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  1. You the man! I'll check out that SX design too! I need to buy this all in advance - I kick myself for forgetting to buy one every time I change my oil or our Caravan's oil.
  2. Absolutely! There's not a "ceiling" on attendees, per se. If we use their facility, it's a max of 25, I believe. We're a ways from it. If they're pretty committed to attending - let me know and I'll track them on the list towards our goal of hitting at least 12 students. They can also create a free forum account if they want to post and read the details, etc.
  3. Nope! The course is designed for both the beginner and more advanced who may need to re-certify their WFA or other credential.
  4. Stumbled across this today - pretty popular on the JL Wrangler Forums: the Valvomax Oil Plug. Similar in concept to the Fumoto, instead of a lever/toggle design, it uses a knob design. You can connect a tube to it (like the Fumoto) for mess-free oil changes. Supposedly it has better clearance when you're combining it with certain engine skid plate combinations. I'm hopeful to find something like this or the Fumoto someday for the transfer case drain plug so I don't need to drop my tranny skid to change the fluid. Photo of it on a 3.6L Pentastar, no skid plate:
  5. AWESOME feedback @jgaz. Its interesting to hear about the WFA variance in training you've received. Though there's certainly something to be said for a broad knowledge-base - and I'm excited at the possibility of being capable of providing worthwhile assistance if needed. I'm guessing the majority folks that live here travel the southwest, not the Ozarks. I'm hoping they can place more emphasis on the unique environmental related emergencies we're likely to encounter here - like rattlesnakes, scorpions, heat stroke, dehydration, etc... I'm thinking they might be able to hone in on injuries you're more likely to sustain from a vehicle crash as well, like head injuries, fractures, shock, cuts, abrasions. I'm just guessing on all of that though
  6. You're totally right about the first aid kits! I'll mark you both down! Rock on man!
  7. Great question! If we can get the 12+ participants, the course can be taught at a place of our choosing (of course we'd need to coordinate that - and it'd have to be conducive to learning). SOLO is big on doing the hands-on portion of the course outside - no matter the conditions (rain, wind, snow, sun, heat). Ideally, we'd go someplace convenient to the group for the commute. We also have the option of holding the course at the North Mountain Visitors Center, which is where they normally host it. It's in conjunction with the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The classroom portion would occur inside, and the hands-on training outside in the preserve.
  8. Hello! Looking to coordinate a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training course for Offroad Passport. The idea is to get anyone interested trained up in wilderness/backcountry-specific first aid. What happens if a medical emergency happens when you're way off grid? Do you know how to safely response to a life-threatening injury or illness? Gain peace-of-mind that you know what to do and when to do it. This can also strengthen the overall group, heighten safety, and provide attendees with the skills they need to help others. Exploring 2 options: Join a public training course on pre-selected dates (as individuals) Attend a private Offroad Passport-only course that could be more tailored to our specific group This option requires a MINIMUM of 12 attendees We can determine the dates Course can be customized to our specific interests (such as vehicle-based exploration and areas we tend to explore) If you are interested, please comment below. Note that this is just a research to see if we can easily hit the 12 participant minimum threshold. If we have significant interest, I'll fire up a new thread to hammer down details and possible class dates. Some general info on the course & instructors: Both options are 2-Day Courses (Sat/Sun) and are all-day (8am to 5pm) for a total of 16 hours of training Cost is $195 per student. If we have 24 students, the cost is $175 per student Course is taught/presented by: SOLO Schools, founded in 1974, responsible for training the National Parks Service, NOLS, Outward Bound, and over 107,000 students. Members of the MCSO Mountain Rescue Posse (MCSO-MR), a formalized mountain rescue arm of the Maricopa County Sheriffs office involved in SAR/EMS operations all over the country. The group that coordinates the courses is called CAMRA (link) and is a 501 c(3) non-profit with local roots that date back to the 1940s and post-WWII exploration of the mountains