New Years Trip Planning
AkioOhtori last edited by AkioOhtori
I know. I know. There is a rapidly escalating global pandemic on and "going on vacation" probably shouldn't be on the agenda. But it is and we plan on being safe.
That out of the way....
Regulars on Oppo (RIP) might remember that the last couple of years two friends and I hit the road and do something vaguely automotive related, usually offroad. In 2017 we did the western half of the Oklahoma Adventure Trail and spent New Years Eve in a winery. In 2018 we followed that up by heading out to Big Bend Ranch State Park, admits a government shutdown, and spent NYE in the literal middle of nowhere. For 2019, we headed to New Mexico and spent the night in a canyon.
So for 2020 we knew we had to do something. But what?
Well 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. While overall I've had a good year, it has been undeniably stressful, so we decided to do something low key and chill.
Especially with the pandemic on, rather than doing a long string of motels and AirBnB, we decided to find two epic AirBnBs and stay there, trekking out each day to hit the trails, or not if that is how we feel about it, and returning at night to drink and whatnot.
For the first half of the trip we're going to do the Ouachitas, again, though the eastern portion which we haven't done before. For the second half, including NYE, we're going to be in Mark Twain National Forest near Saint Louis, Missouri.
We don't have any specific trails picked out, just generally "go there and do stuff". There is an ORV park near where we're at, but that sounds a little... populated. We generally like to pretend we're the only people on earth when we do these things so we'll likely pass.
The first stop is a cool looking place on a cliff with very few (if any?) visible neighbors.
For NYE we chose a site in Mark Twain National Forest with a large fire pit and no neighbors that should be a dark site (very low light pollution). I have high hopes. I already spoke with the owner and she is going to make sure we're well stocked on firewood.
Land Rover Repairs
Naturally the Landy has some needs before this trip, though not as many as you'd think.
Nothing! Thankfully the Landy has no immediate, urgent needs. This is good.
The spark plugs were last replaced about 10k or 15k miles ago, which isn't terrible but is also on the outside of replacement territory for copper spark plugs.
Additionally, earlier in the year it was discovered my driveshaft bolts had worked their way loose and potentially damaged the flex coupling. Rather than replace the flex coupling, it is generally suggested to convert the rear driveshaft and diff flange to a u-joint. It sounds like a bit of a faff, but I'm not sure how much I trust... any of that right now.
The passenger door latch needs to be adjusted. Shouldn't be hard.
The blower has been on its way out for a while. Occasionally it'll make terrible squeaking noises. It isn't the hardest job in the world and the part is pretty cheap so I miiiiiiight do it. I'm going to guess "in the middle of a big trip" is when it would decide to pack up and I don't really like the idea of going anywhere at any time of year without a blower.
"While I'm in there" doing the blower, I might go ahead and make a small modification to my transmission (or maybe it is my brake?) ECU. Since my Disco has a center diff lock (CDL) fitted but didn't ship with one, if I turn the car on with the diff locked the ECU will disable the ABS and traction control. Because... reasons? The fix is to clip that wire going to the ECU. Everything will still work fine and you can leave the diff locked all you want. The alternative is to replace the ECU with one from a 2004 model but that seems excessive. This isn't a major issue, but it can be really annoying if we make an unexpected stop on the trail and I don't have time/ don't remember to unlock my center diff before shutting down.
Lastly the broke fluid is a little on the old side. I think I had it replaced in late 2017, so it is still pretty OK, but given this car lives and dies by the traction control, I might do a flush.
If I'm feeling really ambitious, the rear door locks need to be replaced. Unfortunately doing so is a massive pain in the butt and has the high probability of making the windows not seal right, which would be a pain to do right before a trip.
Almost certainly won't do
I really, really need to get the roof painted.
Also get the hail damage repaired.
Neither of these things are likely to happen.
MM54 last edited by
That sounds like a good trip, have fun! Probably will be a bit colder than you're used to but it sounds like you're prepared. Look forward to hearing about it as usual.
sony1492 last edited by
@akioohtori Sounds like fun.
Probably move the blower motor into the will do category, sounds like the most pressing after the driveshaft bolts