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hershey

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I find it hard to believe that you'd want to subject such a nice MH to that kind of road and terrain. But your idea is good, send out a pilot car to make sure that there are no surprises.


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In CA I know I can get to Middle Creek out of Upper Lake, and I am wanting to get to Davis Flats for Stonyford, Georgetown and or Forresthills, and maybe Gold Note (Elkins Flat)

Places in OR I would also like to hit up: #1 Prospect OHV, then East Fork Rock near Bend, Millican Valley, Edison Butte, Mccubbins Gulch, Shotgun Creek, Winom Fraizer and Brown's camp are on the list.

In NV I really want to try Bull Ranch Creek.

We plan to go for a year or more, and I have yet to research where we can go when snow keeps us out of these places. If you have any tips, PLEASE let me know!!!

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hershey wrote:

I find it hard to believe that you'd want to subject such a nice MH to that kind of road and terrain. But your idea is good, send out a pilot car to make sure that there are no surprises.



I know, but we plan to go slow and easy! You only live once, and we want to make sure we have some cool campfire stories to talk about when we are old.

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mockturtle wrote:

Logging trucks go places no sane vehicle would dream of going. I don't think that is a sound criterion. A better idea would be to drive your TV up the road and check it out first.


Maybe I assumed wrong...
TV is a 45ft MH that is towing a 22ft v-nose trailer.
In the trailer are dirt bikes that would be used to scout the logging roads and radio back to MH and trailer a road condition report???
If so, that's a sound plan. Except, what radio has a range of 15 miles


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I drove log trucks for 30+ years in BC. The roads may be better there but I would not consider taking my coach up there. As mentioned ground clearance and roughness of the road could lead to problems. The turning radius of your big coach will not be as good as a log truck and the trailer will track out alot further on corners. I don't know what the roads are like there so I may be off base, but that sounds like too nice a coach to go there with. Good luck.


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McZippie wrote:

hnybdgr wrote:

Should be fun, as long as we can get to the spots we want to go!


Even if you don't get the MH and Trailer in the 10 to 15 miles of Logging roads. Riding dirt bikes in on the Logging Road to a trail head, at high speed is always fun too.

You'll quickly find 'your own' way to make it work.



Good point. Very good point.

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McZippie wrote:

mockturtle wrote:

Logging trucks go places no sane vehicle would dream of going. I don't think that is a sound criterion. A better idea would be to drive your TV up the road and check it out first.


Maybe I assumed wrong...
TV is a 45ft MH that is towing a 22ft v-nose trailer.
In the trailer are dirt bikes that would be used to scout the logging roads and radio back to MH and trailer a road condition report???
If so, that's a sound plan. Except, what radio has a range of 15 miles


correct, bikes in trailer, will ride ahead to scout and report.

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slickest1 wrote:

I drove log trucks for 30+ years in BC. The roads may be better there but I would not consider taking my coach up there. As mentioned ground clearance and roughness of the road could lead to problems. The turning radius of your big coach will not be as good as a log truck and the trailer will track out alot further on corners. I don't know what the roads are like there so I may be off base, but that sounds like too nice a coach to go there with. Good luck.



These roads are really more maintained, they are also county roads, but long ago started as logging roads for the most part. They are pretty smooth, no big ruts or anything like that, just tighter turns that I am worried about. I am thinking maybe get the MH up to the camp spot and have a friend tow in the trailer after reading your post.

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hershey wrote:

I find it hard to believe that you'd want to subject such a nice MH to that kind of road and terrain. But your idea is good, send out a pilot car to make sure that there are no surprises.


I've seen it done a lot... With a nice 'big' rig got'a go real real really slow. So slow that time seems to be going backwards.

FWIW as I posted above, we've done the same thing many many times, but my 'small' MH/trailer Rigs have always been set up for high speed travel on back roads. Skip along on top of corrugated roads at 40 to 55 mphs, at that speed they smooth right out and are fun to drive.
4 wheel driffing around corners and picking the best line. Stone dings everywhere.

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Biggest problem I see is the turning radius when pulling the trailer.

IF the road/trail is fully 2 PU's wide you should be OK if you don't have to back up.

Best of luck it sounds like a blast and some good memories be careful out there its a long way to 1st aid.


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