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RickW

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Posted: 04/04/09 06:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jefe,

Great weather, great photography, great trip, great report.

I hope you get to go to DV again next year and invite others to join you.

and thanks for revealing the notes to "twilight zone" I always wondered about that... Can I play that on my cell phone keypad when I visit the Playa?


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"We came back up the Lipincot road and read the sign again. I like the "No tow service" part. Note to BTG: don't go here. 8<)"

Dammit, you beat me to it! I was going to say I'd hate to get towed there... I guess I'll just have to bring a spae filter.

Awesome photos, love the sliding rocks. I remember seeing pix of that before and being amazed at the implications of the 'thoery'. Holy cow.

The other photo that really stands out is the TC behind the field of flowers. Beautiful.

Thanks for the vicarious enjoyment of your trip.

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Man this brought back some memories... when I was 18, about 18 years ago, I spent 4 days or so on a jeep trip around the Death Valley, Saline Valley area. Some of the most rugged, desolate, beautiful places. Thanks for the pics...


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Sweet trip report!

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Great timing on your guys trip.
Spring flowers, walking rocks, few other people. Solitude.
Plus an interesting narative.
Thanks for sharing reports I and II.

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Posted: 04/06/09 11:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jefe,

did u drive lippencott from racetrack rd to the valley?
have never taken the TC on that road.
interested to know its drivability w/ a TC.
sounds like you took hunter mtn rd instead.

also, w/ ~3k lbs in the bed, any concern about tire delamination when airing down to 25 psi and driving at ~30 mpg for extended periods on washboard?

i have tire inflation chart for my toyos, but never brave enough to air down that far and driving at speed w/ 3k in the bed.


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Saltamontes wrote;
"did u drive lippencott from racetrack rd to the valley?
have never taken the TC on that road.
interested to know its drivability w/ a TC.
sounds like you took hunter mtn rd instead."


We got down to near the lead mine from the Racetrack. The sign said one must camp at least two miles from the Race Track. We came back out past the Race Track and took the right turn at Teakettle Jct.

"also, w/ ~3k lbs in the bed, any concern about tire delamination when airing down to 25 psi and driving at ~30 mpg for extended periods on washboard?"


Who's going 30 mph? We averaged 15 mph on the Race Track road from Ubehebe. It was so rough that I put it in 4WD for those 20 miles of washboard. At any rate, no problem with those Nitto tires. At 10 plies, they are very tough. I have done a lot of low pressure driving with them and no sweat. I've run them on sand at 18-20 pounds with no issues. This is all a carry over from my Jeeping tire technique.
Actually we did drive about 40 miles out, at 25 lbs., over Hunter Mt. South to Hwy 190, sometimes up to 45 mph on dirt, gravel, and broken pavement. Still no woes.
I think the key is to have VERY good tires to start with.

"i have tire inflation chart for my toyos, but never brave enough to air down that far and driving at speed w/ 3k in the bed. "


Take a chance.
regards, as always, jefe

* This post was edited 04/06/09 11:22pm by jefe 4x4 *


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