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Old 04-24-2011, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Maiden 4WD trip

Here's a few pics of my first 4 wheeling with "Terrainosaur". It performed as expected. This remote country trail is the New River Canyon in Arizona, rated medium difficulty. 4wd required at times for smooth drive over the the rocks. didn't need to turn on the lockers.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bad ass, love this thing. I bet it's a bit like wheeling a 747 you sit up so high Any "flex" or "obstacle" pics?
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For a 4x4 RV those sure look like obstacle pics to me
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Cool deal. Looks a little low in the rear, but that may just be the angle. How does it ride and handle?
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What a neat rig. I'd love to have one. Way better than sleeping in the front seat with a sleeping bag What kind of mileage are you getting with that beast?
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Bad ass, love this thing. I bet it's a bit like wheeling a 747 you sit up so high Any "flex" or "obstacle" pics?
Travis..

Sorry i didn't take the chance of taking pics over obstacles, I was more concerned about getting through. I went alone through this "remote country trail" against the trail book's advice :-)

Anyway the obstacles are just basketball sized boulders that required good tire placement and a few drops that make you wonder if the rear bumper would drag. Behind me in the river-crossing picture (just beside the tree on the left of the picture), there is such an obtacle. In fact on my way back, there was a JEEP that stopped before it thinking twice if he should cross. So I told him it's not a big deal and not to worry - I'll pull him out if he got stuck.

OK, a "747" decal is going on the hood!!!
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Cool deal. Looks a little low in the rear, but that may just be the angle. How does it ride and handle?
What an eye on the details!!!

And you're right, I'd rather have the front an inch or so lower. Actually, the frame/body is perfectly level and only so because the front right air bag is at 40 psi to level the front (and the rear airbag already at 70). For some reason, the front lists to the right without jacking up the airbag a bit. I have so much axle clearance in the front due to too much lift from the front leaf springs; I'm thinking of replacing the front springs.

It rides well and handles well over tippy embankments, rides a little softer, which I like, than my over-stabilized GMC RV.
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For a 4x4 RV those sure look like obstacle pics to me
Exactly!!! :-) LOL
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What a neat rig. I'd love to have one. Way better than sleeping in the front seat with a sleeping bag What kind of mileage are you getting with that beast?
I get 12-13 MPG.

It's covered here: MPG with Cummins Swap
http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/d...p-t288569.html
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Are the front springs new or used? If they are new, they will probably settle a bit over time.
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