“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain
Northwest OHV Park, Texas
Nice place though IMO there aren’t enough trail markings to follow the trails without accidentally finding yourself going from a green (easiest) to a red (hardest) trail. So some of us found ourselves doing u-turns on narrow trails. Not a big deal though. Glad it’s only 55 miles from home.
It was hot and humid. I had the AC on and was having a lot of fun so I didn’t take many pictures or videos. Lots of mud holes to splash through and some decent inclines and declines on the green trails.
Koda enjoyed bouncing around his strapped down (very safe and secure) Ruffland kennel, looking forward to the day he can sit in the front passenger seat.
Glad I didn’t forgot to check in for the BOH. I hope to come back with a group next time.
It’s amazing what three minutes with a pressure hose can do. The touch-less car wash is closed today, so I plan to go there in the morning to give it a proper bath.
EJS Day 9 – Seven Mile Rim
I picked this trail for the final EJS day since it’s rated 4. I think the rating was spot on, even though there were three spots that some folks asked for a spot. They all had bypasses, but they weren’t so tough.
We started at 0900 when it was cloudy, and we finished around 1500 when the sky was mostly clear. We were told the ride would be longer ride than usual so we were prepared with plenty of food and water. We stopped once every hour or so for a 10-100 (#1) break. Koda was happy to mingle with the other dogs, kids, and adults, on every stop. His tail was wagging like crazy. I can tell he is an off-roading dream dog. Folks liked him in return.
Lots of beautiful scenery, a fair amount of gravel and sand roads, sprinkled with some pretty challenging slick rock spots. The lead did a really good job of describing the landscape, the trees, the arches, and the uranium mining history. The gunners did a great job in keeping the group together. We got advanced notice of all the tough spots, and which way to bypass them.
I’m a little sad that today is the last EJS day, but it’s the best one I’ve been to yet. I’ll be back next year. I’m starting to plan my late Summer trip to the Colorado Rockies. The past two times I went right after EJS, but the best trails were closed due to snow. I hope to finally do Black Bear Pass, Imogene Pass, and Poughkeepsie Pass. I’ve already done Engineer Pass and Ophir Pass.
I washed the Jeep after the ride. Tonight’s chores include packing the Jeep, doing laundry, and going to sleep early. The next two days will be 500 miles each. I hope to get to Santa Rosa, NM tomorrow before the sun goes down, and the same for the following day’s trip to Plano, TX.
Here is one of the three spots that folks wanted to get spotted on.
EJS Day 8 – Top Of The World
One of the most most iconic trails in Moab, with a 1,500 foot high ledge that people from around the world come to for a classic picture. Jeep rates this trail 6-8 of 10. 32” tires are recommended but lockers and a winch are not required.
I’ve done this trail before. I can’t imagine doing it with less than 35” tires and a 2” lift. There are lots of challenging spots, and several spots where you would bottom out if you didn’t pick the perfect line.
The money shot. I wonder if Koda knew we were on a 1,500 foot high ledge?
When we stopped for lunch my Jeep was on an weird incline that prevented me from accessing the back of the Jeep to get to my lunch. A tailgate with a 35” mounted tire is too heavy to stay open at that angle. I radioed the Gunner and he quickly got the owner to move it so I could level out. That was a fun reminder to park level at lunch stops.
It was an eight hour day, but Koda loved it. He got to mingle with the other dogs and the folks on the ride. We had excellent gunners, great spotting, beautiful views. It was a fun day!
EJS Day 7 – EZ-Flate FTW
I was supposed to do Fins and Things (again) today, but I felt like sleeping in, so today turned out to be a rest day. I ended up going to the Old Spanish Trail Arena to check out the vendor booths. I had one item on my shopping list.
Since EJS 2021, I’ve been using a MORRFlate Quad tire hose kit to air up my Jeep tires after a trail ride. If someone is inflating all four tires with a kit that has neon green hoses, it’s likely a MORRFlate kit. The product has been durable and reliable, but over time a few annoyances started to set in.
This year I noticed a number of people using an EZ-Flate HyperFlex, which uses orange hoses. Talking to those folks, some switched from MORRFlate, and some were first timers. I realized the product resolves the issues I describe below. While I’m not sure if any patents are involved, the EZ-Flate product seemed like a version 2.0 of the MORRFlate product.
