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Sounds like you've taken your camper on some rough spots. Yep, BD, DT, but no T-shirtYou'll be able to do all the main roads with no problem.In your experience, what are the main roads, as relates to how they're labeled on the BBRSP official maps? On some of the trails I think the long wheelbase of the truck would pose more of a problem on some of the tight turns. The '02 Superduty CC longbed must have the worst turning radius of any production truck ever built. Tight turns bordering on switchbacks are a game stopper with the trailer unless there is run-out room to both sides, rare for a spot where a tight turn is required to begin with. Plus, steep washes are game stoppers, where the truck's breakover angle is poor owing to the long wheelbase, where the departure angle is poor with the longbed, and where the breakover with the camper trailer is terrible since it's got a toy-hauler platform forward of the camper box. Maybe you can detach the trailer and run the trail first to see if you'd want to tow the pop up.Wouldn't be the first time. That is, in fact, SOP. As of 2 weeks ago, you will have NO trouble getting both your rig and camper to Tres Papalotes.I carefully watched your video titled Paso Al Solitario. I haven't consulted the maps, but if that's the main trail from Sauceda to Tres Papalotes campground, the washes are too steep for the camper, and the truck may be challenged. She's stock except for a very mild lift and has open diffs with a marginally-functioning factory LS rear. Was the 1:00 hour video all on the main route from Tres Papalotes to Sauceda or was there some alternate route driven where the washes were so steep and the two-track so gullied up in places? I'll let other folks comment on the topics I didn't cover.Yes, thanks for this and thanks to Austin Gorpchomper for the inputs on Presidio. Post up a photo of your rig and trailer, I'd love to see them!Working on getting some iPhone photos corralled and posted.
I took a longer look at the Fresno Canyon topo linked on the BBRSP website and I see where the Solitario Road to Tres Papalotes is designated as a 2WD HC route, and further I see the loop to the northeast is designated as an unmaintained 4WD HC route. I suppose the unmaintained loop is the main part of your Paso al Solitario route videoed and that the main Solitario Road is indeed a graded gravel 2WD HC route along which my truck and camper trailer might be OK.Correct, the main road is very maintained and easy to get to Tres Papalotes. The unmaintained loop IS the Paseo al Solitario. We didn't end up looping back, we exited up by the private residence on the northern side of the parkI also watched the Feb 2015 video of the Road to Nowhere ascent. I didn't find "road to nowhere" labeled as such on the BBNP Fresno Canyon topo, but it's pretty clear it starts south of Tres Papalotes campground, ascends the west flank of the canyon opposite of Tres Papalotes, jags back to the left/west at a saddle about 0.9 miles in (where the red vehicle backed in to allow you to pass), then holds the shelf for the rest of the route into its dead-end at the designated view-point. My truck's rear axle trails well inside of the front, so a couple of those drainage crossings are iffy, and there's sure as heck nowhere to pass or pull over for opposing traffic, so I guess the smaller rig is obliged to back up (sort of the "F350 Rule", you might say. ).Correct again, the entrance is just south of Tres Papalotes. There are also two mines to explore, but based on your earlier post regarding switchbacks, you might want to hike those two.If you're camping at Tres Papalotes, you can pretty much know when folks are heading up to Nowhere. There were a few tight turns up there that will make you clench a bit. I had a buddy of mine let his daughter drive his Humvee up that trail to the end. Fox60
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