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Old 07-04-2016, 09:12 PM   #1
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First major road trip to Ouray, CO

We're just about packed and ready to get away from the heat. This will be our first multi day trip with the new 26u. Replaced rear brakes, ball joint, tie rod ends, coolant hoses, tires and fuel filter on the tv. Tire pressure monitors on the trailer. I've been thru most of the checklists that I could find on the Forum.
I'm a little concerned about the heat and the 400+ miles to Tucumcari on the first day. Barring any mechanical problems, we'll be fine and looking forward to getting back to Ouray. It's been 6 years and the last trip was on a BMW motorcycle. Quite a contrast! We're taking our two Yorkies with us (a year and a half old brother and sister) and they are sure to keep things interesting.
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Old 07-04-2016, 09:21 PM   #2
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First major road trip to Ouray, CO

We're just about packed and ready to get away from the heat. This will be our first multi day trip with the new 26u. Replaced rear brakes, ball joint, tie rod ends, coolant hoses, tires and fuel filter on the tv. Tire pressure monitors on the trailer. I've been thru most of the checklists that I could find on the Forum.
I'm a little concerned about the heat and the 400+ miles to Tucumcari on the first day. Barring any mechanical problems, we'll be fine and looking forward to getting back to Ouray. It's been 6 years and the last trip was on a BMW motorcycle. Quite a contrast! We're taking our two Yorkies with us (a year and a half old brother and sister) and they are sure to keep things interesting.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:32 AM   #3
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That should be a beautiful drive.

Have a great trip!


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Old 07-05-2016, 06:16 AM   #4
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Sounds like a nice trip and you did all the preparations.

Are you driving over Red Mountain from Durango? If so that's an awe-inspiring drive.

Wishing you safe and happy travels!
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:48 AM   #5
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Safe travels---I wish I was going with you!

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Old 07-05-2016, 11:32 AM   #6
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Nice place! Hope you have reservations, as the place gets sort of crowded in summer.
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:34 AM   #7
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Me and the wife will be up there for five days in The KOA towards Ridgeway! We go up there every year the first week in August to meet al our 4x4 Family 30+ years now! I have a 82 Excella 280 I'm working on but will be taking my Thor 31 foot towing my toys up there! Maybe we'll see you there?
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Old 07-05-2016, 12:21 PM   #8
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That whole area is so great. Have a great drive and a great time. We just got back from the Victor / Cripple Creek area and it was cool enough at night to have to run the furnace - in July
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:29 PM   #9
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We spent 4 nights at Ridgeway State Park just north of Ouray over Memorial Day weekend. Went to Ouray every day. I'd highly recommend Colorado West Jeeps from which we rented a jeep to go up to Yankee Boy Basin. You may be lucky enough that Imogene Pass is open (at 13,000+ feet it was still snowbound when we were there). Whether by jeep trail in a rents jeep or your own truck over the state roads, the trip to telluride is worth it.

Have fun!
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Old 07-05-2016, 07:30 PM   #10
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We love the Ouray area after our first visit there last year. This year we'll be there July 27 for one week.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:49 PM   #12
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We've been there many times and with the exception of two trips on a BMW bike, we have always had a 4x4. The Silverado is very capable off-road but is a little long for some of the switchbacks. We might rent something for a day so we could do Black Bear (if the rental company will let us!). Mainly going to relax.
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:27 PM   #13
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I share concerns about the heat while towing.

I know a few people that ruined their transmissions, on hills, on hot days, going too fast.

On really hot days, I tow in the mornings and evenings.

If you have Google Earth, you can hover the cursor over the highway and get elevations. The highway gets hairy on the way to Silverton, from Ouray.

One year, I saw snow there, in June at the higher elevations. I also cooled drinks in a stream.
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Trip not going as planned. First day, we made it to Tucumcary, NM and it was 111 deg when we arrived and, the check engine light came on just outside of town. Park recommended local truck shop, but their scanner would not talk to the Duramax. Next morning pressed on to Morioroty, NM. We could only make 35mph on the hills so the 90 mile trip took a while. When we arrived, they directed us to park adjacent to their service drive and plug in to their 30a service. They looked at the truck and said it was bad injectors ($5500) and possibly a bad injection pump (another $3300). If I was at home, I could order rebuilt injectors and do the job myself. But, in the middle of nowhere, what choice do I have? Injectors and pump were overnighted to Albuquerque and we are patiently waiting. Well, almost patiently.
We had a very pleasant night-better than the KOA in Tucumcari! I just hope they get us out of here today because their service department is not open on Saturday and I really don't want to spent the weekend on Route 66.
Wish us well.

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