Before I got my plates I took the van to Sequoia NP
. I'd never been there before and being it's so close to Sportsmobile, it was a good shakedown run. After that I did a few nearby 4x4 trails to check out the vans ability. I got half way up one of the trails when a wire harness came loose and blew a hole in the radiator. Fun trying to get back to the trailhead
. Filling the radiator from the vans water tank by myself was a challenge but I did get it out of there. It was my first tow back to the shop. A few weeks later after SMB made repairs I returned to finish the Briceburg Road
with a buddy of mine Sometimes called the Burma Grade Trail, I finally gave the 4x4 a workout. I spent several weekends driving to the Merced River Recreation area
where one end of the trail starts and explored places around Yosemite. Sure has been a great lifestyle investment!