Rover is (almost) Ready!
AkioOhtori last edited by AkioOhtori
Or as ready as it is going to be, anyway.
Our "adventure group" has been doing an offroad/overland trip for the last three New Years Eves and we decided we could do it safely this year too. We've reserved two cabins for three nights each in rural Arkansas and Missouri (yes that does sound terrifying... I mean just look at this place near where we're staying!) near some good trails. The plan is to set out each day, trail bash until the sun goes down, and then head back to the cabin and enjoy whiskey and food. On balance we should be interacting with fewer people/ business than if we'd stayed home.
But, as always, the Landy has a TODO list...
I was fortunate that I didn't have anything on my "must do" list... though now that I'm typing that I'm remembering the rear wiper needs to be replaced... Ok now that that is on order*, I don't have anything on my "must do" list!
*Yes I have to special order the rear wiper. It is one of those special ones.
That said, while nothing was "required" there was quite a lot that needed attention regardless:
- Spark plugs
- Rear Driveshaft
- Passenger Door Latch
- Blower motor
- ECU Modification
- Brake fluid
- Rear Door locks
In order, the spark plugs ended up being fine. I thought I'd put copper plugs in, but apparently I'd put in iridium. Less work for me so...
While I do plan on retrofitting the rear driveshaft, the cost was a little more than I was wanting to pay, there were no Black Friday deals, and the descriptions were just confusing enough I decided to double check the torque before we set off and otherwise call this one good.
Passenger door latch ended up just being loose. I tightened it and now the door shuts properly again!
The blower motor ended up being full of leaves. While I was determined to put the replacement in anyway, it turns out the replacement had a "tick" to it, so back to eBay it goes. With the leaves removed I'm comfortable with its operation for a while, though if I hear some bearing noise between now and then I'll order another replacement.
"While I was in there" I did indeed cut the CDL wire that goes to the ABS ECU. Later ECUs were programmed to ignore this input, so there is no harm in doing it. The upshot is now I don't have to remember to unlock my center diff before shutting the car off. This has been a major pain as the CDL can be quite bound up at times and it takes a lot of faffing around to get it to release, but as it is a Land Rover I don't really want to keep the vehicle running while I go pee or whatever, because what if it overheats while I'm gone!? Heh, anyway... this is done and tested and all is well.
I decided I was being paranoid on the brake fluid. The shop that did it almost certainly used DOT 3, which is good for ~5 years. :checks manual:
Use only DOT 4 brake fluid.
Ok I might revisit the brake fluid flush. I was planning on ignoring it as the most recent flush was 3 years ago but... heh. Ok adding that back to the list and changing the title of this post from "Rover is Ready!" to "Rover is (almost) Ready!" I mean... this is the same manual that says you should only use Dexcool... so everything with a grain of salt.
Rear door locks are a pass. I just... don't care and they're REALLY hard to replace.
I also had a list of things I might do if I was feeling ambitious, but clearly those aren't happening.
Unusually for us, we're planning on pretty much winging this one. Usually we have detailed maps and routes and points of interest all mapped out but... well since we're doing "hub and spoke" (staying in the same location for multiple days) having a detailed route is much less important. We're planning on mapping out where we want to go day-of and hoping for the best.
What has taken some amount of planning, oddly, is food. Since there is apparently this whole pandemic thing going, I'm wanting to minimize contact with the outside world. As such, I've planned out the menu for the entire trip in advance. As it stands, we should only have to go to the grocery store once and that is only for fresh steaks for NYE as I didn't feel comfortable buying those 4+ days in advance.
While planning a trip menu may sound
analcomplicated, it really isn't. We almost never eat lunch on these things and only eat breakfast some of the time. Breakfast and/or lunch are usually snacks/quest bars, that way we don't waste valuable offroading time sitting in a diner (remember when we could do that?). So planning on picking up a couple dozen eggs, breakfast meats, and breakfast breads and frying up traditional breakfasts most days.
With breakfast and lunch out of the way that leaves seven dinners to plan. The first and last days are travel days, so traditionally that is fast food. That leaves five dinners. Also thinking we're not going to want to cook on our travel day between cabins, that leaves four meals.
For those four, the plan is: Pho, burgers, steaks (NYE), and spaghetti.
Why? Easy prep, minimal ingredients. Obviously pho is the outlier here, but I've found the instant pho from the the Asian market is actually pretty stellar after you throw in onions, peppers, bullion, sambal, garlic, and meat. Ok... that sounds complicated but trust me. Also I have some pulled pork in the freezer and I can assure you, pulled pork pho is amazing.
Sides will be the usual mix of veggies. Brussels sprouts, potatoes, squash, salad, etc. We try and be veggie heavy on these because of the crap we tend to eat for breakfast and lunch.
Most importantly, we're going to be sure to bring enough booze to kill a small village. Whiskey, wine, and of course champagne for the most part, but I might see if I can source a good bottle of soju for old times sake.
So... I know we're doing everything possible to make this as safe, if not more so, than if we were home. Obviously there is the added risk of injury when offroading and yeah... that sucks. Right now our primary exposure is going to be gas station bathrooms, and hopefully those can be avoided in favor of peeing on trees for the most part. For non-pee related bathroom activities (Pooping. I'm talking about pooping. What were you thinking!?) uhh... well everyone freaked out when I talked about the bucket toilet, so I guess we're just going to wing it.
Either way, I feel super guilty about taking a trip when everything is on fire, but also feel like this is about as safe as you can be. My friend pointed out that if we were hunkering down at home there is still a base level of errands that would likely exceed the contact we're going to have on this trip.
Can you tell I'm trying to mitigate guilt here?
Is it working? (no)
Honestly once we know what the weather is going to be like we'll have a better idea of how to pack. Other than that I think we're good!
Doggo (who doesn't get to go!! ) for your time.
CivicWagonEngineer last edited by
I don't think you should feel guilty about traveling. You are clearly more worried about your safety/other's safety than the majority of people in the US and are taking all the proper precautions. Don't worry about it, looks like a good time!
MM54 last edited by
Sounds like a good time - no reason to feel bad about it. Enjoy!
rctothefuture last edited by
DOT 3 should be ok, DOT 4 is designed for higher temperatures so keep an eye on your brake temps and you should be ok. Any burning smells, let em cool.
frinesi2 last edited by
For the rear wiper - can it not just have the rubber pieces replaced? I learned that trick from torch or tracey or one of those writers. Applied it on the Pajero recently. I had bought a replacement rear blade a year ago only to learn that the rear wiper on the Pajero was bolted on. Turns out you can just pull out the two long metal springs from each wiper, and then swap the fresh rubber on to the existing blade, and then put the metal pieces back in. I think it might even work with the full-length-spring blades (which is what my replacement was).