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convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:15:25 pm »
Is their a ramcharger convoy to moab from vegas?
If so
Date time, meet location?
 

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 11:59:34 pm »
    maybe something from the so cal guys rolling through, some may be on a different schedule,
     might see if overkill150 is planning to go, (at least I think that is his name) he works at a shop and built a monster of a ramcharger.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #2 on: March 12, 2014, 08:20:02 am »
    I think we are leaving the Saturday before and splitting it into 2 days. We may camp at the Grand Canyon, not sure yet.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #3 on: March 14, 2014, 04:39:05 pm »
    I'll be coming through Vegas with a buddy. Coming from Pismo Beach. I figure we'd be coming through sometime around noon on Sunday.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 12:38:39 am »
    I know its still aways off. But im looking fwd to
    Joining the ramjam n moab...
    This will b my first time, so any major things to start gathering?
    Full size spares, frnt drive  shaft...?
    Any addvise ?

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #5 on: March 27, 2014, 04:45:22 am »
    Check out the trail lists thread, some good advice there.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014, 11:22:20 am »
    one thing I will highlight is this: 'getting' to Moab is often more of a challenge than actually 'being' there.  Meaning, the vehicle getting you there will be going through several continuous hours of high-speed sustained speed, often times right through the middle of nowhere - particularly critical if you will be getting to Moab in the actual truck you will be taking on the trails, and then back home - a true 'double-duty' machine.  If you are driving the trail rig there, if you haven't already or lately, I would highly recommend taking the truck out for a 3-hour trip or so, and make sure it doesn't 'eventually' overheat and/or develop some issues resulting from sustained highway driving.  Electrical components - you will want at least one spare each of a ballast resostor, voltage regulator, ignition box, etc.  I usually bring a spare fuel pump, alternator, volt regulator, and a complete electrical kit including wire.  I would highly recommend replacing the main alternator-to-battery charge wire with a new one, or at least have something ready to go.  The factory systems have a mega splice buried in the harness near the brake booster.  It isn't unheard of for that main charge wire splice to deteriorate and...stop charging - and then you're on battery power only.

    Then, grease.  Make sure all greasable joints are full of grease, and make sure there is no slop in the u-joints.  Make sure the tires are balanced and for sure have a good, reliable spare tire and wheel.

    Next, cooling.  Make sure you have a fan shroud, and a power steering cooler is an exceedingly good idea.  When crawling around the slickrock of Moab, you will be in 4-lo all day long.  The slow speed means no airflow over the radiator, so you need to provide your own air flow, meaning a good radiator shroud and in many cases a front power steering cooler with a fan.  My power steering system actually has a temp gauge and a BIG cooler with a fan. 

    A fresh fuel filter and a new fuel pump (in the box, just in case) are always a good idea.

    Lastly, all the tools and sealants and hand cleaner and towels and a drain pan - everything you would need to replace anything above.  If you haven't actually changed your own u-joints on your own, with your own tools, I'd recommend practicing on a spare driveshaft.  You'll be amazed at what you'll 'learn' from actually doing it, and whatever was required make sure you have at least one of each for your trip.

    Spare axle shafts aren't really necessary, but never a bad idea.  I'm trying to source one-each of my own.

    Look forward to seeing you there!   :)

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #7 on: March 27, 2014, 12:50:52 pm »
    Yeah, my trip there and back last year was not a smooth one you could say. But I was lucky, I lost two radiators, both a few miles from a town. There is a stretch on the I-70 that is 100 miles of nothing in the mountains, 7000' and no cell service. I drove through 30 miles of snow storm in there at night on the way to Moab. I will never do that again. Frankly, that was a dumb ass thing to do that I know better to do. That's why we are splitting it into two days this year. My trip was an example of what not to do for everyone. We pushed our luck because we really wanted to get there and forget about some crap we'd been dealing with from some former friends. We were burnt out and wanted the trip too bad. Make sure you are ready weeks before the trip, not fixing stuff days before.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #8 on: March 27, 2014, 12:56:48 pm »
    ...Make sure you are ready weeks before the trip, not fixing stuff days before.

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #9 on: March 27, 2014, 05:40:04 pm »
    Way cool, I'm glad I'm starting now... lots of prepping... only thing my rc should b n need of r some sliders. And likely an efi kit...? I'm a bit worried about my Carb on the drive their.  Or should I say my wallet ... :'(
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #10 on: April 11, 2014, 11:44:25 am »
    I should be able to join your convoy. I live in Orange County, California (half way between San Diego and Los Angeles more or less). Usually, I would tow... but my dually and car hauler is in Utah.

