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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 7 points
    We didn’t careen off the highway and explode. Home safe. Big thanks to everyone that helped us out!
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 6 points
    We had a great time today! Thank you, George, Diane and everyone who makes this annual trip possible.
  9. 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!
  10. 5 points
    This is a cool video of the Jeep JL assembly line.
  11. 5 points
    saw this on FB and it made my actually laugh out loud!
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    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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
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    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.
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  22. 4 points
    i'm working on installing Nemesis Industries' Notorious front & rear aluminum flares on my 2016 JKUR. the Notorious rears are similar width to stock and the fronts are a couple inches narrower. Nemesis also offers Odyssey (full-width) and Crawler (narrow) versions. old front flares off, ready for something new: i always liked the look of aftermarket flares, but they had been low on the priority list until i recently trashed my stock rears pretty bad. all 4 of my flares had been heavily scratched and pitted for a while and the color-matched OEM flares are really difficult to touch up because the plastic gouges so easily even with tree limbs. i still love the look of body color-matched flares, but i'm just using spray paint on these new Nemesis ones because i'm sure i'll need to touch them up eventually too. i just couldn't justify paying a body-shop for a professional paint job on something i know i'll be damaging. i do hope them being slightly narrower helps them stay out of the rocks a little better though. i ordered the new Notorious front and rear flares separately just to space out my large purchases a bit. the fronts arrived last week, well packaged and damage free. Nemesis' online instructions for installing the flares are very detailed and easy to follow. it's pretty straightforward with only a couple reinforcement brackets on each side and a few holes to drill. first test-fit and marking where to drill: upper aluminum support bracket: the lower support bracket turned into its own project on the passenger side because of my K&N snorkel... on the driver side you can see how the lower brackets are supposed to install: the snorkel routes though that exact spot though: i was able to cut the bracket into a couple pieces and make it work around the snorkel. after all that, i was ready to paint the flares. i ordered the "raw" flares but you can also get them powder coated black from Nemesis. the tops came well prepped (sanded), i just gave them a quick wash and scrub of mild vinegar solution with a 3M Red Scotch Brite sanding pad and then rinsed them and let dry. i'm trying Rust-Oleum's Aluminum Primer on these instead of the self-etching primer that i've used before. it went on fairly heavy and was easy to get an even coat. it's a high-build soft primer that sands smooth easily. after priming and sanding, i put a couple coats of Krylon Fusion Satin Black on the under-sides. this morning i taped the bottom sides off and put a first coat of Granite Crystal color match on the tops, and now they just need to sit and dry so i can put on a second coat and then i'll finish with a clear. stay tuned!
  23. 4 points
    We have 4 spots open on our permit. Plan to meet in Jerome 8am monday morning and run smiley rock trail. Lunch in Jerome or Cottonwood then up Casner trail. We will camp somewhere up in the pines and drive home tuesday.
