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post #481 of 711 Old 09-10-2012, 09:10 PM
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oh cool...I didn't see you

I didn't get up this past weekend...it was also good weather for painting a trailer

Sean, I may try to get a trip to Red Cone/Radical Hill/Saints John together in 3 weekends or so if you are interested. Probably be a Sunday, but I'll know more in a 2 weeks or so.
Sounds good to me, keep me posted. Hopefully I can make it this time, fall colors should be good too.

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....passed inspection and has plates
Isn't that a great feeling!

Looks great, Congrats!

Best of Luck,

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Unlimited04, what rear bumper do you have?

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Unlimited04, what rear bumper do you have?
see username "knoblockbumpers" on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jeep-REAR-Bu...item2ec18dfdec

I had him make it 60" wide instead of 58", with longer corner guards for the LJ.

I've got a front bumper by him too, but I removed it when I installed the winch.
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Finished an week long expedition/hunting trip with the trailer. It carried a wall tent, wood burning stove and plenty of camping gear roughly 600 miles With a full load, going up a pass kills the power bad...damn 42RLE...since I don't want to bounce the motor off the rev limiter, the top speed is about 40mph or less at times.


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Damn, looks like you had a good time.

Also, I tended to my knuckle divots last night. Worked like a charm.

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Damn, looks like you had a good time.

Also, I tended to my knuckle divots last night. Worked like a charm.
Glad the knuckle fix worked for you

We did have a good time. We hiked around 6-10 miles a day, over some very rough, steep terrain. One of those days included about 1200 ft elevation change to 12k ft, climbing over and though blown down trees. I ate probably 4-5000 calories a day, and still lost 6 pounds.

We saw four cow moose, one bull moose, one nice bull elk and one small buck mule deer. For as large an area as we covered, that's absolutely horrible. It was almost like a spaceship landed and sucked all the wildlife up.
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Glad the knuckle fix worked for you

We did have a good time. We hiked around 6-10 miles a day, over some very rough, steep terrain. One of those days included about 1200 ft elevation change to 12k ft, climbing over and though blown down trees. I ate probably 4-5000 calories a day, and still lost 6 pounds.

We saw four cow moose, one bull moose, one nice bull elk and one small buck mule deer. For as large an area as we covered, that's absolutely horrible. It was almost like a spaceship landed and sucked all the wildlife up.
Do you use an altimeter watch or gps to track your hikes?

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Finished an week long expedition/hunting trip with the trailer. It carried a wall tent, wood burning stove and plenty of camping gear roughly 1000 miles With a full load, going up a pass kills the power bad...damn 42RLE...since I don't want to bounce the motor off the rev limiter, the top speed is about 40mph or less at times.
Bummer...You have an estimate as to how much weight you were pulling? I rented this and towed it about 100 miles:



This trailer was way too much for the jeep. Wind drag is bad on the Jeep to begin with. Put this brick behind it and it is much worse! Never again! The dry weight of this trailer is 1400lbs.

This spring, I took this setup out (borrowed the trailer from a friend).



It pulled much easier, I figured because of no extra wind drag like the camp trailer. However, I never did tackle many good hills on the highway with where I traveled and I was able to maintain at least 55MPH on the 4 lane roads without rev-ing too high (I do realize that I have 35s and you have 33s). 40MPH is not too bad if you are on a windy 2-lane mountain pass road, but if you ran into that on a 4 lane higher speed limit road, that would stink.

Anyway, just comparing pictures, I would figure that your trailer couldn't be loaded much heavier than the way that I loaded the CDN M101 that I borrowed.
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Bummer...You have an estimate as to how much weight you were pulling?
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Anyway, just comparing pictures, I would figure that your trailer couldn't be loaded much heavier than the way that I loaded the CDN M101 that I borrowed.
yea, my trailer probably weighed around 800+lbs loaded, total. just a wild guess tho. also keep in mind my Jeep was fully loaded with a couple hundred lbs of gear, I couldn't even see out the back.

the bigger issue is the 42RLE's OD ratio is way too tall, the overall gear ratios are too far apart, and it sucks too much power out of the motor...especially for the steep 12,000+ ft elevation passes I have to climb in Colorado. For reference, my buddy pulled the trailer with his '95 3/4 ton 7.3L turbodiesel...and he couldn't even feel it. He made it over these same passes in 5th gear @ 60-65mph...and pulled away from me as I slowed down to 45-50mph w/o a load, and 40mph or less with a load. All pretty major highway passes, with speed limits in the 55-65mph range. Best I can do is keep the motor at 3000-3500rpms and live with whatever speed/gear that gives me.
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the bigger issue is the 42RLE's OD ratio is way too tall, the overall gear ratios are too far apart, and it sucks too much power out of the motor...especially for the steep 12,000+ ft elevation passes I have to climb in Colorado. For reference, my buddy pulled the trailer with his '95 3/4 ton 7.3L turbodiesel...and he couldn't even feel it. He made it over these same passes in 5th gear @ 60-65mph...and pulled away from me as I slowed down to 45-50mph w/o a load, and 40mph or less with a load. All pretty major highway passes, with speed limits in the 55-65mph range. Best I can do is keep the motor at 3000-3500rpms and live with whatever speed/gear that gives me.
I know the 42RLE very well, my jeep has it too. OD is even marginal with the Jeep empty, so I do understand. Thanks for sharing your experience. I really had my hopes up with my experience borrowing the little trailer that the Jeep would do well with it, but now you have me second-guessing that notion. I was loaded with the wife and two kids, and the area behind the seat packed with bags of clothing in addition to the 20 LB CO^2 tank and toolbox, so we must have been loaded fairly equivalent. You might have been slightly heavier in the Jeep. Again, my trip did not take me to steeper mountain passes on the highway. By the time that I got to that, it was on roads where the speed limit was very in line with what the Jeep would do.
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manual gear box

what ever it takes, it will be worth it.
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