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Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?

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Offline vbb

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #60 on: March 01, 2012, 06:20:23 AM »
Build your own!!
Wow, now that's a custom vehicle! Does it come with satellite T.V. and a jacuzzi? I've seen plenty of custom jobs like that, some of which look pretty awesome.
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Offline Arlon

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #61 on: March 04, 2012, 10:17:49 PM »
Made curtains for inside all the windows and added an awning this weekend..




Got some real tires today..
« Last Edit: March 06, 2012, 07:10:20 PM by Arlon »
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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #62 on: March 08, 2012, 10:05:46 AM »
Everytime I've gone we've ridden in my friend's huge VW van.  It's perfect for storing food, gear, etc.  Only complaints are his cd player is terrible and we have to bang on it periodically to get discs working again. 
The time has come.

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #63 on: March 19, 2012, 10:58:00 PM »
Spent a few days in Big Bend and ripped the sidewall of the new tires within the first few hrs on the first dirt road (nice graded dirt road). Spent the rest of the weekend on pavement with the spare. As soon as I got home, the Cooper tires were trashed and they got replaced with "E" BFG AT/KO tires. I spent most of the weekend looking at tires on the vehicles that worked in the park. Probably 90% of them were using the BFG tires. Hope it was for a good reason as I now have 5 of them too (expensive lesson for sure). Some warned me to get "E" tires in the first place but I had better ideas. Next time I'll listen a little more carefully.

Made several trips now, last weekend was in the davis mountains. This is turning into a really good road tripper for me. Only issue is still gas consumption. At close to $4 a gallon it cost me $80 to get to the Davis Mountains and back. I'll just have to go less or start saving my lunch money. At least I'm saving on hotel bills and actually sleeping better.

My hotel room for last weekends outing with the Sibley Nature Centers outing club.


And the camping area at the Boy Scout ranch.
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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #64 on: March 20, 2012, 03:46:09 PM »
My Tacoma handled the high clearance roads quite well, carried 4 adults and all our gear for a 4 day stay including a full ice chest and 10 gallon water cooler and still got 20+ miles to the gallon.  Gas cost $4.33 at Panther Junction FYI.
The Mountains are calling and I must go.

John Muir

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #65 on: March 20, 2012, 04:02:18 PM »
Which roads did you travel?
-- Kevin (W5KLT)

"It's not an adventure until something goes wrong."  --Yvon Chouinard

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #66 on: March 20, 2012, 05:53:43 PM »
Glenn Springs and Pine Canyon.  They're relatively smooth.  We saw Honda Accord make it down there though.
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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #67 on: March 20, 2012, 06:06:31 PM »
Those are 2wd roads, IMO

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #68 on: March 20, 2012, 08:44:31 PM »
I drove our Honda Odyssey to the Pine Canyon trailhead. A few of the scrapes made us cringe, but no apparent damage. Had to drive on the center ridge and alternate between the left and right ridges to keep the scraping to a minimum!  :eusa_doh:
The hike was worth the drive though. The whole group loved the shady area at the foot of the pouroff.  :great:

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #69 on: March 20, 2012, 08:53:53 PM »
Arlon:  I started to wonder about you when you mentioned Cooper were 'real' tires. :) 

Then I saw your later post on this thread.  The BFG's are one of the best off-road tires you can buy.

Darin

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #70 on: March 20, 2012, 11:53:19 PM »
Arlon:  I started to wonder about you when you mentioned Cooper were 'real' tires. :) 

Then I saw your later post on this thread.  The BFG's are one of the best off-road tires you can buy.

Darin

Hey!  The last tire I bought for the 1998 F150 were Cooper tires!  Highly rated by customers at Discount Tires . . . 60,000 mile warranty and I did buy the replacement warranty.  If they had failed for any reason they were replaced for no charge. 

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?c=1&rcz=78669&ar=70&rf=true&rd=16&rc=TXAINT&cs=235&dVeh=dVeh&tc=COPRA2&yr=1998&pc=27669&cf=false&vid=005452&sw=false

Didn't put all that many miles on them before buying the new truck but they performed well while driving them!

Al

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Offline Arlon

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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #71 on: March 21, 2012, 09:31:00 AM »
Failure like I had on a "Highly" rated tire is simply not an option. I had a through and through sidewall puncture driving down a graded dirt road. The sidewall on that tire couldn't be more than 3/16" thick. Personally I will never have anything to do with another cooper tire. I had to eat most of the cost on a set of 5 day old tires but they are gone and I'm happy. After My experience I'd have zero confidence in them and would be afraid to travel any back road on thin 2ply sidewall.
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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #72 on: March 21, 2012, 09:49:21 AM »
Failure like I had on a "Highly" rated tire is simply not an option. I had a through and through sidewall puncture driving down a graded dirt road. The sidewall on that tire couldn't be more than 3/16" thick. Personally I will never have anything to do with another cooper tire. I had to eat most of the cost on a set of 5 day old tires but they are gone and I'm happy. After My experience I'd have zero confidence in them and would be afraid to travel any back road on thin 2ply sidewall.

Now you have me worried Arlon, I just bought a set of those very tires for my wife's Yukon because of the warranty and the reviews of them.

It is strictly a highway vehicle though, and as Al points out Discount replacement warranty can't be beat, so we will see.

Don
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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #73 on: March 21, 2012, 10:51:45 AM »
They were OK on the road but even there the sidewall flex was an issue. They steering response was soft and slow. Tires were rated for 44lbs and I had 40 in them. When I swapped to the E tires I noticed the deiiference in the steering feel when I pulled out of the parking lot. I'd guess the E rated AT3 would be a lot better in that area. I think these are just their passanger car carcass with a neat tread pattern slapped on it. Even their E rated tire is only a 2ply sidewall. You have to go up the ST/MAXX to get a 3ply sidewall but then they tread is just way to agressive for my daily driver. Too bad they didn't build the AT3 on the 3ply..
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Re: Anyone find the "perfect" roadtrip vehicle?
« Reply #74 on: March 21, 2012, 11:45:47 AM »
As many have stated, I'm not sure there is much in BIBE that requires 4WD, high clearance is occasionally beneficial but, by far, the thing that has given me the most comfort now on a couple of trips on the Old Ore are my BFG AT K/Os and the knowledge that they will probably take car of me with the sharp rocks and pointy things that are so prevalent in Big Bend. 
-- Kevin (W5KLT)

"It's not an adventure until something goes wrong."  --Yvon Chouinard

 


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