8,000 mile trip just completed
Some random thoughts and observations from a 4 week 8000 mile trip from New Hampshire to South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and home.
A 4:10 rear end is definitely the way to go. My half ton Ďburb performed fabulously. The truck now has over 100,000 and still going strong. I have logged more than 26,000 miles towing. I converted the rear end from a 3.73 to a 4:10 last year, and itís the best thing Iíve done for the truck.
RotoChocks are better than anything Iíve ever had in the past. Buy them, youíll like them.
Iíve said all Iím going to say about the Hensley. One great piece of equipment.
The Salmon fly hatch on the Madison River places that river on the ďHoly GrailĒ of fly fishing rivers. The fish are healthy and strong. My casting arm cramped up from catching monster rainbows.
Be sure to balance your wheels and hubs with your new tires. I had two hubs that were 6ozís out of balance before the wheels went on. Dexter makes no attempt to balance their hubs.
The air conditioner is weak at best and in the 110 degree heat of the Las Vegas desert it doesnít work well at all. We camped at the circus circus KOA which is like camping on a parking lot with services. The voltage dropped at the circus KOA to about 108 volts and the air conditioner really struggled. The service wire between the trailer and the pole actually got hot and the metal on the plug burned my hand. I went to Camping world and purchased an Autoformer. The Autoformer jumped the voltage to 117 and the air conditioner was much happier.
If I ever have the opportunity to switch out the air conditioner for a 15,000 btu model Iím going to do it.
Wine country in California can lead to a head ache and an empty wallet. I think we came home with over 40 bottles of wine.
Yosemite NP is over rated and four days at Las Vegas is one day too much.
I wish I had spent more time on the Oregon coast and more time in southern Utah.
Yellowstone NP is still the greatest and we visited 8 National Parks on this trip. Our National Park pass paid for itís self this year.
This is the first time in 34 years of marriage Iíve had the opportunity to spend 4 weeks alone with my dear spouse. We had a great time together.
I have never seen anything as huge as the General Sherman Giant Sequoia tree.
Pugs are great dogs and even greater travel companions.
Have a great day
-Life is a journey, not a destination.