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  1. 15 points
    Always interested to read the after show comments. Some have value and some are completely ridiculous. Truthfully we rarely build a “SAND SHOW CAR “ we do try to bring a broad range a cars to represent to the public what we offer. Perception is an interesting thing.Did anyone see the G52 in the ally way between the 2 buildings. We had a G52 our entry level car in a very function over frills spec . Literally solid black. All I did was put a red interior instead of black and Grey and people thought it was one of the most expensive cars we had. All perception !! Yes the SXS market is on fire and and we would be foolish to not offer something unique in that market to meet a demand. Making money is not a bad thing and no not all SXS owners are idiots. Robbie’s deal is a cool car and advances the category. BTW I KNOW THAT A GUY OR GAL DOES NOT NEED TO SPEND 300k on a sandcar or 70k on a SXS to enjoy the dunes but some do. Heres the take away GOD BLESS AMERICA , our demographic right now mimics what we saw at the show in that 80 percent of our sales this year will be domestic.
  2. 14 points
    Before Ron Pratte bought Paradise and half of Gordons they used to frequently go to Buttercup. There would be a circle of 20 - 30 of these "million dollar rigs" all pulling a matching stacker with their dunebuggy.com cars and fancy golf carts or rhinos ( pre RZR days ). Anyways we would always make comments just like the dude in the video about these guys. Rumors would float around about if people camped in their spot when the high rollers got there, they would pay them to pack up and move so they could have the spot. Well we tested that out one year while on spring break. Well some dude shows up in a pretty nice H1 Hummer, and started walking around the area looking very intensely at the ground (we later found out he was looking for nails and firepits and such). We thought here we go, time to get paid. We even left some stuff still packed up anticipating this moment. Well, as we had hoped, he approached us and to our surprise he let us know that there were about 15 riggs about 15 minutes out that would be rolling in and were probably going to surround us. No money was ever offered and he was as polite and honest as could be ! We thought lets just hang out and see what happens. Sure enough just like the circus this big convoy of Diesel pushers and stackers came rolling in. They did surround us, yet they made their circle including us in it. Each driver that parked by us came and asked if they were too close and made sure we had room to leave or do what ever. We sat in our chairs and watched in Awe as each bad ass car was unloaded after the other, my kids even stopped digging in the sand long enough to watch these impressive machines get unloaded and strategically parked in a line right through middle of camp. We watched the Hummer guy ( what we referred to as the butler) proceed to chop and stack wood right next to a decent sized hole he had made for the fire pit. Long story short, each one came over and introduced themselves to us and our kids. Invited to sit by their fire, included us in their potluck dinner, gave us rides all week long in their sand cars and one lady even brought my kids fresh backed cookies from her RV. ( see comment from earlier post ). That week was referred to as Disney Dunes as we had a great time with some funny characters and got to ride some of the nicest sand cars at the time. Pratte flew in and was escorted to the spot by the butler and he hung out for a few days. Got to know him and his wife (fiance at the time). We have visited him at his house at Gordons many times since and have been given many tours of the property as well as invited to run the Honda pilots on the back track. I guess I could have moved that day and then bitched about the A-Holes and their high dollar toys, but then my story would have turned out very different now wouldn't it have. My kids are now in their 20's and they still remember that week we spent at Disney Dunes !!
  3. 13 points
    I can’t keep from staring at her as well! And yes I have been gong to the dunes since 84. So this isn’t just a guy with a big wallet. The car was $150k but could very easily be $100k. I went for the Albin’s and the stroked ls3 with a blower. Had the turbo subi but wanted to try the blower. Probably my last car so I went for it all in. After seeing x3’s for $80k this looks like a bargain to me. Attention to detail is just incredible with this car! Thanks Grant you guys rock!
  4. 13 points
    It gets real tiring reading all of the posts from the sxs haters. This sport continues to evolve and if you haven't figured it out by now your either blind or just a complete idiot. Yes the sxs market has completely taken over and you buggy guys are pissed, but do you care about what all of the quad riders said about you when the desert used to be flooded with sand rails? Or how about quad riders caring what three wheeler riders had to say about them? If it wasn't for the sxs market, what would keep the sport and our desert alive financially? This is OUR sport and EVERYONE is welcome to play.
