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  1. Sorry to hear that Mike. Hope you get to feeling better! @English Al - you’re off standby and on the list!
  2. You know - people are REALLY turning their heads to check out the sweet wood paneling and the “is that an LS-swap?” sounds coming from under the hood.
  3. Great content guys! You should totally start a build thread. It’ll be fun to watch your build evolve with you and your needs!
  4. You been busy JB! You leveling out the rig, or going for that low-rider look with a lifted front only?
  5. Could you technically weld the entire length and just grind it for aesthetics? Or is that overkill?
  6. All the footage from that flooding has been CRRRRAAAAZY!
  7. These ratings articles always crack me up. They consistently rank the Wrangler as one of the worst SUVs also and use soccer mom scoring criteria.
  8. Still looks like good progress man. Is the plan to completely eliminate the hoop and just replace it with that big beefy C-channel?
  9. Thanks for the heads up Karen! @Mike and Kristen Inkrott, you guys are in!
  10. 83,600 miles. We took Gandalf in for his annual emissions check. It was a miserable 3 hour wait, but the ol'boy passed with flying colors! The Ford 6.8L V10 riding strong! In other news, we took the RV up to stay at a KOA during the 2022 Overland Expo in Flagstaff. Awesome trip! As we were prepping the rig for travel, it was pretty hot down here in the valley. Since we don't have a 30amp connection at the house, we ran the generator to be able to run our A/C unit to cool down the RV. After about 3 hours, we shut down the genny and went to pull the RV into our home's electric via the 15amp connection overnight. Once we unplugged the 30amp plug from the socket we noticed a little problem. The socket and the plug had melted (I think, neutral terminal). After consulting with @Stacey and Scott and @Bradywgn71 (MASSIVE THANKS YOU GUYS) , it seemed like the blades were pretty dirty, leading to a bad connection between the socket and the plug. This led to some arcing of the current, which led to heat, which lead to some melty-melty action. The inside of the junction box that houses the 30amp socket that is fed by the generator. Note the melted wire nut and heat damage to the neutral wire (white/tan). The backside of the socket. More scored wiring. We overnighted some replacement materials via Amazon and did a quick replacement the morning before we were supposed to leave. We replaced plug, cabling, and the socket. Ripped all the old crap out, stripped and cleaned up the wiring. Wiring done. @Stacey and Scott recommended I schmear some dielectric grease up into the wire nuts to prevent water and corrosion from setting it. @Bradywgn71 recommended replacing the entire junction box with a bus bar since they are more secure and more resistant to vibration than wire nuts. Both are on my honey-do list. After the install, we ran the generator for about 5-6 hours as we finished stocking the kitchen and made the drive up to Flagstaff. Wiring and the socket/plug never overheated and it all seems A-OK.
  11. We’ll start just outside of Sedona. In August the daytime temps are 69*/91* on average. We’re meeting in the morning so the temps will be on the cool end. We quickly climb in altitude to cooler “Flagstaff temps.” Average in August is 52*/77*. Since we’ll be in the afternoon by the time we’re done, temps will be pretty close to 77. Of course all of this is conjecture until we have real forecasts to go off of. Hope this helps!
  12. Hey @Kristinalove79! Glad to see you made it over to the forums. We'll absolutely spot if you feel uncomfortable at any time. There's also nothing wrong with hopping out and walking it through first to make sure you're good. We also generally have someone as a "tailgunner" at the end of the caravan to make sure everyone gets through the trail and doesn't take any wrong turns. That said, I think you'll do fine on this trail. The primary reason for the rating is the initial climb up the mountain. It is steep and narrow in a few places. You will definitely want to be in 4-low for the climb to make it easier on your rig. Once we get up the mountain, it's smooth sailing from there on. Much of the trail was graded smooth for the fire crews to fight the Rafael Fire that consumed Sycamore Canyon last summer. I'll add you to the list if you're still interested!
