We’re Famous!

Well kinda’ sorta’. A while back, Bob Wells from cheaprvliving.com spent about two hours recording video of us and our rig. He then edited it down to two 15-minute videos which we think turned out quite well. We’ve had a ton of comments on YouTube, lots of views, and overall it has been a fun and positive experience. Please click on the links below and see what you think:

The Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzwDLJ09E3c&t=109s&spfreload=10
Our Rig:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2yYBVajVrQ&t=116s

I forgot to give him credit in the video, but we are eternally grateful to our brother Greg for setting up our blog and jump-starting the whole process, getting our domain registered, etc. We wouldn’t have known where to begin and Greg is the best. Thanks brother!

We recently shared a campsite for three nights at the entrance to Petrified Forest National Park with another fifth wheel that was there the whole time. The day we were preparing to leave, I got to thinking, “That looks like the rig of the couple who write the Roads Less Traveled blog!” I saw him ride off on his mountain bike and a short time later, she took off jogging and I thought, “Sure looks like their lifestyle.” About that time, Mark returned from his ride and a few minutes later, Emily got back and we got to meet both of them. It was cold and windy and we didn’t want to be too starstruck and tie ’em up too long but it was awesome to meet in person this couple we’ve been following online for years. They do a fabulous job on their blog; have probably been published 30 times or more with many of their pictures making the magazine covers as well. As you may recall, they provided information we used for our recent trip into Mexico. Be sure to check ’em out at www.roadslesstraveled.us.

 

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4 thoughts on “Island in the Sky”

  1. We did the White Rim trail in our Jeep Liberty last year, it’s pretty mild, but it’s a long drive. We loved it and will be going back to do it again with some other 4×4 friends. Thanks for the tip on the Maze, if we’ve got time, we’ll try to get there, too.

    FWIW, when on the White Rim we saw an F-450 with a wide utility body and dual rear wheels (they were carrying gear and guiding a bike tour ) that did the whole trail without issue, so I think a single rear axle with a long bed would probably be OK.

    I’m glad you got a chance to see as much of it as you did!

    Happy Trails!

    1. We have the long bed and singles on the back end but it was still tough going. Now that we have our power steering pump fixed (new high pressure hose) *and* new fluid, perhaps it wouldn’t be so intimidating. Annie also has vertigo issues and any serious four-wheelin’ is probably not going to work as something we can do together 🙁 I’ve had some minor vertigo issues in the past few years as well but mine seems to come and go . . . just have to pick the right day and I’m good to go 🙂 The whole are is pretty amazing. We’ll definitely do and see more in the years to come. Thanks Eric for your comment.

      1. Regardless of if you’re new or a veteran to off road travel, it’s also helpful to go in a small group. Having an experienced spotter to guide you through challenging areas is important, as is the security of a tow or an empty seat if you break down. It’s often easier to get through a tough spot if you’ve seen how someone else goes through first.

        You can share knowledge, company and if it becomes needed (Hopefully not ), recovery gear and tools.

        Also, airing down your tires to about half of your normal on-road pressures will increase your comfort level ( particularly in a heavily sprung truck ) and traction, as well as help protect your tires from sidewall damage. We air down to about 15-20 PSI ( closer to 12 PSI for very soft sand ) and air back up with a portable compressor when we’re done.

        We’re always open to travelling with others, so if we’re ever in the same area, check in and let’s go off road!

        1. We’ve done enough 4WD to see the wisdom is travelling with others — I think I’ve even learned to leave our 13,000# house behind! 🙂 Our 18″ wheels normally max at 80 PSI — which we run at on hot days on the Interstate to minimize sidewall flex and extend the life of our no-longer-new Michelins. We have let ’em down to 40 PSI before so we don’t get beat to death on dirt roads with heavy washboard . . . had no idea we could go that much lower! We also have a small portable compressor so we could puff ’em back up to 40 or so to hook up to our fifth wheel and then top ’em off before we hit the highway again.
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          Thanks for the experienced advice — we’ll look forward to off-roading with some company next time! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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