Am I Killing Bambi?
We're back from our second trip to New Mexico with Toasty, and had a GREAT time in the Chihuahuan desert spring winds. Sorry we missed ya 2Air. Where were you in NM recently?
So my question. We like to really get off the beaten path, and there is very much BLM and USFS land out west on which to do so. Only problem is that the roads are a little.... rough. OK, more than a little rough.
So I've now hauled us back several miles serveral times, across rocks and washboard, though dry washes and bushy gullies. It's not a pleasant ride, but by going very slow, we've managed to get in and out in one piece.
Toasty seems largely unscathed - a scratch or two and with a drawer slid open and occasional cabinet slider fallen out.
But Linda fears that we're doing insidious longterm damage, unnoticed now, but shortening the life of our little treasure. I'm skeptical, but I do accept the realities of material fatigue, underengineering, and spotty build quality.
So what do more experienced folks think about this? OK to bushwhack a little with an AS, or a terrible idea?
PS - we always stay on established "roads", though sometimes they're a little hard to recognize as such sometimes.