  24. 4 points
    Same for me when I read this
  25. 4 points
    Met up with @theksmith & son, @CAVU2, @SonoranWanderer for a nice little run through the Prescott NF to explore a loop south of Camp Wood Road and south of Hyde Mountain. A large portion of this area was damaged by the 2018 Subbs Fire caused by lightning. Originally, we were trying to escape the heat in the valley with the seasonal high in the area being 85-ish degrees. Little did we know that there would be a record 116-118 heatwave across the valley. Our average high was 93 while we were on the run, but then we got slammed with a monsoon on the way home and the mercury dropped FOURTY DEGREES. It was amazing. We meet up at the Chevon on Outer Loop Road north of Prescott for fuel and coffee and made our way to Camp Wood Road which took us into the heart of the Prescott NF. This gas station is a great place to meet up before exploring PNF, situated about 10-15min south of the east end of Camp Wood Road. The below links rate these trails as “moderate”, but I’d have to completely disagree, coming from a stock tire/suspension Rubicon. Only Sheridan Mountain warranted a moderate rating. Conger and South Mesa were both in the easy range. Sheridan Mountain - This 12mi trail took us into the heart of the damage left by the 2018 Stubbs Fire which leveled almost 13 sq/mi of forest and desert. Views will included the sad but impressive damage left by the fire, granite outcroppings, views of the BT Butte, and panoramic views. The trail was overall very easy, growing much more technical by the “end” of the trail where it beings to fade at the top of Smith Mesa. The trail actually continues on much further and might make for a nice technical run some day when it’s cooler. Conger Water - We doubled back and grabbed the connecting 6mi Conger Water Trail. Overall, this trail was pretty unremarkable (IMHO), but had a few interesting views here and there. There was a large number of hiking trail heads and a lush pygmy juniper forest known for Alligator Juniper trees. We broke for lunch at about noon under the shade of the tallest juniper we could find, which is saying a lot. Lunch was surprisingly comfortable with a nice breeze cooling the air down for us a bit. South Mesa - We dumped out on to the South Mesa trail with the option to either take an easier route north into the pines, or south along a rougher road to some views from South Mesa. We took the northern route, which was pretty smooth, and were in the tall Ponderosa Pines before we knew it. We came across some HUGE campsites that could accommodate up to around 50 rigs and some pretty impressive granite boulder fields. We wrapped up the day headed back east on Camp Wood Road and aired up near the end. On the horizon we could see the monsoon doing its thing, pretty much developing from nothing over the course of the day. The rain was dumping all over the entire Prescott region on our way back to the Phoenix valley. The day’s route: Now for some pictures! Our little caravan rolling through the damage left by the Stubbs Fire Here’s an excellent demonstration of how quickly the monsoon can pop up here in AZ. The below 2 images were taken about an hour apart from each other. Damage from the Stubbs Fire can be seen in the foreground. From the top of the Smith Mesa. At this point the trail fades and becomes pretty technical in a few spots. This is about the only section to grant it it’s “moderate” rating. Climbing back up in elevation towards the cooler pine forest The area we stopped at to air up had just recently seen rain, so it was a touch cooler, which was welcome. This was also Luna the Jeep Dog’s very first off-road trip with me. Monsoon action over Prescott A drive through the heart of the storm and proof the temps fell to darn near hypothermia-levels. I saw @CAVU2 & @SonoranWanderer cruise past me at a light with the top down on K2’s Rubicon. Hope you guys didn’t get too wet! Original trip discussion here:
  26. 4 points
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE MONTANA! Cheers to you.. have a great day today and a happy, prosperous 2020
  27. 4 points
    FWIW, Moab is opening up. Karen & I were there last week, as the town begins to recover from the shut-down. Trails were open, however BLM and some state lands remain closed to camping, but restrictions are easing, and the national parks were scheduled to begin opening at the end of this month...
  28. 4 points
    Yes, I have a full 5 gallon in the Jeep. Also, if I don't bring home some fudge from crown king for my wife, I can't go home
  29. 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.
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    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.
  32. 4 points
    She can have the gas tank for $12,000
  33. 4 points
    A few pictures from today’s fun run:
  34. 4 points
  35. 4 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.
  36. 4 points
    Here are some pictures from the trail ride yesterday. Thanks everyone who came out to enjoy the day! The weather was beautiful, and we had a nice day. Along for the ride were: @klaykrusher @Eugene @GRUNT @gearhead @lofreqjeff @curbjumper @Number7 & me. See all my pictures here: Montana Mountain Pictures Here are a few Grunt is already trying to pick fights
  37. 4 points
    D sent me a message to bring extra hamburger patties. I am picking them up, today. Apparently the attendance for the event is going through the roof since word got out that I am coming.
  38. 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?
  39. 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.
