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    Dave's Jeep JT Gladiator: The 'Gator

    How did the Quick Pitch perform on your recent trip? It hold up in the elements and wind?
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    Folding soft solar panels 100w?

    Yep, I use a Rockpals 100W panel as well and it is pretty reliable, durable and less expensive, but oh do I want one of those lighter solar blankets with higher efficiency.
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    1UP Hitch Racks

    I went with the 1UP USA Super Duty (1 bike) version. This is easily the best rack I’ve used (previously a Thule roof rack and Quadratec hanging hitch rack). Build quality is amazing. Ships fully assembled. Tolerances are so tight I suspect it was designed by aerospace engineers. It folds up...
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    1UP Hitch Racks

    I’m leaning towards their original model vs the newer style. Seems more robust for off-pavement. Found a good comparison review here
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    31st MEU VMM 262 REIN

    Former 4341 with 26th MEU back a few years. Our CO was from the wing so I spent a lot of time riding in his UH1W on deployment taking photos. Your photos brought back memories, thanks! Stay safe. SF.
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    1UP Hitch Racks

    Looking at adding a 1UP hitch-mounted bike rack so I can bring a bike along for adventures. Any Adventurists using one of these and have feedback or advice? Specifically looking at the Super Duty version for 2” hitch. Plan to run this on a truck (Gladiator).
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    Dave's Jeep JT Gladiator: The 'Gator

    Nice! I picked up one of those 50ft expanding garden hoses of Amazon; it packs up small and comes with a carry sack. Now I can fill up anywhere I can find a tap. Usually ranger stations will accommodate. My Waterport also gathered dust far too long but now it has earned a full time spot to hose...
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    Tacos Front Runner RTT mod experiment.

    It does, figure that’s 20min of staking lines. Why can’t they make stuff light and convenient? Running about 60lbs of awning and mounting hardware right now so weight is a real consideration. Traded a 140lb RTT for a 30lb ground tent (Gazelle). It was much easier when I just didn’t worry about...
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    Tacos Front Runner RTT mod experiment.

    Interesting, following. Weight and inability to solo load was reason I bailed on a RTT. I am looking at the Front Runner Modular Awning for a similar reason, just 13lbs!
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    pocket Media acquires GIAA and several publications...

    Side note on GAIA GPS, I have come to accept that their content focus is predominantly towards hikers and most of the pre-mapped routes on their site are geared towards that. They have made an effort to promote use in the vehicle-based community. They now have an API that works with...
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    pocket Media acquires GIAA and several publications...

    Outside has published a few articles recent years on vehicle based adventure. I read an article on a trip up to Coyote Flats and another very good story on back country survival/first aid in the Sierras from a guy who survived a serious rattlesnake bite. They even had a YouTube series last year...
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    Jimmie’s 2020 Gladiator JT: Smokey

    And then...just a little shake down cruise to Anza Borrego to break in the new AEV suspension. All good impressions so far. Ran some sandy washes, and washboard road. Got there by freeway, got home by mostly 2 lane road. Anyways, here is what the 2.5 Dual Sport sits like new on a JTR.I think I...
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    Book Club - Desert Solitaire

    The adventure to The Maze in the Land Rover brought back my memories from the 1970s of backcountry exploring with my dad in the old family K5 Blazer. No winch or recovery gear. Just someone walking ahead to guide or roll rocks out of the way on narrow switchbacks. The rafting through Glen...
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    Book Club - Desert Solitaire

    And the link to the already existing book thread here because I was lazy with my pre-post search. Great stuff there! https://americanadventurist.com/forum/threads/adventure-reading-book-recommendations.3164/
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    Book Club - Desert Solitaire

    Edit: see posts from about 6 years back, but one of my COVID-time reads so rebooting. I’m way late to the game but, just finished reading “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey. Hits all the right nerves. For those who haven’t read it a quick review - this is a collection of essays written by...
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