Getting ready to load up the rig for Moab. I had a few minutes, so I took the opportunity to take a tongue weight. This is with the Jeep in the position on the trailer in which I usually run it.
Holy crap - that's a bit more than I expected. Since my guess is that the loaded trailer is in the 9-10,000 lb range, my tongue weight should be more like a grand. I've ran the rig a lot and found that this position towed very well - but it seems like too much weight.
So I pulled the rig back about 6 inches to see what it did to the tongue weight.
A little better at 1175 pounds.
I'll position it here for now, and tomorrow I'll take a quick test drive with the weight distributing hitch and see how she does.
The trip out to Moab was a blast. No issues with the trailer this year, but the truck did give me a bit of trouble. On the way out, somewhere in Western Missouri, the turbo charge tube on the diesel let loose with a large pop - and then no power at all. Wonderful. Fortunately, it was early Saturday afternoon, and we were able to find a Ford dealership along the way which had a replacement. I think our total delay was less than an hour.
The ride out was not all Sunshine and Rainbows, however. On Sunday, coming across the Rockies, we ran into a surprise snowstorm. I know that quite a few TJ Festers ran into this on both Saturday night and Sunday. There were several accidents, and 70 was at a dead stop for hours at a time. It turned what is usually a short day arriving in Moab mid-afternoon, to a 17 hour day arriving just before midnight.
To complicate matters, Chris was fighting brake issues on his big gooseneck trailer, and wound up under it in the snow a few times.
Because of the late arrival on Sunday, we spent Monday morning getting the place arranged and hitting the grocery store. Not wanting to waste the day, we decided to blow through Fins in the afternoon. Chris' wife was along for the ride, and it was also a good way to ease her into Moab wheelin'.
FIns is a pretty easy trail, but we hit a few of the optional obstacles to keep it interesting.
From just beyond the arch, on the back side of that same ridge, you get this view of the Moab Rim trail on the other side of the Colorado River. If you look closely, you can see the Z-Turn just to the right of the center of the picture.
But Chris did redeem himself. On the left hand side of Double Whammy is a nasty undercut ledge that you can follow up the center. But there is what I call The Buggy Line where you turn left half way up and climb to the top. Again, the video does not do this justice. It is gnarly, steep and tall. I have only seen one buggy take this line in the past.
Coming off of Gold Bar Rim, it's a long drive back to town on the Gemini Bridges Road. There is a good view of the Gooney Bird, including driving over his toes for good luck, and then a long run along some high ridges to get back to the main road. I've also done this run in the dark - and that's a bit scary.
You can skip through to get to the good parts - as it's a bit long. But it's a fun watch. Skip through to about the 6 minute mark to see the high cliffs.
On Wednesday we ran Moab Rim, and then Hell's Revenge after lunch.
If you have never done Moab Rim, the opening mile is quite sketchy as it starts at the Colorado River, and then climbs along the rim of the cliff going up over a thousand feet I think. And it's technical. It is one of my favorite trails in Moab.
Here is a GoPro Video of the first half of that climb, up to and obstacle called the crack. Hard to tell, but for a lot of the trail the driver is staring down a sheer drop off down to the Colorado.