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  1. The only time I have ever been upside down in a rail I was the unfortunate passenger in a friends rail. I was snuggly fastened In the 5 point harness and could not reach any of the cage around me me. I still hit my forehead on the bar as we went over and I sat there for a few minutes thinking I could have really hurt myself. Luckily i didn’t but I never rode anything without a helmet again. I like the full face off-road racing helmets that have the replaceable clear screen and the filtered air tube (you can add a Parker pumper pretty cheap). Nice to have the radio kit already installed. Great when the wind is blowing you can drive right into it.
  2. Ok everyone is saying you need good insurance I totally agree but who sells insurance on a $150,000 car? I have been told nobody will insure above a $50,000 limit is there any company that will insure a car for its full replacement value?
  3. This is 72” wide model I had both, big difference in ride? The MSA wheels and tires make it a little wider. I will measure it.
  4. 2017 Can-Am Maverick X3 RS Amazing long travel beast! Most Sandrails don’t have this much travel (24”). Smoothest riding side by side I have ever been in. This is a super low hour never rolled, crashed, jumped or otherwise abused. It was used one trip to Glamis last year and has not been used at all this season. We have added the accessories listed below. The biggest upgrade is we added the 2018 intercooler and chip that boost the stock hp to 172. We haven’t even driven it since the upgrade. Selling it because wife is going back to a buggy and this just sits as you can see by the hrs. $21,000 not interested in trade thanks! Has not even had its first service. Has 5 year extended warranty (transferable). Added 2018 Intercooler and chip upgrade Roof Lower doors Windshield Lonestar bumpers front and back Msa beadlock rims and off-road tires PCI race radio\intercom 5 point harness Dual lighted whips S&B air filtration system detachable Can am cooler box Retractable side mirrors Prp door storage pockets Cover (tarp) made by Can-Am (for those rainy nights) 6.3 hrs. 32.8 miles
  5. After 30 years of doing this you learn to bring stuff with you. I think John of Outfront had a great thread a while back as to what you take with you. So here is my list everything on this list I learned the hard way not to leave camp without. Especially if you have kids in your group. If somebody is broke down and the sun goes down before it gets fixed you will have some miserable crying kids if you don’t have spare non perishable food and blankets. In hindsight think about breaking the group up and sending the kids and ladies back to camp. The guys turn it into an adventure to get back. Not too many people think about a basic first aid kit. There is a story associated with each of these items, don’t find out like I did - the hard way. 1 Spare 930 or ball bearings cage, star and grease Two crescent wrenches big and little Space blanket as well as spare jacket and blankets if you have room Ratchet straps Duct tape Beard tow straps (everyone should have one) these can be daisy chained together (weaved) and that can be helpful in pulling someone out of a large witches vagina (big enough to swallow a car) Pliers, various screw drivers small set of ratchets one that has the socket to get a 930 bolt out. Hammer, vise grips, channel locks First aid kit Spare food, extra water wherever you can stuff it I have three different size heim joints on my buggy, I carry spares for all three Spare fuses, relays Jumper cables Jumper wires with alligator clips on both ends Always top your cooler off before even going to the vendors Can of fix a flat (only use in emergency) bad for aluminum rims As people have said if you are in a side by side have spare belt and tools to change it Please feel free to add, always good to see what has helped others get out of a jam
  6. Wow lots of great input, thanks very much.!
  7. Wash question Although I started my glamis career in the washes 30 years ago, I have been for the last 25 years a gecko rd person I really love it. I guess I’m a pad 4 snob as people like to say. But On my normal trip I would take a couple of days off on a normal non holiday weekend. Go out on a Wednesday morning I would go out and I would see all of pad 4 covered in 4 or 5 ghost rigs with yards of tape, buggies, trucks, lawn chairs, anything to save space. Last year I get to where I see a larger taped area, I can slip my two rigs in. and I start moving cones and a guy comes out screaming at me and we get pretty heated but I told him he can’t save space and I’m here and your supposed buddy isn’t and to call the BLM on me. I’m getting too old for this drama. Later it was determined that most of his big crew he was going to fight me for never showed up. So we almost go to blows over real estate he wasn’t sure he needed. I can get along with just about anybody and we get to talking later and saw that I am easygoing and just there to have fun too. He even came over later drunk to ask if I wanted to go on a ride with them (want me to lead)WTF! I don’t drink and drive so I politely declined. My long winded point is I have a couple of trips planned after the first of the year and need some other options for camping. Plus with with the drama seeming to get to a recent fever pitch on Gecko maybe the dusty washes wouldn’t be so bad. I can take you anywhere in the dunes you want to from gecko without gps it seems like opening a new era to learn to read the dunes from the washes side, kind of exciting. Like I said I go out on Wednesday stay till Tuesday. Please school me where to go. I realize being there during the day is a big help because you can at least walk ahead of the mh to make sure your not going through soft stuff. Had a bad experience many years ago when we tried to camp in wash 6 at night. Buried the MH to the frame. The only limitation I have is I have a Dynamax DX3 super “c” 2 wheel drive with stacker in tow and my son in law comes in an old school class c so no 4-wheel drives to help tug us out. Also I would like to park as far in away from the dirt road as I can and still be able to drive a 2 wheel drive Motorhome out (if i have had to air down to get out don’t mind that just prefer not to). I have been told by friends that I should go with wash 7. Looking for a relatively easy access quiet spot out of the main traffic. Your ideas are very much appreciated!
  8. I have owned 3 Class A’s and I’ve had to baby everyone of them by downshifting to keep RPM’s up to manage my temps. Class A is in my opinion great for traveling don’t try to tow too much. Last year I was shown the Super “C” Dynamax 3. Freightliner truck chassis 30,000 lb towing. I bought it right there. I love this setup and will never go back to a class A. My wife pointed out she feels a lot safer with a crumple zone in front of you instead of gigantic slab of glass. By far the easiest driving most maneuverable rig I have ever driven. Sorry don’t have any pics of it hooked to stacker. First time coming back over whitewater it was scaring me that the temps were rising, then the cooling fans kicked in and much to my amazement a few seconds later running cool. Heaven!
  9. You can add hundreds of pads along Gecko. Also like they did a few years back, just expand existing pads. You could add many gecko loop roads all on the entrance near cement flats. The road is miles long plenty of other opportunities to put pads (in my opinion where practical the roads should have pads on both size the entire length).

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