  40. 4 points
    Hey Kris, we are at the meet up spot, saw it was cancelled but Al and I are going to check it out. Don't worry we have a safety plan. It the water level is over the hood, let Al go first. Will try to get picks
  41. 4 points
    Found this article rather amusing. Apparently car camping has been a thing for a very very long time. Here’s What RV Camping Looked Like 100 Years Ago MR. LANDLORD HAS NOTHING ON US” begins a poem printed on a small Curt Teich postcard from 1921. Above the passage’s 13 lines—which call for “Alligator shooting” and “Razor-backs rooting”—a colorized photograph shows a shaggy outdoorsman posing in an overgrown Florida campsite, surrounded by oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. It’s a dead-on depiction of the card’s subject: the Tin Can Tourists, a group whose DIY naturalist spirit paved the way for today’s RV campers. Equal parts car club and camping collective, the Tin Can Tourists of the early 20th century were a membership organization based around camper travel in its incipiency—a sort of fraternity for nomads looking for a life in permanent transit. Their earliest organized meeting was in 1919 in Tampa’s Desoto Park (unintentionally establishing Florida as the perennial RV vacation spot for years to come). That’s where 22 campers driving their “tin lizzies” worked to establish a culture of order and high moral values while retaining a sense of freedom behind the wheels of their tricked-out Model Ts. The group’s goal was to “unite fraternally all autocampers,” and its word-of-mouth marketing led to a rapid growth in membership and annual events in the 1920s and ’30s. Gatherings were held in state and local parks from Florida to Michigan (and occasionally at the base of the Washington Monument in D.C.). Attendees numbered in the thousands, and as more American workers lost their jobs during the Great Depression, there was more time to attend Tin Can Tourist conventions around the eastern U.S. According to news reports, the club counted 150,000 members by the mid-1930s. The Tin Can Tourists hit their stride during this period thanks to highway improvements across the U.S.—a precursor to the International Highway System, authorized in 1956 by President Eisenhower—and affordable, mass-produced vehicles (between 1908 and 1927, Ford built some 15 million Model Ts). Families found an affordable new way to travel and camp overnight, while other enthusiasts found a new hobby: redesigning cars to suit campers’ needs. Many of the group’s annual conventions—most took place in Florida, though Michigan and other states played host as well—doubled as expositions for displaying cars modified to carry kitchen equipment, barrels of water, and, in some cases, all the luxuries of a family home. With the onset of World War II, however, the group’s decline seemed inevitable. As a national war-first mentality took hold and rationing began in earnest, Tin Can Tourist membership dwindled. (According to a LIFE magazine article, attendance at an annual meeting in 1936 was over 1,500. By 1939, a mere 645 campers showed up for the same event.) At the same time, campers’ tastes were migrating toward spiffier mobile offerings, factory-designed for car camping. Yet the Tin Can Tourists remain influential today—a group whose humble beginnings as a gathering of virtuous vagabonds managed to pioneer recreational mainstays such as group camping, summer trips to Florida, and modern-day RVing. The archival photographs below capture the group’s heyday in encampments throughout the U.S.—barbecues, campground games, and all—and attest to their long-lasting influence on America’s holiday roads. LOOK! Early Days of Holiday BBQ!! Continued in article: Atlas Obscura
  42. 4 points
    My evap leak...Joe (On Point) hooked up smoke machine & we found the culprit!! It was part of the fitting to the gas tank. Bad news, if piece on tank is broke you will have to replace your tank $$$$$ because that piece is part of the tank. Good news, fitting (not on tank) broke while being taken apart but enough was left for Joe to do his thing. Drilling, bushing, glue & we had a new part!!! Re-smoked & no leaks. Just have to go thu the drive cycle now. Joe came up with this fix & I am his 3rd repair for this & so grateful. Dealership would have replaced the tank, about $800. Part of contributing factor was my lift, installer "should" have made a longer (tie wrap) holder for harness to the tank, which on full articulation was really stretching harness to it's limits. That to was also addressed. Have described this procedure in layman's terms, but believe me this is a permanent fix & again, thanks Joe.
  43. 4 points
    I just wanted to say Happy Veterans Day, and thank you for your service, to all our veterans!!
