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Old 03-31-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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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?

ThAnKs!
jon

PS - we always stay on established "roads", though sometimes they're a little hard to recognize as such sometimes.
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:48 AM   #2
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Considering my trailer turned 40 this year, and was regularly used for trips to Alaska before I bought it, I don't think you have to worry about it falling apart next year. And if it does, fix it and keep going! When I did the floor a couple years ago I repaired a dozen broken welds in the frame, but it was still holding together. Nobody can predict how much is too much when it comes to metal fatigue and wear and tear. I say use it the way you want to use it and enjoy!
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:13 AM   #3
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I've taken our Safari on many a dirt/gravel road with and without washboards...I take it very slow and it's a non-issue.

If you have ever seen any of the wally caravans, you'd see they took much worse!
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:33 AM   #4
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Easy does it! Go slow and don't worry when you go off the beaten path ~

Have you ever seen the old Capetown to Cairo movies? They'll give you an appreciation of what these trailers are capable of...but you must think more like the tortoise than the hare.

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