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Offline R3

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January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« on: October 18, 2019, 07:24:31 AM »
Updated. :murica :murica

Planning on a Green/blue trail ride at AoAA off road park in PA.  http://www.aoaatrails.com/
Initial plan  is to run a day and a half and explore the park. Being January  the weather can be cold, freezing and or snowing so plan accordingly.

So  on the subject of plan accordingly:
1) Rig is good working order. Cold will have its way with anything that is suspect. Cooling systems need to be working as well as heating systems. If you have suspect components  replace them before the trip.
2) Recovery gear and recovery points.  Each rig will need to have a good recovery point  front and rear attached to the frame. If you have a winch, a) make sure it works, b)  understand how to operate it c) bring the controller. Recovery gear, bring what you have. At least a recovery strap or kinetic tow strap and a couple of shackles. There is a debate on-line as to which is better  steel bow shackles or soft... each have their +s and -s.  Note: A High-lift jack is a scary tool in the winter... it can be use as a winch, a clamp or a lift.
3)Tools. minimum  what you need to change a tire on the trail. ( bottle jack, cross bar lug wrench, etc)  If you have  gear that is specific to your rig bring the tools  to be able to work on that gear.  if you have an older  rig, spare fluids  are always a plus. jug of 50/50  antifreeze just incase and some WD 40 or the like.
4) Full size spare tire on the rig.
5) I am betting it will be cold in January and a good chance of snow on the ground as well.  Staying warm  is the goal.  Good foot wear and a spare set of boots/socks onboard is more than a good idea.  a Space set of clothes is a better idea.  If you  get wet staying warm become a 1# priority, peeling out of cold wet gear is a must to survive.  Bring a good  blanket or sleeping bag in the kit as well.  Water is something that is overlooked on winter runs. stay hydrated  bring for each day.

Idea is to meet at the park when they open, Register and air down  and  wheel to  closing.

Minimum  of three rigs for the trail ride.

 :cold :cold :cold :coldNot knowing the weather for this weekend yet I am capping the ride with those listed (6) If the weather next week is anything like this week and we have beach weather, I will open the wait list.  The long range has  a cold trough  moving east next week I am thinking that it might be  January like at AOAA the 18/19th.  :cold :cold :cold :cold :cold

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1)Irish_Wake
2)JP-XPLR
3)CAPTN KIRK
4) VAJK456 (?)
5) Rattletrap55 (?)
Tail

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« Last Edit: January 14, 2020, 06:28:20 PM by R3 »
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Re: Winter trail ride at AoAA
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2019, 01:02:14 PM »
I've never been but it sounds cool... Is there a date?

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Re: Winter trail ride at AoAA
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2019, 02:18:07 PM »
I've never been but it sounds cool... Is there a date?

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Hey Scott,

The ride is on January 18th - 19th.  It's linked from the main calendar at the top under the NVJA banner.  Can you see the dates above Rob's original post?
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Re: Winter trail ride at AoAA
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2019, 03:54:33 PM »
I've never been but it sounds cool... Is there a date?

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Hey Scott,

The ride is on January 18th - 19th.  It's linked from the main calendar at the top under the NVJA banner.  Can you see the dates above Rob's original post?


Now I do....I could not see it using the app...imagine that.   :tu

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Re: Winter trail ride at AoAA
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 05:19:16 PM »
I've never been but it sounds cool... Is there a date?

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Hey Scott,

The ride is on January 18th - 19th.  It's linked from the main calendar at the top under the NVJA banner.  Can you see the dates above Rob's original post?


Now I do....I could not see it using the app...imagine that.   :tu

Haha, ok!  Just wanted to make sure you could see the "Linked Event" dates.  Thanks!
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Re: Winter trail ride at AoAA
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2019, 05:23:15 PM »
Thanks

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Offline Irish_Wake

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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2019, 08:23:51 PM »
I'd like to toss my hat in the ring for this.  Assuming something doesn't go horribly horribly wrong with my lift and axle swaps in the coming months.  Or that I run out of money :blush
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Offline Passe-Partout

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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 01:55:50 PM »
Donnie - Sorry for not getting this out to you sooner. I want to thank you so much for organizing this event! We all had a great time even though I had the problem with shifting into 4wd Lo. I especially want to you for your kindly escorting me off the trail. Knowing that you were there "just in case" was a great comfort. The understanding and support you provided to us really demonstrates the "leave no one behind" credo of the community and especially NOVA Jeepers.

