Summer's not over yet

Tugela

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In a strange turn of events, my weekend camping trip at Mt. St. Helens turned into a weekend camping trip at Washington's coast. Here's where I met up with a friend whose ambitions to drive on sand outran the capabilities of his 2WD Vanagon. Towing him through 200 yards of soft sand in the dark made for a fun end to the day. What Rover trips did other folks take this weekend?

 

jastutte

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some time ago i had a '84 Vanagon. their first water-cooled year. VW's engineers decided to keep the engine in the back of the van and run yards of coolant hose to the front of the van to the radiator. not sure if they didn't anticipate the problems this might cause or if they thought this created a wonderful sense of adventure for the driver. still, i loved it. until the over-heating and the head gasket leaks started.

glad i moved on to the more reliable and less troublesome D2.


that Vanagon did take me and my new wife to some fun places. we drove the Colorado Rockies, the Kansas Plains and the Missouri Ozark hills.


back on topic, my wife and i took the '04 Discovery out for a drive on the River Road that follows the Missouri-Illinois border yesterday.

it was uneventful and relaxing.

i am hoping to take my boys and a couple of the Rovers to some trails in the next couple of weeks. it will be my 17 year old's first time behind the wheel off-roading.
 
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eXtraDutyDisco

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Towed a new-to-us travel trailer with the LR3 to a camping trip on the Oregon Coast. Fantastic towing vehicle, of course.

The best part was taking the LR3 out on the beach drive and watching the large domestic trucks taking more than one attempt to get through the soft sand and back on the road. We simply put the Rover in Sand Mode and calmly drove past them without breaking a sweat.

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Howski

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Not much Rover wise, unfortunately. I did swing down to Charleston to get a factory expedition rack for a steal on Facebook marketplace. It should be set after fabricating some missing hardware and a fresh coat of paint. Hopefully I’ll be able to put together a trip or two this fall
 

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pdxrovermech

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have plans to run the Rubicon and the Black Rock Desert starting Sunday. Currently the Rubicon in under evacuation orders, so who knows where will end up. Just more time in the desert i guess.
 

Tugela

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have plans to run the Rubicon and the Black Rock Desert starting Sunday. Currently the Rubicon in under evacuation orders, so who knows where will end up. Just more time in the desert i guess.
Extra time in the desert sounds great. Hope the air quality is better than it is up here. You taking this thing?

 

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Last weekend... test-drove my 95 LWB with a fresh 1.4 LT230 conversion to LA and back (250mi).
It is so much more enjoyable, despite a likely 2mpg gas mileage hit at SoCal highway speeds.
 

pdxrovermech

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Extra time in the desert sounds great. Hope the air quality is better than it is up here. You taking this thing?
nope. I'm taking my 300tdi Disco. Should save me $500 in gas and its a bit more comfortable for my 6'4 frame. As of right now our plans have changed from heading east out of Sacramento. Now we're either heading over Mt Hood or down the Gorge. Seems to be the only ways to head east that aren't shutdown. Looking forward to getting out of all this smoke.
 
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