Discussion in 'Offroad 4x4 Runs Planning and Discussion' started by Rick, October 31, 2017.
Yep, those passengers total about 220 pounds. Needed more, got the door.
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I drove out S-22 on the way home and continued to marvel at the terrain out there. Beautiful part of the state.
I wanted to wait till everyone got home till I posted this up.
This trip was one of the greatest trips I've ever had. Sure we didn't wheel that much, but just the feeling around the campfire as we all remembered members that have come and gone, and ones we have lost forever. How we have all grown but somethings have not changed so much. We may only see each other once or twice a year, and for some even much less then that, but one thing remains the same. We're family, and that's what it really comes down to. On the trail we are always there to help each other out and no ones gets left behind. I believe you'll all agree each one of us feels the same in the trail of life.
So to everyone of you, and even those who could not be there, but we're there in spirit. Thank you.
To my familia
Made it home. Lots of construction, several big rigs loads dumped on I-5 slowing things down.. but Isabella and me are home safe and sound. Poor pup is exhausted.
The desert always has the best sunsets...
I'm home and exhausted. I had a great time this weekend with a great group of friends. It was very relaxing at camp and on the trail.
This was my first time on the trail since last January How the heck did that happen? It had been so long that some of the things that used to be second nature, are now on my RTFM list. Specifically, I couldn't remember how to make some adjustments on my ham radio LOL.
On Friday I sprung a leak on one of my hydraulic ram assist hoses which put an end to my wheeling for the day. I used up a quart of PS fluid from the time I first noticed the squealing to the time I made it back to camp. A big thanks to JW for giving me a ride into Indio to have new hose made by www.deserthoseandsupply.com. They were very helpful, and if you need hydraulic hoses, and are in the area, I can definitely recommend them.
Some of us were talking about getting back out to Truck Haven again before the heat comes. If I can make the timing work, I would definitely be interested.
Steve, your post gave me goosebumps. It was very well said, and I agree, we have become family.
No worries, brother. All part of the adventure. Thanks for letting me ride along. And we did find a killer Mexican place in Indio, too.
And thanks to everyone for (again) answering a ton of questions.
I agree Steve. I didn't even get to go on a trail run, and I had a great time because of the group of people.
I didn't get many photos of anything except my van.
Great shot of the Truck Haven sky
We are starting to get that way here in the PNW too.
In fact, the next outing on the Feb 3rd weekend is camping only with Rick M, Joe, Kevin, Dwight and me, We might talk Mike Smith into coming (hot Ranger guy).
Oh and I kind of felt like I was there with you guys even though I haven't met everyone!
Best part is when we get together in Moab... It's like a giant family re-union
Really like that last picture by @FROADER of the night sky.
Saw a lot of Sun Rise and Sun Set out in the Gulf of Mexico working on various drilling or production platforms.
That was about the only thing nice out there....
Thanks. There is way too much light out there, though.
Just remember I'm practicality down the street if you need anything.
Definitely good people. I've been on trails with other groups, but no one is family like the way explorer forum is.
Really glad I was able to make it out there again.
I was driving home yesterday having already dumped the tanks in Borrego Springs and filled the water tank about half full, just in case. I decided to take the long way home and stopped for lunch at Yaqui Pass. Its the only place on that road to pull a RV off the highway. Its also a camping area, which was empty. I hung out there for about an hour, then said what the heck, and spent the night. Got home about noon.
The brakes on the RV are acting strange. The ABS light had come on, then cleared itself on the way out. On the way back, the brakes work fine except when moving slow. If moving slow, then brake harder, the ABS kicks on. I think its only doing it to one caliper since there is a right side pull. After I clean up the interior, I will park it and crawl around underneath to see what I can see.
I didn't take any pictures to post.
I had a great time. Not much trail driving, but great time with everyone. Steve is right, its family.
Tom, I am glad you got home safe with the Catahoula.
Sorry I missed you guys. TDS is in April, and it isn't hot out there yet... And they have fun prizes
And that awesome Mexican Polka music playing until dawn.....
I called Daystar about the missing shaft on the driver side bump. At first, the tech was searching to see if I could purchase the shaft and bump separately. While he was searching, I asked him how to keep them from coming apart, since they seem to loosen on their own. He mentioned they don't do that on their trucks. I mentioned I have seen numerous threads on-line about how they do just that. He then decided he could send me the missing parts under warranty. They are on the way.
Just because no one was playing an Irish jig all night, seriously!! Glad you set Daystar straight! Free is good.
BTW they did play some Pink Floyd!
Yes, their taste in music finally evolved! LOL
I messed around with the dent in the quarter panel and got most of it out. Its not very smooth, but with a little touch up paint it passes the 20 foot rule (if your 20 feet away it looks great).
And, what's with all the red paint out there? Every obstacle on every off-road trail I have ever had the misfortune to rub the Explorer against. Red paint transfer every time. Are there that many red off road vehicles? Or, are the red colored rigs just driven by people who tend to rub against every rock out there? Or, is someone running around painting the trails red? I just don't get it...it longer to rub the red paint off than knock out the dents.
My quarter panel is looking good too
Diffwackdaddy has a red rig. That pretty much answers the question about drivers of red rigs.
@Diff Whack Daddy
Now that's funny