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Old April 2nd, 2012, 02:15 PM   #21
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I got invited by Pat Kinne to assist in the DNR Ranger training Saturday. A group of 5 GLFWDA members spent the day both in the classroom and on the dunes discussing proper offroad driving, safety and recovery techniques. It was a great time!


looks more like a typical jeep outing!!

it's always cool to make first tracks. got the pleasure of doing that one at the badlands for a winter run. was really cool to snap a pic of the first tracks going down a wall, across the floor of the quarry and back over the far wall.
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 02:19 PM   #22
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looks more like a typical jeep outing!!

it's always cool to make first tracks. got the pleasure of doing that one at the badlands for a winter run. was really cool to snap a pic of the first tracks going down a wall, across the floor of the quarry and back over the far wall.
Actually there were 4 DNR rigs. 2 Tahoe's and 2 FS trucks. But jeeps make cooler pics. I snapped that one as we first got out there and forgot to take any more pics.
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 08:17 PM   #23
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5-6 psi & you will be happy. They are a great sand tire. The sand was really weird yesterday. One time you were right on top and the next moment it felt like you were slugging into mud. Traction at the top of most hills was not very good.
I had them down to 7psi but they did not flex out much. They were just bitting too hard into the sand. Next time out I am going to start at 5 lbs.
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 08:28 PM   #24
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I do have 1 Picture that was sent to me.

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Old April 2nd, 2012, 08:58 PM   #25
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I'm guessing tire pressure. A Hemi & 5.38's should be no problem in hi range.

probably good guess. I can typically go anywhere I want at SL in 2wd hi range. just let'r eat and have some fun

usually running about 3# in my 42" SXIIs. motor is a cammed/tuned 6.0 and gears are 5.38s

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Old April 3rd, 2012, 03:59 PM   #27
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i tooled around in my 00 superduty 7.3. only has 20psi in the tires and made it around ok. granted i didn't climb and big hills but still had some fun.
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Heard about these sink holes after winter on the dunes but this is the first I have seen one.


Winching demo for the new hires, they did a great job and Fishyoo7 taught them well!
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That sink hole is nuts!! How deep could you see that it was?
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Looked to be 6-8 ft deep. What was really weird is that you can see it was there but capped over. The tire tracks over the top were very sharp showing that it caved in some after someone drove over it.
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To the guy with the Rubi- look into the rubi-crawler. Lets you keep your 4:1, and adds a 2.7 option. Awesome product.
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To those who helped in training the DNR, did you tell them that they run too high of air pressure in their tires?
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To those who helped in training the DNR, did you tell them that they run too high of air pressure in their tires?
Actually, no they don't. They run 15-18 psi on full size trucks that are not intended for steep hill climbs. When is the last time you have seen a DNR truck stuck at the dunes?
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Actually, no they don't. They run 15-18 psi on full size trucks that are not intended for steep hill climbs.
Hmm Maybe they are running tires with stiffer side walls then, because they don't appear to bulge very much.

Edit: This makes sense on a full size

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When is the last time you have seen a DNR truck stuck at the dunes?
I'll give you that. But I have seen them struggle before and just wondered why they didn't drop a few psi is all.
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The rangers are instructed to stay off the steep hills and stick to easier paths. They are there to patrol and respond to emergencies. Nothing more. Note that these trucks see more sand in a week than you see all year long.
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The rangers are instructed to stay off the steep hills and stick to easier paths. They are there to patrol and respond to emergencies. Nothing more. Note that these trucks see more sand in a week than you see all year long.
I would also imagine they wear out a sidewall on a tire before a tread so keeping a little more air pressure might help out the lifespan of the tires.

Can't say I have ever seen a dnr truck stuggle out there either.
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Same thing I was thinking them poor trucks see a lot of sand
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The Tahoe's average 20,000 miles and are then up for consideration to be replaced. Most of those miles are from the sand, however the newest Tahoe will be driven 30,000 - 40,000 on the road before they take it on the sand so they can get the most from their purchase.

BTW, Charlotte Kiefer, the park supervisor is a wonderful replacement to Pete. Like Pete she is a real champion for the sport of dune running!
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Actually, no they don't. They run 15-18 psi on full size trucks that are not intended for steep hill climbs. When is the last time you have seen a DNR truck stuck at the dunes?
Last year or the year before when he cut too close turning past a stump and high centered on the step and frame. Took them several hours to free it
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