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Old 01-07-2012, 05:25 PM   #29
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Well, the general consensus is the opposite....you may have had a weight distribution issue with the tandem u-haul. HOWEVER, for off road use I think I may prefer a single axle over a tandem.

OK, you answered a big preliminary question. You don't see anything more severe than somewhat poorly maintained fire roads and traversing a normal natural meadow?

That'll be a lot easier than I expected from your first post.

Is your Montero the older, bullet proof solid front and solid rear axle model, or the newer independent rear suspension model? What are the specs?
Engine size and HP and torque at what RPMs?
Axle ratio?
Any limited slip or lockers?
Tire brand and size?
Any suspension mods?
Recommended tow rating, FGAWR, RGAWR, GCWR, recommended max trailer weight rating, and curb weight of TV.


AS model, and empty weight. Loaded weight, if you have it.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:24 PM   #30
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I love to see other people's photographs. Do you have a website where I can see some of your work?

You can see a small sample of my work at Large Format Landscape Photography -- Stephen A Willard. I practice only traditional photography using big sheet film cameras, and I have my own color darkroom where I print everything buy hand. I do primarily very big prints, and I sell all over the world. However, I am not world famous.
SWillard,
What a nice web site. I really enjoyed your photographs. Those LF landscapes are hard to top. Nice work there. I also shoot primarily film, but in 120 and 35mm format. I enjoy both the film cameras and the arcane processes of film. I develop my own B&W, but I send my color out. Although I will shoot almost anything, I generally lean towards street photography and urban landscapes. This isn't well organized, more of a dumping ground really, but here is my FLICKR site: Flickr: m stephens' Photostream

Airstreaming is new to me. We only started RVing this past summer. So, I am sure I will have a lot of new opportunities for photography.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:25 AM   #31
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SWillard,
What a nice web site. I really enjoyed your photographs. Those LF landscapes are hard to top. Nice work there. I also shoot primarily film, but in 120 and 35mm format. I enjoy both the film cameras and the arcane processes of film. I develop my own B&W, but I send my color out. Although I will shoot almost anything, I generally lean towards street photography and urban landscapes. This isn't well organized, more of a dumping ground really, but here is my FLICKR site: Flickr: m stephens' Photostream

Airstreaming is new to me. We only started RVing this past summer. So, I am sure I will have a lot of new opportunities for photography.
Mark, I really like your black and white work. "Legion of Honor" in particular is one of my favorites. The tonality is really rich and creamy and the placement values of your light contrast is perfect. Bravo!

Are you a practitioner of the Zone system. It sure looks like it.

My new AS should open up a lot of opportunities for me as well. My first trip will be early this spring in Wyoming. The skies up there are amazing before and after a storm. We intend to setup camp for 2 to 3 weeks in the middle of no where on BLM land and just shoot big skies. Can't wait.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:04 AM   #32
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SWillard,

You're headed into a grand time. I picked up the same A/S in April, towing with a Ridgeline (same tow rating as Mitsubishi). Can't claim much back road experience yet, but will be interested in what you opt for and how it goes. Am planning a slow cross country move this summer (VA to WA) with a lot off back road time.

You'll love the A/S: perfect for 2, not too long, etc. And if not already, you'll find this forum amazingly helpful.

Best of luck, congratsvand keep in touch.

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Old 01-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #33
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I just realized the if I can increase the clearance of my AS, I might also have to elevate the weight distribution system by flipping the shank which is the part that sides into the tow vehicle 2x2 hitch. All shanks I have seen diagramed have the long part of the vertical stem facing downward. Would this be a problem?
On another brand, we flipped the axle over and up-sized the tires to get a TT more suited to back roading ... but ... it was only a 19' hard-sided pop up with much less mass. If one of your reasons for investing (did I say investing) / buying a brand new AS was for the warranty, I would not jeopardize that warranty with any mods.
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #34
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On another brand, we flipped the axle over and up-sized the tires to get a TT more suited to back roading ... but ... it was only a 19' hard-sided pop up with much less mass. If one of your reasons for investing (did I say investing) / buying a brand new AS was for the warranty, I would not jeopardize that warranty with any mods.
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Stephen, not to get away from your original question, but what an outstanding portfolio!
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:40 PM   #36
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...and welcome to the "new owners" group. I got my 2012 28' Intl CCD last November. I did a LOT of research on everything from how to equip it, accessories, etc. on this forum before I ordered it. I went with the Tekonsha P3 controller (order the applicable harness for your car at the same time). E-trailer is a great resource. Speedy, efficient, zero hassles. Hitchwise (which I think is the single most critical factor for safety and minimal newbie concerns), I went with the ProPride 3P. Sean Woodruff -- as you'll find on this forum, is astoundingly helpful. You can research this on the Forums, and their website. My A/S dealer did the install for me, but if you've got a good toolset (and a 250 lb torsion wrench), you could do it yourself. Sean is available 24/7 for questions/problems. Plan on around $2800 for this hitch, but after two trips, I can say that I had ZERO" sway if a semi blew by me at 70 MPH. I can hitch/unhitch in a matter of minutes....the construction of the hitch allows "close enough" as the stinger gives you a couple of inches either way once you get the up/down on the money. I'm now in the process of replacing my 15" wheels and Marathon's with 16" Tredit wheels and Michelin LT tires. If you read the horror stories on this (and other) sites on the OEM tires you might consider this is an early option. (Wish I'd known I could have had JC do this for me.) Soon, I'll be selling 5 brand new wheels and tires. For my $, safety outranks everything else. That means: best hitch, best tires, careful maintenance.
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