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Posted: 07/24/12 11:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dan,

Your Very High Sierra blog was excellent! We are blessed to live where this can still be done fairly close to home.

I have to rely on backpacking - to get to places like where you went camping out of your comfortable TT RV. Even our small Class C probably couldn't navigate most of the roads that took you to this great mini-adventure.


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Awsome....Thank You for posting.

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Looks like a fantastic trip. Great pictures, thank you for sharing them.


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very cool!

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Well done, as usual.

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Thanks for all of the comments. Tiger, our Canada trip is still on target for late August through Sept. And Phil, a small Class C can go almost anywhere I can go, if you have four wheel drive and good clearance. Although my trailer now has 11 inches of clearance under the axle, my SUV only has ten, so it is the limiting factor. I find that if I go really slowly and don't try to straddle the big rocks but instead drive my tires OVER them, I can pick my way through some fairly tough terrain.

The only problem is that my new "raised" trailer hits more branches! I am thinking of removing the TV antenna -- we don't even have a TV, and I am worried about hitting a branch.


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ya'll shure do get my adventure bite to itchin..

makes me want to go home load up and head out.

thanks for the report, beautiful pics, thats my favorite places in the country.


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Beautiful, just beautiful, Prof. Thanks so much for the trip report. Also, was looking for the "boot pic", and was not disappointed.


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Great Trip Report and Blog as usual. I need to get up to the Eastern Sierra sometime soon. I haven't gotten up there this year, yet. Thank you very much for posting.

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And Phil, a small Class C can go almost anywhere I can go, if you have four wheel drive and good clearance. Although my trailer now has 11 inches of clearance under the axle, my SUV only has ten, so it is the limiting factor. I find that if I go really slowly and don't try to straddle the big rocks but instead drive my tires OVER them, I can pick my way through some fairly tough terrain.


Dan, thanks for the feedback on this.

Our Class C has good ground clearance even more now since I've changed tire size to increase it a bit from stock. No four wheel drive though, but with all that weight on our rear dual sets I'm either in great traction shape if things are dry or in real trouble if we sink the rear tires in wet or soft stuff.

We have gone offroad in desert situations, but not yet back in on remote Forest Service or logging roads. Our height (11'1") can be a problem at times, so I carry a limb lopper and saw to help with tree limbs. Very slow and very careful is the name of the game.

Keep up the great reports!

P.S. That trick of yours is real slick where you use a stick for leverage and plastic water container to top up your trailer's high up fresh water fill spout.

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