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3 days camping & 4wheeling Sedona, AZ

Just saw a mistake. I meant to put this in camping thread. Instead I put it in Sedona thread by accident.
 
Camping. Evacuated due to wildfire.
This was at a local lake we frequent often just about an hour from my house. Bartlett Reservoir in the Tonto National Forest. AZ and the feds do a great job of managing public lands. I have a 30 foot travel trailer I have been dragging around western states since 2007. We avoid developed campgrounds whenever possible. Here in AZ we have an abundance of opportunities to boondock. Often on the shore of a lake. When we go out for weekend fun trips with friends my flexible schedule allows me to go a day or two early to get the best campsite before the rest of our party gets there on Friday. My wife knows I enjoy my alone time before the party starts with fun, food, drink, campfires and fishing. She jokingly calls it my "bonus time". So I went up Wednesday before her and six others arrived Thursday and Friday.

Saturday we were out on a pontoon boat all day. Around 11:00 AM we saw a great plume of smoke rising behind a ridge close to the lake. It is now officialy called the Wildcat Fire and has consumed 12,000 acres so far. When we got back to camp at 5:00 PM the Sheriff gave us 2 options. Only one way out and the fire had jumped that road so they were offering escorted evacuations through the burned area. Five of our friends opted for that option and beat feet. My wife and I and 2 friends opted to go with option 2. That was to stay and prepare camp for a 10 minute forced evacuation should they need to come back and get everyone out. He did return later but the news was "shelter in place as the road out was closed again". He returned in the morning to tell everyone to casualy evacuate. They were completely closing the lake area so they did not have to deal with people there if it got out of hand again today.

I know a little bit about firefighting. This is the first time I have been evacuated. I spent many years in the fire service. This made for a good story but I know 100% we were never in danger at camp. My friends that took the early escort out were absolutely terrified driving out in the dark on a road with fire still burning a little on both sides of the road. They were fine, just scared.

Steve

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Glad you're OK! And, as always, great photos...
Where were you in the fire service? I retired after 27 years December 1, 2022. 25 years with the Tiburon Fire District in Marin County just North of San Francisco.
 
Glad you're OK! And, as always, great photos...
Where were you in the fire service? I retired after 27 years December 1, 2022. 25 years with the Tiburon Fire District in Marin County just North of San Francisco.
Park City Fire District 80s & 90s
 
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No fire danger at my campsite🤣
 
Camping. Evacuated due to wildfire.
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Great post of your wheeling and camping. Those most-recent Close-ups of your truck make it look great without focusing on the pin stripes.

New KM3 tires look awesome. I have been considering what Trail Ratings our TBs are capable of handling. This link seems like a good one for explaining
the Trail Difficulty Rating system:


I have practiced on Johnny Park road and Bunce School road here in the Colorado Front Range. These seem to be Rating 5 trails. Airing down to 15-20 PSI for our stock tires works well, and I think I can also handle some Rating 6 trails.
 
More wheeling
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Thats what a lot of the trail is.
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Putting the new BFG KM3 to work, 34s
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Love this truck. I have owned 3 Jeep vehicles and other 4WDrives. The TB is limited off road only by it's size. These photos are from a trail rated moderate. I do not hesitate to do many of the difficult trails.
Steve
Your trips and pics always look awesome!

Do you have a link to that light bar in the grill? Looks clean.
 
Your trips and pics always look awesome!

Do you have a link to that light bar in the grill? Looks clean.
It is The Rough Country 30 inch curved bar. I love it. Works well with the ditch lights to.
Here is some old posts where I talk about the install.
Steve


 
Great post of your wheeling and camping. Those most-recent Close-ups of your truck make it look great without focusing on the pin stripes.

New KM3 tires look awesome. I have been considering what Trail Ratings our TBs are capable of handling. This link seems like a good one for explaining
the Trail Difficulty Rating system:


I have practiced on Johnny Park road and Bunce School road here in the Colorado Front Range. These seem to be Rating 5 trails. Airing down to 15-20 PSI for our stock tires works well, and I think I can also handle some Rating 6 trails.
Yes, trail ratings are very subjective. I use a lot of tools for this:
If I am going to be in a particular area a lot I buy the Charles Wells, FunTrecks paper guide book for the region. I use that in conjunction with Nat Geo paper trail maps. He uses an easy, moderate, and difficult for ratings but he details why it gets its rating in the text. I have done several of the difficult ones but there are many I cant touch. I stick mostly to moderate. I like having paper resources in the truck when the technology fails.

I use TrailsOffRoad.com a lot. It is a small annual subscription and well worth it. They use a 1 to 5 scale for rating. But their trail reviews are incredibly detailed and full of pictures so you know what your getting into. Users can also add thier own reviews so the info is often current. You can use it online at your big screen or the mobile app. When I pick a trail I also upload it to my Gia GPS app.

I don't use onX so I can't comment on their system. I like the 1 to 10 system you posted.

Sometimes I research trails in advance but often I am out just exploring. That's why I carry an abundance of water, recovery gear, tools, and a backpack full of survival gear.

I have found the Trail Boss to be a VERY capable off roader. It has surprised me many times when I had to go through something difficult that concerned me. So far it gets me where I want to be and back out.

Steve
 
Yes, trail ratings are very subjective. I use a lot of tools for this:
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I have found the Trail Boss to be a VERY capable off roader. It has surprised me many times when I had to go through something difficult that concerned me. So far it gets me where I want to be and back out.

Steve
I have to agree completely. Other volunteers in much more tricked-out 4x4s, and myself, have been impressed multiple times, during recoveries.
And this is going to places already proven to be a good place to get stuck. The big stock Chevy does pretty well, to the surprise of all.

So in the desert mountains where you wheel, and in the deep snow of our mountains here, Trail Boss trucks are doing pretty well.

I have also found that the BALANCE of Pedal Response, Drivetrain Lash, Torque and tire effects is VERY controllable. It may not be like the jacked-up pedal response I get from a Soler Controller in my Corvette, but my TB has PERFECT Drivability for wheeling and deep snow.
 
@vezePilot Bunce School Road is a great trail. Did you happen to hit the Iron Clads or the T-33 Spurs? They are rated a bit more difficult on Trailsoffroad but with good line choice you'll have no problems.

Also sorry to eavesdrop. I just get excited when these full size chevys actually go offroad.
 

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