Diagnosis of this Wrangler JK problem: The $9 orange plastic clip (Mopar #68018106AA "Gear Shift Cable Retainer Clip") that secures the outer sheath of the transfer case cable broke off under the vehicle. This clip secures the outer sheath of shift cable to a bracket that is secured to the transfer case. The purpose of this clip is to hold the outer sheath in a fixed position so that the inner cable can extend or contract as the transfer case shift lever is moved from 2 hi to N, 4 hi, or 4 lo. This part is easily fixed on the trail without the need of any tools by just snapping the new clip (the old typically falls out when it breaks) onto the outer sheath and then snapping the clip into the bracket attached to the transfer case. I ordered some additional ones to have on hand in case it fails again (or someone else experiences this problem while wheeling with me).

I should also mention that there is another pair of white plastic clips (Mopar #68064273AB "Transfer Case Shifter Bushing") that attach the transfer case shift cables to the lower end of the in-vehicle transfer case shift lever on one end and the transfer case shift lever under the vehicle on the other. These parts are around $3 each and are also prone to failure. The symptoms are the same: inability to shift the transfer case and a floppy shift lever. I also bought a pair of these as spares just in case.

One can only wonder why Jeep would use cheap plastic clips that are prone to failure that serve such a critical role - potentially stranding someone in a remote off-road location far from help.

I also want to report an interesting and frustrating problem with having Jeep cover the failure of the transfer case gear shift cable retainer clip: They were refusing to cover this repair under my manufacturer's extended warranty since "the defective part must be returned for warranty coverage". Since this part fell out of the retaining bracket when it broke they were refusing to cover the repair. I was ultimately able to get Jeep to cover the repair after many discussions with the dealer and Jeep. FYI - there are no such exclusions in the extended warranty contract.

Lesson reinforced: always wheel with someone else, or better yet, with a group (e.g. NOVA Jeepers) that can provide assistance in case of mechanical failure, getting stuck, or injury!
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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2019, 02:13:45 PM »
I just noticed this is listed as two days on the calendar.  Are we planning an overnight trip?  I might need to beef up my winter camping gear more than my Jeep gear  :cold
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Offline R3

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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2019, 07:41:26 AM »
Listed as a two day run yes. The usual suspects  come up Friday night  and  hit the trails all day Saturday and  a half day Sunday.  I tend to camp at the  Hampton Inn, others prefer the camping at Comfort inn...  both offer excellent camp sites  :rotfl  with  facilities.  If you are a bit more manly yes Rausch offers  primitive camping on the grounds. Igloos are optional. :cold

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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2019, 02:03:52 PM »
Listed as a two day run yes. The usual suspects  come up Friday night  and  hit the trails all day Saturday and  a half day Sunday.  I tend to camp at the  Hampton Inn, others prefer the camping at Comfort inn...  both offer excellent camp sites  :rotfl  with  facilities.  If you are a bit more manly yes Rausch offers  primitive camping on the grounds. Igloos are optional. :cold

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Hahaha!  I hear the facilities are best in class.  I'll need to check my schedule and costs.  Full day of wheeling without needing to worry about the drive back sounds like a blast.  Despite 4 years in the Great Lakes region, as an Arizona transplant winter camping does not sound like my cup of tea.  Or hot chocolate.  Or whatever I'll be drinking to keep warm.
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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2019, 06:48:52 AM »
I hear ya brother.

Off road consulting is the code to get a discount from either hotel. Hampton is a bit more $$ both are  basically a few minutes from Rausch Creek. Weather can be cold and snowy  or warm and muddy that time of year.  We will assess the conditions and  pick trails accordingly.

Cheers
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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2019, 09:00:00 AM »
I hear ya brother.

Off road consulting is the code to get a discount from either hotel. Hampton is a bit more $$ both are  basically a few minutes from Rausch Creek. Weather can be cold and snowy  or warm and muddy that time of year.  We will assess the conditions and  pick trails accordingly.

Cheers

Are we running Rausch or AOAA?  Are they close enough to do both?  New to the area and I'm game to explore either.
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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2019, 03:29:18 PM »
 :pat :pat So I  usually run to Rausch..... forgot that the title was AoAA..... :duh

So  I do not know if there is camping at AOAA or if lodging is closer to AOAA than Pine Grove. But yes the intent was to hit AOAA  for some winter fun.

Sorry having a senior moment.... :pat :pat
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Re: January Winter trail ride at AoAA January 18th - 19th.
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2019, 03:46:29 PM »
:pat :pat So I  usually run to Rausch..... forgot that the title was AoAA..... :duh

So  I do not know if there is camping at AOAA or if lodging is closer to AOAA than Pine Grove. But yes the intent was to hit AOAA  for some winter fun.

Sorry having a senior moment.... :pat :pat

there is apparently a fantastic cabin camping site with multiple cabins that support gooseneck trailers about halfway between the two. I don't know the name of the place as I haven't been there myself, but I can get the info if you'd like.
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