The MORRFlate Quad kit comes with two 13’ hoses connected to a manifold (gauge, connectors, and a lever), and each of the 13’ hoses has a coupler attached to the end. Each of the two 13’ hoses also has a T splitter connected to a 3’ hose which also has a coupler at the end of it. So each of the two 13’ hoses can fill two tires on either side of your Jeep.
Their couplers require you to pull back a collar, push the coupler onto the tire’s Schrader valve, then push the collar forward. Easy to do when it was new, but became harder to do over time. Not sure if corrosion set in, or if some maintenance is required, that customers aren’t told about. It’s a fairly new product so maybe MORRFlate wasn’t aware this is happening.
The T splitters used for the 3’ hoses make coiling the hoses for storage unnecessary difficult. I always felt like the hoses were going to get damaged from kinking it to fit into the carry bag. This made the carry bag bulkier and harder to store in my Jeep.
EZ-Flate eliminates the 3’ hose. Each of the two 13’ hoses have a T splitter with an attached coupler. So no need for a 3’ hose. Brilliant simplification of the MORRFlate design. Make the whole unpacking, attaching, detaching, and packing process a lot easier. Their carry bag is significantly smaller, and since the hoses can be easily coiled, it’s easier to stow in the Jeep.
EZ-Flate uses a different coupler design. No collar to pull back on, just press the coupler onto the Shraeder valve and move on to the next tire. Attaches cleanly, no second guessing if it is sealed properly. Once you’re done inflating your tires, grab the coupler body and pull back. The couplers closes once they are disconnected, so no air is lost, same as couplers MORRFlate uses.
Two good products. EZ-Flate has the design edge. Let’s hope MORRFlate is working to refine their product. Competition is good for everyone.
PS thanks to all who were happy to discuss their thoughts on the EZ-Flate product.
EJS Day 6 – Cameo Cliffs
Today was an easy ride rated 4. The drive to and from the trail was about 25 miles each way. Temperature was in the 30-40 degrees. Though at the 6,000 foot elevation it felt colder, and up there we saw some snow. The distant snow covered mountain range added nice contrast to the trail.
We had about 30 Jeeps and a Durango that had no trouble keeping up. There was one mechanical, a blue TJ that appeared to have an alternator or camshaft issue, depending on who you asked. The driver had to park it and jump into another Jeep, and likely come back in the evening to get it towed in to get it fixed.
Koda had a great time, jumping onto every new person, some kids, and a couple dogs. he was pretty well behaved. I think he likes it here. So glad I brought him with me! He was excited when we got up and prepared for the day’s ride.
Since it was an easier ride, I was able to take lots of pictures. Below are the ones I selected of the bunch.
Tomorrow we will do Fins and Things again. You read that right. I came so close to securing a Golden Spike slot, but I missed out. So I had to select from what was left. No regrets, its a fun ride!
EJS Day 5 – Backwards Bill
A longer, easier trail, with lots to see, it lived up to expectations! There were no hard obstacles, though some would argue lockers are helpful in a few spots. It was a cloudy day in the 30-40s, not too much wind.
The consensus was to air down to 15-16 pounds. I normally air down to 13-14 for tougher rides.
Lots of great views. One day I’ll figure out how to set up a camera that takes shots when I press a button. Here are some I was able to take without taking any risks.
Today’s trail was rated 5. Tomorrow will be even easier.
EJS Day 4 – Gold Bar Rim
Koda taught me how to fly today. I’m just gonna leave this here while I lick my wounds.
Today’s ride is rated 6 and had one obstacle that is notorious for destroying front bumpers. Its called “Waterfall”. It’s a 5 foot high boulder with a 45 degree incline. Two door Jeeps have a harder time than four door Jeeps. As unbelievable as it nay sound, it’s harder to go down than it is to go up.
Someone captured my pucker moment going down Waterfall. Some folks captured us going up. Once they post to the EJS Facebook page I can grab the clip, with their permission of course.
I didn’t get any pictures of Golden Crack. By the time I recognized it, it was too late. Happy to report my Mopar lift handled it with ease. Here is a video I found on the web.
Tomorrow’s we will do Backwards Bill, which is rated 5.
EJS Day 3 – Hell’s Revenge
Today was one of those high wind days, so I went to McDonalds for breakfast. This way I could avoid issues with the stove and my food flying into the wind. I had to feed Koda in our cabin so his food won’t blow away.
Hell’s Revenge has always been one of my favorite trails. I didn’t do the optional Hell’s Gate climb or the Tip Over Challenge since there no spotters. So where possible I took bypasses. This let me watch from the sidelines. But I did Staircase, Bathtub, and a few other optional obstacles.
