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I was told a long time ago by a "4X4er" that a 4 wheel drive is a good tool. It warns you when the road has ended and it is time to get out of there. I always understood that. I was never really a 4X4 guy. But I understand the need to "go there". I have done that many times when I was a lot younger and nimble to places that looking back I wonder if I brought my brains that day. [emoticon]
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Excellent report and good heads up call for others that might think about it. Obviously the Ranger could have been more insightful for you in what you might have expected.

I have been on the White Rim Trail twice, but always with a mountain bike and having a sag wagon bringing up the rear and camping gear. You are a lot braver than I am, plus I have too much height on my TC.

Thanks for the Pics and report!

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This is an edge-of-the-seat read! Tremendous!

I think that your technical skills are far more than you let on [emoticon]

I notice that you removed all your jacks. It looks like your camper dimensions were just about at the limit for several sections of the trail.

Again, unbelievable!

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[emoticon] (Replace with bowing smiley)

I'll go places with my hardside that most would dare to tread, but I do believe you have me beat.

I drove down the Shafer Trail back in 2000 in a F350 Crew Cab long bed and swore I would never do it again. However, I would have often thought about going back to do the White Rim Tail coming in via the Potash ponds though.

However, now that I've seen your complete report, I think I'll wait til I take my Jeep Scrambler out there so I can enjoy the trip. Just need to remember to pack my tent so I can do it over two days and enjoy some of the side trips.

Great report with some close wall photos. Thx


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White Rim Trail has been near the top of my list for some time now. Problem is I don't really care to do it myself and DW is a workaholic!!!

One day I am just going to do it, either way!!! [emoticon]

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!!! Well done!!! [emoticon]


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Great report! Some of the pictures made ME pucker!!! I did some trails in Moab on a dirt bike and even on it some of the drop-offs were daunting, I can only imagine what it would be like in a TC with only inches to spare. Good job!

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I held my breath just looking at my screen! Thanks.

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Nice pics but that just doesn't sound like fun to my wife or me, worrying about damaging the camper or worst going off the road. I guess I'll stick to trip reports for places I won't or can't go with my high clearenced tc on a dually.


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Nice report, thanks for sharing.


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White Rim is a great trail for people that can slow down. We like to do it in 3 or 4 days. That allows time to stop and enjoy the scenery without rushing. We have reservations for Oct to take the Jeep Cherokee and run a shag wagon for our daughter and several other firefighters and 911 dispatchers on mountain bikes. Camp spots are about 10 miles apart and have 1 to 3 spots at each. Very nice restroom at each camp spot. (did see a shotbed dually with the septic service tank on the trail last year).

Nice job to do it with the hardside.

Reservations start about Aug for the following year. Check out the Canyonlands website for more info.


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