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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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      Yea, that is great news! Dam IRS trying to break Our back! I have to do so much side work to stay afloat it's rediculous!
       
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      Getting real close guys! What is going on with you and this trip? It's been way to quiet, and no traffic here, so thought a little update from me might help morale. lol

      One of my group attending is volunteering to help make a big dinner for all interested. He want's to know, what you guys think of doing a seafood boil one night? This is a traditional New Orleans style dinner. Shrimp (instead of crawdads) and veggies, and cooked potatoes laid out on paper covered tables. They have stocked motor homes and are bringing whats needed to cook this, but the amounts of food is in question. Please post up if your interested asap! We will share the food items need bought between us.Thank you.

      Bad News:

      A major major "go better goodie" I ordered weeks ago, was due to arrive about 10 days before the meet. I was hopeful I could get it installed in time. Was told it got pushed back, and won't arrive until a week later then expected. There goes a bunch of my fun factor. :censored:

      Good news:

      Another major part I ordered did arrive, but needs some tweaking to work, and some good looks labor still. I will have this part installed in time.

      Work done so far for this meet:

      New leaf packs, and U-bolt skids are installed. New fuel pump & fuel line repair done, from rats with bushy tails being evil. New Syn rope installed in the winch. New E-track straps for the spare tie down installed. Heavier gauge wire, relay, and fuse installed for the rear air pump. Dr seat power is back.

      Trying to decide on which Gel cell battery to get. :dunno: With all the accessories, and the winch, I want something good and dependable.

      Lets hear from the rest of you!
       
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      I would love to join you guys on this one, but it won't be until the last minute that I'll know whether or not I can afford the trip. It's been a crazy year already:banghead:
       
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      Rick, that would be awesome to see you out this way!

      Emailed the campground, and they said they don't reserve tent sites, but they have never run out...so that's good!

      Work on the Ex for this trip is gonna come down to the minute I believe...with work, EMS coverage and it now being spring turkey season, progress has been slow. Just broke out the hammers tonight to do some work before I finish some work (pics to come of the new addition to the rig).

      Gman, that sounds interesting...I'm down for it! Not sure about my wife though....no telling what foods she'll like/dislike by then (yeah, it's only 3 more weeks.....)

      Just to be clear, is everyone staying at the Harlan County Campground, or are a few staying at a hotel somewhere? And when is everyone arriving? As close as it is, I've debated just leaving Thursday evening so we have all of Friday available...
       
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      Keeping track of the New Orleans style dinner from all groups attending on this post:

      EF: 5
      MO Crew: 12
      Jacks crew: ??
       
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      We will be staying at the Putney Trailhead.. I wussed out and am going in on a cabin.

      FYI for those of you who have never been, it is ALWAYS wet on Black Mountain so bring rain gear and tarps to cover your tents.

      I haven't gotten the tons or atlas under the Explorer but I also never tore it down so I'm ready to go minus some front diff and wheel bearing services and reinforcing my trans xmember.

      Sadly, I'm the only one from my local group going but a friend of mine is bringing people up from Florida, few heavily modified rigs and a few buggies.

      I'll be there Thursday afternoon/evening.

      Friday is fun day for me, Saturday I will be pushing my own limits and running Mason Jar and Lions Den
       
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      My friend drives truck for a living and a couple of weeks ago another big rig turned in front of him. He was going 65mph and had two options, swerve or hit head on. In fear for his life he swerved and laid his rear trailer on its side. Of course the guy who turned in front of him did not stop and took off. He was terminated today so he doesn't want to go anymore. As much as I hate to say it, I probably won't be making it. I don't really want to drive that far all by my lonesome! Hopefully next time.
       
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      Dang, too bad he didn't have a dash cam. It may have saved his job :( Sorry to hear about that.
       
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      Sorry to hear that Ryan. At least he is alive.

      My trip there is 8.5 hrs one way. I am going it alone there & back, and NOT being trailer-ed. I'm an old man, If I can do it, you can do it!

      I will be arriving Thursday. Heading out on Sunday.
       
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      We're up for the seafood and are staying at the Harlan County Campground. And after watching some videos on the Lions Den, I think we'll stay away from that one. I really don't want to smash up the body, right now I only have a front fender to replace and it'll be straight again. Still trying to figure out some kind of exo skeleton for it with the least amount of tube possible.
       
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      After the accident he found out that the company dash cam was not operational.

      Thanks for the words of wisdom lol. We will see.
       
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      You guys ready yet?

      I have a huge list of things to get finished before I will be ready!
       
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      I hear you on that. My trailer needs bearings and of course noone stocks the bearing race i need locally. I ordered them on etrailer.com so hopefully they get here soon. I have to wire the winch and put marine terminals on my battery and crimp/solder some lugs on the explorer wiring. I need to get some spare driveshafts made up, change the oil, replace the pitman arm tie rod end. My yota buddy is bending me some tube to attach to my rock sliders. I am sure there is more. Mount my fire extinguisher.
       

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      I am planning on being there. I feel like a kid who can't make up his mind.
       
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      What is the parking like for a tow rig and trailer? Will I be able to park infront of my primitive camp site or will I have to park on a parking lot and drive the explorer to the tent site?
       
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      All I think I got left is making a spare tire carrier on the back, and find some spare dana 44 axles from work. I'm just gonna assume I'll break a joint up there.
       
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      There is a LARGE lot by the tent camp sites at the trailhead, close to the bathhouse. You can pull up to a camp spot and set up a tent. Not sure which way you're coming but if you're heading through WV we can meet up and convoy.
       
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      If anyone wants to give their significant other a scare, show them youtube videos of Mason Jar. My wife told me I am not allowed to go now. Completing Mason Jar is my goal for saturday, and I MAY drop into Lions Den. No tons, no cares.
       
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      It's getting closer-er, who else besides me is not ready?
       
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      2 weeks to go, still not ready. Typical. LOL

      Since the parts I ordered a month ago, isn't going to arrive until it's time to leave for this, the list of things to do, got way shorter.
      Just need a couple days, to install what has arrived.
       
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      Ready? What is that? I'll probably be putting the last welds down 10 minutes before we leave (may be a slight exaggeration...)
       
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      So when is everyone arriving/departing? From what I can tell, most are arriving Thursday and taking off sometime Sunday? Think we may head down after work on Thursday (will put us there around 12am-ish) and hope to hit a trail or two Sunday morning/afternoon...wish we would have more time available...
       
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      Everybody in my group is heading out Wednesday Night after work, and will arrive midday on Thursday...... Except me! lol I'm not leaving until Thursday morning.

      ETA? No Idea.
      2.5 tank trip. Unknown roads. Unknown Vittles to consume. No idea how far between rest rooms. What could go wrong?
       
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      You can put me down for the New Orleans style dinner gman.
       
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      Got my spare mounted today, I think it worked out well. Just have to slide it out of the receiver to open the hatch, no biggy for now.

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