There were a few mechanicals on today’s trail ride. Someone’s left side electric rock slider failed and was stuck in the open position. Someone had a hack to get it back into the closed position. We also heard someone tipped over on Staircase, which is almost as difficult as the Hell’s Gate climb.
Some steep obstacles are very hard to navigate without a spotter. It’s hard to pick the right line when your Jeep is pointing straight up to the sky. I’ve always gone by feel and I so far I’ve had good luck.
About half the group climbed Hell’s Gate. I did it last year with a RTT and a loaded Jeep. At the time I was just under the GVWR but still a little heavy for that kind of climb. This year I rented a cabin so I left behind all the stuff that I didn’t need on the trail. Much lighter than last year. Deciding not to do the climb was more of a “meh, I already did it” than anything else.
The ride ended around 1500. I fed and walked Koda, and had a light dinner, then we passed out. Of Koda stole half the bed. That’s OK, it’s a big bed. With the strong winds, you can hear some unsecured stuff flying around the KOA property. It should die down in the next couple hours.
Tomorrow is Gold Bar Rim. It’s not a BOH ride, but I’ve heard so much about it, so I added it to my itinerary. Ot starts at 0900 so we get an extra hour of shuteye.
EJS Day 2 – Poison Spider Mesa
I’ve done Poison Spider a couple times, but today was the best. Not a cloud in the sky and temps in the 60s.
Got to the start an hour early. Within minutes there were dozens of Jeeps. plenty of time to air down, feed and walk Koda, cleaned off the windows and mirrors, and fine tuned how the Jeep was loaded.
I thought I knew Poison Spider, but now I know there are bypasses in most of the hard spots. I saw the winch spot that I used two years in a row, drilled into a huge rock. This year a spotter showed me the right line, so I didn’t need to use it. It was scary but very doable.
Got back around 1500 so it was a long day. I’m stopping at City Market to get a sammish for tomorrow’s lunch. I’ve been making breakfast and dinner in the Jeep’s kitchen.
I probably won’t need to do laundry for a few days but if it isn’t too cold I might anyway. That said it’s dinner time!
EJS Day 1 – Fins and Things
Got up before the sun came up, had breakfast and got to the starting point 30 minutes early.
There were already several dozen Jeeps there. Had the requisite drivers meeting. Remember, women always go on the right. Because…
Rest Day – Tomorrow We Ride
It took two days to get to Moab, UT from Plano, TX. I stopped every two hours for a bio and rest. I kept to the speed limit and averaged 16-17 mpg.
Koda didn’t bark so it looks like he is getting used to his Ruff Land kennel. I was lucky to get a cottage close to the laundromat, restrooms, and office. I got there early enough to unload the Jeep, feed Koda, and make myself dinner.
Prep for Easter Jeep Safari 2023
I dropped the ball on Golden Spike. It was one of the most fun trails last year. I didn’t reserve a spot quickly enough this year. Oh well, who doesn’t want to do Fins and Things twice on one EJS? 🙂 Not sure if I’ll do Hell’s Gate again, got it out of my system. Though if the same spotter is there, I’ll absolutely do it!
-  Fins and Things – Saturday, April 1, 2023 – 8:00 AM
-  Poison Spider Mesa – Sunday, April 2, 2023
-  Hells Revenge – Monday, April 3, 2023
-  Gold Bar Rim – Tuesday, April 4, 2023
-  Backwards Bill – Wednesday, April 5, 2023 – 10:00 AM
-  Cameo Cliffs – Thursday, April 6, 2023
-  Fins and Things – Friday, April 7, 2023 – 8:00 AM
-  Top of the World – Saturday, April 8, 2023 – 8:00 AM
-  Seven Mile Rim – Sunday, April 9, 2023
EJS uses CB as their communication standard. I’m not fan of CB radio, because of all the truckers running peaked/tuned radios blasting way more than the four watt limit (47 C.F.R. Part 95.) onto the CB frequencies, making it unusable if you have a legal radio. It’s not as much of an issue when you’re out on the trail. It’s the right choice for EJS…at least until everyone has a HAM radio. Myea, that ain’t happening.