  13. Join us for a fun day trip on the famous Casner Mountain Trail! To help preserve the trail's condition, the USFS only allots 22 permits per year, limited to 10 vehicles/25 people per permit - that means Casner is one of the most exclusive trails around! This trail will take you high above the city of Sedona along a series of serious switchbacks where you will gain 2,000 ft of elevation in just under 2 miles. At the top, we will ride the ridgeback of the mountains with beautiful views of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness to the right and Sycamore Canyon to the left. As we climb, the landscape will transform from scrub brush and junipers to the tall and shady ponderosa pines. We'll cruise through the Coconino National Forest and end up just outside of the city of Flagstaff near the i17. When & Where: Sunday: August 14, 2022 @ 8:30 am Air down and depart NLT 9:00 am Location: Dirt lot near the intersection of 89A and Loy Butte Road (FR 525) 34.815120577231774, -111.9052835271499 Trail Rating: Moderate There isn't much that is technical on this trail - largely it is well maintained. However, there are very steep inclines with tight turns (in the switchbacks and along the saddle), moderate off-camber, narrow shelf roads. We will be running the trail from South to North, dropping us off near Flagstaff. Great trail resources: TrailsOffroad: https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1460-casner-mountain-trail A great write up and photos by @theksmith Photos from our last run up the mountain Vehicle Requirements: High clearance, 4x4 with low range, aggressive A/T or M/T tires are required. GMRS or ham radio in good working order. Most stock 4x4 vehicles with low range will do great. Rear lockers/limited slip recommended. Full-sized trucks are not recommended due to very tight switchbacks that are steep and off-camber. Communications: GMRS Channel 20 (462.675mhz) Additional Considerations: Dress for the weather Bring a chair! Bring a lunch and plenty of water Recovery gear/traction aid Emergency supplies / Med kit Sunscreen! Don't forget that camera - you're going to want it Bring a positive attitude! Camping: While this is being run as a day trip, there's nothing saying you can't camp out in the cool pines! Camping is not permitted on the Casner Mountain Trail itself, however, there is a wide area where dispersed camping is allowed. Please consult the Coconino MVUM to find camping corridors that align with your plans. Coconino allows camping up to 300 ft from the roads edge in designated corridors. A Note to ORP Premium Club Members: There will be a second, Club Members-Only run in mid-September. Details coming soon! Not a member? Interested in joining the ORP Club for exclusive planned adventures and perks? View membership options → Sign-Up/RSVP: Per the permit: 10 vehicles MAX and 25 people MAX. When you sign up, please tell me how many are in your party. Anyone above the 10 vehicle max will be added to the standby list. Don't worry if you end up on stand-by; people drop out as plans change and you may end up getting a spot! Additionally, please be courteous of others and only sign up for this trip, or the one in September - not both. Club Members - please consider the trip in September as well (details coming soon!) This will allow as many people as possible to experience this amazing drive into an area very few get to see. Attending: 1 - 4x4tographer & @Yodamom (lead) +2 2 - @Ladybug + @ob1jeeper 3 - @MzPriss +1 4 - @Sputternutz 5 - @snoopy61 6 - @English Al 7 - @Eugene + 1 8 - @Kristinalove79 9 - @AZRNintheJeep242 10 - @Mike and Kristen Inkrott +1 Standby Squad: 1 - @Ken Ford 2 - 3 -
  14. Join us for a fun day trip on the famous Casner Mountain Trail! To help preserve the trail's condition, the USFS only allots 22 permits per year, limited to 10 vehicles/25 people per permit - that means Casner is one of the most exclusive trails around! This trail will take you high above the city of Sedona along a series of serious switchbacks where you will gain 2,000 ft of elevation in just under 2 miles. At the top, we will ride the ridgeback of the mountains with beautiful views of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness to the right and Sycamore Canyon to the left. As we climb, the landscape will transform from scrub brush and junipers to the tall and shady ponderosa pines. We'll cruise through the Coconino National Forest and end up just outside of the city of Flagstaff near the i17. TRIP DETAILS and RSVPs HERE
  15. It was great seeing you guys! Even if for just a few minutes on the side of the road! I really appreciate you guys!
  16. *** UPDATE *** Update: 6:00pm Friday 5/27 The crew showed up at the AZNMC as planned and there were, unfortunately, no flag supplies. The supplies *should* be available on Saturday morning. It's a bummer, but we really appreciate everyone that came out to volunteer. My apologies for the bad intel. Several folks said they would return Saturday. My family plans to come back out Sunday morning to volunteer. There was a veteran's group setting up on some State Trust Land, just outside of the gates. They are working separate from the VA and the AZNMC. They noted that they will be starting work on Saturday at 6am.
  17. Just as a reminder for those coming out to help: Bring a tool to help you insert the flags into the dirt. The ground can be hard and sandy. I had good luck with a large screwdriver. Work gloves to help prevent blisters/protect your hands A canvas tote bag to stash your flags so you need to make fewer runs to resupply Sunscreen Plenty of water to hydrate! We live in Arizona, don'cha know! A wide brim hat - there is minimal shade on the property Thank you all for volunteering! It’s an amazing experience and a tremendous positive impact on those visiting the memorial on Monday.
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