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Granby jeep boondocking expedition adventure

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#51 Wallowa

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 09:27 PM

That's my point. It's easy to keep going because you have lockers, skid plates, crawler gears, straps, etc. Then when you get stuck, you're really stuck and way out there. Having run the Rubicon and other rowdy trails in a nicely set up landcruiser I know something about getting stuck. There aren't any good campfire stories that begin with, "I came to this steep rocky drop off in the road and I turned back."

Back on topic, ya thus stuff is way heavy. Pick and choose carefully. I'm used to the landcruiser or a pretty capable Tacoma. A Ford truck and a Hawk are in my future so I will have to recalibrate what type of terrain I'm comfy on...

 

 

Damn good advice Ronski gave..."when in doubt bail out"; however sometimes things just reach out and bite you on the ass...again, depends where you are when stuff goes sour, how much risk you are willing to assume and your preparedness for when you are truly mired in...that transitions from "what if" to "now what"...

 

I do appreciate these discussion and the information offered...best to "go to school" on others experiences rather that 'learning from mistakes'..while experience IS the best teacher it can also be painful.  

 

Take all the gear in world and you are still not 'bullet proof'....but hey, life should have a big dollop of unknown to spice it up! ;)

 

I will give ya'll a call when I need bailing out...never too proud to ask for help.. :)

 

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#52 Boonie

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 12:25 AM

cwd, I had to go back and reread the original post to make sure, but the question was what "gear" to carry or not to carry. As OutbacKamper formulated with the given weight of my vehicle and camper, I can add "gear" up to the GVWR. Because I am aware of the limitation I am imposing on myself. I am seeking information and experience from this forum to meet that end. I assume all responsibility for my camper combo to be as light as possible, but welcome suggestions in that regard since as OutbacKamper's list pointed out there is overlap between vehicle and "gear". Again, thanks for your response.

 

PS My wife has volunteered to stay home if I need to carry all that stuff so we don't get stuck.


Edited by Boonie, 27 September 2016 - 12:30 AM.

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#53 cwdtmmrs

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:08 AM

Ok, got it.

 

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:21 AM

OutbacKampers list included "traction mats". I have seen these used on desert vehicles. Who uses them, in what terrain conditions, do they work, and the purpose question, are they worth the weight?


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:29 AM

OutbacKampers list included "traction mats". I have seen these used on desert vehicles. Who uses them, in what terrain conditions, do they work, and the purpose question, are they worth the weight?

Mine are made from an old snowmobile track - they work very well and are basically free, they roll up into a compact package for storage, but they are fairly heavy (20lbs +/-). I used to carry them zip tied to my roof rack and would just cut the zip ties to use them. The modern trend seems to be MaxTrax, they appear to be very light weight but are a bit pricey (about $325 per pair):

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#56 Boonie

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:35 AM

A Land Cruiser Troopy ! One of my inspiration vehicles.


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