I was lucky enough to find a Cobra WX ST radio on eBay. The body is mounted under the driver’s seat, along with the bodies for my HAM and GMRS. I like the mic design, with all the controls in the expected places. Though the volume dial goes in the wrong direction. #justsayin Of course the geniuses at Cobra just released their Cobra 75 All Road, which gives is rated IP66, offers AM/FM, and DSP for some pretty amazing sound quality. Myea, I won’t be getting it. CB is dead other than on trips like EJS. But I still want one. 🙂
I recently got my HAM Technician’s license, and have use a Yeasu FTM-400DXR as my primary radio when I’m on the road. I monitor 146.520MHz (2m) and 446.000MHz (70cm) frequencies. . It’s amazing how polite folks are on HAM frequencies. I made contact with a dozen or so people on the 2m frequency, but have yet to get a response on the 70cm frequency. Once I get my HAM General license, I’ll move up to an all-mode HAM radio. Like the ICOM IC-7100, if I can ever find one that won’t cost me an arm and a leg (for used!).
In past years I’ve always worn an Apple Watch. I’m finally understanding how horrible it is for Easter Jeep Safari. Battery life, sketchy performance away from cell towers, etc. This year I’m bringing my Garmin Fēnix 6x Pro Solar watch. With 20-80 days of battery life (depending on what functions you enable or disable), it’s a better watch for off roading. I made sure the system software and map is up to date, and I tested to make sure it’s able to lock on to satellites (a recent bug limited the number of satellites it could connect to).
I’ll be bringing my MacBook Pro again, but I don’t plan to bring the iPad. I hope to download and edit my BlackVUE DR900X-2ch dash cam footage to upload to this blog. Though I’m not sure how annoyed I’ll get having to stitch together one minute clips using proprietary software. That said, I don’t plan to bring the GoPro. Too much trouble, too many issues, not worth the effort. I mean, it was worth it last year when I got to do Hell’s Gate (after two years of missed opportunities). But other than that short stint, as one of my colleagues at work says, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.
I’ll be using my Garmin Overlander for navigation to/from Moab and on the trails. I updated the system and maps (lifetime) before I left. I really wanted to try my Jeep’s Uconnect 8.4 navigation system, but it only has 2019 maps, and I’m not paying FCA $150 for an update. I took it the Jeep in to have the system updated, since it didn’t seem to be downloading the system update (40.1) over the air.
They tried a manual update, but it didn’t work. The unit works, it wasn’t bricked. The dealer ordered a new head unit, hopefully they’ll have it at 40.1. There’s a bug affecting turn by turn that I really wanted to get fixed. Once the system is updated, I’ll see if I can finagle a free map update. Not going to hold my breath.
Apple Maps and Google Maps use location services, which ties it to cell towers and WiFi, and have a dependency on map data streaming. Ok, so Google Maps lets you download area maps. More tedious work for the consumer. No thanks, besides, even though Apple brags that they have a “true” GPS chip, it’s tied to cell towers and WiFi. So it’s A-GPS at best. Nice try, Apple, but I wish your marketing department would come clean on this stuff.
I’ve had a Bad Elf GPS Pro (GPS device that allows multiple devices to share a true GPS that doesn’t have A-GPS dependencies. So as a backup I downloaded Moab area offline maps in Google Maps. So at least I’ll have area maps and true GPS. See Apple? Why not step up and give the iPhone the ability to cache the entire US map?
I’m leaving my heavy duty impact wrench and driver behind, since I didn’t use them last year. Instead I’m bringing a baby impact wrench with a spare M12 battery, and the charger. That should be more than enough. I’m bringing my usual took bag, which fits nicely in the Goose Gear front passenger side cubby hole. I think I did a good job of leaving the tools that I never needed, but that I know I never will need.
I have the axe and murder spork (shovel) and a HiLift, but I decided not to bring that stuff. There’ll be thousands of Jeeps and leads and spotters at EJS. They’re needed for overlanding or solo trips. I think I’ll bring that stuff in the Summer/Fall when I go on my next trip to the Colorado Rockies. Gotta get those Jeep BOH badges!
With my iKamper out of commission (it lost a fight with a shopping mall parking lot entrance), I decided to rent a cabin at the Moab KOA. Koda would have made pitching a tent a horrible experience. The cabin has electricity but no water, so I’ll have to put Koda in his kennel while I run to the shower in the mornings. Luckily they’re dog friendly, so Koda can look forward to getting cozy on a real bed.
