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2017 Black Mountain EF trip May 19-21

Discussion in 'Offroad 4x4 Runs Planning and Discussion' started by Four0Sport, October 26, 2016.

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    1. yostyexplorer94

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      This is tempting to go to. I'll have to see a little closer to the day.
       
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      Might have to make my way up from Annapolis to WV for this trip. This would be my first time meeting anyone from the forum. Would I be the only 3rd gen coming out?
       
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      Be the only 3rd gen that I know of. I never seen a 3rd gen modified and wheeled before, so please do join us! I won't be the only person there with IFS if you do. LOL!
      (Add all the under & body armor you can)
       
    5. yostyexplorer94

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      Do they have alot of tent sites and do they fill up fast?

      Did you install any of these yet?
       
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      I would love to go, but can't make a commitment right now.
       
    7. yostyexplorer94

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      As of now my friend and I are going to be there. It is an 8 hour drive for me and the earliest I can arrive is 6pm friday. What time is everyone planning on being there? I am assuming Saturday and Sunday is the main wheeling days. If I call and reserve a primitive tent site and tell them I am from ef.com will we be in the same camping area? Thanks and I look forward to meeting everyone!
       
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      A few of us will be there by Thursday evening. We need to set up a CB channel for all of us to use. (cough... @Four0Sport ...cough) People can call out for us when they arrive, besides the obvious use. :D

      I believe they have unlimited primitive camping, a number of RV sites, & a few cabins/lodges. So unless your tent camping, they can and do run out of spots. As far as grouping goes, :dunno:
       
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      We'll arrive late Friday and have opted to stay till Monday morning.
       
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      This is coming up fast....looks like I better get to work on the rig!!

      Did some quick math and "research"...I'm sure my wife would probably like to stay in a cabin, but no surprise, they're all booked that weekend (luckily she doesn't mind tents :) ) Round trip, with all fees, gas and food, we're looking around $250, heck of a lot less than our trip to Moab last year!

      Is there a link somewhere with a trail map? Blackmountainoffroad had a pic of the map, but it was tiny and you can't really make out anything on it....was just curious...I'll be driving the rig down there, so we don't want to do anything completely hard-core, btu I don't mind getting a few bumps and bruises (on the rig of course).

      Really getting pumped for this!
       
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      Did they say if they had any lodges open? A group could stay & divide the bill, and be as much as a cabin, depending on which lodge (if any) was available. I would give up the tent for that!

      I haven't found anybody with a tow rig to pull the trailer there, so I will be in the same boat as far as hardcore wheeling goes. It's 8.5 hrs one way for me. I did get some info to get the rig back in case of a catastrophic failure, and a ride home from another person in my group going.
       
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      According to the website one lodge is available Thursday and a different one is available Friday. Everything else is booked up that weekend.
       
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      By "they're all booked", I meant all the cheaper, small cabins are all booked...once they went over $100 a night, I quit looking lol
       
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      I just checked it out. I see what you mean. I will stick to the tent. Stay in a nice lodge on Thur-Fri, then go to a tent on Sat would be a bummer mentally. lol
      As long as I can make coffee in the morning, a clean place to sit & read the news before a hot shower, I'm good for the day. :D
      I will bring a tent heater just in case the night temps, take a dive up in the Mountains.

      Rig is going to be packed!! Glad I just got a new set of leaf springs & shackles installed. Now to get the valve cover gaskets done, and a little something special installed. :shifty:
       

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      You're welcome to come by our site for coffee anytime! I'll be sure to have the pot brewing over the fire every morning...

      Other than some minor bodywork I've been meaning to do for quite some time now, I've been thinking all day of what I really need to do to the truck in preparation for this trip and other off-road adventures....are rock sliders something I should really be thinking about? Or a winch?

      Just me thinking out loud....
       
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      Sweet! I will take you up on the coffee offer! One less thing to pack! Thanks!! I am thinking of either getting a 12v fridge, or trying one of them new Ozark trails coolers. They are a Yeti Knock off, for way way cheaper, but look the same. Still need to read the reviews on them.

      Sliders & a winch Both, would be a wise investment, and this place looks like you will use them. My rig would look like Jacks if I didn't have sliders. lol

      I would also add the front pumkin skid from Brian1, and a good 3/8" 8.8 steel plate type cover. I use RuffStuffs cover. That thing is made from the side of a tank I think. lol The other skid to beef up on the cheap is the T-case skid. Weld a 2nd stock skid onto the one you have now. Pick n pulls sell em for a few bucks.
       
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      ...I might actually have a spare t-case skid somewhere....guess I got some fabricating to do! :D
       
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      Caleb, maybe you want to wait to do that body work!
       
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      Haha, well the addition of something that is in the process of being built will save the rockers, so I may as well still take care of those!

      Also, we're more of a maybe now....we're finishing our taxes (yes, we've procrastinated), and thanks to schools (wife is a substitute teacher) not taking out Federal taxes and Federal Healthcare (which my wife is under because we missed the deadline for her to be under my insurance after we got married), our taxes went from us receiving $1200 to owing $350.........gimme about a week or so and I'll have a better idea.....
       
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      Caleb, does this mean I need to pack the coffee? Man, I hope not, and you figure out a way to make this happen.

      (Start a go fund me page!)
       
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      Plus 2!
       
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      I hope as well that we can make it! Been looking forward to it and talking about for so long now that it'll be a real bummer if we can't...
       
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      Looking over our finances again (seriously don't know how almost $800 in taxes due didn't absolutely drain us), figuring out what the wifey is making as a long-term substitute teacher and taking into account what I generally make, I believe we're still gonna be able to make this trip...might be tight, but we've been looking forward to this for some time now, it's close for us, and I haven't gone wheeling since Moab 2016...

      Which brings me to a question...anyone that's tent-camping this thing, did you have to make reservations? And anyone that's been to the area, we wouldn't have to pack up everything everyday, correct?

      Just trying to tie down some details...
       
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      That's great news!

      Yeah, better make reservations for tent camping. This will let them know when your arriving & leaving. Once you set up camp, you won't have to pack up until the day you leave.
       

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