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DesertHawk

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Shake Down Cruise, First Towin' Double. We did a quick outing in the Scamp the first week of May. We left Monday, May 1, stayed 3 nights up in the Cloudcroft area at a Forest Campground. It was a shake down cruise to see what we needed but didn't remember to pack along. There were a few things. It was great up there, almost the whole campground to ourselves. So nice and cool. The campground was at 9,000 feet (Elevation on a sign posted in the campground said 10,000 but on the Forest Service web site Silver is listed as 9,000 feet). Very dry there as well as here. It was 95 in Las Cruces when we got back. It was mostly in the upper 60s or low 70s up there as highs. I rode my bike some, we went on a hike to see the new Trestle Overlook, only 5 miles, but it was a very steep trail, we enjoyed it. We had a picnic, enjoyed bird watching, enjoyed the cool. We read alot. It was also our first time to Towing Double with the Scamp. Towing my Yamaha XT250 on a small trailer behind the Scamp. I believe it took us longer to get the Egg ready than we were able to camp with washing & waxing the Scamp, loading in supplies not to mention washing & the loading & packing of our new tow (which we were very happy with, loved the power & the room it affords, I really like the cap/shell, it was easy to get into and find what I need). I added a 50" X 9' piece of carpet to the bed which made it much easier on my knees plus it has a rubber matt in the bed & on the tailgate. It was cool, yes, chilly in the mornings, but not cold. We did use the generator/electric heater to warm it up to shower. I found I needed to add an anti-sway bar to the motorcycle trailer and maybe a flag pole (horizonally) to be able to see if it is swaying or not. Cloudcroft is situated at an elevation of just over 8600 feet. I haven't towed the Scamp alone with the Ford F-150 yet, but the on board MPG meter said we got 16.4 mpg, it was up to 17.8 mpg for a while but lost some mpg on the climb over the pass to get home. The little motorcycle trailer tracks right alone with the Scamp. One must give them a little more turning room. Now that it has an anti-sway bar on the MotoHauler, I believe it will be even easier. Towing Double is not legal in all states, but it is in NM as long as you do not go over 65'. I called the NM State Police and asked.
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Is there a way to get a link set up so you just click on it?---I did it! Thanks!

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Posted: 06/07/09 09:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep.
http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll120........wk46/2009%20Travels/?albumview=slideshow

You can manually surround your textual link with the special codes indicating a url. Or you can use the advanced posting form and use the clickable link generator there. The result is the same either way.

Nice pics, by the way. I've heard that it's pretty dry down there. Have the recent rains helped it out any?

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Thanks, Lynn. Yes, they have. They lifted the fire bans in Lincoln Nat'l Forest & Gila, I believe as well. We'll see how long it will last. Keeping our fingers crossed the Monsoons come on time this year.

Now if I can figure out what you told me to do, maybe I can follow suit. Ha!

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Nice pics thanks


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