 or 10' length so I need all I have!! Still a long way to go
  35. 7 points
    Drove up today to the spots. Everything is fully dry and spot #2 looks awesome. Lots of level areas for RVs and tents. There were a lot of campers in the surrounding area but most looked to be leaving. Spot 2 has a ton of room. Also, off the main road which is nice. Cell signal (Verizon and at&t) was awful this time. Likely the result of all the campers in the area. Hopefully cell signal better for those needing to work prior to the Gala. However, a short drive back a few miles and much better cell signal. See ya all later this week. We'll post up which spot we land in Wednesday dinner time.
  36. 7 points
    We have 2021 Gala souvenir shirts available for pre-order! This is a limited time offer, please click here for details... HUGE thanks to @4x4tographer for the fun design on these!
  37. 7 points
    couple of neat moody photos of Gadget from @4x4tographer taken on our Woodchute Trail run...
  38. 7 points
    I saw a post on Facebook about Burro Schmidt's Tunnel. The poster had taken this photo which intrigued me, so I so I looked it up. Found this tidbit on a Visit California website, which enabled me to actually find the location on google maps. https://www.visitcalifornia.com/experience/burro-schmidt-tunnel/ See a wacky-weird 32-year effort to dig through a mountain—by hand If there was ever a road to nowhere, this route through the heart of a remote mountain in the vast Mojave Desert might just be the most head-scratching route you’ll ever visit. The tunnel is a roughly 2,000-foot-long tube dug out of solid rock by miner Burro Schmidt; it starts at his still-standing cabin compound, then heads through Copper Mountain to emerge on the other side, on a remote ledge at an elevation of 4,000 feet. What’s even more bizarre is that Schmidt, who started the tunnel in 1902 and kept digging for more than three decades, scooped it all out by hand, with just a bit of help from a few well-placed explosives. The site, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, is about 40 miles north of the town of Mojave. Follow State Highway 14 northeast for 20 miles, then, at the fork, keep right on Redrock Randsburg Road. (Redrock Canyon State Park is on your left.) Continue 11 miles northeast to Mesquite Canyon Road (a dirt route best traveled via high-clearance 4WD), then left onto dirt EP15 for 2.7 miles to the half-mile spur road that leads to the fenced but visible Burro Schmidt Tunnel and homestead. “We don’t encourage people to go in the structures or the tunnel,” says BLM field manager Carl Symons, “but you can see his cabin and where he was trying to get through the mountain—no one knows why.” The BLM office in Ridgecrest offers informative flyers and can share details on road conditions and access; stop by or call (300 S. Ridgecrest Rd.; 760/384-5400). Turns out we've been been past it numberous times on the way back and forth to The Rubicon. It might be a cool place to camp for a night on the way to somewhere else if it's not too hot. Google Map Link
  39. 7 points
    George is at the new house this week painting the interior. He sent a bunch of pictures this morning; my first look at the inside! Main room Kitchen pantry G said there was a haboob this morning
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    Been a crazy year healthwise for us. Additionally, with us selling our house in mid May we had a push to get her back together. Thanks to @theksmith for multiple visits. She is alive and back together. Currently finishing up the drawer system and waiting on the correct size water tanks to come in. We'll be without a garage for a while so will attempt to finish up wiring in the refrigerators, invertor, and water pump soon. Planing on Trail Hero in October for sure. Pictures of the new metal frame and getting wood cut and fitted. Up near seats the two refrigerators will go. Behind that is the water tanks (14 gallons). Then a large drawer on slides. Under that is a pull out table.
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    Yeah! They poured the main slabs today! It's frickin freezing up here Frank! Brrrrr
  44. 7 points
    We already sold our house in Fountain Hills, and are really lucky that the new owner is leasing it back to us until our new house is done. We've already hired a builder, got the permits, and the foundation is going in. The date of completion should be sometime in June or July - the perfect time of year to move! But at least it should be just in time to experience our first Kingman summer about 10 degrees cooler on average.
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    Before and after, thanks Kris
  46. 7 points
    yesterday was our 7th time going up to the Mogollon Rim area to cut down a tree thanks to the National Forest Christmas Tree Permit program! i highly recommend this as an awesome family activity and the NF has made it even easier now that you can get the permits online: Apache-Sitgreaves Tree Permit... Coconino Tree Permit... we missed the last few years after i got Gadget since i haven't had a roof rack or trailer. the last time we went was when the @Bradywgn71s came with us in 2015: but this year i had a plan... @aimee took this shot from our neighborhood as we left the house bright and early! we almost didn't go because i worried about mud after this week's rain. there's been plenty of snow on some of the previous trips, but this year has stayed too warm for much of the white stuff. fortunately the mud wasn't bad at all. after driving around some offshoots of FR300, we saw a nice little grove of Fir and then Aimee picked out a pretty little tree. Brady "chopped it down" using my trusty 18v reciprocating saw and a long demolition blade. after the required poses with the tree, it was time for my genius plan... no roof rack, no trailer, no problem! i mean that will totally not fall off at 75 MPH for nearly 2 hours right? on the way out of the forest, i continued Aimee & B's least favorite tradition - making them listen to Jingle Cat's Meow Christmas! and well the tree... completely survived hwy 260 and the I-17 all the way back to Phoenix! there were a lot of open mouths and smiles and pointing from passengers in other cars though it's not the fullest tree we've ever found - but it came out nice once Aimee got it lit and decorated. and now that it survived the freeway, we just have to keep the cats from destroying it! Merry Christmas to all our 4x4 friends!
  47. 7 points
    FYI: If you carefully remove the Grand Cherokee badge, the letters can be repurposed into.......... Hey. It was a slow night at work.
  48. 7 points
    We had such a fun long weekend!! Thank you for this great time!! Link to photo album Sarah's photos
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    Thanks to the Orp staff for a great weekend. Kris, the trail ride was perfect. Good to see new faces and old friends. John
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    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.
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