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Old 08-05-2008, 08:33 PM   #31
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Mojave Rd

This is my first post in months ( Steve E-mailed to make sure I was not dead)
I had a great time on the 2008 DV trip. Ive been on the Mojave Road three times in the last 25 years. I think its a great idea for a forum trip. I have a issue of The Mojave Road by The friends of the Mojave Rd. Its 2 inches thick and has great history and details. So count me in.



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P.S. I see adventureduo came over to the SMB side. I would like to try a Horizon trailer.
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Old 08-06-2008, 08:56 AM   #32
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For those of you that don't know, Sportsmobile (the company) does organized trips (for a fee) once a year or so. I haven't been on one.
Just as a clarification, yes, SMB West does charge for their trips (which are limited to 4WD SMBs) but the cost includes catered breakfasts and dinners each day, campground fees (for the trips which have been held in the Silverton, CO area, they reserve an entire City-owned campground), outhouse rentals, etc. These trips were started about a dozen years ago as a way to give owners the experience and knowledge needed to get their rigs out on the trails. They have grown very popular and are now limited to typically 100 rigs max. For trail ride rallys, they have different trail rides on different days with experienced leaders who have pre-run the trails (the number of vans on each trail ride is limited too).

Every other year is a training rally where they set up an off-road course and let you drive SMB's own vans over the course. There are also "classes" on fixing tires, taking apart and rebuilding Warn hubs, using a winch, etc. Reps are there from ARB, Warn, Ford, etc.

Obviously, not everyone is going to like camping with 100 other vans but the locations that they select allow everyone to spread out and you only get together with everyone for meals (a very large tent along with tables and chairs is provided for meals and evening entertainment).

We have gone to all of the rallys we could and enjoy them. But we'd also very much enjoy participating in a Forum rally.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:14 PM   #33
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Lets try and get a Trona Pinnacle Goler Wash Mengle Pass Warm Springs Trip together.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:22 PM   #34
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Im down for that.. but isn't mengle a little challenging for some folks?

It would be fun if we could fit under the branch to Mansons Place
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:34 PM   #35
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You cant fit under the branch with your Yakima rack on thats for sure.
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:12 PM   #36
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It would be fun if we could fit under the branch to Mansons Place
Are you talking about the Barker Ranch? I was there in March, had no problem, don't even remember thinking about a clearance problem. Maybe I'm blind?

Mengal was challenging (2nd SMB 4x4 trip for me), but taken slow enough and as part of a group should not be a problem.
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:53 PM   #37
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did they re-open the ranch? A while back they were looking for bodies and it was closed. I think the trail was open though. You guys planning to raid the SMB ralley
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:04 PM   #38
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It would be fun if we could fit under the branch to Mansons Place
Are you talking about the Barker Ranch? I was there in March, had no problem, don't even remember thinking about a clearance problem. Maybe I'm blind?

Mengal was challenging (2nd SMB 4x4 trip for me), but taken slow enough and as part of a group should not be a problem.
This is the branch going in to Barker ranch. I had someone on the roof lifting the branch over my racks.
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This is the branch going in to Barker ranch. I had someone on the roof lifting the branch over my racks.
Well that explains it. Thats no branch
This is a branch!
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:29 PM   #40
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Yeah they cut the branches off.. LOL Before it worse. Yeah i remember last october going through it, my roof rack never hit on my cruiser. Good to see a photo of a actual SMB going through it.
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