  5. 12 points
    Ok here we go! Devin, first I was in no way “slamming” Polaris. And in fact I do appreciate that they’re investing in the dunes by purchasing the store. Second, even if I was slamming them I don’t see how that makes me or anyone else “hypocritical.” Third, now that you’ve opened this can of worms. My first trip to Glamis was memorial weekend in 1974. Yes, 1974. I have seen the changes over the years and perhaps I long for the old days when the place was waaay more laid back. No overzealous rangers, smaller crowds and less rude ass campers. So with that being said, I remember watching Crusty Demons of Dirt in 1995 (on a VHS tape no less) and the guys were at the “trendy dunes,” and even THEN I was like oh shit here we go, this place is going to blow up. Then there were the party’s at the pit (competition hill) where assholes were digging trenches so you would wreck or get stuck, burning OHVs to the ground and it was one big effing mess til the law clamped down. So if anyone ever wonders why there’s such a HUGE presence of LEOs and BLM at the dunes this is one of the main reasons. Since you didn’t ask, my opinion on camp rzr? It’s awesome that they display the vehicles and offer test drives and will repair your cart on the spot. But. Live concerts, a big party and a a fireworks display? If I wanted that shit I’d just stay home and go to Disneyland. I go to the dunes to escape that crap and in fact refuse to bring a tv along. This type of event brings in non-duners that makes the CAMPING turn into the shit show as I referenced with that image. Some of those people dgaf and trash the place leaving it to the folks that are truly passionate about the dunes (dare I say LOVE the place) to clean up after them. Many people enjoy the event, it just ain’t for me. There was a day when guys built their own sand cars, and the only thing to finance was ATCs/odysseys/dirt bikes. Now anybody with a few thousand dollars down can get into a cart with amazing long travel suspension and an automatic (gasp!) trans. Easy to drive and easy to wreck. I think they’re awesome and will buy a Textron XX 4 seater when they release them. I’m just not a fan of the commercialization of Glamis, but there’s no stopping it. Now get off my lawn!
  6. 10 points
    Oh yeah...well...umm.......pretty much
  7. 10 points
    Thanks for all post .....
  8. 10 points
    But...being white... We can say things like "Thanks for the warning officer" and "I talked to my Dad today..."
  9. 10 points
    Hello All, I dont post much lately but do still sit on the side lines from time to time. Next generation of my family went for a quick ride in my buggy over the weekend, she was screaming happy. Wheelies, slides, go fast mode, she loved it all. Life is good, grand kids make it better
  10. 9 points
  11. 9 points
    After looking at the video I believe a cheap Chinese heim joint was the culprit in that accident!
  12. 9 points
  13. 9 points
    We try to take a family trip every summer around 2-3 weeks long. Last year we did the National Park tour through Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado that put us on the road ALOT! That trip was 3 weeks long and around 6,000 miles. This year, the wife put a stop to that much traveling and said we needed to be stationary for several days before we had a travel day. Last season was our first back in Glamis in several years and the family has got the riding itch bad again, so we made this trip about riding and a little fishing mixed in where we can be stationary for several days at a time. We left Norco around 6pm on Saturday the 16th of June with our sights set on stopping just north of Vegas for the night. The drive out was the typical Vegas drive. Had our traffic through the IE and the construction in Vegas. We found a nice gravel area off an exit just passed the Vegas speedway around 11:30pm and decided that was our stop for the night. Wasn't a bad little spot. Only other vehicle was a truck that wasn't running his engine or reefer so it was nice and quiet. Also had a little breeze so it wasn't terrible to sleep in. Our makeshift campground for the the night. We were up at 5am to finish our drive to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Just like the Idaho dunes, I'd never been there before and we wanted to give it a try since we were out to this way. We booked 2 nights at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Our first impression was the campground was very very tight. With a looped campground, you typically get very narrow drive paths cause they're only 1 way. We managed to find our spot at the very end of the loop. I'm 64.5 feet tip to tip and I was able to fit in site #17 with ease. My brother in law is around 54 feet and he got in to site #21 pretty easily too. There are no hook-ups but the State Park offers showers/restrooms. After unloading, we immediately got to riding. I had started a topic a while back when we were planning this trip asking questions about this place and the majority of the people said the sand is very soft. Well, it is. VERY soft. The kids had a little trouble in the smaller quads in the dunes but they were great on the trails. There is a very small area for actual dunes and it's mostly trail riding. This place is great for quads, dirt bikes and SxSs but I would not bring a full size car here at all. You wouldn't even be able to enter in the entrance area to get to the dunes. Here are a few pics of our stay: Towards the end of our 2nd day here, my wife wanted to take the two little ones for a ride in the RZR. We were cruising around the trails with my 4 year old and 18 month old when my wife saw a young girl waving her arm back towards the dunes. She thought