around Phoenix. Instructors are, at a minimum, a certified Wilderness EMT. Learning style is blended - with classroom, hands-on skills labs, and hands-on outdoor scenarios What You'll Learn: This fast-paced, comprehensive two-day program will teach you skills for responding to medical emergencies in the backcountry. Day 1: Patient Assessment System Fractures/Dislocations Principles of Splinting Preparedness and Prevention Day 2: Environmental Emergencies Treating shock Long-term Patient Care Soft Tissue Injuries Bites and Stings ...and many other potentially life-saving skills! NOTE: You must have the physical capacity to kneel on concrete and dirt surfaces while participating in the skill labs and outdoor scenarios. Tuition includes: SOLO Field Guide to Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Wilderness First Aid Map SOLO WFA Certification Card (2 year certification) If we have 12 interested students: They will set up a private registration page specific to us Payment is taken in advance via credit card on their secure website They can host the class anywhere, but the North Mountain location is also an option (they have a longstanding relationship with the North Mountain Visitors Center) They can customize the class to our use-case and club. For example, a focus on vehicle-based travel, areas/environments/terrains which we commonly explore If you are interested, please comment below. Note that this is just a research to see if we can easily hit the 12 participant minimum threshold. If we have significant interest, I'll fire up a new thread to hammer down details and possible class dates. Interested Folks: @4x4tographer @Stacey and Scott (Stacey) @Stacey and Scott (Scott) @shellback91 @mbuckner @SonoranWanderer @alexshel44 @AZRNintheJeep242 Facebook - Patricia M. Facebook - Sean C. @Zavala
  9. Oh I totally agree with you. I'm just bumbling through and learning as I go - and I really appreciate your insight and the depth of knowledge out here in the group! I'd read somewhere else about installing a little shut-off valve on the fuel line feeding into the carb to allow it to totally burn up all of the fuel. The generator pulls directly from the main 75 gallon fuel tank, so there's a considerable reserve there .
  10. No doubt - it's black magic to me for sure. The procedure I've seen popular with these generators is to run the generator for a good period of time (1 hour) on an alternative fuel source. Using a combination of high octane gas and Sea Foam. It's recommended to do this annually - so they say. I also need to get into the habit of going to the storage lot and "exercising" the generator under load once per month - which I've only done twice since we bought it a year ago.
  11. 84,000 miles - performed a little preventative maintenance on the Onan 4,000 watt generator that is the beating heart of Gandalf's rear end. Our first oil change on the genny since we brought the rig home last year. We're sitting at about 730 hours of total use on the generator, the majority of which pre-dates our purchase. The rig is set up for more extended boon docking with a pretty robust battery and solar set up - so it makes sense to me the generator has some hours on it - however given the fact that Gandalf is 17 years old this year, that works out to about 42 hours of run time per year. I can't tell you if that is a lot or not. Regardless - we had to a little oil and air filter change. Especially the air filter - it was NASTY. Here's a close up of the carb for future reference. I did not perform any maintenance on the carb - I plan to work on cleaning it once it cools down here in Phoenix. Draining the oil is frankly easier than working on the Jeep, since I don't even need to crawl under the rig to access the drain plug. The oil weight recommended by Onan is an odd one that I was unable to source locally. Onan recommends an SAE30, or 15W-40 for our particular climate here in Arizona, due to the high ambient temperatures. I tried a few auto shops to no avail, which was disappointing - We had to turn to Amazon, which get it here within a few days. We landed on Onan's own brand of lube. Here's a shot of Gandalf, resting at Dogtown Lake after the long climb up the i17 from Phoenix. Had a great time at the 13th Annual Gala with the crew and saw our fair share of rain during the event. Despite the rain, no leaks - which is always a plus. We recently had all of our window seals replaced and the roof inspected by State Trailer in Peoria - looks like it all worked just fine. Contemplating swapping out the bathroom vent with a 2nd MaxxAir fan (we have one in the front of the coach) since our rear vent is acting up and won't open reliably. These fans are incredible, with a ton of air flow.
