Electronics are personal decision for each family and I don’t intend to impose that on anymore here...
Shouldn't that be anyone instead of anymore?
Anyway. I agree with those points. I don't "overland". I camp. I have a truck load of stuff and easy access to a campsite but it's the same to me for the most part. The kids get to run around and throw rocks into the lake while I yell at them to throw away from the boat. It's the circle of life.
I would add one point others have mentioned. Give your kids a task that is there's when you make camp. I've seen it mentioned in the boating world as well. Gets everyone involved and helping. Doesn't matter the task, any age appropriate task will do. My girls have to get their camp chairs when we go camping. When we take the boat out, they have to get the blankets. If they forget, it's really manageable but it helps them feel included and not so in the way, like they are contributing to the experience.
@Bloody-the-resident-LandRover-apologist this basically happened to me with my computer. If I had access to US stores, I would've saved something like 500 dollars on my build. Most went to taxes...granted. but what little went to middle men angers me.
Just as an example. Microsoft Windows costs 200 dollars in the US. Across the Rio Grande, you're looking at 350 dollars. I'm going to try and use a VPN to activate my PC.
That Ford is cool, we have the coastal defense guns here and some restored sites you can visit one day a month. There is a 50's era nike missile base I want to take pictures of my truck attumblr_a0215438b2a38d8fe7389550a0d82b93_6afc1fa1_2048.jpg
Camping with a toddler is little different to time at home. It's just more opportunities to get filthier faster. We went camping with The Lad when he was six weeks old...and haven't really stopped.
Any reason you can just go with Thule or yakima bars and mounts or did I miss that part? I'm using the old school Yakima round bars on my truck that I had laying around, just needed to buy the right "feet" for the LR4.
but is it a reasonable assumption to state that optimal psi for sand would be different than a moderate off-road trail?
Yes, the method I described is a good all-around tool. It works in that you are trying to get a footprint and not worried about aspect, or volume. Of course, aspect does matter in that you could achieve the right footprint with this method and not have enough sidewall margin to prevent pinch flats. For tires in the 65+ aspect ratio, this method is a solid baseline. For anything with less aspect ratio you could use it as a reference to add back in until you feel like there is enough margin. I don't do much sand driving so I can't comment intelligently on how that relates to an ideal sand pressure. On the cruiser with light load my baseline pressure is like 15. I use that all over the place. "high" speed dirt roads (40 mph) and down to low speed crawling. Seems to work. The real trick is to check-in on your pressures as you go. Check the sidewall temps, check to see how much the pressure rises as you drive on it (too much pressure rise means too much speed for a given pressure). That kind of thing. I've found that 15-17 suits 95% of dirt driving for my vehicle, tires and weight based on this method.
@KITT222 that Restored channel is getting this way - they seem like genuinely nice, likeable people, and they work on an eclectic collection of unusual vehicles, and actually show the work step by step, but, lately, they've been overproducing their videos like a History Channel reality show, including with an omnipotent voiceover narrator, it's the main reason why I haven't subscribed and why I don't watch most of their videos, just once in a while when I'm bored or they have something really interesting that catches my eye.
@AestheticsInMotion Funny. I can't think of any nearby colleges, maybe I have just been in the wrong parts - seemed kind of hot and dusty last time I was there, but I only pass through in the summer. Probably lacks many of Yakima's social ills at the very least.
@HammerheadFistpunch meh. if Porsche makes the best race cars, wouldn't that translate into the best road cars? you don't go and buy a Sentra because you don't want all the good engineering quality that goes into a Porsche.
@CarsOfFortLangley As a tourist, flying to Vegas and driving to Southern Utah is a piece of cake, plus you get to go through the Virgin River Gorge, which is easily one of the best interstate highway sections in the country.
Just pick up all your party favors before you leave NV, which is advice I didn't have. Mesquite is sort of the last stop unless you want to search far and wide 🙂
@atfsgeoff makes sense from a ground pressure perspective, I hadn’t thought about it that way. I was only surprised because in @HammerheadFistpunch’s own example his pressure went up with upsized/heavier tires. I have lots of experience changing tire sizes on cars (usually wider resulting in a change in aspect ratio, plus trying to get the right offset for my ideal fitment) but truck tires and especially changing to a larger rolling diameter are new for me.
I’ll confirm my load ratings and probably try a lower pressure (maybe 28psi to start, rather than going straight to 26). Any extra ride comfort would be very welcome anyway, because Ford truck.
@HammerheadFistpunch not like a real metal one, but it had a plastic one basically to act as padding over the front subframe so it wouldn’t get banged up and rust on weird driveway ramps or tall speed bumps
ETA: it was basically a slightly thicker undertray but it was shaped more like a skid plate
@carsofwalnutgrove Thanks for the detailed reply! And I'll have to check out the other post, I did miss it. I don't check Oppo as often as most, and lately stuff gets flushed off the front pretty fast.
That is super rad, in any case, and a great purchase. I can't wait to see it in use, as I'm sure you feel the same.
But the effort required to actually boondock -- finding land, especially in the Eastern US, generator fuel, carefully timing the use of A/C or microwaves, managing fresh and wastewater levels, and doing it all with 3+ people, was the main reason we gave up on the idea.
Economically, we'd have to use it at least one long weekend a month to even make sense. And RVs depreciate like a rock -- the current bump in the market won't last forever.
Yea back when we went all the time it was still not very well known and was first come first served. I imagine it's not the greatest during peak season nowadays. Camping there at low king tide is amazing as the tide pools are accessible quite a ways out. You can also access a lot of the coves that you normally can't get to (without a kayak).
Striped peak trailhead is immediately to the right when you get into the gate. It was important for the siting and communications for the Camp Hayden gun batteries (that hopefully you drove through!). There's more bunkers along the trail and the views are pretty amazing. You can see quite a ways to the West and all the way to Pt. Angeles to the East.
Vancouver island in the upper right, agate beach/crescent bay in the center, salt creek recreation area in the lower right with tongue point (underwater atm).
@HammerheadFistpunch thanks for the insight! i was leaning anker (or similar sized jackery - ive had good luck with mine) and id probably hang a solar panel from my roof rack like youve rigged up to the cruiser for some extra juice. realistically, id be able to charge the battery and get the fridge cooled to temp before even putting it in the car, so my power draw should be pretty low and consistent. maybe ill give it a try with the tiny guy first to see what happens, but im gonna keep an eye out for sales/coupons. iirc, i bought my current one in may and there were solid sales happening.
The trailer is still a trailer, and 2.5x the price though. Personally, I think I'd rather take a chance on the next crypto pump and dump than either, if I had that kind of money to frivolously squander.
Some great recommendations here; beyond the recovery gear, I’d reiterate water, water and water. I travel with a Geigerrig backpack when I ride and an in-line water filter (Sawyer), as well as a LifeStraw. Remember something to carry/hold the water is important too.
Other things that are nice to have are a SPOT Messenger/Tracker (I always ride with one), a CB Radio with weather band, and a GPS. Reasonable first aid supplies and a few thermal blankets can be very handy too.
@adamftw Problem with drawers (aside from $$) is that they're a pain in the ass to take out. This dawned on me the one day I was at my FIL's house when he gave me a bunch of fire wood. If I had an expensive draw system in the back, there is no way I'm throwing wood back there. A simple platform that I can strap stuff too and that I can just take out when I don't need it is much better for what I'm looking for.