nothing of it as there were a ton of people hiking the dunes on foot to take pictures at the top of the dunes. After a few more minutes, my wife saw the same girl and another younger boy doing the same thing. She told me about it and I headed over there immediately. We get to the girl and she is hysterical. I'd say she's about 14-15 and through screams and tears, he was able to tell me that she rolled her RZR and thinks she broke her arm. The little boy comes running up confirms the same thing she just told me. I look around for the RZR and there is nothing in sight. This place isn't that large so I've got no idea. I'll take care of her and come back to find the RZR. I manage to get 6 people in a 4 seat RZR w/ 2 car seats with some strategic seating arrangements and drive her back to her camp. I drop her off with her family and a few of us go back looking for the RZR. We came across the top of the larger dunes and found it resting on it's lid at the bottom of the bowl. It was really smart of that girl to realize that nobody was going to see her on the backside of the large dunes at the bottom of a bowl so she decided to climb to the stop and start walking towards the heavy traffic areas. We get it back on it's wheels and the only damage was about a quart of lost oil. The get it towed back to camp and we start packing up to head out early in the morning. Later that night ,the camp host came up to us and she she had broken her arm/wrist. The next morning (the 19th) we headed out around 6am for our long haul to St. Anthony. We had reservations for the next 5 nights at the Sand Hills Resort. Traveling in a motorhome is both a blessing and a curse w/ children. I've got 4 kids ranging from 13 years old to 18 months old and occupying there time on long hauls can be difficult for my wife. My 18 month old is obsessed with the steering wheels and controls of the motorhome so we had to put up this baby gate to prevent him from walking up and messing with them. So, She spent most the trip like this staring at me or eating. The weather was looking pretty bad as we approached St. Anthony and by the looks of it when we got there, it had just stopped raining. We get checked in and get to our spots. I think we were in 16 and 17 for the first 2 days and then we had to move to 37 and 38 for the final 3 days. The campground is pretty nice. Some spots are better than others and we scoped out some spots for the future that we would like to have. We talked to our neighbor a bit and he said the weather has been crappy for most of his stay so I guess we lucked out. The weather was pretty good for most of our trip. Very little rain/wind. St. Anthony is an absolute blast. We had a great time. We spent a lot of time riding the next 4 days. In order for my brother in law and I to cover as much ground as we possibly we could, we came up with a strategy for the smaller kids when their thumbs got tired. My brother in law and my 13 year old son would ride their own quads. I would drive the RZR w/ my 4 year old daughter and we had a Polaris 90 for the other 3 kids. When one would get tired of the 90, we'd swap them for a fresh kid that was riding in the RZR. Then Rinse and repeat when that one got tired. It worked great and allowed us to go on 2-3 hour rides without a problem. Here are a few pics from our stay at St. Anthony. We were scheduled to leave the morning of the 24th so we wanted to get as much riding as possible on the 23rd and of course the weather was garbage. We got a morning ride in and that was about it. We were cooped up in the motorhome the rest of the day. With the second part of our trip being pretty flexible, we thought we'd try to stay another day. We went up to the office hoping 2 spots in the entire park were open so we could stay another night. Not only was there spots available, there were 2 right next to each other. We had to move for the 3rd time this stay but there were no complaints from us. We got to stay an extra day and do some riding. The next morning I'm Sorry stopped by and we talked for a bit about the campground and the dunes. I can't thank your wife enough for being accommodating and putting up with us!! We headed out on the 25th for the second part of our trip. I won't give you a run down on everything as this is a Glamis website but we headed to Mackay Reservoir in Idaho, Twin Falls, ID and eventually Great Basin National Park. Here are a bunch of pictures from the second part of our trip but first I'll leave you with probably my favorite picture of the whole trip. You know how I said my son is obsessed with the steering wheel and controls of the motorhome and we had to put up a baby gate to prevent him from getting to me. He spent so many hours sitting in that same position that he managed to put himself to sleep and was knocked out for a few hours. Then, he got back up and continued watching! Thanks for reading. Andrew
  14. 9 points
    Loved the Heartland Northtrail 32BUDS for a travel trailer, a lot of good times over the last 4.5 yrs and going to miss my outdoor kitchen and bar - hated to see it go! ...but tired of taking two vehicles to G and the toys needed a home. Picked up this Attitude 39CRSG today
  15. 9 points
    20 years ago today I married my fantastic wife Jen. She is the finest woman I’ve ever known, and it’s been 20 years of wonderful, and I love her more than anything. I’m looking forward to my next 20 years. She puts up with me, no question the only woman that can. I’ve known her for 40 years; grew up together on the same street. We went to elementary school, and were good friends all the way through high school, and I told her in 6th grade that I was going to marry her. I’m a lucky man. Here’s to 20 years you fine woman.
