Don't worry Paul, I stepped over it, but I'll scrape my shoe just in case I missed-
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 02, 2002 at 20:19:38:
In Reply to: Re: posted by PAUL on December 02, 2002 at 19:19:57:
Previous posts with Bodie the Dog's expertise on driving wash boards, & letting dogs out of the car without a leash should speak for themselves. Washboard roads are meant to be driven over slowly, you float over them too fast your just asking for trouble. So far as dogs in any national park they should be kept on a leash at all times, and there are many parts of Death Valley and other National Parks where they are not allowed at all. It's a travelers responsibility to know the rules before he goes out there and to obey them. I am including Bodie's posts in full so you can see where he stands and to prove that yes, he was the one who posted them. I also think they say something about his personality, don't you?
Re: Best 4X4 for DV type areas?[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ Death Valley Talk ] [ FAQ ]Posted by Bodie the Dog on November 22, 2002 at 13:38:31: In Reply to: Re: Best 4X4 for DV type areas? posted by shorty23 on November 22, 2002 at 11:53:07: I've had two 4-runners now (my first was totalled when an uninsured drunk driver ran into it). I prefer the years 1991 through 1995, as the 1996 stock model rides an inch closer to the ground. I need that inch sometimes. But there is a recall on the head gasket. I don't know which specific engine, but my '91 model was affected. Good news is that it's a decent recall. We were the 2nd owners, and had over 150K on the engine when we found out about it, so took the opportunity to do some other work as well. 4Runners are also fairly heavy (last time I used a truck scale during a trip, it showed close to 6000 lbs), to the point where going up long freeway grades can be painful. Add any serious gear, passengers, etc., and the problem only gets worse, with the added detriment of poor handling. But reliability? Awesome. I have beat the hell out of both 4runners on some very rough roads, with few problems. I drive way too fast. Ok, I'm opening myself up to name-calling, but my strategy for washboard is to drive as fast as possible and try to float over everything. I pulled into Saline Valley Palm Springs one time when some guys from the Top Gun school were there, and they commented on the dust plume I raised across the valley. You know you drive too fast when fighter pilots say something.