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #11 on: April 12, 2014, 01:09:28 am »
    Well I'm starting to think our west cost convoy should b rather impressive...

     :o

    What do u guys think of regional ramjams?
    How many people attend the ramjam every yr?

    Give or take?

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #12 on: April 12, 2014, 01:49:28 am »
    me and my buddy will be taking our ramchargers up as well from vegas. we live about 40 miles south of vegas and 20 miles from the I-15 in sandy valley NV.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #13 on: April 17, 2014, 10:15:57 am »
    one thing I will highlight is this: 'getting' to Moab is often more of a challenge than actually 'being' there.  Meaning, the vehicle getting you there will be going through several continuous hours of high-speed sustained speed, often times right through the middle of nowhere - particularly critical if you will be getting to Moab in the actual truck you will be taking on the trails, and then back home - a true 'double-duty' machine.  If you are driving the trail rig there, if you haven't already or lately, I would highly recommend taking the truck out for a 3-hour trip or so, and make sure it doesn't 'eventually' overheat and/or develop some issues resulting from sustained highway driving.  Electrical components - you will want at least one spare each of a ballast resostor, voltage regulator, ignition box, etc.  I usually bring a spare fuel pump, alternator, volt regulator, and a complete electrical kit including wire.  I would highly recommend replacing the main alternator-to-battery charge wire with a new one, or at least have something ready to go.  The factory systems have a mega splice buried in the harness near the brake booster.  It isn't unheard of for that main charge wire splice to deteriorate and...stop charging - and then you're on battery power only.

    Then, grease.  Make sure all greasable joints are full of grease, and make sure there is no slop in the u-joints.  Make sure the tires are balanced and for sure have a good, reliable spare tire and wheel.

    Next, cooling.  Make sure you have a fan shroud, and a power steering cooler is an exceedingly good idea.  When crawling around the slickrock of Moab, you will be in 4-lo all day long.  The slow speed means no airflow over the radiator, so you need to provide your own air flow, meaning a good radiator shroud and in many cases a front power steering cooler with a fan.  My power steering system actually has a temp gauge and a BIG cooler with a fan. 

    A fresh fuel filter and a new fuel pump (in the box, just in case) are always a good idea.

    Lastly, all the tools and sealants and hand cleaner and towels and a drain pan - everything you would need to replace anything above.  If you haven't actually changed your own u-joints on your own, with your own tools, I'd recommend practicing on a spare driveshaft.  You'll be amazed at what you'll 'learn' from actually doing it, and whatever was required make sure you have at least one of each for your trip.

    Spare axle shafts aren't really necessary, but never a bad idea.  I'm trying to source one-each of my own.

    Look forward to seeing you there!   :)

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #14 on: April 17, 2014, 04:14:08 pm »
    i remember meeting you guys somewhere when I lived up there. I was a parts guy at Saitta-Trudeau from 03-the end of 06, Desert Dodge in Vegas 07-closed 3/09. but it may have been at Mopars at the Strip? cant remember, it's been a while. been in SD for almost 3 years now.
    me and my buddy will be taking our ramchargers up as well from vegas. we live about 40 miles south of vegas and 20 miles from the I-15 in sandy valley NV.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #15 on: April 19, 2014, 10:40:12 pm »
    im sure it was one of the two. more likely mopars at the strip than the dealership because we dont really get any parts from the dealer.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #16 on: August 29, 2014, 12:15:03 pm »
    Well im not able to join everyone in moab this year. .. :'(
     However if possible and if it fits into everyones pit stop schedule may be we could meet up for lunch in las Vegas some where?
    Could be a good spot for others to meet up and join for a convoy?

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #17 on: August 29, 2014, 12:20:07 pm »
    My wife and I are coming through Friday night to stay in St George. We are doing some light hiking and sight seeing at Zion Saturday. Then we are taking it easy to Moab Sunday. Can't promise anything but I'll keep it in mind.
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #18 on: August 29, 2014, 09:48:26 pm »
    not to hijack, but to plant a small 'next gig' bug, we're gonna haul Nacho out to Vegas and show 'em at M.A.T.S. next year.  Sure like to meet any of y'all we can while we're there :)
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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #19 on: August 30, 2014, 04:01:00 pm »
    You can count me and my tribe in on any local gatherings.
    Although im not familiar with M.A.T.S?
     ???

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    Re: convoy to ramjam from las vegas 2014
    « Reply #20 on: August 30, 2014, 10:38:01 pm »
    M.A.T.S. = Mopars At The Strip (Vegas).  It's the big all-Mopar car show and drags in the spring - good show, great racing, great swap meet...and cruising down the strip at night in the hot rods don't suck either  ;)
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