  16. 9 points
  17. 9 points
    So, A few months ago I had the idea to send Dave at Kindigit Design one of my custom street signs. I sent it and then heard nothing back...thought it may have been lost or stolen and was about to make another one. Well, I just got tagged on Dave's Instagram and just received an email from Dave's wife Charity: "Hi Dale,Thank you for the awesome sign! Sorry this has taken so long to get to you. Dave loves it and he will be hanging it in our showroom. Thank you for being so generous!Have a Bitchin’ day!"Charity Kindig Pretty Stoked!
  18. 8 points
    Saw this on instagram, grabbed a screen shot. Funny chit but it’s the truth...
  19. 8 points
    Well, I’m kind of a softie when it comes to this stuff, but here it goes. I was driving into work and saw a little bunny rabbit scrambling off the road, but having trouble. It must’ve just got hit by a car. She tried to get up the curb, but she was unable to, and I saw her curl up and sit there. I went into work and got my work truck and went around the corner to see you if she had shook it off and hopefully had made it. She was still at the curb, cars racing by. I approached her and she was very scared, but couldn’t run. I could tell her back end wasn’t doing very good. I scooped her up, and brought her back to my truck. She drove around with me for about an hour, and I made her as comfortable as possible, I knew she wasn’t going to make it. She didn’t seem to be in any pain, and her lower half was paralyzed. I pet her on the head as I went about the morning, and she seemed to like that. After about an hour, she raised her head one more time, turned towards me, and then lowered back down, and died. Kinda messed me up a little bit today.
  20. 8 points
    The Corvette. A man named Tom Nicholson posted on his Facebook account the sports car that he had just bought and how a man approached and told him that the money used to buy this car could've fed thousands of less fortunate people. His response to this man made him famous on the internet. READ his story as stated on Facebook below: A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said, "I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost." I replied I am not sure; it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur IL. at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. It fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. BUT,... I have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed. That is the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets and give them dignity for their skills. When you give someone something for nothing, you rob them of their dignity and self-worth. Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value. Socialism is taking your money against your will and shoving something down your throat that you never asked for.
  21. 8 points
    Is it on fire yet? If not then polaris has not started implementing changes.
  22. 8 points
    Forest fires are always stress full, especially when it may come your way and your forced to make some hard decisions fast. I live up in Aguanga, Anza area, and this became our week and a half of surviving no direct fire danger, no electricity, no water, and triple digit temps. First, I determined the west to east wind direction favored us, so it was a little comfort knowing that as long as the wind continues that way, we should be ok. We did start making a list of impotant items to load up if the wind would have shifted south towards us. Anza electric co-op gave a warning of when the power would be shut down. We had about two hours of power to get started. We filled up over a dozen 5 gal water container, 2 30 gal containers, filled 2 shower tubs up, went to fill all vehicles with gas, filled 5-5 gallons of gas for the generators. Have honda 3000, and honda 5000 at the moment to get ready. Next day, day 2, went to buy a champion dual fuel, 9000, or biggest model, cause I wanted to run propane. Cant forget many flashlights. We shut off the water supply to the toilets, ensured nobody turned on the sinks or showers to prevent the well pressure to drop off. We couldn't use the well because it was tied into the house power. We learned the hard way the first time when we used all the pressure up in the well, and required us to prime it a few days later when we had a small window of electricity 4-5 days later. We used our RV for showers, and microwave. I kept a drum of water, and a harbor freight water pump to fill the rv. A welcomed comfort in the heat. Day 3, I was checking the champion while running on propane about midnight, and found that it was spewing propane from the regulator near a blowout disc or relief. I about had a heart attack, and immediately shut it down. Glad to be alive, and also pissed cause I was counting on this thing so much. I just spent about $400.00 bones on propane and 2 40 gal tanks added. Back to gas... With the champion on gas, I could run the freezer, refrigerator, 2 small window a/c units, an oxygen machine, 2 tv's, 2 fans, and water machine dispenser for about 7-8 hours non-stop. We ran 24-7 for a week and a half, except when we had periodic power. We basically made home in two bedrooms of the house this whole time. The champion runs well on gas, but its going back once this is over. Im pissed about that I couldn't run on propane. If gas wasn't available at casino, I would of had to leave and drive 