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COMMUNICATIONS Should Be Your Number 1 Priority

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Last evening a familiar sound filled the air, a helicopter making its way towards the park. This isn’t unusual as we are in a direct line of flight between the Greater Phoenix area and Kingman, AZ / Las Vegas, NV. Medical evacuation helicopters travel this corridor transferring patients to and from along with those they might need to pick up in the surrounding area.

On occasion, one will land here at the Escapees North Ranch RV Park to pickup someone. Sometimes they are residents/guest of the park or trauma patients involved in an accident nearby.

Beyond The Pavement- A Short Ride To Shiprock

Arizona isn’t just a big flat desert sprinkled with cactus and rattlesnakes and you don’t have to travel very far from where we are staying to see some pretty spectacular scenery.

Our last trail ride was a group ride with the local off-road club here at North Ranch in Congress AZ. Four rigs, two side-by-sides, our Jeep Wrangler and a vintage International Scout. After arriving at the trailhead parking area, while the side-by-sides unloaded off their trailers, the two of us aired down and readied for the ride.

To Tote Water Or Not

We prefer to carry a full tank of fresh water as possible as we travel and I’ll tell you why in a bit. I’m asked often do we andhow much water we carry while traveling. Every RVer has their reasons why they do or do not. I have met RV’ers who have never put water into their freshwater tank, some say its because they only travel park to park and never boondock so there is no need.

Like any mechanical device or system, if you don’t use it, it will likely fail or not work properly when you do try to use it. Think about this as it applies to when you want to trade it in or sell the unit.

Some have said they don’t want to have to deal with the sanitation process. Most report that they just don’t want to pay for the additional gas/fuel it takes to carry the weight it adds to their RV going down the road. For some, those being bumper pulled trailers it is also a matter of weight distribution. Too much weight on the hitch or too much weight aft of the axle(s) can cause control issues, the latter causing uncontrollable oscillation.

Wear Those Seat Belts!

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I know that many of you never wear and never will wear your seat belt. Are you prepared for the consequences? A pretty harsh question, but in recent weeks there have been many reports of RVers being involved in collisions resulting in being ejected from the vehicle they were riding/driving in. Some of these were motorhomes, their towed, their tow vehicles or the OHV they use for fun.

It has been decades since I took driver’s education, but I still remember the movies shown in class, such as “Room To Live,” where the host explained that by staying confined inside the vehicle even in horrific accidents, the occupants survived. I have included that video in this post and it still has relevance today.

Building “Tatanka” Our Overlanding Jeep Wrangler

Are there too many Jeep building blogs and vblogs out there? NEVER! That said, if you are a Jeep owner, you know that no two Jeeps are exactly alike, even those factory stock off the lot. Each one has its own unique quirks…after all it is a Jeep.

We purchased our 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (JKU) used in the early summer of 2020. We had been searching a long time to find the “right” one. One that was well cared for, low mileage and equally important one that fell within our budget. Tough to do in many places of the country where Jeeps are popular daily drivers as well as off-road pleasure vehicles.

Jeep Wranglers are probably the ultimate in customizable vehicles on the road today. So many aftermarket accessories and upgrades can turn a Wrangler into anything you pretty much envision. We quickly made a list of the must have add-ons, that quickly transformed into a lengthy list.

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