I bolted in the Partners Steel Camp Partner 22″ stove, and today I replaced the 3′ gas hose with a 12′ since the stove won’t be on the tailgate. The 5LB propane tank will still be mounted on the spare tire near the hinge, but I stopped using the RotopaX fuel cells since they don’t have a proper pressure valve to prevent bloating on hot days. Also the caps don’t last, no fun having 2x2Gal of gas and not be able to pour it into your tank I’ll find a Nato fuel solution at some point.
This year I decided to go with a 2.5 gallon Spector water container, instead of the 5 gallon that I used in the past. I never used more than half of the water on any one trail ride, so this frees up space and recoups weight. I finally bought a cheap 8.5″ cast iron skillet at Walmart. I finally believe the hype. I’ll be picking up a cast iron pot at my favorite Moab store, GearHeads. Their business model is amazing. They’re so packed they’ve got stuff hanging from the ceilings. They also have a free well water fill up station for your Specter containers.
After my hypoglycemia meltdown at a group Overlanding trip in the Fall, I decided I need to do a couple dry runs, so I can make sure I know what to bring for those kinds of trips. For Moab, I bought an assortment of freeze dried survival food at REI. I only have to boil water to make my breakfast and dinner meals on each trail day. For lunch on the trail, I’ll pick up sammishes at the Farm & City Feed store in Moab. I’ll be getting my five pound propane tank filled y too.
Between GearHeads and Farm & City Feed, you might have everything you’ll ever need for trail riding!
He is a black and white Catahoula mix that I rescued from the SPCA back in November, before I moved to Texas. He was born April 22, 2022. He’ll be a year old a week after we return from Moab. I hope he behaves at Moab. I mean, he loves kids and other dogs. If a dog snaps at him, he can get defensive. We’ll see how this goes. 🙂
He’ll be in a strapped down Ruff Land intermediate dog kennel, so he’ll be safe and comfy on the trails. I’d love to give him a chance to ride shotgun, but at his age he is way too squirrelly to trust him there. Maybe next year. He’ll have a toy and a bone to nibble on if he gets bored.
Since I’m renting a cabin at the Moab KOA, he’ll be able to run around inside without fear of him clawing his way out of my tent. Since my iKamper roof top tent is offline for repair (it lost a fight with a mall parking lot ceiling), I won’t have to worry about him nose diving out of it in the middle of the night.
I bought a seven pound bag of his dog food, that’ll be more than enough for this trip. I also brought some dry snacks that he’s used to, so I can give him treats in between his morning and evening meals. I plan to walk him during our trail breaks. It won’t take long for him to make friends with any other dogs on the trail.
The Gross Vehicle Weight Recommendation (GVWR) for my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is 5800 pounds. After visiting a Cat Scale I discovered I’m 200 pounds over the recommendation. I called the dealer and they tole me that’s reasonable given the recommendation allows a bit of wiggle room. Once I get the Moab KOA cabin I’ll be offloading 200 pounds or more. So a tad bit over on the highway, but will be well within the limit on the trails.
This Ain’t My First Rodeo
I lived in Coppell, TX for a few years. This was before I rode a Harley or drove a Jeep. Looking back, I think about all the fun I missed. Fast forward a dozen years. I sold the Jeep and upgraded to a 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, and built it for Moab and overlanding. I’ve been spending my vacation time going off roading with friends in Moab, the Colorado Rockies, Sedona, etc. Not to mention Big Bend National Park, where I did the Black Gap 4×4 Trail a couple years ago. I moved to Texas to inch myself towards the four corners area, where I plan to eventually retire. Texas is the first step in my long journey.
Here’s a great video review of the Black Gap Trail.
I originally planned to blog about each day’s trip. But I realized nothing of interest happened. Other than a tree falling in front of me when I was parked on the side of the road checking in with my colleagues. Well, my gas mileage surprised me a bit, will cover that in a bit.
I decided to use my Garmin Overlander for navigation. I made sure the lifetime map and firmware were updated before I left. iOS Maps requires cell tower reception to download maps while you drive. Good luck with that if you’re driving in areas without decent cell reception. Second, while Apple boasts improved GPS capability, location services is still reliant on cell towers, WiFi, and Bluetooth (or a mix of those).
You’ll know when Apple gets serious about your iPhone’s GPS capabilities when they provide a native app that shows how many satellites the iPhone is locked on to, and the signal strength of each one. Currently your iPhone locks in to three satellites, compared to a dozen or more for a true GPS. I carry a Bad Elf GPS bluetooth device for those times when I need to rely on my iPhone. It provides true GPS functionality and capability for any application that uses Apple’s Core Location service. However it doesn’t magically cache the entire US map on your iPhone.
