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Old 05-13-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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Lucerne Valley Exploration

Not in a SMB, but that shouldn't matter to see cool stuff.

Did some overlanding, explored 2000 year old Yuccas, an abandoned Granite quarry and old World War II bombing targets.

Hotter than heck, but always a good time no matter what.

Trip report here
http://www.adventureduo.com/2009/05/luc ... ation.html
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Old 05-13-2009, 03:27 PM   #2
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Re: Lucerne Valley Exploration

I though Lucerne was in Switzerland
But it doesn't look the same...

Will have to go there, thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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Re: Lucerne Valley Exploration

Dave,

Awesome trip report as usual! Looked like you had a variety of overland vehicles in your group, all you need is an SMB on the line up! Glad to hear from you, keep it comin'.

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Old 05-16-2009, 11:13 AM   #4
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Re: Lucerne Valley Exploration

The answer the sports car guy was trying to avoid was probably "to bury the body"...

So, this seems like your first trip back in the old rig- having done both now which do you prefer, the SMB or your current rig? My money is on you ultimately like the landcruiser/trailer better, but I would like to know if that is the case and why (or why not).
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:22 PM   #5
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At least Dave doesn't have to deal with California's choice not to mention our fearless leaders choice to double the DMV fees on an expensive 100K vehicle.
I'm not happy at all about this and it takes affect right away Them aint smilies!
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:48 PM   #6
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At least Dave doesn't have to deal with California's choice not to mention our fearless leaders choice to double the DMV fees on an expensive 100K vehicle.
I'm not happy at all about this and it takes affect right away Them aint smilies!
But Dave, it's just a "temporary" increase. Don't you believe Sacramento?


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Old 05-16-2009, 04:52 PM   #7
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I always enjoy your trip reports and this one was excellent as usual. Thanks
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The answer the sports car guy was trying to avoid was probably "to bury the body"...

So, this seems like your first trip back in the old rig- having done both now which do you prefer, the SMB or your current rig? My money is on you ultimately like the landcruiser/trailer better, but I would like to know if that is the case and why (or why not).
That's scary cause the guy was in the US Army

That's a loaded question because there's no easy way to answer it. It's like comparing apples to oranges. One is outside setup and one is inside contained. But here's a few things of comparison,

The SMB had power and some to spare.
The 80/AT can't get out of their own way.

The SMB sucks on washboard.
The 80/AT kicks butt on washboard.

The SMB kicks butt for bad weather and escaping the elements.
The 80/AT has no real place to hide, just under awnings.

The SMB was 23 feet long and big and bodacious.
The 80/AT is nimble and can navigate through tighter terrain/pivot point.

The SMB has to be packed up to leave camp.
The AT can be left as basecamp.

The bottom line, they're both awesome. I just think the 80 and AT fits us better. I know Yosh still will miss being able to escape the group, heading in to bed for peace and quiet, a place with a restroom, the furnace and a kitchen sink. For me, i spent most my time outside the vehicle so i don't miss the SMB all that much.


Herb, good ol' CA got their money. I just paid taxes on both the rigs again and this time for more than the first time!!! .... oh man don't get me started


Funny, the still sent my registration to me for the SMB if anyone wants to hear how much.... $538.

Emrider, thanks so much man for the kind words.
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