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Old 09-23-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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Bill Burke Camel Trophy presentation in Seattle and Portland

From a Bill Burke newsletter received in email.
I'll try to make the Seattle event if I can arrange the family responsibilities.

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**If you are in the Seattle, WA area, Bill will be presenting a Camel Trophy slide show on September 28 at 6:30 p.m. This is hosted by the Northwest Overland Society and ARB USA. It will be at ARB USA, 720 SW 34th Street, Renton (http://www.arbusa.com)

**If you are in the Portland, OR area, Bill will be presenting a Camel Trophy slide show on October 3 at 6:30 p.m. This is hosted by Columbia Rovers and it will be at 635 NW 16th Avenue, Portland. Refreshments provided. (http://www.columbiarovers.com/news)
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Re: Bill Burke Camel Trophy presentation in Seattle and Portland

Additionally, he has an SMB-suitable class in early December in Anza Borrego coming up. 5 vehicles only.


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Re: Bill Burke Camel Trophy presentation in Seattle and Portland

At this point I'm planning on going to the presentation at ARB, in Renton. Is anyone else? We could make it a mini meet-up.

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Old 09-28-2009, 06:02 PM   #4
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Re: Bill Burke Camel Trophy presentation in Seattle and Portland

Peter,

I think I'll be there to help represent the SMB contingent!

Maybe we can encourage them to give some love (and attention) to the E350 series instead of the jeeps and toyotas :-)

See you there.

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Re: Bill Burke Camel Trophy presentation in Seattle and Portland

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Additionally, he has an SMB-suitable class in early December in Anza Borrego coming up. 5 vehicles only.
One of these days it'll work out that I can do one of his classes. I think his big truck class would be a lot of fun, and really helpful for me. He did his trail leader class up here this past weekend through The Northwest Overland Society. I'm really sorry I couldn't make it work. In general taking an actual class from someone who knows what the hell their doing seems like a good way to polish off the stuff you've learned the hard way, read, been told, etc.


The slide show was a kick. He's a funny guy. I can see why he's a good teacher. I can see why the presentation is still popular so many years later. I can recommend seeing it if you get the chance.

EDIT: I should mention bitburger and railbat were there as well and both mentioned organizing a get seattle/northwest together in the next few months.

The ARB guys generously offered us a hefty discount off anything they make. I was more than a little frustrated that I didn't need anything, even with my loose definition of "need."
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:38 PM   #6
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Re: Bill Burke Camel Trophy presentation in Seattle and Portland

Did anybody discuss that air bag jack ARB makes?
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:49 PM   #7
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Re: Bill Burke Camel Trophy presentation in Seattle and Portland

Dave ,
The ARB was my first Failure when we got our SportsMobile and that includes the replacement
that was provided . They had worked very nicely on two of my other Vans but the SportsMobile at a loaded weight of 10,620 and 10,910 lbs. was two much to ask of this otherwise very capable piece of equipment . I incidentally weighed the van as soon as I returned home from these two separate trips .
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Thanks, I noticed it was pushing the limit on their specs. Probably not much of a market as we are the heavy weights in the 4x4 world. But it would be nice if ARB could go a little further. I've seen bags that can lift more but they are huge and too much to haul.
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