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  1. So, is the club headed in the direction of GMRS only for trail runs?
  2. Since I can monitor GMRS on Ham radio, I will not invest more money in GMRS communications ..... still have a CB that works great ,,, The TJ has only so much room for electronics. I want save some room for Starlink RV, so I can email everyone on the trail and monitor my Amazon orders.
  3. I would like to do this trip again .... will be watching the postings. Mike
  4. Copy link at bottom, if your interested, to add your name. Last fall the Tonto NF released their Travel Management Plan with a decision to decommission two roads adjacent to the 20,850 acre Sierra Ancha Wilderness (SAW); Workman Creek (Aztec Peak) Road #487, and the Cherry Creek Road #203. These two roads are the only motorized access to the top of the Aztec Peak area in the central portion of the SAW (487) and across the east side of the SAW (203). The 203 Road also provides motorized access to a large portion of Game Management Unit 23, east of the SAW.  Closing these two roads will effectively eliminate access to thousands of acres of forest land in and around the SAW, unless you’re capable of hiking a long way at high elevations. Aztec Peak is 7,684’ in elevation. Both of these roads have been used since the mid-20th century. They were in existence and utilized by recreationists, miners, loggers, ranchers, hunters, and hikers before the Wilderness Act of 1964. For some additional perspective, you can read the November 2017 Arizona Cattlelog article “Boundaries, Rims, and Roads” by clicking here. The problem: those who mapped the SAW area in 1964 and tendered the map to Congress, overlapped the SAW boundary intermittently across these two existing roads and also neglected to display the full length of the existing 203 Road. Instead of simply correcting the mistake, or updating the boundary, or moving the road, the Tonto NF plans to decommission a significant portion of these two roads because of the overlapping wilderness boundary. Here the 203 Road meanders across the eastern face of the SAW along Cherry Creek. https://azsfwc.org/tonto-national-forest-road-closures/
  5. FYI https://www.montrosepress.com/news/arizona-nurse-aunt-and-jeep-tour-driver-die-in-camp-bird-road-crash/article_27698c34-339b-11ed-8071-7bb0316fb3d9.html
  6. Due to medical I had to cancel with Karen. So, please add me to the list. Mike
  7. Was that a knee replacement?
  8. A portable power module is a good investment. I run a Jackery 500 to power a Engle 43 and charging other electronics. It will keep the fridge at 34° for over 12 hours without the Jeep charging it on a hot day. I wanted a 1000 watt unit but the TJ has only so much room to fit a power module. After using one for almost a year, I think they are worth the cost. And the technology keeps improving and there's more manufactures to choose from when they first came on the market.
  9. Been there, done that a couple of times... nice sand dunes to drive the Jeep on. However, it's not fun on a windy day. Mike
  10. Please add me as a maybe .... do not know if I'll be back from elk hunt in time.
  11. Just rent one, no maintenance cost.
  12. mbuckner

    2001 tj

    Ran it empty to pull more power. It was in the TJ running on 12V in the garage, not plugged into the Jeep. The nights are still cool; I'll be interested in seeing how it works when nights are hot. I have recharged only using AC. I'll need to test how fast it will recharge using DC. And another configuration will be plugging the frig into the Jackery and the Jackery into the TJ DC. I went with the 500W due to its size. My next challenge will be where and how to secure it. Maybe technology will get a 1000W down to the size of the 500W. As I said, time will tell as I use it jn more extreme conditions.
  13. mbuckner

    2001 tj

    I have procrastinated on installing a dual battery system in the TJ for years and years. And, I'm glad I did. Amazon had an $80 off on the Jackery 500, so I bought one. So far it will run the Engel 43 refrigerator(empty) @ 34°F for over 24 hours and still have a 40% charge. Only time will tell if I made the right decision.
  14. Please remove me from the attendee list. Jeep is not Trail Ready. Thank you.
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