  44. 4 points
    map from vividmaps.com: The road system of the United States now surpasses four million miles in combined length, plus numerous additional service roads and off-road driving trails. The registered roads and their rights-of-way occupy about 1 percent of the land of the United States (roughly the area of South Carolina). The map below color codes distance from “major roads”.
  45. 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!
  46. 4 points
    A recent post to this thread reminded me of my latest taste test. I stood a pouch of “Starkist Chicken Creations” in a pot the diameter of a 1qt Nalgene bottle, (after I snipped off a corner). Brought the water to a boil and left the pouch in the pot to simmer for about 3 minutes. Scooped the chicken into a tortilla and ate it. It was a keeper, especially for backpacking food. In fact, I’d eat it Jeep camping. I’d probably want two pouches after day of backpacking though. No refrigeration required and 11 grams of protein. Note: Starkist doesn’t list this as a way to heat this product. However, I saw no degradation of the pouch, noticed any weird flavors and haven’t died yet! YMMV
  47. 4 points
    i bought a pair of 30" 500LB locking slides from ORR & ORR - i've seen them recommended on multiple other forums for somewhat affordable heavy duty locking slides. i've also used Accuride 9308 locking slides before, but they are a fair bit more expensive so i thought i'd give these others a try. the ORR & ORR slides turned out to be Ryadon 3600, but i couldn't find a better price anywhere else on them anyway. FYI, i also previously bought similar Fulterer brand slides but immediately returned them. their locking mechanism is free-floating and dependant on gravity instead of being spring loaded - which meant they had metal pieces that would rattttttttle like crazy on a bumpy road! to mount the slides, i used t-nuts i had left over from the previous storage project. it takes a little longer than just screwing things to the wood directly, but is super strong and will hold securely even after multiple removals and re-installs. i decided i'm going to order another set of the Ryadons and re-make my fridge slide too, so the middle piece of wood will have slides mounted on both sides. that's why i used every other mounting hole in the photo above. it should still be plenty strong since the slides allow for 1/4" mounting bolts on the outside rail. with the angle of the rear seatback and the height i wanted on my drawer, i had to notch out the back of the case to fit the 30" slides. the entire drawer is also 1/2" plywood for strength. i'm going to be storing heavy tools in here, so i didn't think i could get away with only a 1/4" thick bottom. here i've got spacers ready so i can install the drawer on the inner rails. i used t-nuts for this part as well. the inners only fit a #10 screw, so there's quite a few more holes on those. creating a perfectly straight/square/plumb drawer and case is challenging without a table saw. a friend just told me about the inexpensive Kreg Rip-Cut Circular Saw Guide. if i'd known about it when i started this project, i would have bought it for sure! i do like my new Ryobi Brushless 7-1/4" circular saw. i had one of their old blue 6-1/2" ones before and it was pretty weak. the full-size blade is also easier to track a nice straight cut with. here's the drawer glued-n-screwed! i'll have to get a good photo of the face, but i ended up with a pretty even gap, and everything is plumb. however, the face is nearly 1/16" further inset on the right side than left. kinda bummed it didn't come out perfect, but it's sturdy and slides smoothly - and since this is my first complete drawer, i'll call it a win! here's a quick test fit in the Jeep, the top still isn't screwed down in this photo. the sleep platform will be 3 hinged sections that fold up to store behind the seat when it's upright. here i'm just checking the clearance of the first platform piece. these sections will be easily removable so they don't get in the way if i need to haul something. there'll also be a couple separate angled pieces to support the platform, which should store beside the drawer case in an otherwise unusable space. more details on the whole sleep platform to come soon.
  48. 4 points
    Got to work Sunday so ill stop by and say howdy Friday and head back on Saturday. Hopefully you won't kick me out of the club. I sold the Jeep and bought a pickup.
  49. 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!
  50. 4 points
    Oh, wow. So you are saying that I'm a pretty big deal, huh? I feel like I should get a smoking jacket and a pipe for around the campfire.
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