44 miles round trip to get it. The Honda 5000 would do the same for about 6-7 hours, and the Honda 3000 would only run 2 window units, 2 tvs, 2 fans. I rotated the 5000 and champion the most so I could get some sleep at night without getting up at 3:00am. I forgot to mention, were sustaining power for 4 adults, and two small children. We used the water from the bath tubs to flush the toilets. And filled back up as needed. Note, IF your gonna have a portable generator for emergencies, you gotta have 1-2 generators 5000 or more. Why 2, so you can run in 6-8 hour increments, and give them a cooling period if you can afford it. I have 4 75-100 ft. heavy duty cords to run, which is important to prevent fire due to cheap cords. My daughter, across town, melted a cheap cord, and luckily, didn't have a house fire. I CONSTANTLY checked cables about every 45 min, to an hour to be sure everything is operating safely. About 4-5 days in, we got random power restoral for up to 2-4 hours at a time in a day. We tried to replentish water and take showers in those windows when they were at night. We kept cases of water in coolers on ice. Ice was always easy to get, and at times, went to Walmart 22 miles away to get it and simple food. Tried to keep things as simple as possible to reduce using the oven and stove. This whole evolution was an eye opener. We take electricity and water for granted, and its a Bit--h without it. Without generators, it would have been very expensive. We couldn't leave, because of all the animals, but would have if the fire became a true threat to us. We consider our situation better than most because we had the means to stay in place. We burned about 10-15 gallons of fuel a day, which adds up fast. our ancient toilets burned 2-1/2 gallons per flush, and we went through about 120 bottles of drinking water, 200 lbs of ice. Security.. Unfortunitely, with situations like this, there are those that want to steal your water, generators, even barrels. So you have try to secure your stuff and be prepared to stay up late, or be near to catch someone. Some neighbors were ripped off during this emergency. Having the generators was a life saver, but it would definitely be a good idea to cut the madness of this by having a home emergency generator that runs off of a big propane tank. This is really the way to prep in the future, and worthy of budgeting for. These days, after the SDG&E lawsuits, the electrical providers are not shy to shut down power during high wind and fire events. Im so gratefull.. Yes, this was a huge inconvenience, but we were lucky to still have a home to live in. My best advice is to take a real honest look at how this type of emergency can affect whether you can ride out this situation for over a week straight. We didn't have an alternative to leave, unless the fire hit us. We had full power restored on Friday night, a week earlier than what was predicted. We were originally told power would be restored in two weeks. Thank god for the fast efforts of all the fireman, electrical workers to pull this off as fast as they did. I hope my story may help some people from this experience. It was pretty hot, stress full, trying to keep medical equipment, basic comforts for everyone. Thanks for listening..
  23. 8 points
    Here's a quote from Kevin to me a while back. " Keep the positive up man, it helps. I have never bitched about our shit ass disease one time to anybody, and I never will. Its not who I am. Instead I'm living my live to best of my ability now, and having as much fun with my GF and daughters as I can. I love them like there is no tomorrow, and make sure they feel it. " Till we meet again.
  24. 8 points
    What have I learned in 59 years on this planet? 1) Love the the people in your life that truly have your back no matter what! Not because of what you can do for them, but just because they want you in their lives. 2) Take care of those people and do your best to make them proud. 3) My children and grand children are absolute gifts! I could not be more proud of all of them! (4 My wife means everything to me! My partner in crime! The voice of reason, the calm to my storm. The one true thing that when the world is falling apart, she is always there to help me through it and never waver on how she loves me! )5 Have fun!!! Do the best with the time you have! Work hard, love your life, but have fun!! It's all ends way too soon!!
  25. 8 points
    Told you ya’d get beat up. Every person on every message board follows all applicable laws when conducting their daily life. If any law is not followed, you will be convicted of a hate crime, sentenced to 100 years in prison and have to register as a traffic offender. Not to mention you will be put on the “do not insure” list!!!! The general won’t even take you. I’ve been on this board a long time that has thousands and thousands of members most of which tow a trailer 1000s of miles a year and I’ve never seen one thread about somebody going to prison or their insurance companies ditching them. Hell, I don’t even think I’ve seen a civil suit. I’m leaving for Glamis in a couple of hours in a rented motorhome to see if we like it. It’s a diesel pusher pulling an enclosed. I believe I am fine on weights but I intend to go 58 miles an hour. *gasp*. Hope Mercury insurance will stick with me and prison meals aren’t that bad. Andrew

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