I wanted to use my Jeep’s Uconnect 8.4 navigation device, but it came with a 2019 map, and FCA (Jeep’s parent company) wants $150 to update it. Despite their partner company falsely advertising free updates for three years. I’m not going to pay for a map update. Maybe if I didn’t have the Garmin Overlander, since I hate iOS Maps (outside of urban areas where A-GPS, even with it’s dependancies and shortcomings beats GPS).
The farther I traveled West, the more folks I was able to communicate with on 2M (146.520 MHz). Never made contact on 70cm (446.000 MHz). As expected, CB (27.185 MHz) was noisy with a bunch of truckers screaming over each other. Tip for truckers: move over to 10M and dump CB. 🙂
Uhaul has a 55 mph speed limit for their trailers, so I knew the 1,500 mile trip would take longer than it would if I kept to the speed limit. This meant 5 days of traveling at 300 miles per day average. I decided to reserve an AirBnB at or near each stop. Price is lower than decent hotels, and I wouldn’t have to worry about vandalism or theft. I made sure I brought a king size waterproof dog blanket to protect the AirBnB linens, and it’s the respectful thing to do.
Day 1: Staunton, VA A truly dog friendly place, Koda and the owner’s dog got along great. The owner helped me navigate my Jeep and trailer so I could par in her driveway. In the early morning I was surprised she even arranged it so I had plenty of space to get out. Loved the neighborhood, great host, highly recommended!
Day 2: Newport, TN Got there early, was able to log on to check in with friends and family. Koda fell asleep right away. Loved the smell of the air, so clean, so fresh. The host was incredibly nice, great AirBnB, definitely would recommend.
Day 3: Dickson, TN Beautiful farm area, the cottage was old but in beautiful shape (renovated). There’s a hay barn a few yards from the entrance. I love falling asleep to the sound of birds and crickets. Another top notch AirBnB.
Day 4: Benton, AR I had high hopes based on the photos in the AirBnB listing. I was not disappointed. The owner is a retired Lieutenant Colonel (US Army), he recognized my US Army sticker, so we had a great chat. The neighborhood is beautiful and the house was incredible. Definitely a place to stay if you’re passing through the area.
Day 5: Carrollton, TX the last stop was 35 miles from my new home, but necessary since I knew I’d get to Texas late. A cozy AirBnB, quiet and secure. I definitely would recommend this AirBnB to anyone coming to the area.
I use Fuelly to keep track of my mileage, which isn’t great for a Jeep. Surprisingly my average went up during the trip, despite schlepping a 2,500 pound trailer. The 55 mph speed definitely helped.
I’ll spend the next week or two getting a bed, desk, and chair. Since Koda and I live in a studio apartment, I’ll be buying a twin bed, and a 48″ desk, and an ergo chair. That ought to be all I need, other than a wall mount for my TV. For now. 🙂
Sat Feb 25 – Starting To Load Trailer
I’m so lucky. The trailer just fits into my garage with 1/4″ to spare. The clearance should increase as I get the trailer loaded up. It’ll be interesting to see how low the trailer gets once it is fully packed. I’m going to guess it’ll drop an inch or so.
The trailer has a maximum cargo capacity of 1,800 pounds. It weighs 900 pounds, so the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for the trailer is 2,700 pounds. My 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon has a 3,500 pound towing capacity, so I’m well within the limit. I’ll need to pay attention to the tongue weight, which should be no more than 10% of the packed trailer weight (350 pound max based on 3,500 pound towing capacity). I guess I’ll be paying a visit to a Cat Scale before I head out.
U-Haul recommends your cargo be distributed as 60/40, so I put my three heaviest items at the front of the trailer, protected them with moving pads, and secured them with ratchet straps. My iKamper Mini 2.0 (125 pounds), my IronMan4x4 drawers (138 pounds), and my Stanley FatMax toolbox (120 pounds packed). I put the iKamper all the way in on the left wall, draped a moving pad over it, then ratcheted it to the left wall. Did the same for the IronMan4x4 drawers on the right wall. That left enough space for the toolbox in the center against the front wall. I then put a couple heavy items in the gap. Looks like there’s more than enough space for all my other stuff.
That’s enough work for today. Time to order dinner, and prepare some Naproxen (Aleve) and some hard lemonade. Tomorrow we pack some more.