Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-21-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 119
my trip to Cali/AZ and back to COLD Iowa...

well, we set off for California Jan. 5th from Iowa. 26 hours later.. we were in Fontana, CA. we didn't get very good fuel mileage to say the least.. 8-10mpg the whole way.. sad but when you weigh 9500lbs (weighed at a scale when we left).. it's expected.

went to Supercross in Anaheim and Phoenix.. rode 2 mx tracks in socal and also practiced roadracing at Fontana. mountain biked at McDowell park outside Fountain Hill, AZ for 2 days and much more. wanted to take the van off roading but didn't as the upgraded tires are just too big for the fenders so I need to do some trimming and with all the bikes that were packed in/on the van I didn't want them moving around a lot. all in all, we had 3 motorcycles (2 dirt and 1 street/race bike), 2 mountain bikes, generator, norcold fridge, 2 snowboards, all the gear to race/bike/board, ramp, spare tire, race tires, tool box and clothes... before we left I had another battery installed behind the drivers side between the frame and body with a Blue Sea charging relay which ran a 3500 watt inverter.. it worked great! we took 3 days to arrive back in Iowa with stops in Sante Fe, NM, Pagosa Springs, CO, Denver, CO and finally home...about 3500 total miles. with all the gear inside we weren't able to sleep inside the van but next time we will be "camping" in the van. Im going to get a 2 bike hauler instead of a single. all in all, a great trip that I won't forget.
Attached Thumbnails
331391_3155272479429_1193709032_3400980_1071421783_o.jpg   416511_3052522390741_1193709032_3357352_129617428_o.jpg  
__________________

racrx451 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: my trip to Cali/AZ and back to COLD Iowa...

Where in Iowa?

I'm from Iowa, moved to CA in 74. Go back every year to visit family - my dad's 90th birthday will be on Jun 8th, and I will be there. Elberon, kind of east central Iowa. Also stop in Nebraska to visit my brother and in Tipton, IA to visit another brother.

Maybe we can hookup while I am out there.

Mike
__________________

__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 06:55 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 119
Re: my trip to Cali/AZ and back to COLD Iowa...

hi. I live right outside of Des Moines, real close to I-80. you are more than welcome to look me up on your way through. safe travels
racrx451 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
Site Team
 
Ford_6L_E350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Washington - Ridgefield
Posts: 4,725
Re: my trip to Cali/AZ and back to COLD Iowa...

Usually I'm on 80 from Nebraska through Des Moines. I'll drop you a PM when I get closer to leaving.

Mike
__________________
SOLD04 EB350 Custom Floorplan
6.0 PSD 4.10 Posi
Salem Kroger coil spring 4wd
SMB Trailer w/AT Air Suspension
Alaska to Key West, Labrador and more
130685 miles 16.65 mpg average

Prostate cancer survivor. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=11099
2015 VW GTI
Leaving CA for WA
Ford_6L_E350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2012, 03:54 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
OttoVolcomSMB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Paso Robles
Posts: 144
my trip to Cali/AZ and back to COLD Iowa...

Racrx451 how do you get the gear up and down from your roof?
__________________
Nick Otto
OttoVolcomSMB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2012, 12:03 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 119
Re: my trip to Cali/AZ and back to COLD Iowa...

good question.. my buddy built the roof rack for $400 and he was suppose to build me a ladder too but that didn't happen so we either used the curved ramp to climb up and down or I would just open the front door and step on the seat and door to get up there... I need to get the ladder done.
__________________

racrx451 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.