  12. This is an open invitation to any ORP Club Member who wants to be involved! Are you interested in leading/coordinating an Offroad Passport Club Trip in 2023? Have a positive impact on the future of ORP and join us for a planning meeting as we look forward to 2023. We're looking for folks who are interested in leading/coordinating: Overland-style journeys Day trips Events Classes/Clinics Camping trips Off-beat outdoor ideas Meet-ups and more! RSVP & DETAILS HERE! Note this is an Offroad Passport Club members-only event. View membership options →
  13. A few quick reminders (with details below)! Don't forget your salsa and/or dip entry for the big contest! Remember to bring cash for the 2nd Annual 50/50 Raffle! Cash for your new ORP swag! New shirt design in several colors! Annual Salsa & Dip Contest: Enter your homemade salsa or dip! Back by popular demand, we are keeping the chip/veggie dip contest! Keep on ice until Saturday evening. Offroad Passport supplies the chips, but you're welcome to bring more. EVERYONE come hungry!! Enjoy the chips, salsas and dips and VOTE for the winners! The salsa and dip contests will compete separately - there will be 2 winners! Each winner gets to choose a new style ORP shirt! (lots of colors!) 50/50 ORP Raffle: Take home some serious loot! Tickets on sale Saturday afternoon/evening 1 Ticket Drawn Saturday evening - winner gets 50% of the ticket sales! Tickets: $5/Ticket | $20/5 Tickets If you'd like to purchase a ticket, please talk to @Yodamom (Michelle) New ORP Apparel! Men's and Ladies Short Sleeve Tee Gala Price: $20 (Regularly $22 + Shipping) Men's Long Sleeve Gala Price $23 (Regularly $25 + Shipping) All tee's come in a variety of colors and sizes. Must be at the Gala for Gala special prices. CASH OR CHECKS ONLY - we can't credit cards from camp. Bringing the exact change would be super helpful!
  14. I swear it’s only 200 more feet!
  15. Thanks for the intel @Bradywgn71! I'll be coming in via Williams based on your advice. I plan to leave the valley early and hope to be up there around 10 to 11 AM-ish.
  16. 51,400 miles - did a quick oil change before the 2022 Gala this week. Keeping an eye on an oil seep around the rear main seal area. Photo below is from about 30 days ago - I've since cleaned the area up really well and am monitoring. Suspect it's an upper pan gasket. I pulled the plugs at the bottom of the housing and shined a flash light up in there to see if it was a rear main seal leak - but it's clean as a whistle in there. Since I've cleaned it up, we ran Casner Mountain Trail and a long trip from Sedona (Schnebly) through Flagstaff with no signs of any additional weeping.
  17. Hey Will! Nope, this spot is about 6 miles north (as the crow flies) of the closest private land out there, 12 miles north of the main paved Cherry Creek crossing point. I certainly hope and dream they'd repair it, but it's extremely doubtful. Tonto National Forest is attempting to shut the trail down permanently. Long story short (or as short as I can make it ) Some buffoon cartographer decided to use a straight-edge to draw the wilderness borders for the Sierra Anchas rather than aligning the area's boundaries along the road itself, like you see most places in AZ. Because of this, and despite the road's existence well before the wilderness was created, the road is now "illegal" as roads can not existing within the borders of a wilderness area. It would take a literal act of congress (who I'm sure we can agree don't give two shakes about motorized land access issues in the west) to change the borders to align with the road. As a result, the USFS has decided to cut motorized access to the road entirely where it first crosses into the wilderness area on both the north and south sides of the road. The trail is technically open until Tonto NF publishes their new updates to the MVUM later this year. Once that happens, the trail will be officially closed. I highly recommend running any of your favorite Tonto trails at risk of closure sooner than later. Here's an example of the road's "intrusion" into the wilderness area (dark green). This is a real crying shame. This trail is unbelievably beautiful and is lined with 800 year old cliff-dwellings from the old Solado People. History and beauty out the waazoo. Lightly travelled - we didn't see another soul the entire day. By and large, the trail was in very good shape when we went in January of 2022 - with a few small exceptions where the trail was washed out. I just don't see how they'll even make an attempt to repair it without a large public outcry - we can't even get the Apache Trail repaired.
  18. Looking like we were one of the last groups to get to ride Cherry Creek Road. It is now reportedly impassable. Coords: 33.88115, -110.89576 Shortly after this section where the road surface was very soft and loose. Erosion has caused part of one of the shelf roads to slide down the mountain and is now too narrow for full sized vehicles. Narrow SxS or quads might make it. The cliff face would need to be blasted out to make it wide enough, unless more material could be added to widen the road again. It's about a 50ft drop into the creek to the East. Video on Instagram here - last "slide" on the post has a video of this spot. https://www.instagram.com/p/ChHrpTKu14C/ Here's a photo of the same spot, from the opposite side of the rock jutting from the cliff-face. You can see the rock in the background - Note the state of the trail erosion in January of 2022.
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