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Posted: 04/02/12 10:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Taking the TC to the limit is fun. You still went further than most.

Thanks for posting.


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Love it. Thanks for the TR. The floor jacks are a great idea!


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1 or 2 years ago, somebody posted a trip report showing the back of their camper torn off from forgeting about the rear overhang. The pictures and report are great.


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Posted: 04/02/12 11:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ticki2 wrote:

insp1505 , just curious , have you ever measured your actual angle of departure ?


No, I never have done an actual measurement. I'm not really sure what I'd do with it if I knew it. I do plan on adding another overload leaf someday but that will be to compensate for the added weight of a new superhitch with extension and motorcycle trailer.

Just out of curiosity though I'd like to get a measurement but it's all set up on my jack stands, so that just won't be accurate today. The best I can do right now is a Photoshop measurement off this picture. Keep in mind a camera lens will distort the actual picture so it's not perfect but it might be close. It measures 13 degrees.

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I'll measure it next week when I take it off the stands just to see how accurate my picture method really is.

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I've had some close calls too... and I don't think my camper is strong enough to withstand the jacks dragging event the slightest amount. My solution was to raise the rear jacks on their mounts which gave me another 5 or 6" of clearance. It was a 5 minute mod' and I still have enough jack travel to easily load & unload the camper.
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note: this photo shows my cargo rack in the rear hitch... which severely limits departure angle. Obviously the rack would need to be removed before I could venture off-road.


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Wowee that's a big one to be off road in. And no winch. Braver than me.

Looks fun though.





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Posted: 04/03/12 07:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I mounted the jacks up higher on my last camper to keep from catching them on rocks, etc. I also went from a 10.5' for my first camper to an 8.5' for my second one, to avoid those kind of off road problems. The 8.5' with the jacks mounted higher was pretty much limitless on where it could go off road in the desert. Biggest limitation was the wheelbase length of the truck and the turning radius. A regular cab truck would be better for that.


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Posted: 04/03/12 08:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the great trip report. I have the same 2010 Af1150 as you do.However I live in Ohio and don't have the Great boondocking places.Can't wait to come to Idaho some day. Jim

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Very nice photos of your trip and being aware of the limits of your rig. This is one of the problems I'd when sending out a open invite to my WRT trips. People just didn't understand that TC like your would be torn up on that trail.


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Posted: 04/03/12 10:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

for anyone looking to "boonie-bash" a long-box w/ a large camper this thread should be mandatory viewing.

beautiful Idaho pics. Great trip report.


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