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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2009, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone going to Moab this spring?

I'm ready to head to Moab come about late April or May. (Depending of good weather) I'm thinking the Commander really needs to be tried out on the White Rim trail.

If anyone here has ever seen this place... it's a ways in on the White Rim road, or at least the lead-in to it. The red Ford was what we had then, and it pulled a large travel trailer. The F-350 diesel was like driving in there in a Kenworth. 5 MPH was max while everything bounced around. F-350 diesel trucks are good for a lot of things, but off-road on slickrock is NOT one of those things.

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Great picture! Yes, the little woman and I are planning on taking the Commander there this spring. It'll be my first time to Moab so I'm going to keep it on the easier trails. A few minutes ago I ordered a guidebook online. The Rubicon might do better on the trails but the trip to and from will surely be more comfortable in the Commander.

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There's a pretty nice RV park called ''Arch View'' just north of the Arches N.P. entrance. It's also just about across from the Canyon Lands entrance road... the one that leads to Dead Horse Point. That's probably where we'll go this time too.

I wasn't planning on extreme trails either, especially with the family in the Jeep. One road I was thinking about leads off sorta' north right from Balanced Rock, in Arches. It got too sandy for the Ford diesel, (spring hop and a front end that weighs more than a Commander!) and some turns on slickrock was too tight for the longbed extended cab. We turned around waaaaaaay short of where I wanted too, but I was too worried about getting stuck. It's just begging for a retry in the Commander.

Another fun road takes off past the salt plant. I'll have to look at the map again, but that road follows the river west past a wall of petroglyphs. It's a FANTASTIC drive even before the pavement ends. After the pavement, it winds onwards for miles, down in the lower area of dead Horse Point. It also branches off everywhere, between rock fins etc.

One thing on the list is another 'pilgrimage' up to Delicate Arch. That's the coolest hiking trail ever, although I think the signs are lying when they say ''Delicate Arch 1.5 miles.'' It feels like 3 miles.

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Thanks for the suggestions. Sounds fun! I've been looking at trail ratings and checking out the trails via some videos on youtube and I'm convinced the Rubicon would be preferable on trails rated #3 or 3 1/2. I am pretty sure I wouldn't take my stock Rubi on trails rated 4 and above. I think I'll keep the brand new Commander on #2 trails and easy stuff and see how things go.

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one of these days i wanna take a month off and go see all the top wheeling spots


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Here's a nice photo of Moab.



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